Living Arrows: 2/52: My boy is growing up…

The past week has so many photos that it’s hard to choose just one so there’s a couple.

Over the last week J has started Nursery, made the leap to actually touching a new texture (this has taken over a year!) and decided he doesn’t want bedtime nappies anymore. It feels like he is just leaping into being a ‘proper boy’ rather than a toddler. I’m not sure I’m ready for all this yet.

But I have no choice in the matter. Isn’t it frustrating that children have this habit of being on their own timetable rather than the one we want, haha.


So here is J walking to the door at Nursery. He loves to press the buzzer and then goes to wait for the door to be open. I was so anxious about Nursery as I wasn’t sure how his Autism would affect him. Would he be understood? Will he be ok with me to translate for him? But he’s loving it. It’s definately a big adjustment for J and he was emotionally tired after his first session (in fact it took about 4 hours before he’d open up again). It’s a whole new world for J.


Next achievement was J TOUCHING playdough. I’m going to do another blog post in more detail at some point but basically J does not tolerate wet, sticky and messy textures. He has never wanted to approach playdough or salt dough. He occasionally stuck a stick or a car in but wouldn’t physically touch it. But look, he is holding the playdough. He actually touched it, held it and even managed to pull some pieces off. If it stuck on his nail he would have to stop and check his hands were clean before continuing. There were times his hand would do ‘the claw’ and his fingers would stiffen as he adjusted to the texture. Thankfully playdough is quite a dry type of squishy material but it’s still a BIG step.

The last bit of news I don’t have a photo for. A couple of nights ago J announced “no nappy…big boy”. So I reluctantly put him in some ‘special pants’ and we have it a go. J is only just 3. He has been out of nappies in the day since 2 and a half but I didn’t expect night nappies to go until nearer 3 and a half. But in typical J fashion he decided he was ready and we’ve now had 2/2 nights where he is clean and dry all night. He even  woke me up at 4.30am to say he needed the toilet. So that’s it. The last ‘baby’ bits have now gone and there stands my beautiful big boy. I’ve had a few people comment that they are surprised J was toilet trained so early because he is autistic. I think it’s a vey individual thing and depends on the child. Maybe that’s another post I could write. I’ll add it to the list. 

Anyway, I’ve rambled on a lot today so will hush now. I hope you’ve had a great week and settled into 2018. I’d love to know what you’ve been up to?x

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Sounds like some really amazing leaps forward for J!! Well done little guy! I remember the first time Max touched play dough for the first time – I was so proud! ❤

    Marylin x
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    1. mummyest2014 says:

      It’s amazing the achievements that are so ‘everyday’ for some parents but are huge to others. Especially when I thought we’d be stuck in a world of small cars forever x

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  2. Ah children are full of surprises aren’t they. Great to hear he was able to touch a new texture and cope with a new situation. Best wishes for the rest of this term at nursery.

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    1. mummyest2014 says:

      Thanks. Hopefully he’ll
      Continue to love it x

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  3. Wow, it sounds as though you have had an incredible week. Well done J, some huge milestones x

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    1. mummyest2014 says:

      Thanks, I’m very proud of the boy x

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  4. Great achievements, sounds like all is moving forward well, good news! x

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    1. mummyest2014 says:

      Thanks, it’s felt like ages since we started sensory desensitising so I’m really excited by the playdough x

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  5. Where do I find living arrows huni….

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    1. mummyest2014 says:

      There’s an image at the bottom of my post, click the image and it will take you to it x

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  6. Donna says:

    Oh wow, what a massive week for all of you! Such big milestones to all happen in one week, you must be so proud of him x

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    1. mummyest2014 says:

      I’m very proud but it also makes me emotional as I feel that the toddler stage is well and truelly gone now x

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  7. Mummy's Monkey says:

    Sounds like an amazing week and he’s doing so well. Hope he continues to enjoy nursery. They grow up so quickly, I’m never sure whether to be sad or proud

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    1. mummyest2014 says:

      Exactly how I feel…I end up a mixture of excited at all the things we can do now he’s getting older but then want to cry as it’s going too fast z

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  8. Karen Hannah says:

    Some great leaps this week! They grow up so, so fast but I’ve learned to try and enjoy each stage for its own reasons. Hope he continues to enjoy nursery!

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    1. mummyest2014 says:

      Thanks, I’m trying to appreciate each day and remember all the amazing milestones yet to come x

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