So it’s the first day of 2018 – a new year and a new start 😊
At the beginning of 2017 I was feeling hopeless not knowing what if anything was going on with Mimi or how I could help her.
A year later and she has her diagnosis of ADHD, Autism and sensory processing disorder and we are starting to see a difference. Mimi appears worse, a lot of her traits are coming out but I truly believe that this is because she now feels more understood and comfortable. We now know more about her sensory likes and dislikes, her movement needs and her worries/anxieties but as a result of seeing all this and her being able to express it more we are seeing less meltdowns which is not a bad thing.
I have been on a massive learning journey, sensory, sleep and behaviour workshops at the local child development centre have really helped, the autism awareness diploma I put myself on also helped a massive amount yet there is still so much to learn, my focus for 2018 is to help Mimi with her worries and anxieties as well as her learning and academic progress. I don’t mind if Mimi doesn’t learn to read and write as well as her peers, I don’t care about grades or what job she may have when she is older, her happiness is so much more important to me but unfortunately her lack of progress and her being aware of how well her peers are doing compared to her is impacting her mental health.
2018 is also going to be a year of hard work when it comes to my full time job, new exciting opportunities hopefully 😊 My employers have been absolutely amazing with the time off I have needed for appointments, workshops and meetings for Mimi and I’ve been lucky for it to not have affected my job, my amazing review reflected this so I’m proud of myself for keeping everything going 😊
2017 was the year my husband became a stay at home Dad because of Mimi’s needs, it’s been tough financially and I have added more debt to my credit card as a result, my other goal for 2018 is to not add to it which will be hard but we will have to toughen our belts more! Now I have spent god knows how much on sensory equipment, weighted clothing, lights, clothes etc.. hopefully this year we won’t need to spend as much (she says with her fingers crossed!)
It’s going to be a good year, with my new blog, my newly found online support and a good healthy attitude
I wish everyone a Happy New Year, health and happiness xx