Seasons change, it's a fact. And, living in the midwest, it happens quite frequently. I think right now, I may be one of a small group of people that is not happy to see winter go and summer arrive. Although in a few more months, I will be one of millions that is not happy for summer to leave as winter approaches once again.
I always talk about Crash being resistant to change and thriving with a predictable routine, but I never mention how much I enjoy it as well. Once we have established a good thing, I have no problem sticking with it, and rather like the predictability it adds into our family routine.
But, there is only one more day of school and the dreaded change in routine will be upon us. We had a small glimpse into this unhappy occurrence over the holiday weekend. Many of you are way ahead of me on this one. I have read many blogs recently on how everyone is adapting to the summer routine, and I guess I have just burried my head in the sand. If I do not think about it...it won't come...right??
Well, after surviving Memorial Day weekend, my head is no longer in the sand. I have come to many conclusions, but not a lot of answers...yet...
What I do know is...
Crash can not play outside all day long. He needs downtime through out the day. Deep pressure, calm activities, etc to help him stay regulated.
Crash would benifit from some white noise or something similar in his room to help drown out the environmental sounds at night.
Crash would also benefit from some room darkening shades or a tent on his bed to block out some of the light.
Crash needs a better bed time routine. We need to begin to wind down earlier. we have been relying on melatonin way too much. There has to be a better routine to get ready for bed. A bath and stories isn't enough right now.
So it's off to the drawing board. I think if we can get the nighttime stuff in place everything else will come easier. Crash is always more regulated when he sleeps well...as am I.