-We drove 2500 miles cross country for a move. Zavier did great. He & sisters watched all 100 episodes of SpongeBob, ate a lot of burgers n fries, slept well in hotel rooms, was cooperative and helpful (he buckles his sister), and convinced me to buy him a lot of dvds at various stores across the country. Here's a sample conversation:
Zavier: 3 dvds. Mommy can I have 3 dvds?
Me: Uh...I don't know. Which ones do you want?
Zavier (very fast): Whale of a Birthday, Spy Buddies, Atlantis Squarepantis
Me: Hmm...how about one.
Zavier: No...how about three.
Me: Ok they are on sale, so I'll get two.
Zavier: How about no. How about three.
Me: Ok three. But next time, you are just getting one.
-We arrived at our new home. Zavier enjoyed swimming in the pool, going to the beach, children's museum, aquarium, etc. He did well at restaurants, but all he wants is a plain burger patty, fries, and cranberry juice. I can get him to eat a few more things at home, but when we go out, it's all he wants. He sits there quietly, sometimes plays with my phone, and answers my questions. It was noisy for him at first when we started to eat at the bowling alley, but then he got used to it. It definitely helped him prep for a meal at a place similar to Rainforest Cafe (super sensory overload potential but did well).
-We drove another 3600 miles to visit family (round-trip). We went to the beach, walks, playgrounds, play dates, etc. His fav thing to do was hang out in the air conditioning, and have his grandpa cook him burgers and play with electronics (like his phone). My grandma passed away, and he wore a suit to the funeral, then went to a large family meal at a restaurant afterwards. He got a lot of compliments for his good behavior.
-We are now back at another new home, and he's still doing well in terms of behavior, sleeping, eating, sleeping, still potty trained, etc. Yesterday we went to a water park and he liked laying on tube in the lazy river. He agreed to go down a water slide, but the lifeguard forgot to get him at the bottom, so he didn't really want to go back (he can't swim. We've tried, still a work in progress). He agreed to go again down the slide, but about 15 feet down, decided to stop and try to turn around. I went down, grabbed him along the way, and slid down with him. That was it for slides.
-His current fav activity is to act out scenes from his fav YouTube videos where they identify, in detail, the info on a dvd case and dvd. He memorizes entire scripts, and then acts them out, and tries to get me to act them out too (using dvds and cases). Example: "...unfortunately there's no dvd guide...here's the disc..."