Happy Sunday everyone.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful, relaxing, recharging weekend with their families.
This morning I was up at 6.30am getting everything ready for our Santa photo.
We were lucky enough to get a sensory santa timeslot at 8am at the Dapto Mall shopping centre.
I can't say that has ever been my first choice for santa photos but they are the only ones locally that offer a sensory santa. What a great experience it was. James was a treat. There was no line, santa kept to himself unless James promted interaction and the photograpghers didn't fuss, got the shot and straight out. Scarlett wasn't the bigget fan of the man in red, but I got my 2016 santa photo and thats all that matters.
James has come a long way since his last years santa photo.
James screamed the centre down last year. Wouldn't have his hair done and would only wear a hideous blue cotton tshirt that he used to live in every single day.
He knows who santa is now and christmas really excites him.
A fellow ASD Mum asked me this morning, 'when did James understand Christmas'?
The answer: Just over the last few months.
He will be 4 in January and this is the first year he has understood christmas, santa and presents.
I actually have wqrapped presents under our christmas tree this year.
Last year I had to hide them in a cupboard because anytimr James saw a present, he thought they were for him. Last year James unwrapped his gifts and his sisters.
I am so excited for Christmas this year.
So yesterday I went to a hairdresser to have my haircut.
I really needed it, my hair was so long and thick it was matting together and creating dread locks.
Probably should brush my hair daily rather than my once a week effort. Oh well.
It was the first time I had been to this particular hair salon, mainly because they are an in and out service. I don't have time to sit in a salon for 5 hours.
She regconised me.
She regconised me from the Source Kids article I wrote.
She was genuinely interested in our story and ASD support and awareness.
It was really refreshing to have a conversation with someone that wasn't just making small talk.
Its so nice to see that our journey is reaching far and wide and bringing awareness to a mainstream community.
She gave an awesome haircut too, I will be back.
Not long till christmas and not long till the end of term. Two weeks.
James' whole schedule is finsihing up pretty much for the whole of January, I don't know whether to be happy about it or sad. How will he go without external therapy? Will he be climbing the walls? Will I be climbing the walls?
From the 1st of Feb 2017 James will be one busy boy. He will have something every single day. Early intervention, pre school, therapy and soccer training. He will be a busy busy boy so I should just enjoy a January free....
Much Love to you all,