Yesterday I was reminded once again that my challenges with Derek have only just begun. I took Tyler and Derek to the 1st day of the library's summer reading program. They had a magic show. A bunch of kids were there and a handful of parents. All the kids sat on the ground in front of the magician. Except mine. Tyler is definitely a Momma's Boy. He wanted to sit right next to me. And then there was Derek. He ran back and forth and spun in circles at the back of the room. He had a big grin on his face and every once in a while tried to make a mad dash toward the front where the magician was. I had to jump up and grab him before he got in the way. I tried to get him to sit with me, and I even tried to pin him between my legs when he got really antsy, but he ended up screaming. I am quickly learning that when Derek doesn't want to do something, I am not strong enough to control him. That scares the crap out of me. I also wondered what the other parents thought of me. I don't think many of them knew Derek was autistic. They must have thought I was one of those awful parents...the kind who have no control over her own kids.
Derek also had his photos taken by Katie Arndt yesterday. He won a package a few months ago from Time for Baby because he won a Cutest Kid Contest. :) So we went out to Cottonmill Park and took a bunch of pictures. Hopefully a few will turn out good. He was not overly cooperative. Neither was Tyler. The only thing that really made Derek smile was when Katie pulled out the bubbles. Derek was much more interested in exploring the trees, looking at the lake, and staring at the birds flying in the sky.
|The picture that won Derek the Cutest Kid Contest at Time for Baby!|