We Went to a Birthday Party (sort of)


Birthday parties are fun. Or birthday parties are a day of high anxiety for the Mollinator and I. This time we had a trick, headphones. Thanks to our OT we had this handy trick to shut out the outside world and it’s strange sounds. Typically, birthday parties go like this: Molly gets really excited to go, we get there, and I spend half the time trying to get her in the door, then the other half trying to peel her off of me, cake is served and we go home. Thanks to the headphones, my Mollinator agreed to go into the bounce house fun land and begin to maneuver around the non-bounce house games. For twenty minutes she played by herself, but was happy and not clingy. Yay! Success! Then she met a 6 year old girl to play with. Yay! Double Success! Then cake and ice cream. Did I mention she left my side for 10 minutes??? Now, she didn’t talk to any of the kids from her class or the birthday boy but I guess we should accept the fact that she entered the party as a step in the right direction.

I may take stock in headphones.


One response »

  1. I totally get it molly! “Too Much Too Big! ” that’s the best definition ive ever heard of what it feels like to experience sensory overload! A 3 yr old boy taught me that definition 4 years ago… since then i blurt it out a lot… on planes… in cars,.. on dates,.. at the opening night of “Book of Mormon” at Pantages…
    The overload gives you a feeling of rage, wanting to run away, and wanting to cry – all at the same time.
    jamie- you are sooooo not like this! It must be super hard for you to relate with what shes going through, although im sure you’ve done your homework and get it intellectually… its hard to know how freaked put she feels….
    lets just say ive held in, until now,how irritating the sound of your granola bar wraper opening and the sound of you eating the gronola bar as u threw on clothes and ran out the door for 530a practice… i was in the bottom bunk (or top i dont remember which) pretending to be asleep wanna to jump up and throw the dorm size mattress across the room…
    My advice for Miss Molly: Yoga. lots of it. Starting Now!
    I love you guys. see u in september! Can I stay at ur house the 4th and maybe the 5th?? I wont bring the peanuts from the airplane with me! Promise:)

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