Today was not a good day. OK..actually it was a horrible day. Kids were super demanding this morning. Kyan was hitting. Braylen tried to pick up Hershey's dog bone and Hershey snapped and bit him on the face. No broken skin, but very red and a VERY scared Braylen. Then I find out that we are supposed to be at Braylen's school earlier than I thought so that he can practice for his program. In the mean time, I get a call from my store with small business issues to handle. I had to shower; get myself and the kids dressed; make them 3 different lunches b/c I knew they couldn't eat anything at the potluck Thanksgiving feast at the school; bake 48 rolls; and get to the school. we did that but not without screaming.Got there and the screamfest really begins. We had to walk through the playground to get to the fellowship hall and this was indeed the end of Kyan's world. He was screaming "go to playground!!" over and over and over. Now keep in mind that this is before the program started, so while it was unpleasant to hear him losing it, it really wasn't disruptive. People were milling about talking and setting their food out. Still we needed something to help him calm down. I was giving him Calm's Forte and decided to go to the van to get his 'calm stick". this is basically a Popsicle stick with a laminated picture/cartoon of a child being calm. This usually really helps him.
So I get to the door and as I open it, Kyan erupts in more screaming behind me (patty had him and kynsie) Just as he did this old man to my left said "Well...my goodness!" in a snarky tone. Bad move old man. I stepped back in the door and said very firmly with a not-so-nice look on my face "Sir, he has autism and he is doing the best he can." and walked out the door. When I came back in I stared at him just begging him to say something else. He wouldn't even make eye contact. He was probably ashamed and he should be. It would have been different if the program was going on and we let Kyan scream through it, ruining it for others. It would have been different it we were ignoring him and not doing everything humanly possible to calm him down. But neither of those things is true. So I was not happy. I would have hated to kick some one's arse in church, but today I just might have. I am still steaming over that one.
So I am understandably exhausted and about to go to bed, but I wanted to show you the one bright spot of my day today...my little Indian warrior, Braylen.
Cutest Indian warrior I have ever seen.
Braylen did so great! I can not believe that this was my little guy who 1 year ago was so shy that he sobbed and covered his face during the Christmas program. Today he sang all of the words and did the motions and smiled. Super confident. Super happy. Super wonderful! Thank you Big Boy for redeeming my day!