Sunday, January 20, 2013

Happy 7th Birthday to The Boy

Today is The Boy's 7th birthday. And like most mother's I wonder where the time went. It seems like only yesterday I brought him home from the hospital. 

Birthday parties are tough when you have a kid with autism. And for the last few years, we've really struggled about what to do to celebrate.  Last year, we went to the Monster Truck showWe get by with going to his school and bringing in cupcakes. But this year, the NYC School Bus Strike kind of put a damper on that. 

So this year, we kept it really low key. We went to friend's house yesterday and we had cupcakes and sang. The Boy had fun playing with his friends.  And today, we spent the day in Connecticut - just me, The Boy and The Husband. We went to the Maritime Aquarium, the Stepping Stones Children Museum and to P.F. Chang's for an early dinner. 

The Husband and I wish we could have done something more...typical (for lack of a better word). But The Boy had fun. He got some cool new toys and books. He got Chinese rice and cake. And as long The Boy has a good time on his birthday, that's all that matters.

How do you celebrate birthdays?    


Feeling very Downton Abbey in this photo.  

They were so serious. I got hit a lot.  
Having a blast! (not to self: next time, short sleeves are best.)

Stepping into a Diego Rivera painting

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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.