Friday, September 3, 2010

After the First Week

  • Toilet training is progressing. Hope has had one accident every day. She is dry more often then not when she wakes up.
  • She is definitely RAD. At the school yesterday, she spent an hour and a half climbing up everybody's leg- teachers, parents, other kids. It was so obvious that even the densest psychologist in the district picked up on it- and she is very dense. 
  • Hope is desperately afraid of being abandoned and just about everything else. She won't talk about any of it, but she is afraid of the dark, bugs, bats, snakes, squirrels, and has to be within 3 or 4 feet of the Dad or I  at all times. She is fine with the Dad. With me, it seems she needs to be that close so she can attack me. Today I have been head butted, elbowed in the face, and bitten on the hand.
  • We are using time in- Hope is currently right next to me wiping up the water she threw.
  • Right now she is focusing on being between GB and every/any body else. I have not figured out how to thwart that.
  • Yesterday, Hope told me her Texas mother was dead. We haven't heard from any of them. Still working on that post.
  • The weekend should be easier with both adults home.


Integrity Singer said...

poor Hope. Poor you! I hope you have respite.

GB's Mom said...

Working on it!

Mom of 5 said...

Sounds like you are doing everything you can, and doing a good job at it. I am sure it is draining though...I hope you can get you a little break this weekend with dad at home.

Acceptance with Joy said...

Flashbacks!!! ;-) God give you strength!

Mom 4 Kids said...

Praying for strength and wisdom, that's what I ask for for me as well. Hang in there you are doing great!

marythemom said...

Hugs and prayers for all!

For keeping Hope from getting between GB and everyone else, what about assigning her a "side." Having her stay on your right side (I'm assuming you're right handed so this is your stronger side) at all times? (Or left side if you want your right hand free to do stuff). If she's getting in GB's way you can verbally remind her to return to your side. She can't get in GB's way if she can't get to GB. This also gives GB a "side" for when she wants to hug you, or maybe you haven't experienced the "joy" of having kids fight over (on, through, around) you yet.

If you really want to get a lot of dirty looks, then you can just tell Hope, "Heel!" whenever you need her to return to you. Sorry but I've found dog training skills come in handy for this basic stuff! *grin*

Still hoping for an invitation to the other blog,
Mary in TX