I finally took Abby to the movie theater. She led me to believe that she wanted to see Toy Story a few months ago, but we never made before it left theaters. Last week, my parents were able to keep Logan for a couple of hours, so Abby and I went to see Tangled. I'm so glad I took her. She really seemed to enjoy the whole movie experience, including the dark theater, drinks, and snacks. She slept for a few minutes during the movie, but paid attention for the rest of it. Her favorite part seemed to be the music, which doesn't surprise me at all. She looks pretty happy! She kept looking at me during the show and smiling. She definitely enjoyed herself.
I was a little concerned that she might be loud and distracting during the show. Sometimes, Abby gets loud when she gets excited. That was not the case during the movie trip. She he was not loud at all. In fact, she was very quiet, a little too quiet. Now, I am used to quiet when it's just Abby and myself. I talk, of course, but thats it. I ask questions and try to get a response by eye gaze or yes/no cards, but it is just SO quiet. It may not have been so bad had we not gone to a movie with hundreds of chatty little girls. Its tough because it makes me see so clearly how much girls Abby's age have to say. What does she want to say? I have no idea. We are making progress towards getting her a device that will help her express herself with eye gaze, so that's a very good thing. During the movie, however, I just really wished she could have turned and told me something....anything.
It does help that she wore that huge smile the whole time we were out, though. You gotta love that.