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Masks 🎭 required and our trip to the grocery store

Before the pandemic, we went out a lot. It was a big part of our homeschool program. We love place based learning. And I explained the coronavirus and why we weren’t going out. But I thought I’d give it a try Monday morning. We were out the door by 7:04am. We went to a Giant store far from home, so the trip didn’t feel so short. He did ok. I touched his face a few times to adjust the scarf. There...

He’s carried away 💋 😘, and my case of sensory overload

It started off with a sweet kiss on my head 💋. Aww. Can I get another? Aww. And here’s one for you. Muah! Over a few months, the sweet kisses turn grabby and insistent over seconds at a time. Several times a day. I feel claustrophobic. I push him back. And say, I need space. Behaviors go through cycles. This one is going on month two. Whatever it takes to kiss my head. He’s carried away. I tell...

When you’re surprised and the surprise is good.

We live in a duplex. And just today our neighbors surprised us with these customized gates. Bobbi’s wanted to chill on the porch, and now she can. Audric found his way to the other side though. He likes to test his limits. I told him as long as he sat there, he could stay. But twenty seconds later he’s creeping down the steps. I keep my eyes on him since he’s known to “explore”. I meet him on the...

Self-care, learning to wipe

Self-care is a huge focus in our home school program. I’m honing in on #2. I didn’t realize what all goes into wiping. I’m trying out different things. See what works for him. For now, I get the toilet paper ready. I’ll teach him about toilet paper etiquette after he gets the wiping part down. I help him lean to the left. Leaning forward only makes him want to stand...

Meditating with Audi

We sit together, touching. Our meditations are no more than 3 minutes. I try to keep him calm. He’s watched me do this so many times, that he understands, “when I sit like this, wait until I open my eyes.” March 2020. I started meditating with him lying down. And we used the Calm app. And we still do. I want to try different ways. The goal is to sit across from him or beside him and meditate for...

Why I asked the pediatrician for THC and the alternative

Audric’s sensory behaviors are standing out more. It’s hard to ignore. They affect his daily living on a functional level. He’s getting bigger too, so the behaviors are literally louder and more intrusive. One behavior is teeth grinding. When I brush his teeth, he winces. The bristles rub directly on his gums. I can’t tell if my pressure is too forceful. I don’t...

A powerful and simple tool to improve self-care and so much more.

Every morning, I pray. I ask Universe for protection, guidance, and give thanks. Then, I pray several times a day. It’s my comfort. I literally talk out loud and no one else’s in the room. No filter. And I don’t feel judged. Sometimes, it’s a conversation. I’m talking to the Universe, and it’s listening! Few people understand this lifestyle. It’s hard to...