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Christmas time changes

Christmas time is upon us and I am so excited this year. Last year I just wanted Christmas to be over and done with and couldn’t wait to get the decorations away which is so unlike me. I’m so glad this year I am back to full Christmas love & excitement.

Christmas decorating and Christmas time in general is a little different in our house than it would be in most households. Dylan doesn’t cope well with change, for example I took one thing out of the living room to make room for a bit of Christmas and he has dragged it back in very single day since. We decorate slowly and the tree goes up last. This year we will be putting the tree up on the 16th, plenty of time to enjoy it before Christmas but not too long that all the decorations being taken off and lined up and sorted into colour several times a day wont drive me so mad that I want to take it down.

After Dylans birthday on the 9th I’m going to slowly start to add little Christmas bits around the house so that it is slowly changing rather than all of a sudden his safe space is completely different. I know he is going to love all the lights on the tree, but his love for collecting and lining up things that are the same he will just be in overdrive all the time.

We have a lovely little Elf in our house called Max, Amellia totally adores him. We have a pretty lovely elf in our house who doesn’t do all that much to be honest. He moves around and leaves little notes of encouragement. On the weekends he will leave some small gifts which are generally arts & crafts related to Christmas like paint your own decorations, santa letter kits and things like that. Dylan does not understand the Elf malarkey but it is loads of fun for Amellia.

Advent calendars are done different in our house as well, because lets face it give a number obsessed kiddo something with numbers all jumbled up on, he’s gonna open all the doors in the right order in one day and get very distressed if he cant. I open his for him and then give him the item from the advent calendar, this year we got him a playmobil 123 one as he is loving it at the moment! Every morning when I have given him a piece that has come in the calendar though he looks at me like I’m mad and goes and puts it away in the box with the rest of the playmobil and then carries on with his morning. I think when the 25th comes and I don’t give him a bit of playmobil to put away he is going be so confused about why this new morning ritual has changed but we couldn’t let him go without an advent calendar!

Both the kiddos Christmas plays are coming up and I really can’t wait to see them both. Amellia is all bizz because she is singing at the very start of hers and has been singing the song constantly for the past few weeks, I must say she does have a simply wonderful singing voice. Dylans will be adorable just seeing them all together and hopefully taking part in a little sing a long to a few good old Christmas songs. Amellia is really excited as she is coming along to see his too, it’s on her last day of school so she wont miss anything at all as we all know that is a day just full of chaos!

Hope you are all enjoying getting in the Christmas spirit and your kids are enjoying it too, even if it is in a different way to how you used to enjoy Christmas.

-WeeOhana

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Our Favorite Sensory Items!

I just thought I’d make a little blog about a few of the things that I have in my house that my little man really loves and and helps calm him down! I’m going to do another one on his favorite toys that he has too! It may help you with ideas on what to get your little ones! =] Oh and before we get started, all these things have been bought by myself or friends for my little ones, so these are all very honest reviews!

One of my best buys of last year was this giant bean bag, it is fantastic, he will lay on it and watch TV/his ipad/the lights and fold it in half and it makes it more solid and it doubles up as a seat to play his adorable little Ukulele on, and to just chill out on, its wonderful. It’s big enough so that both him and his sister can fit on it with a gap between them! He loves the feel of the beans in the inside too and the sound of them when he rolls about on it! The cover on this one can be taken off and washed if needs be and it is also waterproof so it means that I don’t have to be worried about drinks and the such on it! This is the one I got and you can get it in lots of different colors! I chose the purple as its a nice color for both boys and girls it is also dark so hides stains a little ;] heres the link >>ย  [Click Here]

This is another of his favorites and is one of the best things for calming him down. My best friend got him this for Christmas as she knew that he would love to watch the lights on it, its a wonderful thing and such a thoughtful gift too! I was so surprised by how well it covered the whole living room in wonderful stars and moons in lots of colors! You can have it so that there is just one color, two,three or four! There is also a setting so that it can rotate, be still or flash! We prefer the rotating one with two colors! Sometimes all four is just a bit too much going on for my little man! Though my little girl loves when all four colors are on and rotating as she thinks its like a dance party! This also comes with a cover so that it is just on the lights itself, we don’t use this much as he likes to lay down on his bean bag and watch it all on the roof and walls! This light can be bought on amazon and is such a bargain! I would recommended getting a wall plug for a usb too, as it goes through a lot of batteries if you have it on as much as we do! It comes with the wire to be plugged into a usb! [Click Here]

He really loves this Fiber Optic light, it fades from color to color slowly, when he is having a tough day or is in the middle of a meltdown this really helps! I brush it along his legs,feet,hands,tummy etc and it really relaxes him! He loves to use it as a paintbrush on the floor and watch the colors change! Unfortunately for the dog he also likes to use it on her fur and watch it change color! Fortunately enough she sleeps through it all and doesn’t bat an eyelid! I bought this in sainsburys(supermarket).. and i actually went back the next day and bought another couple as they were on sale and he loves it! I didn’t want to risk it breaking and being stuck without out! I’m sure you can get them on amazon too, but I wont provide a link as I cant say that they work well etc! sorry!

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Finally we have this cute little tent which is from Ikea! [Click Here To Have A Look]
He would spend all day inside here, happy as larry! The only downside is that he wants me to go in it with him too.. which is OK for a short while, until I have to do other mum things like make dinner or do the washing! He uses this as a little escape pod idea, if he needs time out, his sister is being too nosey, or there is just too much going on for him!

His favorite thing of all though is when we put these all together! The bean bag inside the circus tent, and the stary light up close to the outside with the lights off in the room. He will lay on the beanbag, watching the stars. It means that if he is having a real hard time when he head-bangs he can’t hurt himself, I know that he is safe and can try and keep myself in check to calm him down the best I can too. He will than lay in here a while once he has calmed, standingย  up to try and catch the stars and loves the sound of the tent when he hits it. So i will hit the top of it and shake it so it soothes him with the noise as well.
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All these items are just fantastic and really do change his life for the better.
If you have any other suggestions on things your little ones have that really help them or things you have yourself please let me know!
Hope these ideas have helped some of you too! =] They are all decent prices, as i have found a lot of the sensory items have huge price tags, so I have compromised and these work fantastically for us, for now!
Oh and don’t forget the bubble machine! Everyone loves bubbles!

WeeOhana