We were a little apprehensive, as Bob didn't actually know anyone at the party and it was in a place he was unfamiliar with. But we were among friends so we thought "even if he does (schlock! horror!) behave like an autie kid", that no-one will raise an eyebrow.
Apart from having to carefully guard the birthday cake, and marshal the exit in case of a daring escape attempt, all went exceedingly well. I would, however, advise anyone who invites Bob to future birthday parties to lock up their marshmallows, as he jealously guarded them throughout (mostly in his stomach).
He had a hesitant start, but was seduced into the main play area by bubbles and a big orange ball he shared a brief, but passionate, fling with.
He also loved the jungle gym that was produced later on, and used it to work off the marshmallow sugarbuzzz.
It is a big deal for an autie kid to be invited to a Regular Kid's birthday party in his own right...not as an after-thought tag to a big brother or sister. I want to thank Taz from the bottom of my heart for treating my son with respect, acceptance and a whole lotta love. You rock honey!
Bob's Dad and the Elder Toads collected us from the party and we braved the M1, the M50 ( Jazzy's *cough* favourite road) and the M11 / N11 (wish they'd make up their minds), with only the occasional groovy wriggle from Bob's seatbelt, and not too many demands from the elder toads to stop looking at each other.
Road-trips are FUN!!!
After our recent episodes of moonlight screenings of Dora and Fireman Sam, we were a little worried that another dose of unfamiliar surroundings might be the undoing of our recovering Night Owl.
Thankfully, our fears were unfounded and he slept like a....well, not quite a baby, but a 5 year old autie kid who had been partying all day.
On Sunday morning we had an episode (euphemism for minor-ish meltdown) precipitated by a fruitless early morning search for "Bob on YouTube", but an extra-special blanket hug from Auntie Alison (she adores being called auntie heeheehee)
and a visit to a nearby waterfall calmed his frazzled nerves....(OK, and maybe ours as well).
Hey, we survived An Unusual Weekend Chez Bob (the pilot episode of a future mini-series) and feel the better for it.
And to think we were worried about parties....bring 'em on baby!!!