I start my day, every day, at 6am or earlier depending on how much sleep L has decided that he needed the night before and how early O decides that she needs to wake up.
Most mornings there is an argument over my phone and it is easier just to give in as no one wants a meltdown at 6.01am or earlier!
I've learnt to pick my battles, there are some that really aren't worth fighting over.
Some mornings run smoothly, some don't. If the wrong person gets L out of bed, or his breakfast sandwich is cut the wrong way, if his shorts are uncomfortable or have pockets, or the wrong show is on TV, then all hell can break loose.
Time for coffee #1.
Lunches, we're very lucky in that both my little superheroes at very predictable in what they will eat at school. Their lunch box content rarely varies so this is the quick part of the morning!
Depending on the day, depends what needs to be prepared.
Breakfast on the other hand, this can go on and on and on....... If able to, I am sure that L would just keep eating. Most mornings we have to put a stop to L's eating otherwise we would never leave the house on time!
Time for coffee #2!
By then I have lost count of how many coffees I have had.
Then you can add in doing the weekly shopping, paying bills, chasing up medication scripts, trying to figure out the NDIS portal, don't get me started on that abomination, and any of the little superheroes extra curricular activities!
Any other week day I head off to work after either dropping the little superheroes at school or at before school care. I do enjoy heading off to work as I get to leave my stress at the door and can concentrate on doing my job. Work for me is a welcome distraction from our autism journey.
Saturday is swimming lesson time. Sunday is spent trying to catch up on the previous week and getting everything ready for the following week.
If I say no to a play date at an unfenced park it is because I know that L will try to escape and I will spend the entire time following him around the park. Home or a fenced park is a much better option.
I rarely have a day off where nothing is planned so when I do get a "day off" I honestly don't feel like being social.
My last Tuesday day off, I spent a total of 40 minutes at home between leaving for the school drop off at 8am and arriving home at 4.30pm after collecting both little superheroes. Tuesday really isn't a day off for me and when I am asked "how was your day off," at times I really want to turn around and say well actually.....
The rare moments that I do get to myself, I either want to sit and do nothing or sleep to catch up some much needed zzzzz's.
Or I want to spend precious time with my little superheroes, just playing or reading with them or watching them play and be creative.
So I'm really not antisocial, I'm just tired.