At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Connecting For Christmas

Isaac experiences the world in a different way and he makes sure YOU do too,...that includes holidays, and it can be a lot to wrap your mind around as we are nearly three years into Isaac's diagnosis for Apraxia, and into our second year for confirmed Autism,...and the learning curve has been steeper than expected especially in regard to holidays,...because there is no way to know exactly how much Isaac understands,...just hints, and clues,...and fragments of a comprehension puzzle. 


With clearly a high intelligence, we are assuming Isaac understand much more than he is able to express,...but it can be daunting to purchase presents having no idea how they will be receive, or IF they will be receive or even acknowledged,...and that can really tug at a mama's heart,...we love our little guy so much and we want to celebrate this joyous time with him,...but we have to figure this Autism Angle out,...and this year,...praise the LORD,...I think we did,...


For starters it doesn't help that Isaac was not feeling 100%,...his icky cold is lingering and he wasn't that enthused with attending a Christmas party,...although he did appropriately play with some other children for a short time,...but then he climbed into Teddy's lap,...and was 'done' for the evening to the point of eventually taking my hand and then his Daddy's hand and leading us to the door, 'Go!' -- too loud, too chaotic, and too much Christmasy stuff going on,...as I observed Isaac is NOT a fan of opening presents,...perhaps it disrupts his sense of order, or the sensory sensations of the paper ripping,...whatever it is,...he's NOT a fan,...thank you very much,...he'd rather go to the dentist than have to open a present. 

So once home, as we open our presents on Christmas Eve,...I quietly opened Isaac's presents and scattered them around the room for him to find. SUCCESS!!!! Isaac liked this method,...surprises every time he came into the living room,...and nothing he received was more fascinating than this little wooden play food set,...with velcro,...so you can 'play-cut' the food,...and serve it to Mama,...and then let her take a turn, and Mama serves Isaac,...and oh-that-wooden-food-is-sooooo-delicious,...

"Yum-Yum" says Isaac,...intent on cutting a hotdog,...and you know it's a carrot, and I know it's a carrot, but Isaac insists that it is an orange hotdog and who am I to interfere with pretend play? Not me,...I was eating orange pretend hotdogs up to midnight,...but I went to bed with a joyful heart, so thrilled to connect with my little guy,...it means so much to us,...


Non-electronic device fascination is a total SCORE!!!!


And you can count the food too,...the cucumber cuts into "FOUR" pieces, says Isaac.


How beloved was this food-set?
Isaac took it to bed with him,...and no doubt had sweet dreams 
of preparing a pretend Christmas dinner!!!



Christmas morning,...and Isaac is back to work,...that food MUST be chopped. 


So much food,...the choices are a delight to Isaac,...


Only we have to pause in our play for the ending of Toy Story 3,....


Hanging out Christmas morning with Isaac,....SWEET!!!!


End of the show,...no problem,...Isaac totally knows how to operate the DVR,...


Then back to work,...


Connecting with Isaac is the greatest Christmas gift for us this year,....

Our little guy experiences the world in a different way,...and he makes sure YOU do too,
and we are learning together how to live, and grow, and celebrate,...

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Until I post again,...may God bless you!

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