Daniel has taken a big jump, language wise, and we are overjoyed every day about it. I decided as a summary for the last several weeks to give a count down of what we have been up too. Sort of a shout out to the new year countdown and a few things I'm thankful for.
3. New Years Eve, for the second consecutive year, we stayed at a local hotel with friends. This year we had 5 rooms in a block. The boys went swimming on two separate occasions. We brought the Wii, along with several games, including Rockband, Beatles Rockband, and Lego Rockband and rocked it out with our friends. I had talked to Daniel ahead of time about some of the traditions of NYE. Last year he didn't stay up with everyone as he was too concerned about his usual schedule. Since we get a suite this isn't a problem and he can go to bed when he wants and avoid the noise when necessary (which is 95% of the time). I talked with him extensively about the countdown (which I knew he'd like). He stayed up and came out of the bedroom early and helped all 5 families countdown to the ball dropping. He went around and hugged everyone wishing them Happy New Year. He LOVED it. Success. The next morning however we were all tired and the boys had been moved to the pull out couch in the "living room" of the suite while Todd and I were in the bedroom. At about 9:00 am Todd looked out to check on the boys. Daniel sat up and with some anger in his voice said, "are you waking us up?" Todd said "no". Daniel said "GOOD" and laid back down and went to sleep. Teenager! The amazing thing is that this is the kid who, if he woke up at 3:00 am for some reason, he was up for the day. He could never go back to sleep. The hormones are really kicking in.2. While eating dinner last night, Daniel (as he does at virtually every meal) said to Zachary, "chew with your lips together Zachary". (He tends to smack and it makes Daniel NUTS). After a few minutes, Daniel said with a slightly sarcastic tone, "I thought we were eating with our lips together...." Is sarcasm entering my autistic teens repertoire? That seems hard to believe, but you can't ignore the evidence. I admit I laughed out loud when I heard this comment. It makes it easier to take the snide comments when you are just happy it sounds somewhat normal. Zachary responded, "ok if WE are, you need to too...." ahhh the sound of sibling bickering, I've never heard that before, it's actually music to my ears.
1. Since I'm doing numbers I'll mention that this is post number 150. When I first started this blog it was to communicate with the therapists at Daniel's school. Then they could find out what he is up too, ask him appropriate questions and help him with his language. Funny that on number 150, I'm talking about how far his language has come. It sounds like a great way to start the year to me. Happy New Year Everyone!!!! I know one thing, living with autism you know there will be highs and lows, but it will always be interesting. I can't wait to see what the year brings to us!