Monday, September 26, 2011


The last couple of weeks have been CRAZY around here!  There have been so many different things going on and so many changes in sleep, speech, growth, school and imagination.

First off, I have already disclosed that Austin has been having nightmares.  I am not sure why this is happening and it started right after his first few days of school.  He will not sleep in his room and dislikes being in there at night (I will explain more when I talk about his imagination).  He says that if he sleeps in my bed, he has good dreams, well, that is not true either.  I have found something that seems to be helping.  It is a natural product a wonderful girl told me about some time back that she gives her daughter.  It is called "Calm" for Kids 0-9.  Now, for some reason, this product helps children relax and it also helps with nightmares.  Sounds crazy right?  That's what I thought but I tried it randomly and each time I did, no nightmares!  How can you explain that?  I can't but it is working!  Did I mention is it all natural?  ;)  I intend to try it for a few days to see if the bad dreams stop, praying for Austin, they do.

Austin's speech has me a little concerned.  I am not sure if the introduction of French is having an impact or he is just really tired.  I was so happy when he recently could remember mostly everything about his day or what activities we did over a day or a weekend, this is no longer happening.  I thought at first it is because he is tired from school but I asked him what we did over the weekend and he couldn't tell me anything.  It is really strange.  I am not sure what is going on but intend to talk to his speech therapist about it.  There is another thing about his speech, he is becoming more sarcastic and he mocks me too (a good sign of development, right? lol).  Once I talk to the speech therapist I will post an update.

Austin is growing like a weed and that means he is eating more!  Yes, eating!  I am so happy about this!  As you know, he is a fussy eater but he is starting to eat even more foods, he even tried pumpkin pie lastnight.  He loves my homemade jam so I am making batch after batch to ensure he is happy and has his favourite sandwich.  It is nice to see him getting bigger and eating! :)

Austin is adjusting to school nicely.  He is happy to go everyday and looks forward to it.  I think this is wonderful! :) (Kaleigh has had a bit of a rough start adjusting to school because she is so shy but she is doing better.  That really stressed me out initially and brought up a lot of emotions from when Austin started preschool but this week is much brighter.  YAY!)

Oh boy, Austin's imagination.  This, well this is a good thing but also a bad thing.  99% of the time he will tell me "tales" about really wonderful stories he has made up and they are quite entertaining and fun.  It is neat to hear these things come from Austin.  On the other hand, there are some dark "tales" which I quickly try to address and tell him such tales are not very nice and are scary.  An example, it has taken me about 3 weeks to convince Austin that there is no "Invisible Man" living in his bedroom closet and he most certainly is not real. (Austin is so upset by it that he does not even want to sleep in his room.)  Austin says he is afraid of the "Invisible Man" one minute and then says he is "brave" and "fights" the "Invisible Man" the next, confusing to me but I try not to focus too much.  (I cannot explain to him what invisible is because he doesn't really get it.  If you said you cannot see someone that is invisible, Austin would claim you could, not a debate you want to start.)  Finally, I have convinced him that the "Invisible Man" is not real.    Interestingly enough, the "Invisible Man" came to be just after Austin started school.  I am trying to get Austin to stick to telling nice "tales".  I have not had to address "tales" in a while.  The last time this happened (quite some time ago), Austin's speech changed drastically.  I wonder if his "tales" and speech development are somehow linked; another topic to discuss with the speech therapist.

I hope you all don't mind my medley post but time has really been a factor over the last little while.  :)

All the best!  *HUGS* :)


Victoria said...

I don't have much advice on his fears because I, too, am afraid of the dark, and I HATE sleeping alone. When my hubby works I sleep with the lights and TV on. We're still taking it one night at a time with Froggy too. As for him not talking as much, could it be that he just doesn't feel like there's much to talk about? Or that something is happening that is upsetting him? I'm glad Kaleigh is better. I have more to say but I gotta run to get Froggy from the bus. Have a good afternoon!

Mommie that Gets It said...

Hi Victoria!

Hope all is well today! :)

When my husband goes out of town, I don't like the house dark either, it is lit up like an airport! LOL!

He seems to be talking a bit more over the last couple of days. It could be a growth spurt. Sometimes when that happens he gets really tired and you get a lot of "I don't knows" or "I don't remember". He is eating a lot more than normal that's forsure! :)

How is Little Froggy doing? I hope all is well!

Thanks for sharing and I always look forward to hearing from you! :)

All the best! *HUGS* :) Heather