Mom Win of the Week:
Social interactions have always been tricky for Isla (duh, autism). She’s always had the interest in engaging with peers, but after the greeting, it sort of fizzled out. Lately, something is clicking and she’s asking questions of playmates and waiting for answers and there are a few exchanges and it makes my mama heart so freaking happy I can’t even explain it. It doesn’t stave off all my fears, but it definitely makes them smaller. This big kid shit is hard.
Mom Fail of the Week:
I’ve completely given up on dinner time…and lunch. Fine, and breakfast too. The same 3 things are on rotation and they aren’t even eating that most of the time. My kids are major grazers and convincing them to sit down for more than 30 seconds is asking the world. They eat fairly healthy (healthfully?) so I’m trying not to sweat it too much, but food and meals are one of those things where moms get judged so hard.
Listening to omg, my kids found Baby Shark. Did you know that there are holiday versions?
Watching AJ and I are rewatching The Office and it has been so. good. It’s been long enough that we remember the big parts (like Jim and Pam getting married), but forgot the smaller things (like when Dwight buys the building) and it is still hilarious. It’s easy to watch, doesn’t require much thinking and reminds us of the carefree, kid free days we were living the first time we watched it.
Reading: I just picked up The Four Agreements. I haven’t gotten too far in, and the style takes a little adjusting, but I’m into it. I hate the name “self help”, but I’ve really gotten into it the last few years. I love learning about other people’s perspectives on life and how it works for them.
Wearing: Cardigans have been my jam since it’s freezing in the morning but scorching by the afternoon. It’s an easy layer to take off once it heats up. This one has been my favorite because it’s light weight, but so soft and cozy.
Looking forward to: Halloween! It’s never been my favorite, but Isla is all in on holidays now and Nolan just does whatever she says, so I’m looking forward to our first holiday where both kids “get” it. A perk of this big kid life we’re starting to live.