We’re back from our trip and I am happy to report that it all went really, really well.
A local snowstorm caused a bit of stress getting out of NY. We had to sit on the plane for nearly an hour while they sprayed the plane with deice gel twice and blew hot air at the ice in the engines. It was the only time the entire trip that we had to turn to the emergency meds. And I admit, I probably did so a little preemptively knowing there was another 30-45 minutes of sitting there on the plane going no where. No regrets. He waited it out patiently and we were soon underway.
The rest of the trip was splendid. Adrian was calm and happy throughout. My husband and I were a bit surprised by how relaxing and enjoyable it was. In many ways it was much less stressful than traveling with 3 typical kids with all their typical sibling fights, typical complaints and typically different ideas about what we should do next.
No. This trip was just for Adrian. So we went from park to park, ride to ride – only ever going on the things Adrian liked best. We used maps and apps to allow him choices about where he wanted to go and what he wanted to do or eat. But even when we were doing the planning, he went along happily and patiently.
There was not one aggressive behavior incident. No pinching. No fits in the car. No fits in the restaurants. Just happy and calm. It was amazing!
That’s not to say that he wasn’t Adrian. He did get silly once or twice. He took a whole box of Cheerios and ran the the bedroom and closed the door, laughing hysterically. But then without the stress of having to deal with other kids too, it really wasn’t a big deal. If he wanted to eat Cheerios in bed, why not let him? We opened the door and left him right there in bed watching tv with his snack. I think even he was shocked that we were so chill about it.
Now that we’re back and I know how well these trips can go, I’m definitely looking forward to taking him again in the future. I’d love to make it annual but considering how much it costs… well it might be every other year instead.
Still. So happy to have returned to say it was a super successful trip and we can’t wait to do it again!