Good morning everyone. It's a sunny saturday today. I only have 3 days left of working 3:30-5:30 and then I am done. I'll only be working 7am-1pm. I'm excited for it, honestly it can't come soon enough. Next Friday C and I have a workshop held by the AER (association for the education and rehabilitation of blind and visually impaired people) on independent living skills and inclusion. Our OT will be there as well. It should be a good workshop. Monday there is no school (and no work!) because it's Louis Riel day or "Family Day" I'm not even sure which one it is, but it's a stat holiday invented by a local radio station that they had petitioned and sent in to the government and now we have a holiday woohoo. So Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are my last days working in the afterschool program.
Today my home is a wreck. Normally I keep it clean in here, I tidy everyday during my 1pm - 3:30pm break. For some reason though it's not as neat as usual. C usually does the dishes and the laundry and that kind of thing, but it seems he's having trouble getting himself moving when it comes to the household chores.. Which means I am stuck doing it since he is working today and tomorrow. I'm not too upset about it though. I'm hoping I can plow through it today while Skyler naps and then everything will be nice and tidy for tomorrow. I'm excited for church tomorrow. We're doing a mystery buddies thing and I'm going to get my code name. I've already written my letter. It just needs to be put in an envelope and dropped in the church mail box.
I am happy that C is working full time again, it means we're going to have more of an income even with me working 6 hours a day instead of 8. I'm going to have more time with Skyler, and he won't have to be passed from daddy to mommy to babysitter to bed anymore. You have no idea how much stress that was giving me. I just want him to have a consistent daddy and mommy routine each day. He'll spend time with daddy all morning, then mommy will come home and he will have mommy all afternoon and evening. The downside is we'll have less time as a family, not that we have very much right now. We will still have Saturdays (hopefully) and one other day of the week, and church every Sunday, but not much aside from that.
I've been working with Skyler trying to get him to use his pincer grasp, but he's still hardly using it at all. We've been doing things like learning how to point to try and isolate the fingers. That seems to be the problem he's having, it's isolating that pointer finger. He will gladly pinch you if you upset him, but he is pinching using all of his fingers, which is more like digging in all of his nails and attempting to remove a handful of your flesh. (Believe me I am trying to discourage him from doing this. Lots of reminders of how to be gentle, and saying OUCH that hurts!) If only he would pinch using his thumb and forefinger I would be ecstactic (after yelling ouch of course).
He seems to be trying to communicate more, he is making the "k" sound more often, lots of ba and ga and his all-time favourite da. He still says ma a bit less frequently, but he does say it. Especially if he is hurt or needs some cuddling. He does cling to me a lot too, I guess he doesn't spend enough time with me, because when I am around he often refuses to go to anyone else, or to be put down (unless I stay right next to him and play with him). I'm hoping this will change a bit when I am home in the afternoons. I want him to know that I am not just going to up and leave him after an hour, like I have been at lunch time on my breaks.
Anyway I must leave you to go and start those dishes and do some tidying. So I shall leave you with a picture of my monster reading the "newspaper" this morning. Which some of you may recognize as a Lond.on Dr.ugs flyer.