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. ❤