This week our word of the week is holiday. We have just returned from a lovely midweek break at Elveden Forest Center Parcs.
When Little E was born we felt like we were living on our nerves keeping her safe from Ethan’s affections. It was a very tense time and with so much going on including Darren’s job change. We felt like we needed time to regroup and spend some time together. We didn’t want to travel too far and had been interested in seeing why everyone loves Center Parcs. So we decided to book whilst we could take advantage of the low term time prices.
I had been trying to prepare Ethan for our trip the week before. Pointing out the Center Parcs adverts on the TV and telling him that it was a holiday. I think he got the idea but I’m not sure if he understands what the word holiday means. He did start vocalizing holiday when Andy Peters was advertising a competition on Good Morning Britain from Miami Beach!
As with any change of routine, we worry about how Ethan will react. I’m pleased to say he did very well. We had lots of visitors to our accommodation including ducks and Muntjac dear. Ethan was happy to watch them from the windows which also meant he hasn’t used the iPad all week.
We did have a few autism moments. He didn’t like queuing when we arrived to check in and anxiety kicked in around children again. I didn’t push him and we just stayed away from the groups in the activities when Ethan was uncomfortable. We also had a horse and carriage ride booked which I didn’t think Ethan wanted to do. Thankfully we got him on the carriage in the end but at one point I did think he wanted to throw himself out of the moving carriage!
When we arrived home today Ethan went into a full-blown meltdown which was triggered because his cakes wasn’t where he expected them to be. It totally caught me off guard but I understand how he must have felt. He has had a week of unknowns and no routine that he knows and when he got home, to his safe place, things wasn’t as they should be. It took a awhile to calm him down but we got there in the end.
We really enjoyed our Center Parcs stay it was just what we needed. We are hoping that we will be able to visit again but now that we have to stick to school holidays it might take a while to save up.