It feels ages since I last sat down and wrote my blog. I’ve come to the conclusion that June is the busiest month of the year for us as a family. Both of our ASD children celebrate their birthdays this month. Our daughter turned 12 last week and our youngest son turns 7 at the end of next week. So much preparation is involved in making their birthdays a success and not a stressful day for them both.
As they are both huge fans of Harry Potter, we are taking them to the Harry Potter Studios this weekend as a birthday treat. Our daughter has been before with us and knows what to expect, but our youngest son has never wanted to go due to the crowds and queueing. I have prepared him for the day with a social story and we will take a rucksack full of sensory toys/equipment to help him to feel less anxious. There’s no guarantees it will work but it’s better to be prepared than just wing it on the day!!
On top of this, our youngest son had scarlet fever at the beginning of the month and was poorly for 10 days. Then yesterday my husband and I attended his Statement Review meeting, which lasted 3 hours and was emotionally draining for us both. I had already spent hours writing the parental contribution for the meeting and going through all the reports from the various professionals involved.
I have also been involved with helping with our youngest son’s school PTA with their fete last Saturday and Fathers Day Sales this week. Although I thrive on being busy, even I am beginning to feel the effects of such a busy month and need some downtime. It’s not likely to come before July as we are now on countdown to how many sleeps until our youngest son’s birthday (another 11 to go!!) and in between that he has a Victorian dress up day at school which is causing anxiety as it’s not a normal day, then Sports Day and a school trip all to happen this month. Roll on July. The summer holidays will seem a breeze compared to this!!