We have added dairy/casein back into A's diet to see how it affects her now. I geared up for the worst and even saw my doctor about an anxiety med for me.
The first few days she mentioned several physical ailments returning (tummy aches and being tired were the two big ones). I was still preparing myself for a nightmarish couple of weeks.
Much to my surprise the first week went by and she handled herself very well! There were a few times when I could tell she was over stimulated and she got upset, but she never had a big meltdown.
I have been so very proud of her! We've been off schedule and she and Bug spent a weekend with their Nonny and she has been amazing!
Today I was able to give myself a pat on the back.
Yesterday morning while we brushing her hair she started to meltdown, but she was able to stop herself. She looked at me and calmly said "Mommy, can I push you over?"
Let me insert this: that's a game we play where I crouch down and we put our palms together and she pushes against me...eventually I let her push me over and we give each other a big bear hug. This helps give her a decent amount of proprioceptive input and helps her system to sort of reset so she's not so overloaded.
Wow! She asked? Calmly? At 5:45 in the morning?
So she pushed me over and was fantastic after that! As we walked to the bus stop I asked her how her morning was. She gave it 2 thumbs up. She said she decided she needed to push me over so she could calm down.
Seriously, who is this kid?
This evening after dinner she ran in and jumped on the trampoline and as she was jumping she told me her tummy hurt so she thought she'd try the trampoline. She also said that if the trampoline didn't work that she'd try pushing me over.
This problem solving and coming up with Her Own solution (not to mention thinking through several ideas vs. just one!) is amazing for me to see.
When I see her doing something thoughtful for someone else (which is becoming a common occurrence instead of something she is coached through from time to time ), finding her own solutions to problems, and coaching herself through a moment of sensory overload makes my heart swell with pride for her!
I also realize that I am doing a stinkin' good job at this parenting gig! I may not be perfect, but I am trying. I am doing what I think is best for my kiddos. I am succeeding. And my kids are thriving!
That makes this momma happy!