We have a teenager under our roof as of this past Monday. Things will never be the same. Connor turned 13, and he is quick to remind us that he is now a teenager. Puberty, however, began to creep in over the summer, so we were more or less prepared, I guess.
The now healing black eye on the new teenager is the result of he and his brother (who has a knot on his forehead) jumping on a neighborhood kid's trampoline with more than one kid on at a time. Sam's foot smashed into Connor's head and Connor's whatever caught Sam in the forehead. Both boys had been prohibited from jumping on said trampoline due to an earlier incident that resulted in injury. Must have slipped their memories,.....
Our new teenager has been awfully grumpy as of late. I'm not sure if this is due to the new state of being or just the usual ups and downs of kid who is often unstable. Probably both. Oh joy.
I have a feeling that this kid is going to be a bit harder to contain in the little bubble he's lived in all of his life due to being bipolar and Autistic. He's never had much interest in venturing out into the world of peers or even, very often, the neighborhood. Times they are a changing....
This year he joined his first after-school club and went to his first party since kindergarten. These were milestones that we were thrilled about. However, this is a child who we can't lose sight of in Wal-mart since he wanders off to follow whatever catches his attention at the moment. The coming years will be fraught with new and, for his mom and me, uneasy concerns.
But, for now, we are getting used to the newly evolved teen who is grumpy and sleeps most of the weekend. In so many ways he's just a typical newly- minted teen. Come to think of it, the teenage years are an emotional roller coaster ride that Connor is already familiar with. He's been riding an emotional roller coaster most of his life. This might just be old hat to him.
Yep, the birthday boy is growing up. His voice is deeper and he's taller than his grandma. It seems like only yesterday he was a little fella flying around the house in his Spider-Man costume.
Front and Center!
These two creatures who have locked up my heart will be front and center in this little corner of blogosphere!