It has been a very busy coupla weeks around here, culminating in two nights away last week in our nation's capitol. I used to be very interested by such things. Thrilled by it; motivated by it. But now I just don't care as much. I guess that means it really is time to move on, professionally speaking. And so I shall.
These two nights/three days away were kind of a dry run for the upcoming ten days --- TEN DAYS -- when I will be in Houston for beginning my RDI certification program. The downside is that I missed the kids terribly. Terribly. I mean it was almost physical how much I missed them by the second morning. But the upside is that they were all fine. Nik was only a tiny bit relieved to see me when I got home but the house was cleaner than when I left it and none of the kids broke down sobbing with relief upon my return. I guess they can manage without me and that genuinely gives me some peace.
But this post is about a few other things. Firstly, I finally got around to hosting the video of Oliver and I shopping. This was taken six months after we started RDI (around the end of September, I think). I wish I could also show a similar video of before we started. But believe me when I say that prior to RDI, there was nothing like this sort of interaction going on. And I never would have been able to let Oliver walk freely through the parking lot or the store. He just wasn't tuned in to me enough so that I would feel confident of his safety.
Secondly, I'm looking for something to solve a little dilemma of ours and wonder if anyone out there is better at searching the web than I am. Oliver, you see, has a little bit of a zipper problem. He will NOT wear a coat or sweater or anything else that zips and so we have not been able to spend a lot of time outdoors for the past couple of winters, which is kind of a drag. Fortunately it isn't that cold this winter but I would still like to find some kind of pullover parka or something that would keep him warm. I did find this one at Land's End but don't want to spend $130. on a coat that might not fit next year. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Next, a brief update on the toileting: last week Oliver began to use the potty independently! The way it happened was so natural and easy that I almost didn't even notice. So between that and the YES/NO thing, I feel like we are moving on to the next stage in life.
Also, we went to a birthday party on Saturday for a two year old. When I accepted the invitation I had no idea that so many people would be attending. The party was in a very small apartment and there had to be about 20 adults and at least as many kids. But Oliver handled the crowd better than I did! He even protested when we left.
Lastly, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has been reading along and commenting on my blog the past month or so. I have been reading along on everyone else's blog but have not had any time to leave comments. And I don't know about you, but the feedback and encouragement that I get from my cyber-friends means the world to me. It helps me feel not so alone that others know my disappointments and share my joys.