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Flying!

I was rather worried about the flight because Dylan has never been on a plane and although Amellia has been on a plane it was only ever for short flights. Amellia is a high energy kid so sitting still is not her strong point so I made sure I had a bag packed with lots of new and exciting things for her & Dylan, you can see what I had in them here.

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We were flying from Dublin airport and they were more than accommodating, we got checked in easily and got to go through the priority lane for security which made things less stressful for Dylan as we didn’t have to que up. I also brought Dylan’s melatonin with us through the security and with it being over the 100ml I had a doctors note with me, but they said that wasn’t necessary, all they had to do was check the medicine in the machine and that they wouldn’t take anything of a child that is a necessity to make there travels as stress free.

We got to bring the buggy with us right up until we boarded and it was ready and waiting for us as soon as we got off too which was great. Everyone in the airport were amazing, friendly and more than accommodating but that than changed when we got on the flight.
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We boarded first and as soon as we took the first step onto the plan Dylan lost it. In hindsight we should have boarded last so we weren’t sitting on it while everyone else walked past us, but we thought if we got on first he would have time to settle, but he did not. The flight attended did not help the situation at all. Dylan was clearly visibly upset, he was screaming, tears running down his face and he just wasn’t a happy bunny at all. He insisted that he had to sit in his own seat and I explained to him that he was autistic and did not understand what he was saying to him but he kept saying to him, its only for five minutes, you have to sit in your seat. I tried to put him in his own seat and this obviously just made him more distressed. I had my mum on lookout then for when that flight attended was going to walk past as there was no way I was going to make Dylan stay in his chair. I was in tears with how upset he was, it was horrible.

I gave him his melatonin to try and get him to sleep because he was not happy and nothing was settling him, after his melatonin he got a little distracted doing stickers which helped him settle for a few minutes at a time, he then ended up crying himself to sleep and then slept the rest of the flight. I managed to get a little bit of a kip but not much as he was very fidgety and kept waking for a few minutes and needing reassured then went back over.
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On the flight home Dylan was more or less a sleep before we got on the plane so was perfect. I sang a few songs to him on the plane and he quickly fell asleep and slept the whole flight, night time flights are the best!

Amellia was an absolute gem. She was far too excited to sleep on the flight over and was having lots of fun going through everything in her bag, watching movies and chatting to grampy. She then decided to fall asleep.. 15 minutes to landing.
On the flight home she was wonderful again and we had a far nicer flight attended, she spent ages chatting away to Amellia and even brought her a special kids dinner too!
After having some food Amellia then curled up on nannys knee and fell fast asleep for the rest of it!

So; if your flying, make sure you pack a lot of different things in your bag that you know your kids like, if they have special needs make sure you make the airport aware of it, show them pictures and watch videos of airplanes to try and help them understand what is going to happen and hopefully you get a nicer flight attendant than I did on the flight out so they will be understanding!

-WeeOhana

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Our Summer Trip!

We got to spend a lovely week in a beautiful little part of Ireland in Donegal. To be precise it was Portsalon, one of my favourite places thanks to last years holiday, this years and memories from when I went there when I was younger too!

We stayed in a beautiful little house with the most spectacular view over the beach, out to the sea and over the mountains. People complain that Portsalon is too small, and that there isn’t enough to do there, but to me that’s just perfect. I would much rather be there than at a really busy touristy place! This was the view from the house the first day we arrived. Spectacular, I had already decided I didn’t want to come home.
img_8944We went with my mum and dad too which was lovely as they have moved away from us now and unfortunately don’t get to spend that much time with the kids anymore. When we arrived the kids settled in pretty quickly exploring the house while I brought the things in from the car, put food in the fridge and got Dylan’s bed ready for the night.
We brought Dylan’s bedding with us to try to help him to settle into the travel cot and make it a little less overwhelming for him and I went about making the room as dark as possible as he is used to his room being very dark!

We didn’t really do much while we were away, but this was the aim as it was meant to be relaxing though I have now realised that as a mother you never really do relax and in fact on holiday it is even more stressful as you are in someone else’s house and don’t want the kids to break anything and are trying to ensure everyone is happy, gets fed when they need to etc!
We spent most of our time at the beach, but we also explored the little towns close by, did some shopping, went to the wonderful Tropical World and ate in some yummy places too!

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The first day we went down to the beach Amellia couldn’t wait to go and explore in the rock pools to see what she could find! She had a lovely time off with my dad and Dylan was happily sleeping in his pram. After a while he woke up and was ok after a little while playing in the sand and drawing letters in it!
The second day that we went to the beach Dylan was funny at the start again and on the third visit after a little bit of coaxing he was running in and out of the sea! It was simply wonderful to see! Amellia really enjoyed playing with him in the sea too and was so lovely to watch! She also found some starfish when out for a walk with my dad too!

We also ate in some rather yummy places. Dylan ate his usual on holiday and I didn’t want to try anything while away to upset him etc. Amellia though got stuck right into a lot of things and loved trying different things!

We found a soft play that was close by too that the kids really enjoyed on the rainy day that we got. It was a lovely little size and wasn’t very busy either so was perfect for them both!
img_8986Amellias favorite things on holiday was some teddy fruits that were in the house when we got there. She had grampy playing with them every second that she could and still talks about them! She also made up a little song that really made me giggle!

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All in all the trip was a success, Dylan did brilliantly and showed us very clearly when he had enough and went and sat in his pram or pulled to get lifted. A few times he got upset but generally it was quickly resolved. The only thing that he struggled with was bed time, every night I had to take him out for a drive and one night it took 4 hours worth of driving to get him to sleep! Amellia really enjoyed spending time her grandparents and it was a simply lovely time.

I can’t wait to go back again soon and shortly I’ll do a blog on places we really enjoyed that we went to and places that weren’t the greatest! Means it will be there for when I go next to refresh myself and to help you if you are heading down in that direction anytime soon! =]
-WeeOhana

 

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Summer Holiday Success!

These summer holidays are going fantastically!
I was so nervous about how Dylan would be with his routine being a little different, no school run in the morning and being with his sister twenty-four seven, but it is going fantastically. It seems to have came at such a perfect time.
We are all starting to understand Dylan a little more and Dylan is starting to learn that Amellia can sometimes be good fun to be around and she wont just steal his iPad or his food!


It is simply wonderful to see them playing together, interacting and laughing together. For a while Amellia found it very difficult to accept that her brother didn’t enjoy playing things how she would, or that he didn’t understand tag, taking turns or how building a tower together is fun and not to just knock over what she is building! She has learnt to adapt, she now plays with him how he understands.

They play simple things, like jumping on the sofa together (think we will replace them with trampolines), running back and forth across the room and throwing the balls about.


Amellia is a wonderful big sister, she has completely adapted how she plays with him and now knows that if she wants to play with him, she needs to enter his world rather than expecting him to understand what she wants to play.
When they are playing together she makes the same noises as him, encourages him to laugh and sneaks in little kisses and cuddles whenever she can! He really enjoys this, and will even go and take her hand whenever she stops playing to try and get her to carry on. Generally, he is pretty good at getting her to play again, he doesn’t take no for an answer and she enjoys running about like crazy and playing with her little brother.


The other day we took them both to a lovely little and quiet park. Dylan was having lots of fun doing his usual climb up the ladder and down the slide over and over again, until Amellia caught his eye. She was playing on a climbing net that spun. Instead of going back to the stairs and down the slide he went over and started running around with her spinning this, she then ran off to a see-saw and he followed and wanted to join her on this, after that she then ran off to another thing in the park and he joined her too! It was simply wonderful. There bond is growing, it took a while to start, for them both to accept each another for there differences but they seem to have really hit it off recently. As parents, this is simply wonderful.
Amellia always strived for a relationship with her brother and she is now slowly breaking down his wall and building her own with him.

I love my kids, they are simply incredible each in their own unique way. ❤

-WeeOhana