We went North for 3 weeks. The DAY before we left on the normally 18 hour road trip, Jordan decided he wanted to potty train…and he did!!! The “18 hour” trip took few additional hours though.
This is an area where I didn’t want to push him. Due to
his resistance to change I knew I would lose if I tried to rush him, so I
thought I’d wait for him to decide. I had thought he was ready, but
thought I’d wait until AFTER the trip to add some motivation and
awareness. What I didn’t expect was for him to decide and potty train
himself the day before our big trip!
The greatest part is that it’s just another milestone that marks his
progess away from autism and toward being neurotypical. Everyday I absob
his hugs, revel in his smiles and giggles, delight at his climbing and
hanging off things like a monkey, and they all zing straight at my heart
with a thankfulness that makes me teary for how incredibly blessed we
are . Certainly, it was and still is a lot of work, but considering
what his life would be if we hadn’t done it is nearly unthinkable.
So, we are reveling in the joy of it…when we aren’t having a clash of
wills and the normal 3 year old battles. But even that brings joy
(afterward) it is so wonderful to know I’m battling his will, shaping
and forming his character, and that the tantrums aren’t mostly due to
autism and overwhelmed-ness anymore.