Back to School and Butt Paste

You know you’re tired when…..

You wake up, stumble to the bathroom, keep the lights off so Brad can wake up on his own terms, grab my toothbrush and put what looks like the tube of Sensodyne on my brush. Turn on your toothbrush to quickly learn its DESITIN BUTT PASTE that you are cleaning your teeth with!

To all the Moms that have used this product you know its not the easiest to rinse out of your mouth or off your tongue so I am certain you can get the visual.

Fast Forward 30 minutes.

Brad comes to kitchen to make his lunch and I mention I don’t feel right. My tummy is naucous and feel a bit sweaty on my palms. He reads on the Desitin tube and all it says, “Seek immediate medical attention and call poison control.”  I then have him look online and for the amount I ingested it will quickly act as a laxative but that is all I should notice. What a morning!  So the bright side is it made a few people on my conference calls start their days with  laughter and I guess I won’t have to worry about any diaper rash with the amount of times I went to the restroom.  So that’s kind of like a win? Right?

Count down has started and 13 days until first day of school.  This time a year is always a stressful time for me trying to get a handle on all the new schedules.  It’s a typical issue with most parents but the coordination of a therapy schedule on top of all the back to school changes for both boys is enough to make you want to go back to Nacho Mamas somewhere is Mexico!

I am feeling like we are getting closer and excited and nervous about what this year will bring Cody and Cameron. So many unknowns that are juggling up there and should make a pretty interesting school year for them both. Most of which I need to hand over to God and ensure they are both happy.

Looking forward to capturing the moments through my writing this year.

In 13 days we will transition from summer into fall schedules.

Cody’s schedule is again very aggressive with 12 hours of communications class with speech and occupational therapy, 36 hours of ABA, 1 hour of outside speech therapy and 1 hour of equine per week.  Therapies will be 6 days/50 hours on with Sundays off to hopefully go watch BroBro play baseball or shoot with the Marcus Target Team.

Cameron’s schedule will also be demanding with his classes, baseball, shooting practices and tournaments and commitment with his volunteer hours needed for lettering all at the same time logging hours for his driver’s license in March and of course squeezing in all his social activities and tee times!  Where I am excited to retire from being his Uber driver, it also makes me a bit sad that between now and March will be my last time to ever drive him to school.  Corny I know but again this is one of those times where Cody has once again taught us how to live more purposeful and present and it sometimes makes me a bit sappy.  Makes me a bit hungry too for a State Fair of Texas Corny dog!


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

3 thoughts on “Back to School and Butt Paste

  1. I feel in my heart that both boys will have a great school year! And mama….remember to take care
    of you. Great blog! Love you All!


  2. Please tell me you DIDN’T put the toothpaste where the Desitin was to be used for!
    This is funny, probably more funny later in weeks or months, than now.

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