🌧 🍕 👯♂️🕺🍷J.R. has wonderful memories of the women who helped me raise him- moms from our old neighborhood. He stays in touch with them via text (poor girls) but leave it to @amyvcohen to give him what he wanted- a “Real Housewives of Plantation” reunion.
Of course J.R. requested a pool party and he GOT IT- even though it poured down rain. 💦 He became a little bit upset 😠 when we finally threw in the towel. As as hard as that was to watch, I think it was an important reminder to those who don’t see him as often that he still faces major challenges. 🥵
Once indoors, meltdown over, he apologized for his behavior. This is always a bittersweet convo as we want him to understand, like we do, that he mostly cannot help himself. 😢 🧩 👎🏼
J.R. made the rounds to be sure to talk to each of the moms, asking them about their own kids. He taught Michele how to add his contact to her phone, challenged Christy (who he once named his “Tuesday” girlfriend) to a “who is taller / meaner” contest, and got a dance lesson from Miami gurl Heather. 📱🙋 💃🏼
It was a perfect day. Mostly because the moms MADE the time- flu bugs, soccer tourneys, and the need to pack for a ski trip couldn’t keep them away.
Also, Amy made lasagna. 🍷🍝
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Germs galore 🦠, HUGE crowds, 💥 🎺 major noise 🎺💥 , wait times, and HEIGHTS! 😱 🤯 What’s to like about the @southfloridafair when a family member has autism? EVERYTHING. And thanks to J.R.’s amazing teachers and therapists, he replaced “I wanna go home,” with “I want to go on the Sky Ride, but I can be flexible” (while dad and bro first eat their way toward the rides). #autism #southfloridafair #flexibility #fun #funnelcake #autismpodcast #autismawareness
📣 This weekend, we traveled to Orlando so that Dylan could compete at the ALL OUT CHAMPIONSHIP with his cheerleading squad under the Cheerabilities division. 🧩
I was already highly emotional going in because of my extensive (and lengthy) past with cheer and dance competitions (gooooo Panthers!). I miss coaching tremendously, but more than anything I know first hand what it takes for all of those teams to make the mat, and it is NOT easy.
Enter Dylan... the performing part was the least of my worries. He doesn’t get nervous nor intimidated by any of it. He does, however, have a low tolerance for the overstimulation the weekend brought. Everything he did this weekend was out of his comfort zone.
👍🏻 The good: he tolerated the drive there, dinner at a restaurant, and sleeping in the hotel room. He also got through the entire morning of practices, long waits, photos, and unfamiliar environments for a good three hours (he usually only has a 45-minute window).
👎🏻 The bad: immediately after performing, he had the first meltdown followed by a second once inside the awards room (think bright lights, loud music, cheering/singing squads, and a delay in the announcements.
I tried to keep him calm, but nothing worked. Ultimately, we got him off the stage where the teams awaited the announcements, and I lost it as well. 🤷🏼♀️ I had to leave the room in a self-imposed timeout, and daddy took over with Dylan.
By the time I recovered, I walked back into the room to find the team had WON the championship within their category. Hooray! 💔 But it was heartbreaking to watch Dylan receive his medal in full meltdown mode instead of happy and excited.
I’m not sure where we go from here. Not sure if he will want to continue on this path or if he got spooked.
For now, we will focus on all he (and we) accomplished this weekend and continue keeping on as usual...just keep swimming.
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My pig 🐽 Jennifer Hammiston of the National Pig Racing Association proved today that pork is America’s best kept secret. 🤫 🥓 ¿Como?
Today was a good day for a good day. It’s amazing what a different person I become when I can breathe.
Maybe it was the weather? Maybe it was the deep fried bacon cheeseburger 🍔 🍝 meatballs, corn dogs 🌽 🌭, pretzels 🥨, and life size glazed donuts 🍩, but when my kids are in their happy place at the SAME time, I READY myself to do things I wouldn’t normally do- like lead a crowd to cheer for, and accept a prestigious award 🐽 for fastest PIG at The South Florida Fair.
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