Thursday, May 10, 2012
It has been wonderful because lately she has been really helpful cleaning up and organizing around the house. Sometimes she can even convince Allie to help. It is wonderful because her helping is real help, not I'm pretending to help, but really just making it worse. She sweeps, picks up, unloads the dishwasher. It is wonderful!
She isn't really into anything at the moment. She spends a lot of time coloring, drawing, writing, and playing pretend. Her and Allie are dogs, cats, bad guys, good guys, etc, etc. They play well together as long as Allie does what Selena says.
She's getting pretty good at writing. She can spell Selena, Allie, Nana, Papa, dog, and probably a few other words without any help. Her vocabulary is expanding too. She sprinkles words like randomly, assume, and stressed in her speech.
Eating is still a struggle. Supplementing with zinc has greatly improved her eating, but she has lost the positive attitude about trying new things. She still prefers to eat only her favorites. So we've been having lots of arguments about food, and it is annoying. At least now I can get her to eat a few bites, whereas before she wouldn't even be in the same room. However I had fallen into the habit of giving the vitamin to her right before bed, and the last couple days I have given it to her in the morning and she has been better, so maybe that helps? I'll have to continue to do so and see if I notice a difference.
Sleeping has been better too. She is in bed and asleep before 10 most nights. Still pretty late, but compared to 10:30 and 11 I'll take it. When it is 9:30 I'm thrilled. I've been occasionally giving her a small amount of melatonin (maybe .2 mg) when we're spending the night somewhere, or when she has a few nights in a row of having a hard time going to sleep and staying up too late.