What a week….

The girl looking very happy! Apparently…

We have reached the end of a very busy week and a half. The girl was in numerous dress rehearsals and then four concerts of her Year 5 and 6 concert of Beauty and the Beast Junior. She played the role of a ‘Silly Girl’ which the man and I thought was very apt. The last concert was on Thursday night and as we were all tired both the boy and girl didn’t go to school on the Friday. It was lovely not to have to rush out the door in the morning for a change.

The make up and hair for all concerts was a challenge. She hated the smell and feel of the foundation and the hairspray was a challenge to get near her! I only had to put her foundation on at home, the rest (including the false eyelashes) was put on by the make up team. I am so so grateful for them. We also had many tears and squirming whilst holding a curling iron…

On Sunday morning the girl had a final rehearsal for her Ballet Presentation Class (exam) which was to be held on the Monday. We were both up and out early to get there by 8.45am. Not on a Sunday!!!!

I picked her up from school early yesterday to get her to her exam on time. Luckily I didn’t have to fight to put her hair in a bun, I was able to leave it to her ballet teacher.  Of course because I wasn’t doing it she didn’t fight and argue about it! Typical!

Now we can all relax for a few months until the Ballet Recital at the end of the year…Phew!

Sitting in the hair chair!

Hair washing fun!

Last night I washed the girls hair.

We only do it once a week for both of our sanity’s sake. It is a bit of an ordeal.

First of all, I have to wet her hair without actually getting her hair wet. Just about anyway…. If I get any water on her face the crying starts. I have usually forgotten a towel to put over her face at this point, so I have to stop mid wash to run off and get said towel to put over her eyes.

Get the shampoo. More tears and complaints about the smell now. Have you ever noticed that shampoo smells?  Not good for someone who hates any smell. And for some reason the manufacturers think we all need to smell like a roses on fertiliser!!

Anyway, back to the washing. Hair nearly done and it’s time for rinsing. Once again, make sure I get all the soap out without getting her wet. One day I will accomplish this!

Hair washed and rinsed.

This was the easy part!!

Once the girl is out and dressed it is time to brush her hair.

I use a detangling spray which stinks once again. And it sprays everywhere. She hates the feeling of being sprayed and has a meltdown because I dared to spray it near her. How dare I use it. Haven’t I got a non-spray spray??

Get the brush out. This results in another fit.

Start brushing. Struggle to keep ahold of screaming, wriggling child.

Threaten to chop all of her hair off. She says that they don’t let bald people into school. Try not to laugh at her, this will just make everything worse.

After chasing her around the room and finally sitting on her, I finish brushing and tie her hair back in a plait to keep it as neat as possible. I won’t get many more chances during the week to brush it again.

Sit and rock her to calm her down. This takes a while as she is so upset.

Now I can relax till next week when we do it all over again.

Have wine!

Lessons I’ve learnt

I have learnt some very valuable lessons during our time dealing with aspergers. I thought I would share these with you, so you can make an informed decision about whether you would like an aspergers child as well.

You won’t be able to ask your child to do anything without them falling on the ground/bed/whatever flattish surface is nearby. This goes for asking them to brush their teeth, hair, put on clothes, have a bath, do their homework, empty the dishwasher and pick up their toys.

Don’t expect to get anywhere in a hurry. As soon as you say you are ready to go, then the child will say that they need to go to the toilet. And stay there for a while singing. Then they will have to change their underwear because now it feels funny. And can’t put on their shoes because the socks are not right and they won’t be able to do up their shoes because they can’t get them on tight enough and they will fall off….. (get the picture)

Homework will be beneath them. Don’t ask them to memorise spelling words because they have already learnt them when they wrote them down in their homework book that day. Don’t bother trying to get them to look at them ‘just in case’ because that will result in major tantrum. Wish I knew what it was like to have a photographic memory…. This also goes for learning music and lines for a play. They can remember everyone’s lines which comes in handy if someone is not there for the production.

Never suggest they eat something. Food is not liked. If there is any food in your cupboards then just throw it out now.

Maybe just keep the vegemite.

Sleep is also not liked. The child will endeavour to keep you in their bedroom late at night and then keep calling out overnight to help put them back to sleep. They also won’t care that you are tired and grumpy in the morning, because they are not. You will miss out on all of your tv shows as you go through the whole nighttime routine. Every. Single. Night.

You will get told information about subjects that you knew nothing about. And would not care to know about. Like the series order of a particular tv programs, who is in the tv series, what else they have been in, what lightsaber each character has in starwars etc. Seriously, why do they think we care!!

Hygiene is beneath them. You will save on water. And toothpaste. And shampoo.

Never expect any sympathy. They don’t care. If it is not about them then they have no interest at all. So you might as well just shut up and get on with it.

Don’t go anywhere with sun, sand, bees, flowers, strong smells, or loud noises. Or cold.  As there is nowhere else to go you might as well stay home.

There are many many other delightful tips I could share with you, this is only a taste. But it might help you make your decision easier.

Remember! Keep the vegemite!