If I could bet on one sure thing around here it is constant change. As soon as I wrote that things seemed to going well, the tides change. Yesterday was probably the most difficult day I have had with the kids in the last 5 months. It all started around 5 am as usual. After Cruz's protein shakes we did about 30 minutes of swinging and we wore the deep pressure vest for just as long. The morning progressed with 'organized' fun and we worked on some speech therapy and occupational therapy. We did puzzles, playdoh, bubbles, read books, built towers with blocks, did our deep pressure rocking on balls. I pulled out about every trick I could think of. By the time we finished it all it was only noon! The kids both were tired so I tried to get them down for naps. Wren slept a whole 45 minutes and Cruz never could fall asleep. The afternoon took a turn for the worse and by 2:30 I thought I would lose my marbles. Cruz became very aggressive with me and Wren with pushing, hitting, and now his 'hugging'. Because he wants to put deep pressure on his stomach, he will 'hug' her from behind, knock her down and lay on her back. It looks like something you'd see on the Animal Planet. She tries to crawl away and he just pushes her down. She cries, then he cries. So now when he tries to pull her hand to play with him she runs to me. He gets his feelings hurt and cries. His behavior yesterday was defiant and aggressive. He was throwing things at me... I tried a movie and snack, hoping he would be able to fall asleep. No success. By 4pm, I knew that I didn't want him to nap at this point or he'd be up all night. The kids were literally crawling up the walls. Like, literally stacking things and trying to climb the walls. We had already had multiple screaming fits. I had tried to stay inside with them earlier because it was so hot. I couldn't take ten more minutes, so we threw our suits on and went outside. I knew if we could just get out of these tiny four walls they would be distracted. I grabbed my camera and something really magical happened. Our perspectives all began to change. It is something that I am not quite sure how to describe other than to show some of the 600 photos that were taken in an hour. Everytime I wanted to say, 'no, wait', 'get down', 'don't do that', 'don't push', 'wait your turn', I instead kept snapping pictures in an attempt to get that money shot. I kept an arm close by for safety and there were definitely some times that I thought, 'This isn't good, I should stop' but we made it through.
|Cruz wanted to put all of the chalk in the sprinkler.... which turned it into paint|
|So we just kept rinsing off in the sprinkler|
|Let me just add that I was running as fast as I could while taking pictures to get there for this one... just in case.|
|I was pushing Wren in the swing and caught a glimpse of Sneaky McSneakers under the slide.|
So for that one hour outside, the kids were free and crazy. I wish it ended there. The end, beautiful story. Unfortunately, those little sugar cookies had to be carried against their will into a shower with mommy to have sand scrubbed out of every nook and cranny. Let me just jump through the torturous ending and tell you that they cried, screamed, whined, until they fell asleep that night. And then mommy collapsed. There are so many bizarre things that go on during the day and it is sometimes very tense around here. But for some reason, when I am holding that camera in my hand and holding my tongue long enough to get a good shot. I see them as beautiful photographs and pieces of art. The pictures are deceiving. You can't tell that ten seconds before Cruz pushed her into the sprinkler face down on the ground or that there was screaming and fighting. You stop and notice the amazing beauty of light and contrast. You can probably hear the sound of laughter and squeeling. You probably can't feel that it was literally like 100 degrees and we were being attacked my mosquitos. You probably focused on the smiles, the smooth skin, and those long eye lashes. It is amazing how the camera can change your perspective. I should just always keep it slung over my shoulder so that in those moments of wild and crazy, I am forced to be still and change my perspective.