I'm feeling a little discouraged today, but I'm really trying to not let it get me down. Abby has made such progress in so many areas and yet I've noticed a little regression in others. I may have mentioned before that she is talking so much more this Summer. It's truly amazing. Just a few minutes ago, she suggested I turn off the lamp since the overhead light was on, because "it's too very shiny in Abby's eyes." And there are times that I can't keep up with her chattering. I really do love it!
I posted a while back about how Abby would let me do some pretty intricate hair styles. I also mentioned that maybe we would go get her hair cut for her 4th birthday. Well the best ideas often do not come to pass. Sometime this summer (I've blocked out the exact month and day) as I was getting Abby dressed and doing her hair, I discovered that she had gotten some tree sap in her hair the day before. It was a HUGE glob and there was just no getting it out. (Since this time, I've re-discovered the miracle of Goo-Gone) So I was forced to cut her hair. This freaked me out, which in turn freaked Abby out. Her hair cut turned out cute, which is nothing shy of a miracle, but now I can barely brush her hair without a scream fest and much anxiety on her part. Gone are the days of pretty braids and relaxing mother-daughter hair styling sessions. I have faith that they will return, but "when?" is the question.
We also made the mistake of introducing flash lights to bedtime. We thought it would be fun, but little did we know the chaos that would ensue. Abby has never been afraid of the dark. And yet with the introduction of flashlights to the routine, suddenly she wants two lamps, two nightlights, her flashlight, her GloWorm and her Moon Light. After all that, we may as well turn on the overhead light. We obliged some of this behavior for a while. Turning off each light one-by-one over the first 20 minutes of bed-time, eventually leaving only her nightlights and flash lights. But then she'd fall asleep with her flashlight on and if we forgot to sneak in and turn it off, it would run out of batteries. Then we'd wake up at 3-4:30 AM to Abby SCREAMING her head off, because her flashlight was out of batteries. And the screaming would only stop once the batteries were replaced. Well... I've had enough of that! All flashlights have been removed from the situation. No more flashlights at bedtime. Last night was the first night without them and it went well. Fingers crossed that the quiet nights continue.
The scream-fests that Abby is famous for had really subsided. It was so nice & encouraging. Now we've had to experience quite a few this last week or so. We had one first thing this morning actually, because I wasn't ready for bright over head lighting at 7:30 AM (it's too very shiny in Mama's eyes... haha!) and only had the lamp on in the family room. She FREAKED OUT because she wanted all of the lights on. I sent her back to bed and told her she could get up when she was ready to interact with the family without screaming. What a great way to start the day. Ugh!
So I am propping my chin up and carrying on. What else can I do?