My first post on this blog, many moons ago, was when the Monster turned four, and well… here we are yet again. (He’s not at a place where I can tease him in the vein of Tangled and insist that it can’t be his birthday since he just had one last year, since he simply won’t get it, but…) Continue reading
Since his last birthday, a lot’s changed. The Monster’s attending a different school. He’s no longer in private therapy for speech and occupational therapy, mostly because of how much the work for that’s been increased at his regular school. And we’re seeing, at least, a little bit of progress on those fronts. Continue reading
Like the last two years, we’ve celebrated with cupcakes and the like, with no real decision when/if we’re going to throw a party for him. It’s hard to decide to do the party thing when he really doesn’t have any friends – he’s not invited to any of the other children’s birthday parties from his class at school, and we don’t really know any of the other parents in the class, despite my wife being the class parent. We’ll probably do some family thing over Memorial Day weekend again, since that’s a convenient time for my family to come down. Continue reading
We frequently hear about how children with Autism are excluded from parties – I’ve written about the topic before, unapologetically. There’s also been quite a bit about how kids with Autism tend to be marginalized by not having a lot of folks come to their parties…
But one good thing in the world is family. You can have hundreds of folks out there who aren’t going to include your child, but your family will always, always include your kids, no matter what.
This weekend was my nephew Z’s birthday party… and I’ll admit that I’d been somewhat nervous about the idea of taking the Monster to the party. Continue reading
The Monster’s belated birthday party is this weekend.
Because R is two, his birthdays are lightly themed, but are moving in the direction of having some kind of actual structure – we’ll probably have to have a “real” birthday party for him next year. The Monster, at six, still is getting what is really an overglorified playdate with a BBQ… for a lot of good reasons. Continue reading
It seems that we’ve survived another trip around the sun – today is the Monster’s sixth birthday.
I feel almost like I’m writing last year’s entry all over again. Just like last year, the wife’s off to the school with cupcakes and an activity, and we’re holding off the birthday party for a few weeks to avoid Mothers’ Day (and the Preakness next weekend). Continue reading
Yesterday was our nephew’s fourth birthday party.
As you get to four years old, you start discussing ‘real’ birthday parties – perhaps something different than what we do for the kids (a BBQ or over-glorified playdate), and this year, our nephew Z had a party at a movie theater. Continue reading
The Monster loves cake.
Okay, so most five year olds love cake too. And the Monster has, correctly, correlated “cake” with “birthday” to realize that in general, going to a birthday party means getting cake. So the Monster likes birthdays.
He hasn’t quite… grasped the rest of the birthday concept yet. Continue reading
Well, aside from what happened after the party was over…
The Monster’s party has been a work in progress for probably about two weeks as we worked to clean our house and get things organized food-wise. Normally, we have a small turnout of folks who already know what a disaster our place can be, but this was a party with a larger audience – all told, it was about three dozen people, with at least another dozen invited who couldn’t come. Continue reading