Each day brings with it new understanding and insight into Little Critter. I doubt we will ever have everything figured out, as she is constantly evolving.
Yesterday we had a period of repetition. This is pretty standard for any day. LC spent a good thirty minutes playing with a stretchy fish (stretch, release, stretch, release) and saying “flipper, fffffllllllliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiper, flipper, fliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiper” over and over again. The word never changed, the inflection did.
Interspersed with her fish play, she sang her Awana Cubbies song, except it went “la la ladybug, I’m a ladybug, happy all day… Jesus loves ladybug, sing this song, la la ladybug. Hop cuz happy, jump, shout, joy… la la ladybug” Heh. It was really cute.
Little Critter has also developed a love for all foods crunchy. She constantly wants cereal (breakfast, lunch or dinner), for snacks she wants pretzels or Ian’s wheat/gluten free chocolate chip cookies, her current fruit and veggie of choice are carrots and apple slices. She does still love dips (peanut butter, Tofutti better than cream cheese, Organicville ranch, ketchup) however, when she has a dip she eats it off the food (or out of the bowl) using her finger and licking everything off. When I give her applesauce, she has decided its great fun to “paint” her hands and lick it off. That’s my sensory seeking child. Until recently I thought she was just trying to drive me batty. 🙂
LC is on a GFCF diet, I haven’t seen any major improvements yet but with my previous experience and all the advice I have received or read, I know it might take 6-7 months or it might not work at all.
I have received some wonderful and helpful advice from so many of you out there! Thank you Thank you Thank you! It is difficult at first accepting that your child is wired differently than what is considered normal. I know that Little Critter will be a highly functioning child and adult because we are 100% committed to making that happen.