Beautiful Life

Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Time out

Okay, I took time out from chucking everything onto the front lawn to give Claire a bath tonight. Anyone with any experience with Claire and water knows that this is just another chore! She HATES to take a bath of any sort...usually cries the entire time. Yes, if you read back in our archives you will see a happy child in the tub. That lasted for less than a week, then someone dumped water over her head, need I say more!

She has to take sponge baths now because of her casts so I thought bath-time would be easier. Silly me! It isn't just that she doesn't like the idea of sitting in water, she just doesn't like water, period!

Well, I have been working hard at going slow and trying to get her to help and enjoy her little sponge baths rather than rushing through because she is crying hysterically. I have SLOWLY made progress with this. She still cries initially when she sees the towel and shampoo on the kitchen counter. She still screams when I undress her and lay her down on the towe but.....

I got these pictures tonight and had to share.

Helping bathe her body! Notice, she is NOT crying!

Helping shampoo her hair! Still no tears!

Playing in the sink! Is that a smile I see?

Ladies and Gentleman, she willingly stuck her finger in the running water!


Marcie said...

Hooray for major victories!

The Source said...

I see the makings of an Olympic Swimmer! Good job, Claire.

Seriously, I have a child who dealt with major sensory issues and water was a problem for him when he was very small. Standing in a shower, the water felt like it was stinging him. Of course we didn't know this until he was old enough and verbal enough to explain. Going slowly is a great idea. Have you ever heard of brushing? It helps to make things feel less intense.

Michelle said...