So I know I owe everyone a blog post. I hate those blogs where they post every day about their travels and then they drop off the face of the earth. I wanted to know what happened next! Well, I now understand it. Jet lag and laundry and kids and crazy means it was a LONG week!
First off, Manny is doing as well as can be expected when you pack
up his entire life into 1 suitcase and 1 backpack and move him to the
other side of the planet. Honestly, he is doing better than that.
There have been more laughs and giggles and dancing than I thought
there would be.
I have learned that he needs his own stuff – clothes, toys,
books – stuff. He needs to feel as if he has things that are all
his own. I have learned that Mikey needs some time away. He loves his
brother dearly but sharing everything every waking moment gets really
old really quickly. I have learned that it will be a day by day
process to teach “gentle” and “no hit” but it will get
easier. I have started to learn what trips meltdowns and I have
learned just how bad those meltdowns can be. I have learned how hard
those meltdowns are on the other kids because they don't understand
and don't know what to do to help.
I have learned that Manny loves roller skating and he is a speed
demon! I thought he'd be hesitant to try something he's never done
before and at a loud, sometimes dark, chaotic roller rink but nope,
this kid went all in even with the bumps and bruises he got.
I also watched this little guy get painfully shy when oodles of
loving people wanted to say hi at church and I watched him try to get
a handle on it by hanging on to his Spider-man figurine like it would
come save him.
He is learning every day, we are learning every day, how to
function as a family of 6. The kitchen is finally getting back in
order and the laundry is almost caught up. We are trying to figure
out our new normal. I will try to post consistently since so many
folks have said they are following our story. Have patience if I
don't quite make it. Quiet is a little hard to come by these days. :)