Don't get me wrong, I love my eldest son to bits but sometimes I need that break to rest and recuperate.
Yesterday we had a speech appointment for my eldest son and the assessment showed that he not only has a speech delay but a language delay too. So this means that now when we are doing pretend play, i need to be verbalizing all the action words that we are doing and giving him choices between two toys so that he understands the concept behind the word. An example of this is to have a fire truck, a teddy and a block in front of him and ask him to 'put the block on the fire truck'. It is probably not a good idea to ask him to 'push the fire truck over the teddy before falling off the end of the earth!'. That might be a bit much.
Again I came away from that Speech appointment thinking I am not doing enough for my son. To try and improve my mood, we went out for lunch with a friend and her two little men. The lunch lasted about 45 minutes. Both our eldest boys spent the entire time running around the cafe and yelling at the top of their lungs and both the two younger boys spent their time crying and wanting their Mum's attention. My friend and I looked at each other and laughed at the situation that was unfolding - probably because if we didn't laugh we would cry! My friend looked as exhausted as I felt and between the two of us I could tell that being a work/farm widow was taking its toll!
So today is daycare day...Thank goodness! It is so nice to sit down with a cup of coffee without having to have a constant running description of what I'm doing - 'Mum is picking up her cup. Mum is taking a mouthful. Mum is swallowing. Mum is putting her cup down. Mum is DESPERATELY curbing her need to go to the freezer and eat that ENTIRE tub of special ice cream! Anyway, I think you get the idea!