I’m a Ladybug

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.

About PolkaDotMommy

Wife to a teacher extraordinaire... Mama to Five littles... Conservative Catholic Christian with a Strong Environmentalist Mentality... Respecting Life... Living for our Savior... Learning to trust God in all things.
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2 Responses to I’m a Ladybug

  1. ~Miss Nelson says:

    Your commitment to Little Critter is vital! On a side.. I used to be in Awana… I just had a flashback of all of the Bible verses that I learned through the songs and memorizations.

  2. Kristin Mellon says:

    Hello – I thought you might be interested in the following presentation. Here’s some information:


    Special Diets: A Simple Piece to a Difficult Puzzle –

    An educational Webinar for parents of children with autism spectrum disorder

    Speaker: Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD
    Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008
    Time: 1pm EST/10am PST
    Cost: Free

    Many children with autism benefit from a gluten-free, casein-free diet, but implementing the diet safely and effectively isn’t always easy.

    Please join Judy Converse, a licensed, registered dietitian with more than 20 years of experience, to learn:

    •How the GFCF diet can improve the digestive health of many children with autism

    •Steps to ensure proper nutrition for your child while following the GFCF diet

    •Tips, recipes and other resources for successfully managing a special diet

    To register, visit: https://shsna.webex.com/shsna/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=661299972.

    If you have any questions about this event or how to register please contact Alyssa Gold at abg@ecius.net or 202-296-2002, ext 102.

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