Is anyone else starting to feel a bit stir crazy? I definitely am. Brandon and I have been cooped up together for over a week now.
We have taken some walks. However, we live in the Midwest and that means spring is full of rain. We have made hearts for our front window. We put the big stuffed tiger (named Truman) in the window. We have made brownies, hot dogs and cheese, ramen noodles, and Brandon has eaten a ton of chips. We have worked on the puzzle that was harder than I thought it would be.
My youngest son, Josh, and I ventured out to the grocery store yesterday. We wiped down the shopping cart before we started and wiped our hands frequently while shopping. We stayed six feet away from others and stood in a line for some of the last ground beef. We finally found some flour, bought two bags, and dropped one off at a friend’s house who needed some. (Sorry there was no yeast to be found, Suzanne).
One of my nephews visited with us yesterday for a bit. We sat around my big kitchen table and didn’t breathe or cough on each other. Brandon didn’t sniff him even though I know he wanted to.
Brandon and I are getting a bit tired of only seeing each other. He has played Mario Kart, listened to his iPod, read some of his Little Critters books. We have not, however, done his most favorite thing in the world. We have not gone to Cabelas.
I have explained why we can’t. I think he somewhat understands, but I am not sure he cares too much anymore. It’s hard because I can’t give him a time frame for when we can go. I can’t tell him how many wake ups it will be.
Our friend, Caleb, sent a link for virtual tours of Cabelas. Brandon loves that, but it isn’t the same. He still wants to go to the actual store.
We have FaceTimed with Lorie. That was interesting. Brandon was a bit confused about seeing Lorie’s face on my phone. But he finally got the hang of it. We are face timing with her again this evening. I am so thankful for her!
I belong to a private Facebook group for autism moms. We are supporting each other virtually and it helps to know they are struggling, too. We see regression in our kids. We see struggling in our kids. We have “talked” about those struggles. And we have also laughed together. They have been so helpful for me! It is nice to know that I am not the only one that wants to pull my hair out sometimes.
During these challenging times, I would ask that you keep all of the autism families out there in your thoughts and prayers. Being cooped up is hard. It is challenging. However, we know it is the right thing to do, even if our children don’t understand why we are doing it.
Stay well everyone and keep washing those hands!