Monday, 7 October 2013
Esther: It's been a week of nightime hi-jinks. One night I went in to find her sitting up in the middle of her cot with all of her blankets over the top of her head. We were both giggling as I tucked her back in. Another night when she was calling out I went in to see her and she slid down on her tummy right under the covers. I pulled them back to discover her magically flipped over on to her back, laughing and saying "hide." In the middle of another night she yelled with such urgency that I flew in to her room, adrenalin racing. When I arrived she went quiet. I pulled the blankets back to tidy them up and re-tuck, and as I did so, she giggled. Ha! It's 4am.
Reuben: While I have been writing about some of the challenging aspects of a four year old boy, this week we have had some absolutely glorious moments. One afternoon he returned after a day at Gran's and got really, really mad for a few moments, then spent the next half hour being as helpful and enthusiastic as I have ever seen. This week he has also been so lovely to Esther, helping her and checking in on her: "are you ok darling, darling?" Bringing her a teddy if she is upset. Occasionally if she hurts herself and cries I arrive to find her sprawled and yelling in his lap, him holding her close and stroking her back. His reluctance to give her up is both difficult and delightful.