We’ve had some challenging times this week, or rather E has. On Friday we went to a puppet show in the village. It was Jack and the Beanstalk with a slight twist, they had nits! The girls all enjoyed it, especially little S. E however, spent the entire time curled in a ball on my lap, hands over his ears, occasionally crying. It was busy and noisy and it was too much for him. Saturday he spent the day in his onesie recovering.
Sunday afternoon there was a Victorian fayre at Dorset County Museum, and as R loves history we thought we’d head down. It was great, lots of people in period dress, traditional music, dancing, and crafts. There was a whole room furnished as a working class Victorian house. R loved seeing the old pushchair, washboard, clothes press and more.
Again E found the whole experience too much. He was kicking, shouting, biting, pinching and lashing out. He tried a few times to run away. It the end Daddy sat in the lobby with him for a while, then we went to Costa for a drink and a break. Afterwards Daddy took E and little S back to the car and I took R and S back to the museum to do some craft.
Once we were home and calm I discussed with E the difficulties he had had and what I could do to help. We decided together to try some ear defenders, E chose a colour he liked and we ordered them on Amazon. I’m really hoping they help in busy places where E feels overwhelmed.
On Monday we went to a meet up at a park, but it was cold and wet so we didn’t last long! I bought E new coat afterwards, fleece lined so it’s warm but it’s also thin. Today he actually wore a coat… happily! I can’t remember the last time he was happy to put on a coat. Long may it last. We had a much better day today. We started with a farm trip, and followed it with a trip to the park. We all had lots a fun and came home happy.
It’s not easy having a child with extra needs but one way or another we work through it.