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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Just when you think it's over - #SensoryBlogHop

Do you ever have one of those days where something from the past suddenly blindsides you? In many ways, that's what it is like to have a loved one with a sensory processing disorder (SPD).

Recently, we went through our own blindsided epiphany. Nathan is now 13 years old. And through a lot of therapy, practice and the grace of God, he is able to participate and handle most situations. Things that used to bother him don't bother him in a way that makes him meltdown...usually. We are so far past crying in restaurants and crying at prayer and fighting against certain clothing choices that I almost forget we have SPD issues...almost. 

Nathan had a day where he was sick and stayed home from school. He had thrown up once (a one and done as my daughter calls it) but was having some bathroom issues. Our school says we stay home for 24 hours after vomiting. I'm not one to mess with that rule so he stayed home even though he looked good, felt good, and hadn't gotten sick again. But the day proved he was tired and it was the right choice. We were able to catch up on some homework and still have time to relax and let him play video games. 

A few days later, we're at lunch at a popular restaurant. One that we don't go to with great frequency, but we eat there about once every other month. He even said he'd go there with our group to celebrate my friend's birthday. We are all laughing and talking and picking our food, and I'm not paying much attention to Nathan or Rebekah. They have their own system with kids menus. They look them over and use the crayons provided to circle their picks and then we make them practice giving their orders to the waitress. I look over at Nathan as she's starting at the other end of the table, his face crumples and out of nowhere, it hits. He's overwhelmed and just went into overload. Dang, I didn't see that one coming. 

The music was a little louder than most places, the whole restaurant is a little louder than most. Not something you'd normally notice, but that day, it got to him. He was also extra-tired as we had a late night the night before and he was coming off of his illness day. Poor kid. He was floundering to keep it together and choosing a meal was more than he could take. All he wanted was an appetizer, but he was very upset because he had the drink already for the kids meal and he felt trapped into picking a kids meal. So I threw the idea of making him order out the window and intervened. Ordered the appetizer he wanted for his meal, told the waitress to charge me for the drink. (God bless her, she said she'd give it to him on the house because it wasn't a problem.)

In that moment, I was thinking, "What just happened here?!?!" Later I figured it out. 

Just when you think it's over...








This month, I'm once again participating in the Sensory Blog Hop. Please take some time to enjoy the other fine blogs listed below in their sensory journeys. 



Friday, May 01, 2015

New products from Dial for Babies + Kids - Review and Giveaway

Disclosure:  I received a sample of Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Have you seen the two new products for kids from Dial? There's Dial Baby Body + Hair Wash and Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash. 



Even though my "baby" is 8, she liked the gentle baby body wash for her. It's mild enough that anyone can use it, no matter what their age. I really love the light scent and how nicely it foams up. 



Our favorite of the two products is the Dial Kids Foaming Hand Wash. We love the foam, the smell, and mom especially loves the clean hands leaving the bathroom. I have found that they are more likely to wash their hands and wash them well if there's a foaming hand soap. The selection from Dial for babies and kids is amazing and fun and makes kids want to get (and hopefully stay) clean. 

I can't wait for one of my readers to have the opportunity to try one of these products for free, so I'm holding a GIVEAWAY! One winner will receive a coupon for their choice of a free baby body/hair wash or a free kids foaming hand soap. 

Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below. Winner must live in the US. Ends Sunday 5/17 at 11:59 pm Central Time. 



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