Highlights from this week:
Since he dropped naps he is sleeping in a bit longer, and I've learned if he asks for my attention I can not put it off for more than 60 seconds. Then if I give him 1-3 minutes of attention I can get another 30 minutes of uninterrupted work time. If I try to put him off he will just keep asking for it. I've also found that its important that as soon as he wakes up we have physical contact (cuddling) for a about 5-10 minutes until he really wakes up. I was asking him to lay on the couch while I continued working, but I found if he got that physical contact first it set a great tone for the morning.
After our exploration of Sugarloaf Mountain last week withFree Forest School, Bram REALLY wanted to show Daddy how he could climb a mountain. So Monday afternoon we drove up there and did just that! We brought along a rope and some carabiners for Bram to be creative with, he made a "zip line" and had the carabiner go down it. Then he used it as a grappling hook, and finally as a limbo game! It was a great afternoon full of family time.
Bram started Karate in September last year. He instantly enjoyed it and has excelled. Recently he has had difficulty participating even though he is excited about going up until the moment we walk in the door. He goes from happy and excited in the car, then freezes and clings the moment we get in the door. For a few classes we were able to coax him into participating with the help of the amazing instructors who are very fun and patience. But the past few classes he has vehemently refused and has had near panic attacks crying and clinging anytime we try to get him away from us.
We have three months left in our contract, and while we do not in any way want to force him to participate we know how much he really does loves it. After much talking He told us he is afraid of the children, too many children. Which I can understand. There is no way to know if it will be a crowded class or not until we get there. Lee and I are going to go on Monday and try one more time, and talk to the instructors about our options. We are also looking into other types of sports or active classes with smaller class sizes for him to attend until he is older. For instance the Aerial Yoga class is limited to 4 children. And tomorrow we are trying Horseback riding, which we are all very excited about.
is a kiddo who still lives with his parents and dog in a suburb of Washington, DC.