Sunday, December 21, 2008

Guarding the Tree

It's 2 in the morning, and I am wide awake, guarding the xmas tree from a certain impatient someone. She's sleeping (I checked), but if I don't stay on guard, she will be into the tree and opening presents before first light. So here I sit, at my computer when I should have my own visions of sugar plums, instead of acting like the tree police.

She's so excited, so eager. And she will undoubtedly not get whatever it is she thinks she must have and Christmas will be ruined - ruined, I say! (She is nothing if not a drama queen.) Still, I hope that she enjoys her gifts. Then we get to do it all over again on the 25th, and again on the 27th. We're going to need a bigger car, if my mother-in-law got as nutty this year as last, and I know my mother went berserk. (Such a shame no one loves this child, and won't buy her nice presents...)

I just hope she doesn't get it into her head that she has to play outside. The high is only supposed to be about 5F. At least we'll have a white xmas.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bad Days

Diana was reluctant to get out of bed this morning, in spite of the snow (which she loves) and a field trip today (which she also enjoys). When I firmly told her to get up, now, that got her out of bed... on the wrong side.

Talking to her can be like walking on eggshells. One word misspoken, one slight raise in volume, one change in tone, could set her off to a place of nonsense phrases she will repeat as a comfort thing, that drives me crazy. That's what happened this morning. So I suppose her foul mood is all my own fault. *sigh* How do you gently coax a lazy kid out of bed? Some mornings I succeed with humor; this morning, though, that didn't work. This is one of the things I hate most about autism, and how it affects her. One tiny thing could set her off for a whole day.

What "triggers" do your kids have, and how do you handle them?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Video Crisis Update

The replacement video of Learning to Share arrived while Diana and Marc were in Iowa. I put it in front of her computer so she'd see it when she got back, and laughingly told Mom I figured she'd be in the house maybe 15 seconds before she spotted it.

I was wrong.

She saw it through the window of the back door before she even made it IN the house. I opened the door (her hands were full) and she was staring right at it. She dumped the things in her hands in the kitchen, and grabbed the video with her coat still on, and made for the bedroom and the rest of her videos. As she scooted off, I prompted her, "What do you say?" "Thank you!" Over the next two days, she'd appear in the living room, video in hand, and tell me thank you again, and again, and again. Marc suggested the video's absence had left a big, gaping hole in her life. I suspect he was being funny, but her reaction suggests that he wasn't far off the mark.

Once again, I have proven I am Übermom - capable of fixing any problem, righting any wrong, none are too small. Unfortunately, things like melting snow are a bit beyond me, so she will be quite angry when she gets home and tells me she wants more snow. And I don't produce any.

Rash update: Apparently it was the detergent. After rewashing everything in Tide Free and Downy Sensitive Skin, her welts are fading fast, and no new ones have appeared since she been wearing clothes not washed with the other stuff (Arm & Hammer w/ Oxy Clean).