A lighter tone, pretty shamrocks and a little something green

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So I would be lying if I would say here that I took the break I talked of in my last post. I’m not good at sitting still when something is left hanging in mid-air. But this time, it was a much more pleasurable venture : Adapted play groups, conferences and a re-evaluation of my son’s file by the audiologist that did his test so we can apply for a toddler rehabilitation program that is offered in my area. All good things, all very encouraging. All very done. I’m happy now. Things are in the works, we can all simply wait for everything to fall into place now and enjoy ourselves once more.

The beginning of the week was a very slow one. I don’t know what shifted the last few days, but Little Man’s nights have been so much better. He actually slept 11 hours in row yesterday. My brain can’t quite wrap itself around the concept. We’ve changed his bedtime routine : classical music and massage instead of books. 2 nights now and he’s gone down for sleep without ever a whimper. All good, good things!

We’ve been trying to find things to help him relax. As I’ve mentioned many, many times before, my son is all go. Drawing for him is 45 seconds of scribbling and walking away. Playing with blocks means putting 3 blocks together, knocking them down and walking away. But throw him a ball, he will fetch it and throw it back at you for 30 minutes. Play hide & seek or tag and he will run you into the ground. So finding out that soft music hits the spot has been magical. I don’t know what exactly he hears. Being partially deaf, I never know which sounds will make it through.  Classical music does it. I’m very happy about that. It is something we can all share, that we all love. And now, he can love it with us. We also made a calming bottle that we have been observing in the sunlight. It’s been a wonder for my daughter as well, coming home from preschool and disconnecting from the day.

Since this is our first year of trying to create a true seasonal rhythm, we have gone ahead and put away our winter-specific books. I thought I was going to get some resistance from Little Miss since a couple of these books have become some of her favorites, but no. Again, she surprised me. Not only was she more than happy to tuck them away, she designated “Snowy” as the official Winter Book Guardian.

Did you see the little greenies? That is right, seedling time! Most of those are medicinal herbs (many of which I decided to try sowing indoor first to increase my chances of a first year flowering) and early spring crops like chards and kale. Our little “green house” set up in downstairs in my sewing room and now, every time I go down there, I’m hit with the sweet smell of holy basil (tulsi). So even though it’s still bitterly cold, I have Spring in my home. It is truly wonderful.

Finally we have found our “happy” again. Complete with St-Patty’s Day crafts, Hello Kitty Fairy under-sheets-spelunking expeditions and kisses and hugs to and from good, faithful friends. Thank you again for all your warm wishes and support during this time. I will never be able to express how lucky I feel to have made such deep meaningful connections here with all of you. ❤

 

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About Yanic A.

Hello to all of you and thank you for stopping by! My name is Yanic. I'm a wife to a wonderful husband, a mother of 2 beautifully complex and unique children and a lover of all things inspiring. Having started a personal journey of self discovery when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter 4 years ago, I've since embraced a daily life of simpler pleasures and gratitude. As we get to know each other, you will know me as a quilter, a gardener, a Tao cultivator, a vegetarian foodie, a true believer in a healthy family life as being the secret to my happiness and hopefully as time goes on, a friend... I will try to share with you my days as they unfold, speaking of my happy successes without censoring my challenges, trying to make this blog a true portrait of the ever-changing path that I have chosen for myself. I'm hoping to find in these pages others to share with and learn from, bringing to light the absolute connection in all things and people, showing this world as being a true community.
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20 Responses to A lighter tone, pretty shamrocks and a little something green

  1. I’m glad things are falling into place for your son. The hardest part is always getting the ball rolling. Hopefully it will stay in motion all on its own and you can coast and relax for a bit…at least until you need to get up and go again. I know just what you mean about him always being on the move. Mine is the same way. People can hardly believe how fast he is, and I have to run to keep up. They would probably make great playmates, if only they weren’t so far apart. I hope things continue to go smoothly for you in the coming months.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Oh I’m sure they would be great friends! Anyone that can run with him is a fried. LOL! He has boundless energy. I won’t lie, I’m a little afraid of summer because we don’t have a fence. Although I’ve totally promised myself I would never resort to them, my son does make a could case for kid leashes! LOL!

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  2. I hope that you can rest a while now! It sounds like you have been a good type of busy, sometimes we need those times to appreciate the quiet and restful days.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Amen! Well said mama… this morning, everything feels so easy at the house. The kiddos are peaceful, content. I’m happy and mellow… It is a good day. Thank you xo

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  3. sally says:

    So many positives there, and the sight of those green seedlings lifted my spirits all the way over here!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      I’m glad I could send some growing spring cheer all the way to you. I love how well everything is growing. I just hope I get to plant hem in the right time. Not looking promising right now, but then again, I’ve seen snow melt pretty quick! *fingers crossed*

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  4. It’s comforting to me when little things come together. You’ve made a lot of major progress in Little Man’s new journey. Good for you! It must put your mind at ease.

    I’m ready to move into spring. I neeeed to move into spring. I want to put away the wool afghan, sweaters and socks and pad about the house barefoot. Sadly, we have March winds and January temperatures, and the snow outside the window is so high we can’t see out. Soon. Living seasonally when the seasons don’t match my mind is hard.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Oh Robin, I’m right there with you! We got another half foot of snow over the week-end and then again on St-Patty’s Day and now, we are in early winter temps and winds as well. This is the first year we have chosen to observe the seasonal changes. We have a day of “Spring Equinox” activities planned for Friday and it looks like the dead of winter out there. Me and the kiddos watched “The Secret Garden” this morning and all my daughter could say was “I want to take off my hat and mittens too”… All I could do was smile and nod.

      Yes, mind = ease right now for sure. I’m so excited about the playgroup I found. They meet every 2 weeks on Sunday mornings at a community center in town. 6 months to 3yo. Perfect age group. All physical activities and exploration. *grins* I’m just thrilled!

      Hang in there my dear, Spring will be that much more glorious! xo

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  5. I love to see (and read) that the peace is finding its way to your home again. Everything settling, being more calm and enjoyable. Your family really deserve it after a little hectic time you had! Enjoy! Love! ❤

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  6. bitsofthepast says:

    My father is partially deaf, and he cannot hear loud pitched, squeaky sounds. Bells, whistles, high pitched voices, whispers, mumbling, and we had to talk to him by standing on his good side. He was to stubborn to get a hearing aid or learn sign language. As he grows older, in his 70’s, he is losing his hearing more. But the television and radio were always turned up so loud you could not talk. Thank goodness subtitle were invented! I do not know if this generates any ideas, but it was his experience.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      We have much issues with Little Man if there is background noice of any kind. But if the “background noise” is the main noise, he seems to be able to hear it. If we had music, talking, a fan, a hair dryer going a once, he wouldn’t be able to hear anything. It seems like it all becomes a blur. But if we have one main focus, his good ear does really well. Without that sound-focus, his good ear gets overwhelmed I think. Does that make any sense?

      Than you for sharing… I’m hoping that if necessary, my son will want to use a hearing aid. So young, I don’t think he would keep it in… but later. I’m hoping he won’t be stubborn about it. 🙂

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  7. sophiezest says:

    Hi Yanic,
    There is lots of good energy in this post! I love the calming bottle. It’s great that your son is settling better at night. I did baby massage with my two for a long time, and loved it. And classical music often features in our house (my son loves Mozart!).
    You deserve a big pat on the back for everything you have done recently (and always do) to make sure your children are happy and healthy.

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Thank you dear Sophie,,, We try our best don’t we? So far, I haven’t noticed a specific type of classical music that he likes, but I have had a lot of luck with Ave Maria the last few nights. He becomes so still when it plays. 🙂 Your son has good taste! My daughter loves Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky.

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  8. So glad to hear you have found that happy again, it shines through in this post. Soak it up my friend, and revel in the warmth and light of it.

    Much love to you all. xo

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  9. Mountain Girl says:

    Glad you are finding a sense of balance in all you are going through. Love that calming bottle, and oh! those seedlings. Happy spring to all of you!

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    • Yanic A. says:

      Happy Spring to you dear Mia. Thank you for your well wishes. I get the feeling the next months will be filled with lots of new things! Looking forward to all the changes and the new rhythms. 🙂

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  10. appleshoe says:

    One simple truth, the seasons come and go as they will, each bringing new joys and new struggles. I’m glad things are falling into place for you. This is just one more turn, you are a strong loving mamma, I’m sure you will meet all these struggles and joys with equal patience and love. Shine on.

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