Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Wow this month has flown by! It has been a busy month both personal and business wise.

But today's post is to show you what I have done for Halloween!

First off, Little Bit wanted to be Annie for Halloween. Hubs and I went to the local costume store and they didn't have any stock but said we could get free shipping if we ordered from their computer. Sounded good until we looked and it was out of stock there too. :( Since we were right next to JoAnn's, hubs said "can' you make it for cheaper?" I said I might could depending on the fabric; I got some red knit and it was about $10 cheaper than the costume. Here is my version:

Little Bit loved it and since she does not like to wear anything but a hood on her head, I just curled her hair the best I could.

Her class's party is tomorrow so here is the treat bags (from Pick Your Plum of course with HTV) for her classmates (filled with 2 pieces of candy and 2 small toys), her teacher's, counselor's and OT's cups and treat bags for the assistants that help in the classroom. :)

I hope you have a safe Halloween! We are to get storms so most trick or treating will be done tomorrow night. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

There is a new blog in town...

And it is AWESOME! I am so blessed to be a part of a wonderful group of ladies who have decided to start a blog to share craft ideas and projects with you. I was honored to be the first tutorial, posted today.

So head over to Plum Crazy Life and meet the ladies who will be showing ideas from sewing to painting to family fun!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

SPD, what is it?

October 1st is here. Most people think of October of Breast Cancer Awareness month, very worthy cause so be sure to get checked. But did you also know it is National Sensory Awareness Month? Most people don't. For me it is a great month to help raise awareness for SPD, Sensory Processing Disorder. My daughter was diagnosed with SPD last year; we finally got some answers on quirks my husband and I were seeing. We still struggle day to day in controlling meltdowns but at least we can tell a meltdown from a tantrum, though to most they look the same. Little Bit is super sensitive to noise and visual. Too much noise or visual can cause her to get overwhelmed and if not calmed down, she could have a meltdown, which to her is biting her arm or throwing things.

We were, ok I was, very nervous about her starting kindergarten and how she would react to the structure and how they would react to her. I am so thankful for her teacher and counselor as they have worked with her to help her day go smoothly but still help her learn the skills she needs. She still has trouble writing but she is getting there. She has her bad days (some really bad days) but overall she is doing well and progressing.

SPD is nothing to take lightly. Most just see a kid who is not being disciplined at home or is out of control. To an extent, she is out of control because she has no control over how she feels when she has had too much. Think of your computer, when you have 10 windows opened and trying to make it do 10 things at once, it bogs down or freezes up. That is Little Bit, she can't do it all or she will just get overwhelmed and shut down. I have to let her kick and scream until she lets it all out. You know how you feel when you need a good cry, this is her times 100. So when I am at the store and she is screaming and I seem to be ignoring her. I am not, I want waiting until I can tell she is calming down and she has gotten out the frustration she is feeling. And don't judge me when you see me give her a paci or put her in a stroller at age 5. The paci is something she likes to chew on to calm down; taste is important to her and the feel of something in her mouth helps her calm down. The stroller is her escape. She can sit in there, eat her snack and unwind so she can get back to having fun. Yes I have days where I feel like I can't take it anymore, but I have to look at my daughter and remember she can't control it. So next time you see a screaming kid, don't judge the mom for not having control, remember sometimes it is what is best for the kid to scream it out. Educate yourself before you judge.