It's been a while since my wife, Jonathan's mom, went on a business trip or girl's weekend. This weekend she is, and she's running a half-marathon in sunny Phoenix, Arizona while Jon Jon and I are curled up in our warm house while the temps hover around 10 degrees with plans to dip below zero in the next few days.
This is also one of those times when I realize just how much Jen does for Jonathan, and how much she does around here. And we both appreciate her more than we can usually say.
It also says a lot that of all the books Jonathan has, the ones he wants read to him at night the most are the social stories about our family, and specifically about times like this to help him understand that Mommy isn't going to be home every day--that life includes business trips and other events that throw routine out the window. And since most kids on the spectrum want structure and are anal retentive about that structure and routine, it's doubly difficult to guide them through the adjustments. Those books are comforting to him and I'm glad Jen takes the time to put them together.
She also quarterbacks a rigorous morning and nighttime routine that requires a several-page manual, right down to the scripted conversation we're supposed to have on the way to school.
I will say it's nice to have some one on one time with Jonathan, and I think the older he gets, the more he appreciates that time together.
So today is a day of appreciation for Mommy, as she is running that half-marathon right now. We are sending vibes of love and good luck, and we also are looking forward to appreciating her in person tomorrow night.