The Little Things

Updated: Jul 25, 2019

My daughter has always been the best giggler. Everyone’s hearts would melt when she was laughing her behind off, especially ours as her parents.

The weird thing that would always catch my attention is that when she was in the throws of laughter she would seem to have this tiny little choking thing. Like she would choke on her spit.

It was never alarming or scary, just something I noticed.

She turned 4 this year and she would still do this little choking thing.

I guess 4 years is where I drew the line as it finally occurred to me to work on my own daughter… 🤦🏻‍♀️

The only time I could fathom working on my super active little girl is when she’s relaxed. So my choices were when she’s watching TV or at bedtime.

We don’t turn on our TV during the week (which was a difficult yet rewarding change in our household for the past 1+ years).

Bedtime it was.

It’s challenging for my daughter to unwind and relax for bedtime, so I talked to her for a while and asked her if I could work on her. She agreed so I put my hand near her throat and the other on her sacrum and started to follow the fascia (aka connective tissue) which is how I unwind tightness in the body.

She could not stop giggling as her body moved. It was incredibly adorable. And because it was such a fun activity for her I thought I would have to keep it very short so it wouldn’t completely wake her up.

But after a couple of minutes she surrendered to the experience and quieted down. So I continued as long as she’d let me. You could tell how deeply she enjoyed the quiet attention she got from this gentle unwinding. It was quite the experience for me as a parent to watch her as I work.

When the unwinding was done her body was very relaxed and it was 10x quicker for her to fall asleep that night.

The next day when I picked her up from preschool she said: “Mommy, do you remember when you worked on me at bedtime? Can you do it again?”

Those were literally her words.

So I worked on her a second time.

She did not have a giggling fit between the first and second times. But since the second time I have carefully listened to her when she’s giggling like a maniac and the weird choking thing is completely GONE.

Sometimes it’s those little things that make us go “Hmm?” (1980’s hits anyone?)

Those things that are not really issues, but we just can’t figure out.

Things that are not a medical issue but keep our attention.

Those things - you can definitely come to me with those!

I love solving the little things just as much as the big things.

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