This year we have been to two different pumpkin farms. Each time we have had a Plan B, and for the first time in ages, we didn’t have to leave early! Progress…beautiful progress.
The first patch we visited was with two other families. The farm was big, noisy, full of activities, and was even giving me some sensory overload. We decided to let Tate let us know when things were too much. We avoided the Haunted Barn and 5 miles of corn maze. (Ok, it may have only been 1.5, but to us battle-scarred parents, it was too much!) He chose the inflatable bouncy (nice and enclosed) and the inflatable slides. He tolerated the kiddie train ride with his brothers. He amazed us by ASKING to play a baseball game. That’s right…my kid showed interest in something functional!! He did well, too.
After the farm we went to dinner. It was one of those chain family places. We were a little concerned when Tate became frustrated with the non-working fans. He uses those to stim in loud places. Turns out we were lucky enough to be near the bathrooms–the perfect escape for our overloaded little man. (Also a great hide-out during obnoxious happy birthday celebrations.)
All in all, Tate had a great day, and Jake and Cole were able to enjoy a pumpkin farm “for reals” this year!
Then we tempted fate by going to another pumpkin farm this past Saturday. It was quite windy. For Tate that means only one thing…vomit. that poor kid is so sensitive to wind. He horks every.single.time. Ew! I was prepared, and in spite of 3 “incidents”, we were able to carry on and enjoy the morning festivities.
Tate was on his own…I watched as he paced the perimeter. He did actually follow his brothers into a bouncy and kiddie corn maze…in which he lasted about 2 minutes before he turned around and walked back to the bouncy. (Meanwhile, I couldn’t get Cole out of the thing…) some kids would be upset that they were being ignored, but not Taters. He made his own fun that day.
Later, Jake asked Tate what his favorite part of the day was….to which Tate replied, “Going to the bouncy patch.” Hmm, I think i’ll file that in my back pocket for future business endeavors….bouncy patch. Sounds like fun!
Anyway, after so many a-typical or rerouted fall plans, Hubz and I were both ecstatic to have had not only one, but TWO fairly remarkable visits to pumpkin farms this year! Gotta love progress.