Thursday, March 25, 2010
Yes, that's her suitcase. And yes, she slept in it last night. And no, it's not that big. She was all curled up inside it. Mark couldn't stand to see her cramped up. I told him to leave her and if it hurt her that much 1) she wouldn't have stayed in it or 2) she would wake up a little sore in the morning and know not to do that again. He moved her to her bed anyways. I woke up in the middle of the night to a screaming, panicking little girl (Mark of course, blissfully slept through the whole episode). She was freaked, not knowing how she ended up in her bed and desperately wanted to be back in the suitcase.
The next morning Morgan had a little "chat" with her dad. Next time, he will leave her be.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
But look closely. There is a method to her madness. All felines and bears are piled up here.
All dogs belong here.
Along with many others properly categorized items such as rabbits, horses, cows (who knew we had so many stuffed cows??!!), insects and humans.
And one uninvited guest who would not cooperate and be sorted into his proper category.
Monday, March 22, 2010
She waited patiently as she colored half an egg one color and the other half another.
She carefully blotted the eggs.
Mark and I finished our eggs before she had gotten half way through with hers.
Her finished project included an egg with a butterfly and an egg with a carrot draw on it as well as several multi-colored eggs. That egg in front, second from the right is Mark's. It says "Bunnies Taste Good". Morgan was very concerned about the Easter Bunny seeing this one and getting mad at us!
After an hour of coloring, eggs weren't the only thing that ended up more colorful then they started out as.
Friday, March 19, 2010
We've had this thera-band in place for a few weeks when we received an e-mail from the teacher that it was no longer working. Morgan had been setting her chair on the floor, backside down so that she could bounce on the band. Not exactly using the chair appropriately and not exactly safe. It was apparent that she needed more then just feedback back to her legs muscles, but to her whole core as well.
After observing her in the classroom, the school OT suggested we bring in a small rocking chair.
The rocking chair provides full body sensory input without being a distraction in the classroom. We have had this chair in place for a week and I'm happy to report that her teacher has said it is working wonderfully. She is more focused and is getting up less often.
Hmmm... maybe I could convince my work that I need a rocking chair, preferable a nice comfy Lazy Boy one, for my job too!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
So my Morgan has a good question. A smart question: If their parents don't know Morgan Le Fay and Morgan Le Fay was a stranger, why did the kids start going away with her? Don't they know about Stranger Danger?
I guess we'll have to read the first book and see if the author Mary Pope Osborne handles the stranger danger issue because Morgan is very worried.
Friday, March 12, 2010
You'll notice a theme with the following pictures. Rather then getting their pictures taken with the real animals of the zoo, you they wanted their pictures taken with all the status and such. The real animals were second class.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
She puts her hands on her hips, swinging them from side to side as she does a dramatic stomp walk.
Morgan: They are called show-offs because they show-off the clothes.
In case you couldn't tell, she's talking about models. She's picked this up from watching Project Runway on Lifetime. Surprisingly, she's fascinated with this show. She's fascinated that people can make their own clothes and even more fascinated that boys sew as well as girls. She also has an uncanny knack for picking out the winning outfit.
If she doesn't become a rock star, perhaps she will be a future designer?
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Morgan has always had big issues with transitions. I can't tell you how many times a verbal warning of five more minutes would lead to a full blown melt down. She also needs constant verbal reminders and redirecting when she is trying to complete a task. We've turned blue in the face with the amount of times we've said, you have 10 more minutes before we leave and you still need to do A, B and C. We were exhausted!
Morgan's OT introduced us to the most wonderful invention ever - the time timer which gives her a visual reminder of how much time is left.
We don't have to prod anymore and when the clock dings, letting her know the time is up, she knows better then to throw a fit at an inanimate object.
But the reason I really, really love this clock, is the new found independence it has given Morgan. In the morning Morgan sets the clock for an hour, plays by herself and then wakes us up when the hour has passed. The girl who gets upset when she needed to go into a room RIGHT NEXT DOOR to you by herself is finally learning to be on her own. We were so happy this weekend when we heard her little feet pitter pat down the hall, the beep of the clock as she set it, the pitter pat down the stairs, the sliding of the back door as she lets Champ out and the quiet that followed allowing Mark and I to get some more rest.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
We still have not had to introduce the Learning Plate, but Morgan is definitely testing the concept. She isn't eating as many foods anymore, I think, in an attempt to see if we really won't press the issue. It's hard to bite your tongue, especially when you see her leave food she usually tries untouched on her plate. As we stay quiet and continue to disengage, I'm hoping that she starts to try things again. I'm 99% sure this is the strong-willed child testing the boundaries to see if we go back to our previous battles.
I'll keep you posted.