A Buggy Buddy – Tues 25th March 2014

Sometimes T and D amaze me. My pair of pickles who remind me of Tom and Jerry, they will frequently spar and get on each others’ nerves, partly due to their autism and differing intellectual levels. Tween hormones playing a part too.

But sometimes they make each other smile, today was one of those days.

D had had trampolining after school so T and I had a coffee shop visit, he’ll chat about football on the way and rush off to find our “usual” table whilst good old Mumma picks up the drinks. He was very smiley today because he’ll be playing in the school football team tomorrow away at another school and he’ll also be captain! T takes his football very seriously, as regular readers of my blogs will be aware.

T’s happy mood continued all the way to D’s school and she was tired but on good form, slightly worried that we won’t be home before bedtime (but then she always worries about that, she is an absolute stickler for routine). (We’re 15 minutes walk away).

As D was tired, she wanted to go in her buggy, it also made it easier as we live near dog-walking woods and it was getting close to that time, there are normally hoards of cars (and therefore strangers to fuel D’s anxieties), pulling up with their dogs excitedly barking away.

Up until the last couple of years, it has only been me who D would allow to push her buggy. She would scream and scream if Hubby attempted it and it did make me feel saddened that she wouldn’t accept anyone else, similarly it was only me who’d she’d tolerate at night time.

D is now 150cm tall, she’s got a few cm to go before she catches up with me, but at the age of nearly 10 years old, that makes for quite a buggy load. I will admit that sometimes my back suffers, as I don’t drive, transport is via my feet!

Anyway, today, T stepped up and offered to push for a while. Not only did he offer (which was lovely), but D accepted! It meant I could walk alongside her, holding her hand which she liked.

And we got back well before the evening routine too.

I’m never sure where my blog fits within blogging categories but was over the blooming moon to be shortlisted last year in the Brilliance in Blogging awards. Nominations are now open for this year and there is a category encompassing mental health, within the Health category.

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I’m also linking this into Magic Moments and Small Steps Amazing Achievements.



  • http://pinkoddy.co.uk/blog/ pinkoddy

    Oh that is great that T offered and D accepted – that is going to be a great help if it continues too isn’t it.

    • http://www.autismmumma.com/ Jeannette

      Thanks, it definitely will. All very much dependent on individual moods and tolerance levels but it all seemed ok at that point :)

  • http://over40andamumtoone.wordpress.com/ over40andamumtoone

    That must have been such a wonderful moment for you #SSAA

    • http://www.autismmumma.com/ Jeannette

      It was really lovely, thanks x

  • http://mummytoboyz.blogspot.co.uk/ Mummy to boyz

    What a fab step! I hate ‘that time’ of the evening too ##SSAA

    • http://www.autismmumma.com/ Jeannette

      Thanks, me too. Everyone’s tired and just wants to get home :-/

  • rebecca beesley

    that is brilliant – hope it has started a trend and that it will continue to save your back a bit. x

    • http://www.autismmumma.com/ Jeannette

      Thanks, it hasn’t happened since but the fact it happened at all was just fab! X

  • Aedín Collins

    Great!Hope it will continue for you!

    • http://www.autismmumma.com/ Jeannette

      Thanks, me too :)

  • http://theoliversmadhouse.co.uk/ Jaime Oliver

    awww they are both really really coming into their own these days arent they! bless em

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments xx

    • http://www.autismmumma.com/ Jeannette

      They definitely are, very proud of them both for this moment x

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    Sounds like a great help all round from everyone. Great when it works out like this

    • http://www.autismmumma.com/ Jeannette

      It was really nice, thanks Fiona :)

  • Jane Roberts

    This is great from both sides. Great that she her her brother push her and great that he wanted to do it. Fantastic progress all around. Ethan will only let his daddy do his bedtime routine, a nightmare if Darren has to work late or is stuck in traffic.

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)

    • http://www.autismmumma.com/ Jeannette

      Thanks Jane, I hope little instances like this continue, it was really nice to see :)