Tuesday, January 15, 2013

autism, puberty, and Huggies baby shaped diapers for girls


Living with autism is so much of our normal, every day life experience that I really don't give it much thought. It's been awhile since Brendan has made an appearance on the ol' blog, and to say that his antics have calmed down would be an understatement. No escapes, no shaving of heads, no violating of animals. He hasn't lit anything on fire for years, and I assure you: we are oh so grateful.

However.

Just like in normally developing kiddos, it's a two steps forward, one step back kind of thing. As soon as certain obsessions fade, new ones develop. For the past year or so, it's been diapers. He loves to look at the cartoon pictures on them (as many are Disney characters), and if he thinks he can get away with it, he'll snatch up that little folded bit of absorbent goodness and slip it on. That supple, crinkly cotton feels so good against certain parts that puberty has made more...sensitive...and, like other 14 year olds, sometimes he just can't help himself. At the church Christmas party last month, suffice it to say that more than one little girl got a nice visual of what a happy (read: aroused) teenage boy looks like, after he had successfully snuck off with a diaper bag. It was the first time that he's dropped his drawers that wasn't at home or school, but apparently? It won't be the last.

Dear God, please do not let "public nudity" be the theme of 2013.


11 comments:

  1. Aww, he's grown so handsome. And his voice! What a babe. He's what's going to keep your mind sharp when you're old and the rest of us are fogging out. Wouldn't mind an update on the others while you're at it.

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  2. That video is awesome. I love that you have a sense of humor about it all...what an adventure.

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  3. It must be hard to stay mad at him... he's such a sweetheart!

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  4. God made austistic children gorgeous and hilarious and spirit-filled and hilarious and gorgeous, and .. . . you got it . . . for a reason. The world just wouldn't be nearly as fun without them. Your son is precious. Good luck with puberty! ;)

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  5. God love the both of you. If it feels good do it, right? :)

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  6. Minnie Mouse is a cute one! I'd wear em too!

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  7. oh my. yes he is a looker! you have your hands full God love ya....kids (of all developmental ages) do have a way of keeping us humble don't they?!

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  8. I guess I haven't been following your blog long enough to know much about your kids, or I've missed the posts about Brendan. I know a couple people who have sons on the spectrum and it can sure be an adventure. Sounds like you deal with these little blurps in life. God bless you all!

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  9. Ahh they joys of boys and all their...parts. Oy vey! My hat is off to you! Thank goodness he is so cute and charming, right? :-D

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  10. Oh Rebecca! I'm so sorry this made me laugh! I know from my own experiences, that you have to laugh, or you'll start crying and never stop. We went through a period, at our house, where peeing in shoes was the "fad."
    I'm here catching up today, and was so excited to see a Brenden story. I wish you would post one every day!

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  11. Oh Rebecca! I'm so sorry this made me laugh! I know from my own experiences, that you have to laugh, or you'll start crying and never stop. We went through a period, at our house, where peeing in shoes was the "fad."
    I'm here catching up today, and was so excited to see a Brenden story. I wish you would post one every day!

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