Most of the tools in our toolkit are to help reduce sensory stimulation, and help to soothe Katie. We don’t yet know for sure what she will tolerate or find soothing, other than my voice, but we want to have a supply of tools ready and waiting. We thought this idea list may help a future mom in a similar situation.
So without further ado, the list~
A large stack of super-soft blanket sleepers, leggings, long-sleeved onesies, long-sleeved shirts, and socks. No tags, no scented fabric softeners. A few pretty outfits with soft shoes, but again, no tags or perfumes. Thank you to the friends who helped supply Katie with enough blanket sleepers and onesies that we hope we won’t have to wash any in the hotel bathtub!
It was recommended we try using the soft clay-like earplugs to help block unwanted sound on the way home.
I hope to work with her over time to be able to tolerate ear buds and headphones, but in the meantime, we may just take turns singing to her and wait for CHOP and a real CD player.
Well-worn favorite lullaby music, low, soothing, and organized.
What is this little boy doing in this post? His name is Johnny, and he’s not our little boy. He lives across the country from us and we’ve never met him or his family. Well, see those eggs he is holding? After Katie appeared on Reece’s Rainbow last year for a short time, then disappeared again, Johnny’s family prayed for her for an entire year. This was before they found our blog at the end of May this year, so it was before they even knew whether she was still alive, let alone being adopted. Many months ago, Johnny sold eggs and collected money for Katie in a jar with her photo on it, and recorded his earnings in a little book with HOPE on the cover. After they found our blog, his mom and dad matched the funds he raised.
So Johnny, thank you, young man, for helping our little girl. You have done a beautiful thing.
The Mack truck of the car seat world, with a weight to match.
See that bar down at the bottom? It’s a big help when lifting the seat, but we didn’t know when we chose it that it would also serve another useful purpose.
This is called a cart cover and was designed to be a liner for a grocery cart seat. Bought for $2 at a thrift store, and works beautifully with this particular seat to provide a barrier for the light, sound and activity that will surround Katie on her travels home. It even has little windows so we can check on her easily…
…or cover it up, as needed.
She may not tolerate the sling for a long time to come, but just in case she does, we’re ready!
It was also recommended to us to try swaddling Katie. A local friend sewed this soft, generously-sized flannel blanket for her and dropped it off at our door! (Thank you, L!)
And last of all, an assortment of pacifiers for her to try! And that, my friends, is that. I will let you know what works!