Tomorrow marks our two months home and we can definitely see changes and progress in the last month.
We’ve put some systems in place (color coding, seating charts) to help deal with the insanity of four kids. I’m even testing out having the kids help pack their lunches the night before. I couldn’t keep the likes/dislikes/requests straight.
Tears are usually now for a specific reason – more likely to be set off by something someone said or not getting their way, etc. These are easier to deal with usually but still can be quite a cry session. We’ve had several in the last couple of days. Not sure if they are extra tired or what. We’re learning that Wendemagegn especially is quite sensitive and he usually takes a little longer to get info out of.
Food issues are quite a bit better. During the insanity of the week with the accident, lice and surgery week I was totally scrounging. I had not had time to menu plan or grocery shop so we relied on things we KNEW they would eat including a couple nights of breakfast for dinner and burgers from Wendy’s. Since going back on a regular menu they seem to be better. I’m still trying to find things that I’m pretty sure they are going to like, mixed with new things. I felt triumphant yesterday that they liked my crockpot Beef & Noodles which is a family standby. They both had seconds – Beza had thirds.
Both Beza and Wendemagegn have mastered their bikes and are now allowed to ride them when we go to the park at the end of the street. I’m sure they think mom is a drill sergeant about the helmets but oh well. Wendemagegn has been fascinated watching the boys on the skateboards and has asked how much they cost so he can save up his money. I’m not sure I’m ready for that 🙂
School is going great. Reading comprehension still seems to be the biggest issue. Wendemagegn did get a 100% on his spelling test last week and was super proud. Beza is benefitting from some extra help from the principal’s wife who is a retired teacher and seems to come in at least several times a week (if not every day) and spend time reading with her. Wow!
Next month dad is going to be gone for 11 days on business and so it will be interesting to see how the kids do with that. Fortunately we have houseguests coming, including 3 kids, for part of that time. That should help keep their mind off of his absence.
The hugs come more often these days. Often Wendemagegn will get out of the car in the mornings and come around to my window so he can hug me. Beza does the same to give me a kiss. I get kisses from her at bedtime as well – and sometimes at dinner if I’ve made something she really likes 🙂