Snowsuits

I find myself facing a new paranoia…  I fear the meltdown. Maybe some other day I’ll talk about the meltdown itself, but today I just want to share my success in avoiding one.   I was getting ready this morning, wondering if there is a special way I could wake Emma up that would ensure some semblance of humanity.  I got everything ready, and crept into her room for the attack.  My limbs felt a little bit rubbery and I found myself holding my breath…  Is it possible to just slip jeans on her without waking her up?  Can I change her diaper underneath the blankets?  How about transporting her to Alamosa with her entire mattress and crib? I’ve tried to dress her in the clothes I need her to wear the night before…  Who cares if the “strawberry-ba-ba” leaks pink stains all over, at least I know that it was freshly laundered the day before.  BUT – NO.  That won’t work, because Emma has a very very VERY VERY specific unmutable list of what is or is not going to be worn to bed.  It consists of:  FAIRY PRINCESS DRESSES, VERY SHORT SHORTS, SWIMSUITS, and the occasional Dora, Elmo, or Spongebob short-sleeved pajama TOP.

>sigh<.

I’m screwed.

Anyway, as I was saying, THIS MORNING.  I tried one of my 10 approaches, the “non-chalant mom is not even really here, so just go back to sleep” method.  It worked for a diaper change, but definitely not pants.  The legs were just beginning to wind up (kind of like a spinning chandelier) and her vocal cords were stretching when I decided that we weren’t going to wear pants.  She could wear the damn spaghetti-strap summer dress to school and I’d bring some pants with her.  But she’d need her coat.  (NOT).  Coats are obviously OUT OF FASHION this week with autistic children, because you would have thought I was trying to smear her down with dog shit.  I tried choices, sweaters, hands-on-forced-dressing, and such.      No way-Jose.  Finally I came running out of the bedroom with her full-body-snowsuit (it’s about 2 feet thick and bright purple).  “Will you wear THIS, Emma?”  Her eyes stopped glazing, and through hiccupped sobs-dying, she said “Yeah.”  So the snowsuit went on, and she even let me take the dress off.  Miracle-of-all-miracles.

The car ride was a different story, but at least she was protected from frost-bite.  I handed a pair of pants and a shirt to the daycare lady and gave her my fondest wishes of wellbeing.

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6 thoughts on “Snowsuits”

  1. Oh my,
    I’ve lost count of the number of times that I have had to take my son to school in his pajamas because he refused to get dressed!
    I feel your pain!!
    I think you’re being a great mom for choosing your battles and not sweating the small stuff.
    Thumbs up!!

  2. After watching the TV movie about Temple Grandin, I have a greater understanding, but just surface stuff. My heart goes out to you all in the struggle.
    There are great resources out there now that there is an increase in autism. With Google you can do searched just within the “blog” category — like you can make image-only searches. You should be able to find similar situations being written about in other blogs and together help each other.

  3. hahahaha. day you have a great sense of humor. and turning all this painful sad stuff into humorous reading is truly like…well….like growing beautiful flowers in…..compost.
    hmmmm
    well, you know what i mean
    mom

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