16/12 – Christmas Concert

Before I start this blog, I have forgotten to post about the fact that Munch’s SW phoned on Tuesday with the good news that his LA have agreed to a further 10 sessions of Play Therapy, we are very pleased and hope now that it will resume again after Christmas.

Munch got up ok this morning and all went well, as has become the norm over the last couple of weeks he didn’t want to go to school, but was absolutely fine once we got there.

I came home and got daddy up as it was the day of Munch’s Christmas Concert, we were so excited our very 1st Christmas Concert, we got to school in plenty of time and I made sure we had front row seats and the camera at the ready. The theme was about how children celebrate Christmas in different countries and Munch was in the USA group, he had to take in party cloths, the trousers he took needed a belt as the popper keeps coming undone, he had taken the belt of the trousers and spent the whole time redoing them up, or sitting with his head on his hand, every time he looked at us he had a great big grin on his face but tried to no look as if he was bother. Then it was his turn to do their USA bit, he was fab, and to me he was the best singer, the best dancer and the best talker, and I managed not to cry!!!!!!!

Me and daddy then went off to finish getting Munch’s Christmas presents, it was so exciting to be walking around Smyths Toystore filling up our trolley for our son.

Daddy picked Munch up from school today and bought him an ice-cream for being so good in his Christmas concert, I had dinner ready for them practically as soon as they walked in needless to say Munch did not eat much of his. I had booked an appointment for Munch to see the doctor as his cough has persisted for well over a week now, he wanted daddy to take him and I think that daddy was pleased as normally it’s always me Munch wants, so daddy took him and they were back quite quickly.

Munch went to use the computer which is a Laptop, I had put it on the floor earlier on in the day, he started screaming and kicking the stairs, he was in a right state and we did not know what had happened, needless to say he was reprimanded about his reaction, and told here was no need for it, kicking things was not allowed – step.

Time done and he had a little while on the computer, before TV time and another early night as the cough is still causing him a lot of interepted sleep. He had 1 more session on the step as he has this horrible habit of, it hard to describe in words, but he p’s, almost like spitting without spitting, at us and the dog all the time, it’s like as if he thinks he’s getting away with spitting at us by doing this, he has been warned about it on many occasions, so I sat him on he step for 7 minutes, and next time he does it he will get another 7 minutes, he will soon learn.

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14/12 – Still Coughing

Munch got up and we had a good morning, Munch kept asking not to go to school which has become a recurring theme at the moment, one he gets there he is fine, makes a change from when he was first here and he could not wait to get to school.

Once home from school we did his reading which he did well, because of being away for the weekend and Munch having been off the day before I had somethings that I wanted to catch up on so sent Munch upstairs to play for a while, I also think it does him good to have to go and play on his own for a while. After having been upstairs for a while he came down with a present for me, he had used the wrapping paper he had taken upstairs a few day’s before and wrapped up one of his empty box’s, he had a post it note on it saying to mum love Reece, how lovely was that!!

As he was a bit under the weather I gave him the choice of whether he went to Beaver’s tonight or not, it is not normally an option, he opted to stay at home and asked to phone his cousin to see if she wanted to go on Club Penguin for a while. I tried phoning several times but the line was always busy, in the end with about 10 minutes to spare Munch asked if it was too late to go to Beaver’s, so ready we got him and off we went. I was really glad he had when we got there as it was the last Beaver’s before Christmas and they were having their Christmas Party, I had though that next week was the last one because Munch is still at school.

When I picked him up he came with his Yule Log they had made, a lovely Christmas cup filled with sweets and a Santa please stop here sign he had made.

Supper and bed when we got in, Munch was still coughing extremely well!!!!

13/12 – Nasty cough

After our late nigh the previous night and Munch coughing away all night I decided to keep him off school and wrapped up in the warm today, Munch lay on he sofa watching TV, then played Club Penguin on the computer for a while.

He was off his food and ate very little all day even at tea time when I did his favorite pepperoni pizza, he only ate a bit, but apart from the cough he was ok in himself.

We watched a film in the afternoon and really had a quiet day in the warm, Munch was happy that he was allowed to stay in his PJ’s all day, I nagged about a 100 times for him to keep his slippers on, and that was it a very un eventful day.

I bathed and had  Munch in bed early so that he could have a goodnight sleep.

Weekend with Granny

Friday morning went very considering I had not gone to bed until 2am after consuming several rather large glasses of wine, my feet still hurt from wearing ridiculously high heels for the 1st time in what must be a year now.

Munch was very excited because when I picked him up from school we were driving straight to Granny’s in Wales, after having breakfast and getting ready for school Munch got out his rucksack and filled it with toy’s and games to take.

I picked Munch up from school, we made ourselves comfy in the car and off we set. I had made us up some rolls and we had some crisps and drinks and we set off, part way there I became very tired and had to pull off the motorway for a rest, we had a loo break and I grabbed a coffee and we were on our way. The traffic was heavy through London and on some parts of the M4 so it was 9pm before we reached Granny’s house. We are lucky that Munch is so good in the car, in total from leaving school to reaching granny’s was 6 hours!!!!

When we got there Munch was very excited he was out of the car and running to find the house with the tile missing off the porch, that’s how he always knows which one is Granny’s and was in and having a big hug with granny, a proper hug, unlike before so he made granny’s day.

We had a drink and granny gave Munch his christmas cards and then we had to play a quick game of his Junior Monopoly which I had said he could do, I limited the time to 1/2 hour as it was 10pm before we started, by the time we had finished and Munch had his supper it was 10.45pm when he got into bed a hug and a kiss and Munch was away with the fairy’s.

Munch had a cough which had been developing over the previous few day’s, me and him were sharing a bedroom and during the night he called me to tell me he had a little cough.

Next day we got up and watched tv with granny for a while, we had a little outing to the shop but did not go far as, my sister-in-law and niece were coming to granny’s today as well and staying until tomorrow. Munch could not wait for them to get there, when they arrived he was very happy and him and his cousin got on with doing what children do and played all afternoon.

Later on my cousin’s wife and her daughter and friend came, all of the children played together for a while, really nicely considering the 3 girls were all a few years older than Munch. Munch was very well-behaved, he had to sit on the step a couple of times earlier, not for any major incidents but more because he can be very boulshie when in other people company and give’s it the big I am and I wanted to control it before it got over the top.

We all sat down to watch strictly Come Dancing and then the x Factor and Munch even sat nicely and watched these, once they were over it was supper and bed.

For the second morning running on Sunday we got to have a lay in until almost 9am. Munch got up and went downstairs as Granny was down there. I went down to find him sitting in font of the fire looking at presents granny had put there ready for after dinner as she was doing a Christmassy dinner as we were all together, Munch was chomping at the bit to open his but granny said no till after dinner, can I have my dinner now please said Munch at 9am. The girls eventually go up as my cousins daughter had stayed over night as well and eventually we were all dressed and ready for the day we had a lovely dinner and Munch was so excited about having prawn crackers as he insists on calling Christmas crackers, we all opened our little token presents and Munch was very pleased to get a set of Power Rangers, before all sitting round the coffee table for a lovely selection of deserts.

I nipped out to the car for some reason and by the time I got back Munch was in the kitchen with a stoney look on his face, S-I-L explained that he had just hurt one of the girls fingers and had been asked to say sorry, Munch being Munch though and very stubborn would not do so, also because I was told afterwards he had not realised at the time that he had hurt her as it was an accident, I asked him to apologise, nothing, now I now from experience the more you go on the more he digs his heals in, I told him what he needed to do and left him as I now he would have stood in the door way for a minute or to then with a frown on his face would have mumbled sorry, not ideal I now, but a big step for him, and gradually came in the room and joined us.

My cousin’s wife kept talking to him though and then went in the Kitchen to talk to him, he was getting more and more agitated by now and the glass doors were being slammed and still she talked, so I just said to her that she was fuelling him, we all needed just to get on and ignore him until he came round which he did within a few minutes then.

It’s very difficult with other people, but as parents of adopted children or any children for that matter we have to tell them our way’s.

Dinner finished and gradually people started leaving, S-I-L and niece first, followed by cousin’s wife and daughter, we eventually left at 5.50pm, granny was very happy as Munch not looing at her said just as he was getting into the car ‘love you’,made Granny’s weekend. We stopped for petrol and Munch got some sweets which made his hand sticky and he was not happy and kept screaming, even after he fell asleep every now and again he woe up screamed and shook his hands a bit then off he would go again. I stopped for a coffee and so Munch could wash his hands, from then on in he was wide awake, we had a great conversation when driving around Parliament Square about the student riots that had happened a few day’s before.

We arrived home at 10pm, Munch was out of the car and running up the drive to see daddy and the dog, supper and drink and into bed for my little man, his cough had gotten steadily worse over the weekend, so I decided to see how he was in the morning to decide whether or not to take him into school.

All in all a very good and weekend, everyone had a great time, and they all remarked on how much calmer and how he seemed much more settled now, hurrah, we must be getting somewhere.