Yesterday I decided that since Deeds and Gwen were so great while I got a much-needed hair cut, I would treat them to a trip to the aquarium. I was alone, but Deeds had been wonderful all morning and I had the stroller for Gwen. It would be easy!
I should know better.
At one point the stroller locked up and I couldn’t find Deeds so I frantically beg an employee to stand by Gwen while I sprinted around the entire place. I found him headed out the door with another family. Heart attack. Finally get to him and get back to the poor employee and thank them. Thank goodness Deeds had on his “superhero” shirt so I didn’t feel like the worst mother in the world.
We love the fun little Autism shirts we have found online, they really take the edge off sometimes.
After finding him we ran to the restroom where he thought it would be a great idea to open the bathroom stall and run like an olympian away from me. Yes, feel free to laugh. I have since I got home. I think I have a new embarrassing moment in my life.
The highlight of the day was when we got all the way home and he kept talking about his “Purple Turtle”. Now we have a fast food place near by with that name, and we get milk shakes from there every once in a while so I assumed he was talking about that.
He somehow made it out to the car (and the 45 min drive home) with a purple stuffed turtle he took from the gift shop. HOW did I miss a purple turtle with HUGE freaky eyes. We had a ‘talk’ when I found it about not taking things without paying for them and his reply was “Took tags off!”
In his little mind he took the tag off at one point and that’s what mommy does when she buys something so it MUST be the same. I will be making a call to the aquarium tomorrow to pay for said turtle. I pray it was cheap, or we’ll be making a trip back up there.
Needless to say I remember now why we don’t go in public with out two adults. I also counted down the dates to when we get his service dog multiple times today. Especially when I couldn’t find him for a while and I was panicking.
All that being said he had a great time seeing the fish. One day, with a small army to help me, we will go back.