5 Weeks and Still Standing

There s so many wonderful resources out there that I take advantage of from organizations and supportive parents when it comes to our Autism Community.  There is everything like the magical Santa that played with the child on the floor during his visit to the North Pole, remedies that can help your child get a good nights rest, information on picky eaters or sensory problems, etc.

But, what about a child that will no longer sit for his baths? November 10, 2015 was the last time for him to sit and enjoy his bubble time!

To give you just a little history and I know many of you already know this by the multiples photos taken over the last 3 years but Cody Rivers would run when you mentioned, “Let’s do do Bubbles!”  Or ,if we were to go swimming he would be the last one out of the pool! And, last spring when Dallas would not stop raining, we just played in the rain!  He is known to want to catch raindrops off the roof top with his hands and mouth.  The boy LOVES the water! Or should I say LOVED.   

So what happened that mysterious Thursday evening? Did he see his shadow?  Did the colorful foam letters look like tiny monsters? Did another wrinkle in his brain develop to make him sense fear of water?  Is he just ready to start taking showers?  Or is he just pulling our leg to see how long we will hold out?

We have tried different tubs, motivating toys and I even got in the tub with him to try to get him to sit!  All of which failed.

Today marks 5 weeks and the mystery continues….We will continue trying but in the mean time we will take our baths standing and making up fun games to get all our limbs clean! These are times I wish I could just ask him.

Published by mamalamaneustupa

Bio My name is Shelley Neustupa. I am a mother of two cool boys and a wife of 22 years to my high school sweetheart. My oldest son attends the University of Oklahoma. Boomer! My youngest is in 2nd grade and was diagnosed with Autism and Mixed Receptive Expressive Disorder at age 2. Since his diagnosis, I promised him I would advocate and educate as hard as he works each day in therapy. I began writing and have been able to touch many parents that may be new to this journey providing them with actual experiences (not candy coated), support and resources through my entries. Writing is my therapy and my hope one day that my nonverbal son will be able to take these diaries and speak about his own journey and how autism relates to his own experiences. Who knows he and his older brother may become National Speaker’s one day? Come along on our journey to better understand our lives through the eyes of a boy with autism, his Skilled Companion dog Jude, his big brother (and best friend) and mom and dad. My raw vulnerability captures the everyday moments of our journey and will bring even more awareness. A week does not go by where we do not learn something new about ourselves and I want to share these chapters with you. My Sons Undeniable Strengths… Extremely smart and figures out things quickly. Has a memory that allows him to remember more things than I could ever hope for. Persuasive by his personality and sheepish looks. Overabundance of stamina and strength. Loves the outdoors. Enjoys life and always has fun with an unforgettable smile. You can find us here: Writer: Autism Through His Eyes Facebook Instagram YouTube Pinterest Canine Companions for Independence News Interview Cody and Skilled Companion Jude - Our Story

One thought on “5 Weeks and Still Standing

  1. Shelly, thank you for letting me to take part in your journey and to read and watch from a far your love and devotion to your family and your children. I have such respect got you and Brad. Your babies are beautiful little men and that smile lifts me up each I see it on your post.
    Please know your loved and a gift to us all from above.


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