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Word of the Week – Apprehension

We have had a bit of a tough week with the wee man this week. The poor mite has a lot going on and it’s really getting to him, so my word this week is…

On Saturday it will be Neil’s 6th birthday. He is having his first proper party on Saturday morning. Before now we’ve always just had quiet family get togethers for birthdays, but this year Neil wanted a party. We attended a party for someone in his class earlier in the school year, and when he got home his little heart was set on throwing his own party, and how could you say no? He even offered to use the money out of his piggy bank to pay for it if we couldn’t, which both melted and broke my heart at the same time. Such a sweet idea, but I really don’t want him to be worrying about money at his age!

Neil’s ASD means he usually doesn’t enjoy social situations so much, so we were a little bit worried about booking a party and inviting his whole class. At the same time, I thought it was a good thing that he was showing an interest in actually inviting people. He was very excited to take his little Minecraft invitations in to school a few weeks ago!

This week though, things have just gone downhill a bit. The whole thing seems to be too much for him and he’s just not taking it too well. Children with ASD tend to like to know what is happening and when, and Neil is usually no different. I have been trying to talk about it, just throwing it in to conversation so he is prepared for it coming, but every time I mention it he gets all nervous and hits himself in the head. He hasn’t been sleeping very well either, worse than usual in fact, and most nights he has ended up in our bed at some point.

A couple of weeks ago he seemed so excited but now he is so apprehensive and nervous about the whole thing, I’m starting to worry if we made the wrong decision.

I think hope he will be ok once he is at the party and he can throw all of his energy in to playing on the equipment and running around like a mad man, but until then the poor wee pet doesn’t seem to know what to do with himself, and I don’t really know what to do either!

The Reading Residence
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8 Comments

  • Reply Redpeffer January 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Oh bless him and you. There must be so many emotions running through his head right now. I hope he enjoys it once he's actually there.

  • Reply Kim Carberry January 30, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Aww! Bless him! I hope he manages to enjoy his party once it is time and has a fantastic birthday x

  • Reply The Reading Residence January 30, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Oh no, such a shame as he was so looking forward to it. I do hope that he enjoys every second of it once it arrives x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  • Reply mommyslittleprincesses January 30, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Oh bless him ithat was so very sweet of him to offer to pay for his own party. Aaaàh shame, I hope that his party goes well!xx

  • Reply pixiedusk February 1, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Awww what a good boy to offer his own money. Good luck with the party and hope all of you will have lots of fun =) #wotw

  • Reply MummyShire February 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Apprehension is a very apt word; birthday parties are always a bit stressful leading up to them and that's without the worry of ASD too. I do hope that he managed to enjoy himself and the day, and the apprehension was short lived
    #WOTW

  • Reply Muddling Through February 1, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I wish I had something useful to say other than you haven't made the wrong decision because it sounds like he really wanted a party, and you're being lovely and reassuring so fingers crossed he'll have a whale of a time 🙂
    Amy x #wotw

  • Reply Jo Hutchinson February 1, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    I hope he will love every second of the party.

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