Monday, July 26, 2010
Payton is trying her hand at vacation bible school this week. I thought I would just take her for the music portion but after hearing everyone talk about it she thought she needed to go to class. It lasts from 5:45-8:45, so it's pretty long, but hey, you never know until you try. Around 7:00 we got a call that Payton was 'done', so I headed back to the church to pick her up. Turns out one of the helpers had taken Payton to a 'quiet' place and had taken her on a walk around the church. By the time we met back up, Payton was ready to go back to class and try again. I knew since she'd seen me that I would be staying the remainder of the time with her, but I was really proud of her. Although she's not communicating it exactly the way most children would, when she has had her 'fill' she will say "get me outta here!" or complain of something hurting - such as her ear, tummy, or leg. Those are the signs she is getting overstimulated and I am so proud of her for understanding her body enough to know when she is about to reach the point of overdoing it. Sadly the next day we pay for it by her behavior - she just takes a lot in and the following day she lets it all out. My mother in law is in town and is such a blessing - so patient with her (and also helping with Koen who is running a fever, but is happy as long as he has Motrin :) Anyways, we'll keep at it the rest of the week and see how she does. I'm just so proud of her for going - and then taking herself out of the room when she feels overstimulated. What a huge milestone for her!