So, this is one of those things that I never talked to other moms about because it obviously falls outside the range of "average" development. I've talked to Clara's OT about it extensively, and I guess the developmental specialist coming next week might have some thoughts. I'm just wondering if any of you have dealt with this before.
Clara gets WAY overstimulated by bright lights/big crowds etc, but she never reacts to it in the moment, its always once we are back in a quiet place. But then the reaction is huge and dramatic. Yesterday we had to go to a consignment sale, so I tried to get there early hoping to miss the crowds. Yeah, bad idea. It was PACKED (think black Friday packed) with people, screaming kids, tons of noise and of course people poking their fingers in the stroller and cooing at Clara. The whole time she was dead quiet, but her eyes get big like she's trying to take everything in but can't. As soon as we were back in the car, she started screaming and once we got home it was a solid 2 1/2 hour scream-fest. And when she gets like that, there just isn't any calming her down. I think (and her OT agrees) that even holding her at that point is overstimulating, because she arches and tries to wiggle away. But she won't stop crying or calm down in her crib either. So it usually ends up with me standing by her crib and not touching her, but talking and singing to try and calm her down. And after a fit like that, her sleep is all messed up, I think just because her system is so worked up.
I usually avoid situations I know will upset her, so she's only had a major meltdown like that 4-5 times. But she needed summer clothes - we had to go! And now I feel awful
I guess the developmental specialist is going to look into infant weighted blankets and things like that, but its just so hard.