Bear is fed, comforted, put to sleep, read to, burped, etc, frequently by the Charles Monster
And it's hard to catch the sweetness of the spontaneity of this behavior on video, but today I did my best:
In his excitement to see the video, yes, he fell over. I asked, "Charlie, are you ok?"
He stood up and looked at me and said "Bear's ok, too"
Emma, meanwhile is practicing her various new skills. Her favorite this week is the various expressions of joy. We have the Giggle, the Chuckle, and, one time, only for Charlie, did we hear the Mommy Thought You Were Screaming Bloody Murder But Really You're Laughing Your Head Off laugh.
We all understand, however, that *I* have been unable to reproduce this laugh? She was sitting in her little seat on the floor one day and Charlie bent over to talk to her and I thought for sure he had accidentally leaned on something because of the sound she made but when I ran over to stop him, I realized that he had made her ALL OUT LAUGH. It brought me immense joy. And, yes, I'll admit it, a little bit of jealousy. But mostly joy :)
Lastly, I just want to publicly say that my Mom ROCKS! She took the kids by herself last weekend while Josh and I went to a Early Childhood Special Education conference/retreat at a local hotel. It was a great conference, put on by the county and ARC .... and did I mention the full night's sleep in a hotel? That was particularly great :)
I have admit there were a few mixed feelings meeting other parents of special needs kids, though. It was back to that whole "I don't think I signed up to join this club" feeling. Don't get me wrong, there were some great parents and great stories and it was mostly uplifting, but most of the parents we met were just far enough ahead of us in the process that it made us think more about what could be ahead for Emma. It was hard, too, because there were no other CdLS kids' families there. Many of them had kids on the autism spectrum or with cerebral palsy, so the issues were very different. I guess I just need to remember that taking one day at a time and seeing the joy over the worry is a CHOICE. It's a choice I make every day, and MOST days I make the right one :) Forgive me in advance if you happen to cross my path on a day when I've forgotten to make that choice :)
Anyway, that's about all I've got for today. Let's all thank God together for the BEAUTIFUL weather, shall we? :)