We made it!……………….. We actually made it!……………….
First day of the school holidays and I decide that we need to go to the shops. Shopping centres are something that we usually try to avoid with J, they usually lead to huge sensory overload and HUGE meltdowns.
We started the planning yesterday and put together a small shopping list just for J, which obviously included a few of his favourite things and would hopefully give him something to concentrate on whilst at the shops. He asked to take his trolley so that he could put his shopping in it. I confirmed (although rather worried) that he could take it………………… the last time I took him to the shops with his trolley he attacked the checkout lady with it when she took things out of it to scan!
This morning didn’t start well, he had woken up a couple of times through the night (as usual *sigh*) and was in a tired/grumpy mood. He started his day by screaming and shouting for me, then had a “moment” regarding his breakfast and then his clothes. So the thought of going to the shopping centre with him was filling me with dread!
Finally ready to go after several exchanges over the toilet and shoes, he grabbed his trolley and had a brief run around on the drive with it before we left, (better to get some of that energy out before we got to the shops).
When we arrived at the shops we parked in our “usual” car park, (J always insists on parking on the roof), and off we went, my heart racing as fast as his trolley wheels! I wanted to go to the supermarket first, just in case we didn’t make it everywhere that we needed to, at least this way I would have the essentials………………… however J had other ideas. I thought I had been so clever giving him his own shopping list but what I had failed to put on the list was “Mummy’s shopping” and I had forgotten to put the items on his list in the order that I wanted to collect them. First on J’s list was Pokemon figures and so in order to avoid a meltdown (he got that look in his eye) we tottled off to the game shop first and then the Donut stand, (second on his list).
Then came the big test, the dreaded supermarket!! I’m sooooo proud of little man today. Not only did he “cope” with a sensory overloaded supermarket with only a few very minor “moments” and minimal touching and smelling of everything but he also managed to get his trolley around the supermarket and through the checkout with seriously injuring anyone………………. minor ankle bumps don’t count LOL
We decided to get the lift back to the car park and off we went………………….. We had made it!
Well Done Little Man, I promise no more shopping for you this week