Ques about newborns with older Aspies
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|Sat, 09-27-2003 - 3:18pm|
My questions to you guys are:
*Did you guys take advantage of the sibling classes the hospital provides?
I am afraid Catie will be too distracted to learn anything, and i wonder that even though she is 3 1/2, since her maturity level is a little behind, if she will really retain the information and understand. Since she has problems with time, and anything that isn't 5 minutes with in her realm, that she won't really get it. But i would like for her to go to the hospital, see where the babies are, and understand why someone else will be in our house helping to take care of her during this time. It is alot for any child to take in, but especially for children like ours.
*What happened when you started pulling out all the baby furniture and clothes?
Catie is having trouble understanding that she is NOT a baby anymore, and even though the swing was hers, it is no longer for her use. I have tried putting a baby in the swing and letting her use her dolls in the swing, but i finally had to put it back up after i found her crawling into it for the 3rd time. i was afraid she would break it and swings just aren't exactly cheap. The crib has been put up since we moved to Utah the month she turned 2. That was 18 months ago. I am nervous about bring that out and the changing table. I don't really worry so much about the clothes, but Catie is obsessed with socks. All of our baby stuff as been up and out of her reach for a long time. But she still goes into our closets and pulls out strollers, the walker and the ultrasaucer, trying to crawl into them and play in them.
*Did you guys ever worry about the safety of your newborn around her older siblings?
Even though some worry and caution is always normal and smart, did you guys ever worry about taking showers and stuff like that. I was a bit more paranoid than normally with Catie anyways. Always bringing her in her bouncer into the bathroom with me when i showered. But how did you guys deal with leaving your babies alone with your older Aspie children? I would never want to think Catie would ever hurt the baby intentionally, or just be mean or cruel, but i do expect some sibling roughness and situations to happen.
I would love any advice i can get on these things. I have talked to her therapist at school and i am hoping that the closer we get to Christmas, that they may start talking to her about these things at school as well.