Whew, I finally am awake enough and Ade is napping so I can actually write a blog post.
We have been home a week and half now and the time has flown by.
We are EXHAUSTED!!!
The toddler experience is busy, loud, overwhelming, fun, exhausting, emotional and so on.
We knew it wouldn't be easy bringing home a 2 year old but we were certainly not prepared for how hard it actually is.
For the most part he is a happy little guy...he loves to play, be held and pet the dogs and cat.
There are some food issues happening with our little dude. It is hard to watch him get so upset if the food isn't ready fast enough or when he stands at the fridge and cries because he wants to eat. He could eat himself sick and did the first few days...we seem to be managing it a bit better now....lots of distractions and snack times often through out the day. He seems to be starting to understand the food will come. This is probably the most difficult of all the things we are encountering because he doesn't understand us when we tell him the food will always be there.
Then comes all the fun stuff! PARASITES! Yup, they are in the house...well in his little belly anyways...so that has been fun! Um, no - so nasty! We are waiting on the proper meds to come in so we can treat him and hopefully be clear and free...or not!
The jet lag was brutal! It wiped us all out! You think you are feeling better and then you are falling asleep standing up. The wee one was up a few nights at 2a.m. and all "What? It's time to play!" Oh boy that was hard!
The other thing we are now encountering is the bedtime issue. He was so good in Ethiopia and even the first week home he was fantastic. Went to bed no problem...the last two nights have not been as easy. Once he is asleep he will sleep until 7:30 or 8 which is nice so now it is getting him back into the groove of falling asleep again with out tears.
So, overall we are exhausted, happy, overwhelmed, tired and basically getting used to our new life...it was quite the epiphany Yvan and I had when we got home. "Oh right, we have a child now and as such can not do all things like we used to."
Yup, life as we know it has changed!
No one said parenting a toddler was easy and they right....but each day gets a little better as we all adjust to one another.
P.S. Please excuse the spelling and grammatical errors - I have cat on me while I type who is needing lots of love right now.