Abby's car sickness and controlling bodily functions have been on the top of my list lately. She's actually making headway on staying dry much to my surprise. We've been putting her on the toilet for at lest four years now. So, if you're complaining about potty training I might not be a sympathetic as you would like me to be. Anyway, it seems like she stays dry if she's made to go every 3 or 4 hours, but otherwise she has no qualms about just going in her diaper. I'd almost not complain if she would consistently stop dirtying in her diaper. We've had stretches where she'd go every night for a month or so and then she'd go back to going in her bed. We've gotten used to cleaning her up after she's fallen asleep, but her newest one is putting me over the edge! She goes during the night or early in the morning when her diaper is already pretty full; thus, making a big stinky mess more often than not. This means changing her, her clothes and entire bedding every morning. Her bed is a godsend as Andy and my cousin built it, but it's downside is the difficulty with changing sheets. The mattress fits to a tee in the area to keep her safe, but it must be lifted in order to change sheets. I've been experimenting with different diapers, but it is also driving me crazy as I get whole bags of worthless diapers. If you've found an effective diaper for a size 12-14 child, I'd love to hear about it!
My other problem in need of assistance is car sickness. Abby has ever changing sensory needs. They range from under stimulated to over stimulated without any warning either way... just unsettled. She used to love to swing, to spin and go on big roller coasters. She would be happy and content for the entire day if we went to an amusement park, but on a special trip we took for her she turned green and that was that. We used to swing her from the swing we installed from the ceiling in our living room at least once a day. We did a "spinning program" (can you believe there is such a thing?) for awhile, but now she can barely swing back and forth let alone in circles. She also would listen to Vivaldi on her ipod and it would instantly calm her until one day she pulled them out and would have none of if from then on. We even tried several different headphones and a myriad of music genres before we gave up on that altogether. Her wheelchair instantly used to calm her after she started walking, but now she's in and out of it constantly. Going on a walk was "money" but now... maybe, depending on the day.
Vomit in general is her answer to a couple different things we're thinking, but yuk... next please! Any help on the car sickness? I've got nothing. We've tried everything I can think of, but I'm out of ideas. We're seeing a doctor in another week or so, but doctors often just troubleshoot along with us as they seem to want me to tell them what we need. Most of our "out of the box" solutions have come from other parents or caregivers. She does seem to puke when she gets too tired also. If she has to leave the house after school at all during the week or if she's not ready for bed by six, she's likely to turn green and throw up.
On a side note...
|She'll play with other colors, but not the new style with all the legs connected|
|These are all board books. The tigger book also comes in a purple background|
|Her other favorite is Curly's Friends, but I can't find a pic of that right now|
|She likes other Usborne "That's Not My _______" books too!|
|Rainbow Zebra is a cloth book. I've bought the material to make this book|
and have had it made too
|This also comes in white which she likes as well|
|This is one of the few items that is still sold in stores, but it's expensive and breaks easily|
with her rough play
|The arm bands. I can't often find these ones that have bigger arm holes|
|old guitars of any kind or nylon strings to re-string the ones she has|
She breaks the guitars after awhile, so we try to pic up used ones whenever we can
|she loves to be pulled in a sled, but will fall out of normal ones|
This is an ice fishing one, but is a bit pricey new
|she also likes the veggie tales God Loves You Very Much book|
|xylophone puppy... not the alligator or any other one (we've tried them all...|