I’ve already mentioned how hard the holidays can be for us, and many families that have children with special needs in them. Changes of routine, over stimulation everywhere, lots of visitors, outings, parties, presents… you get the idea. With school being out we’ve been trying to keep Deeds occupied at home, some days are better than others. Thankfully he actually enjoyed himself at a Christmas party the other day. A friend of mine invited us up to have waffles and share Christmas stories.
Jeremy had to work so I got the kids and Magpie ready to go and we headed up to the party. It was about an hour from home and Deeds decided to spend that hour screaming. Once I got to the party we sat in the car for a good 5 minutes while I decided if I really wanted to go in with both kids and Magpie by myself or just go back home. I decided to at least go in and say hello and was pleasantly surprised when Deeds calmed down. At one point I heard him talking quite a bit to some people there. I walked over and asked if he was talking about Little Big Planet and they told me he was. It wasn’t hard to guess since he was actually conversing with them what the topic would be. Little Big Planet, Angry Birds or the alphabet are all his favorite topics to talk about right now. Catch him at a good time and ask him about one of those things and he may start talking your ear off. Catch him at a bad time and well, he’ll yell. We are working on it.
My friend let me know that Santa was going to be stopping by. I let Deeds know and he wasn’t so keen on seeing Santa again. This Santa however was different. It was the first time he’d seen a black Santa and he was so much more comfortable with him than any other Santa we had seen (including Grandpa Claus). Even little sister sat on Santa’s lap. The day before she literally made Santa toss her the candy he had for her since she wouldn’t get too close to him. What a change.
We stayed much longer than I expected too, Deeds even laid down with his blankie and Magpie at one point to listen to some stories. Feeling the normalcy of the evening after hearing him scream all the way up there was wonderful. I’m so glad I didn’t turn around and go back home. I’m thankful for loving friends who open their homes to us and take us as we are. When an entire roll of toilet paper was found unwound (we still aren’t sure who’s child was the culprit) she didn’t even bat an eye as she wrapped it around the tree to make it look like ribbon. Even Magpie got a warm reception. Thank you. It was a fantastic evening.