She Gets Overstimulated 😫

Last week we did a lot of Christmas activities. I sometimes forget that Chloe gets upset if we do too much

Wednesday we saw the lights, Thursday we had a Polar Express night with big sister Mattie and last night her brother was here to watch The Grinch. She was letting me know it was to much. I try to push her a bit so she can experience fun events, but she definitely let’s me know when shes had enough!!

So I told her we will slow down now. I’ll ask her if she wants to see the Christmas lights again. If she does we will go, if not we won’t go. We still have a few things to do, but it involves food, so she will love it☺️

It’s good to push our children with Autism to do things, but we do need to also look for signs of them being overstimulated. Too many activities in a row is too much for my girl. .

She is getting excited that our Christmas chain is getting shorter. She loves taking a link off every night. So the rest of December we will enjoy Christmas music and movies. If she wants to do an activity we will do it. I don’t want her upset and throwing fits. It’s Christmas ☺️

I hope all of you are well🥰

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Christmas in the Park

Last night was a lot of fun. Chloe, Mattie and I had some yummy pizza for supper and then headed to our local Christmas in the Park.

Chloe was so excited all day waiting to go. She was more excited about the pizza 😂. This girl loves pizza! I explained to Chloe on the way to the park that I would turn Christmas music on the radio. She wasn’t very happy, but didn’t have a fit. She had one fit when I changed the station for a Snowman light display that changed depending on the music you played. I tried a more upbeat song and that set her off😮. Luckily she got over it quick.

Once home she got her bath, played and fell right to sleep. I asked her if she had a fun night and she said “Yes pizza”! Lol

Hope everyone is well. Thanks for stopping by today🙂

December Walk Challenge Update 💪

Hi everyone 🙂

So I set up a walking challenge for the month of December. The challenge was to walk at least 1 mile every day in December. My friends on Facebook who joined me have been doing great. Some days they do 1 mile and sometimes more.

I have been averaging 3 miles, but last night I walked 1 mile because I wasn’t feeling very well. I don’t feel guilty when I do 1 mile. 1 mile boosts your metabolism. I felt good after 1 mile.

This month isn’t about weight loss. It’s about getting in the habit of moving our bodies daily to improve our health. It’s about even if we live busy, hectic lives everyone can put in a 15 or 20 minute mile. Doing it as a challenge is very motivating for me🙂

I use Walk Away The Pounds DVDs. I can workout in a small space and get an amazing walk in. I also pull up Leslie’s workouts on YouTube. It works well with Chloe being home. Sometimes she does them with me.

Are any of you trying my challenge? If so, how is it going? Thanks for stopping by today. Stay healthy🥰

Doing So Well

As we started yet another week of NTI I was happy to see Chloe really enjoy learning. She’s adjusting to doing school at home, but still misses her school and teachers

Yesterday I broke her school lessons down into segments. We worked on Math first. She completed 2 assignments on Google Classroom and then I had her practice adding with carrying on her dry erase board.

After each set of lessons was finished we had tickle time…her favorite thing to do☺️. I also gave her a few minutes to decompress between lessons.

Next we rolled into Reading, Writing and Spelling. She had 2 worksheets to complete, which she did very well on. Then I pulled some cards for her to practice spelling. She didn’t miss any😀.

I will say, right before Reading she had a bit of a fit. She all of a sudden asked for my phone. She knows she doesn’t get phone time until she completes all of her school work. I let her have her fit in her room and then she walked out and started working.

We took a break for lunch and then moved on to our extra activities. I get a list of choices from her PE, Art, and Music teachers. Today, for Art, Chloe looked at a tree outside with no leaves and drew a picture

For PE we went for a short walk outside. It was cold, so it was a quick one. Lol. I didn’t take pictures of our walk. She was a bit hyper and I had to keep her on the edge of the road.

We will do Music tomorrow (or the day you are reading this). We ended our school day with a OT Activity her school OT had on her Google Classroom. I drew different lines or shapes and Chloe copied them in shaving cream. She loved it!!

I think we had a great Monday, despite her small fit. She worked hard and completed her work. I hope the rest of the week goes well too🙂

Thank you for reading my blog today. Welcome to my new followers ☺️ Stay healthy and well🥰

A Relaxing Sunday

Good morning and Happy Monday🙂

Yesterday we had a pretty relaxing day. I woke up in the mood to bake. I decided to make homemade bread and pumpkin bread. I wanted Chloe to help, but she wasn’t in the mood. She wanted to play, which was just fine with me.

In between baking Chloe and I decided to play board games. We had a really fun time. Her communication has really increased. She talks a lot more while we are playing.

We went outside and walked around for awhile. I bet she climbed the steps outside 50 times. Good exercise 👍. Unfortunately I got a headache not long after. Chloe played with my phone for a bit so I could lay down for a bit.

I made her homemade pizza for supper. Whole wheat crust. Trying to do lots of whole wheat. It helps her stomach. I used low fat mozzarella cheese as well. She LOVES PIZZA!!

Yum😋

My headache started to settle down, so I got my walk in. I haven’t missed a day since I started. Woo Hoo! After that Chloe got her bath and we watched Fathering Autism. She always says “Hi Abbie”.

We had a really calm day. It was quite enjoyable. No fits or stubbornness. Yay!!

I hope all of you are well. Have a wonderful day😊

Sunday Chat: Simple Christmas Fun🎄

Every December I plan so many activities for us to do. Then get overwhelmed and disappointed when Chloe doesn’t want to do them. I buy stuff that never gets used. Just stress and waste.

So this year I am decided to plan week to week and also to talk to Chloe first to see if she wants to do the activities. When I get the green light from her I can buy whatever I need to☺️

Because of Covid our town didn’t have it’s annual Christmas parade☹️ We did see a bridge lighting and live Nativity in the town I grew up in. We have a park here that has a drive thru Christmas light event. So I know Chloe will love that !

I have several things I want to do this week. I will not share now in case Miss Chloe veto’s any of them. Lol. I hope she will do all of them. I have learned to slow down and enjoy what we do. It’s easy to ruin Christmas by rushing around and not enjoying every moment. Relax and enjoy a Simple Christmas 🥰

What traditions do you have with your children?

Favorite Christmas Movies🎄

Good Evening🙂

I thought I would ask what are your favorite Christmas movies. I absolutely love Christmas Movies 🎄

Here are my top 5 favorite ones. These are not in any particular order☺️

1) It’s A Wonderful Life

2) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

3) A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott

4) Elf

5) A Christmas Story

Those are my top 5. I also love The Nativity Story😍 I decided to ask Chloe what her favorites are. She actually shared the following with me.

1) The Polar Express

2) Arthur’s Christmas

3) Santa Clause is Coming to Town

4) Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

5) Charlie Brown Christmas

She loves Frosty the Snowman too☃️!! We are going to do a lot of Christmas activities next week. Can’t wait to share them with you. Please share some of your favorite Christmas movies in the comments. Hope you had a wonderful day. Stay healthy 🥰

No Sleep & A Lazy Day

Hey everyone ☺️

Well Chloe was awake by 2 am and once again stayed up. That’s 3 days since Sunday. I had trouble falling asleep last night and didn’t crash until 1 am, so I got a whopping one hour of sleep😴.

It’s been a very long day and I have just played each hour by ear. Chloe did manage to do some school work and did quite a bit on StarFall. She played in her room most of the day and we watched a few movies. It was rainy and cold here today, so no going out, which was fine with me.

She has been in a good mood and that is always a plus. Typically she is grumpy with little sleep. Who can blame her? I have been trying to stay busy or I’ll fall asleep. Chloe goes through these phases more often than she use to. I wish I could figure out why.

Well that’s all that really happened today. Sorry it’s not very exciting. I hope all of you are healthy and well.

Super Focused!

Good afternoon 😊

Chloe slept 12 hours last night and boy did we both need it. She has still been a little wound up, but when I asked her to work on her school work she was super focused👍

We had an assignment on Google classroom to do. She filled in a letter to Santa. She seemed to enjoy typing in what she wants for Christmas. Then she worked on her math, reading and reading comprehension.

She does one line a day

We just finished lunch and next I am giving her an activity her OT from school put on Google Classroom. I love her school therapists. They send me plenty of activities to do with Chloe🥰 Today I am having her cut out a Christmas tree and then use pom poms and paint to make dot ornaments on her tree. She needs to work on her pincher grasp. This really helps.

Then we have behavioral therapy. I am debating, and have been for awhile, stopping this. It tends to make her very moody. I can hear the sessions and have never heard one go well. Sometimes it just doesn’t work or you don’t have a good kid/therapist matchup. Her therapist is sweet, but Chloe just pushes her around☹️.

After therapy we are going to my deer daughter’s for supper. I made Chicken Teriyaki in the Crock-Pot. I made Chloe a different meal to take. We will eat yummy food and watch a Christmas movie😀

So that is what we did and what we are doing later. Lol I hope you are well and having a wonderful day🥰

Turning into a Mombie

What is a Mombie? It’s a Mom and Zombie combo. A mom who is so sleep deprived she walks around in a daze. Right now, that’s me😴

Chloe has been sleeping one night and only sleep a few hours the next. Then she stays in overdrive the whole next day. I call her my Energizer Bunny for a reason. I have no idea what wakes her up, but once awake she talks all night long. I continuously pray my next door and upstairs neighbors can’t hear her. She likes to sing at 3 am🤷.

I adjust her melatonin to try and help, but I’m not sure that’s what is causing her issue. We need a new psychiatrist to regulate her meds, but none are available locally right now. I just want something to work to slow her down during the day. Then maybe she will sleep at night.

So I try to fight the sleepiness and rest my eyes when she’s watching a movie or watching videos on my phone. I drink extra coffee and try to stay busy. It’s tougher some days than others. These sleepless nights typically come in phases, but lately she is having more sleepless nights than usual.

When school closed it got worse. The routine seemed to help her sleep. I keep a routine here at home, but it’s not the same to her I guess. So we push on and I pray each night she will sleep.

Does your child with Autism struggle with sleep?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope all of you are well.