Autism, Motherhood

My Daily Dose of Autism

The Potty Chronicles:

Today, something strange happened.

All was quiet on the battle ground.  No weapons were drawn. No fighting arose.

Carter actually put on his underwear without fussing.

He sat on the potty several times today without protesting and he only had 2 accidents so far today.  As soon as I made a comment about how I couldn’t wait until he was able to communicate to me that he had to “go”, he actually came to me and took my hand to lead me to the bathroom.  I was elated.  He pulled down his underwear and held his arms out for me to lift him on the toilet.  When he started peeing, I was screaming, but quietly.  I didn’t want to freak him out or overwhelm him with my craziness and overexcitement.  I was like, “Oh my god, this is so great.  I am so happy.  Carter you’re doing so awesome!” And I yelled it through a whisper.

I mean, this is only the second day of cold turkey potty training.  No diapers (except to sleep in).  Only underwear. Even in public.  Thug life!

We went to the park to watch Vanessa’s softball game (great job Vanessa!) and I took him to the bathroom there. I was kind of nervous because it’s really small and closed in, so I thought he might be afraid and freak out.  Much to my surprise, he didn’t even flinch or tense up! This kid has really been out of this world lately.  The second time he went to the bathroom was on his own.  He was running around the park and started heading toward the bathrooms.  I really didn’t think anything of it until he walked into the bathroom and actually did his business. I’m honestly overwhelmed by all of this progress. Especially when three days ago he was kicking and screaming when I tried to put underwear on him.  Especially since a few weeks ago he majorly freaked out while sitting on the toilet.  Especially since when I used to tell him to go to the bathroom he would have a meltdown. He was so afraid to pee or poop in the toilet.  These last two days of progress has happened so quickly.  But hey, I’m not complaining.  I’m just in awe of all Carter has accomplished with this roadblock that he just bulldozed through.  We still have work to do though, but this was a great start.

Looks like the giant 3D puzzle is coming together.  I mean, it has like 10,000 pieces, so it takes a little longer, but progress is being seen.  Now, tomorrow could be totally different, but I’m up for it.

I’ve got some newfound optimism thanks to all this great support from family, friends, and even strangers.  As always, thank you to everyone for taking this journey with us.

Buckle up, because it’s full speed ahead!

Big boy status!
Big boy status!

1 thought on “My Daily Dose of Autism”

  1. We are just at the beginning stages of potty training. My older daughter who has autism took 2 1/2 years to completely train so I am so nervous! Your post gave me hope! Congrats on the great day!


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