Sensory Overload

As we all know, this past weekend was Memorial Day weekend.  I love that we as a country can celebrate those that have fought for our country and our freedom.  I am also glad that I get to work for a company that gives us the day off to be with family.

Every so often though, this weekend is extra special because it falls on our anniversary weekend.  This year was one of those years.  I even took Friday off to extend the weekend, which was much needed and worth it.  We had a great time celebrating us and also just spending one last long weekend together as a family.

One of the things we did a lot this weekend was go to the pool.  Our son, who has had sensory issues with multiple things, enjoyed the pool last year, but it took him quite awhile to get used to it, and this year started out no different.  All weekend we would go to the pool just after it opened and would play till about lunch time.  A few families would start to trickle in by the time we would leave, but for the most part, it would be empty and really allow Sam the freedom to get used to the pool.

Memorial Day rolls around and we decide to go to the pool after his nap because we had to do a few errands in the morning.  When we arrived, the place was packed.  All of the tables were taken up, the pool was full, and we almost couldn’t find any chairs to sit at and keep our things. It felt like we were at White Water and I could tell that Sam wasn’t that comfortable because he kept on tightening his grip around me as I carried him until we found some chairs to put our things.

As I placed Sam down to try to put on his Puddle Jumper floaty, he got nervous and wouldn’t let me put it on.  He kept on saying “NO, no no.” We thought this would be a very short lived adventure but we just put him on the bench and handed him his fruit snack we had brought for him.  He just sat and watched all that was happening around him.  He finished his fruit snack and asked for some graham crackers and continued to watch all that was going on.  Then, something happened.  The whistle blew and all of the kids got out of the pool… ADULT SWIM!  It was as if Sam saw his opportunity and his hole demeanor changed.  We put on his floaty’s and he walked over to the steps and put his feet in the water. WIN!!!

Eventually, he got in the water with me once adult swim was over.  We floated, I threw him up in the air, and we played with neighbors that we saw at the pool.  It was an over all epic win.

I have personally never had sensory issues, but having a kid who has them, I understand the struggle.  It feels great when Sam gets comfortable enough to participate in what is going on around him.  I know this may be something we always have to work though, but it is such an amazing feeling when as a parent, you see your kid conquer something that is so crippling to them.

Its moments like these that are so rewarding as a parent.  It helps me grow in patience and understanding and continues to shape me into a better person and into the dad I need to be.

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