Yesterday with Elise was very discouraging. Ez and I couldn't figure out what to do with her and her increasing meltdowns. We sat on the couch crying, feeling so helpless. Ez gave me a blessing and my prayer that night was a little more sincere.
I woke up this morning and realized I was back to reality of my routine. Cal had a doctor appointment right after I got Bryn on the bus. After his appointment, we went to speech therapy, then gymnastics, then home. We ate lunch then had speech therapy in our home.
Therapy went great today though, which is why I am posting this. Elise said "Mom" in speech! I couldn't believe it when the therapist told me. My heart lifted a little, then during gymnastics she purposefully chose to go down the slide 6 times in a row, then at her other speech therapy the therapist commented how alive she seemed today. I had noticed the difference as well. Eye contact was there, her smiles were back, and she even giggled for her. I can't say this enough-I love these tender mercies! They bring me so much joy!
I mentioned to the therapist how Elise has been crying for hours lately trying to go to sleep but she can't. She asked if I had a bedtime routine, which I said I did but it didn't consist of much. She told me how to do a very structured routine to help her transition.
Bedtime came tonight and before I took her up she was screaming uncontrollably. I brushed her, did joint compressions, then put her in jammies. At that point she had calmed down. I've never seen brushing and compressions work so well before but they did! I sang to her and her smiles came. After we walked into her room and I picked a couple books for her to choose from. She chose a book and I read to her.
I read to her.
I've never done that before. It's always been reading or pointing at pictures on the go or her sitting for a few seconds then leaving, or she's not engaged at all.
I was snuggling my little girl and reading to her! I can't express how wonderful that moment was. She was so still and calm. I read 2 more books that way. I put her in bed with her music and she laid right down and fell asleep! I know Heavenly Father answered a specific plea of mine today. He knows her perfectly and knows what she needs, even if it's just learning to fall asleep. :)
I LOVE being a mom to my 5 kids; one with special needs. There is no greater joy than being a parent! I love each one individually but this blog will mostly focus on our daughter with special needs and our journey with her. Thanks for reading!