In a typical day, I am your quintessential failure at this motherhood thing. I find this quite odd, because when I wasn’t a mother, I seriously had all the answers to parenting. As I’ve learned over the years though, this parenting stuff is hard work, and there seems to be no way possible to be a complete success.
One of the things people think about when they hear Asperger’s is the fascination with a specific thing. Andy happens to be fascinated (read obsessed) with cats. He does weekly chores and is offered a book, money, or a music cd. He always chooses a book about cats. We hear cat facts day and night, and he even writes them down and keeps them in a notebook. He has read books about how to speak cat, cat breeds, how to train a cat, how to care for cats, cat rescue stories, and so many more.
When I am sewing, I am usually making things for the other kids, or actual other kids. Andy has asked me to sew something from cat fabric, but I have NOT been able to find boyish cat fabrics. Everything is very girly, and I have had quite the disappointed boy. He wanted a cat shirt so bad, but I couldn’t even find an affordable one online.
Then I found these!
I like to peruse the tshirts on sale at the supermarket, most usually I can find something to upcycle for a very low price. In fact I found these two shirts in the men’s section and also the accent fabric is from a man’s shirt. I bought a few XXL shirts for $2 since they were also marked down. There is A LOT of fabric in an XXL shirt, fabric that is already being used as a shirt, thus it is good for making shirts.
*Tip: If you do not live anywhere near a fabric store with good jersey material, and you do not want to pay the online prices, definitely by marked down shirts at the store. Not only was I able to use the accent colors for Andy’s shirt, I used the same shirts to make Zeke some as well. Score for thrifty awesomeness.
Andy is a happy happy boy, this seriously made his day, and I am the best mom evah!…..for a little while anyway 😉