Shian-Ren’s assisted walking January 30, 2012
Shian-Ren’s assisted walking is getting better. She does it with her aide most days and she and I do it on the weekends when we have a chance. On Sunday we walked for the first time in two weeks. She gets gradually better each time. More consistent steps, better balance, better rhythm. It’s a far tougher trajectory than most people can imagine. Her brain is still rebuilding the pathways it needs to do this. Walking is a very complicated act.
Ru-Jun as been enjoying painting with watercolors lately so on a Michael’s trip today I decided to get some supplies so that we could paint together. I painted a bit in the early-mid 90s but haven’t really done anything since then. Here is the result of my initial re-dabbling. Just messing around a bit to get used to it again. Pretty fun.
Ru-Jun got unstuffed by morning last night but she overall did not have a good sleep night. Nevertheless she was in a reasonably good mood going over to her babysitter’s. She took a two hour nap there this afternoon and has been pretty good this evening, including finishing her entire dinner and being very proud of it. (She only needed a little help with the fish.)
Ru-Jun’s sinuses have been acting up. Probably allergies of some kind. She really needs to breathe through her nose to be able to relax and go to sleep. This was rare but a big problem when she was a baby. It’s more common these days but she is mature enough to try to breathe though her mouth when she is congested. But this is still unnatural for her and really difficult to get relaxed enough while doing it. Finally resorted to Benadryl tonight, which got her to sleep (a noisy one) in about fifteen minutes. Poor thing.
TV January 27, 2012
Many parents think it’s pretty much 100% evil and some families don’t even have one. In our situation it’s a vital baby sitter of sorts while I cook and wash dishes and do other things. Ru-Jun is only occasionally mesmerized by it, usually when she is tired. But she doesn’t demand it. She gets bored quickly with all but her favorite shows and she hates commercials. She changes which shows she’s interested in quite a bit. She’s pretty fickle.
At war January 25, 2012
Ru-Jun and I are at war over sleep, eating, neatness, waking up for school, everything it seems. I suppose that’s the nature of the parent-4 year old relationship. But I also suspect that this descriptor will apply in some ways to our relationship well into the future for many many years.
A Good Birthday January 24, 2012
Ru-Jun is 4 now. She no longer has the excuse of being just 3 to explain babyish traits she still has, which are many. The sleep wars continue, with no tangible success in getting her to go to sleep alone. She is pretty spoiled and still has tantrums on a regular basis. One hates to seem to wish away time. But on the other hand, notions of progress, whereby a child abandons infantile features, are very real and welcome, from my point of view.