18/12 – Snow, Snow and Snow!!

Munch had a good sleep and we didn’t get up till 9.20 this morning, bliss. The was still a little bit of snow on the ground from the day before, not long after we got up it started to snow again and it gradually got worse and worse until I was like a blizzard, Munch stayed in the living room oblivious to all this, alternating between the computer and TV.

When daddy got up daddy gave him his Christmas card from Nanny, Much was extremely happy when £40 fell out, we still owed him last weeks pocket-money and we said that because it will be Christmas Day next Saturday that he could have this weeks and next weeks as well and that we would put an extra pond to it to make £10, so £10 given Munch was very excited when he added his 2 £20 notes and his £10 note that altogether he had £50.

We were going to go to Kid’s Space later and said that we would call into the Entertainer whilst there, but the snow kept coming, so in the end we decided not to chance it and we stayed in all day.

The rest of the day went in a blur of TV and computer, Munch was getting a bit stir crazy and was getting to be a bit hyper, and had to be asked several times to calm down, he was sent to play upstairs in his room for a while, after 1/2 hour he called us up to his shop, he had put post it notes all over his bedroom selling things, they were on everything, we could even buy his whole bedroom for £18!! I settled on a photo and a tube of Sudocrem at 10p each.

We all watched the 1st part of Strictly Come Dancing and then Casualty, then it was bedtime for Munch.

Something I forgot to put in the previous entry was that in the afternoon I received a phone call from the school saying that Munch had been in the office for about 15 minutes with a stomach ache, he was ok in himself, didn’t want to go to the toilet and had no temperature. I told the lady I was talking to that we had been having a lot of him saying he had tummy aches and headaches over the last few weeks and not wanting to got to school, once he gets there though he is fine. Me and hubby discussed this later and what we have realised is its been since the Christmas Decoration’s went up, this time last year they were doing lots of work with him about him coming to live with us, so we think that subconsciously he is worried that it is going to happen again, he has been unwilling to stay on his own in a room, constantly following us around of late so it’s like if he keeps us in his sight we wont go away,what our poor children have to endure.

School Closed

We had a text from the school just after 7am to say that they would be closed today, I was still in bed so when the alarm went off at 7.45 I just turned it off and turned over. Munch then came in at 8.30 to ask when we were getting up, how lovely a 3/4 hour lay in. Munch jumped in with us for about 15 minutes before we got up.

Daddy and Munch had bacon sandwiches for breakfast, we then asked Munch to go and play for a while upstairs on his own as this is something he never does and needs lots of encouragement to do, he came down several times during that time to ask if it was time to come down, and he just put the Sky on in our room, I think that I shall be encouraging playing on his own time from now on, but our room will be out-of-bounds.

I had decided to go to a near by shopping centre to do some Christmas shopping, get myself some Wellington’s, and have some lunch. I was getting ready to do so when Munch decided to jump on daddy whilst daddy was holding a hot cup of tea, he was immediately sent to the step for this, Munch did his usual saying, that he hadn’t done anything, daddy really has not got the hang of this step consequence and got up and started arguing back with Munch, instead of the ignoring him bit, Munch is now thriving on this and poked his tongue out at daddy promoting daddy to say, that’s it you’re not going out now, which incensed me because I was not something that Munch wanted to do in particular, it was something that I needed to do, but once said there is no going back.

So daddy has gone to work I am indoors with a little boy who was bouncing of the walls, 2 more step sessions and we are now sitting quietly watching The 12 Dog’s of Christmas on Christmas 24, peace.

Once the film had finished we went to Asda’s to get a few bits and pieces, we had a bite to eat  whilst there then grabbed our bits and came home, I was hoping that they might have some Wellington’s and a sledge, but they didn’t.

Back at home we had a drink before putting back on all our warm cloths and going in the garden for half an hours fun in the snow. Munch was really enjoying himself, he did not stop laughing all the time we were out there, when we were to cold and wet for anymore, we came in and I made some lovely hot chocolate, afterwards I prepare dinner, Munch went and played with his Lego until it was done.

Munch in the back garden

We had salmon steaks, with new potatoes, veg and Hollandaise Sauce. Munch had salmon when he fist came and ate the lot, one taste today and he was spitting it out, I mention this because, I spoke to a play therapist at our  Agency a few months after Munch came about the fact that when he 1st came he ate absolutely anything we gave him, he was very possessive of food and due to early life experiences, we had to be for our lives watching what he was storing in his room, he wanted to keep sausages under his pillow, and one of the very 1st things he said to us, was that he was never going to be hungry again, anyway after a few months he started to say that he didn’t like somethings, he PT I was talking to said that it was because when he 1st came to us he would have been so shut down that he would not have been able to taste anything, and as he was starting to settle, he was beginning to get his senses back, interesting stuff.

After dinner Munch wanted to play junior Monopoly again, we did this until it was time to get ready for bed, Munch had asked to have a shower in the morning rather than a bath tonight, which I agreed to. He watched his TV for an hour. Had supper, story, snuggle time and his arms massaged with his special cream, unfortunately he was unable to listen when I asked him to not touch the cream, so we stopped at just arms tonight, hug and kiss and now I am about to have a well-earned coffee before tackling some ironing.

Snowy Day

So much for telling Munch that he would have no TV in the morning if he came knocking, he came in 1st at 4am, then 7am, then 7.30 am and then again just after very excited because he had looked out of the window and seen all the snow!!! I  am coming to the conclusion that 7.30 is to early for him to go to bed as he is awake well before us every morning so may after christmas extend his bedtime to 8pm and see how we go.

At that I gave up and got up, was looking forward to an extra 15 minutes as it was play therapy day, but it was not to be. Came downstairs and have to say was very naughty and did let Munch have TV as I had a lot that I wanted to do before the PT arrived. Munch watched TV for a very short while whilst eating his breakfast, then got dress up so he could go out in the garden with the dog, he had a great time throwing snowball’s and the dog put on a great show of running round and round the garden  like a mad thing.

PT arrived and went out in the garden for 5 minutes, before they came in and had their session. PT said afterwards that  it had gone very well. We had our usual session afterwards, we talked about all we had done over 10 sessions and just told her about our week. Today was her last of the 10 sessions that Munch’s LA have funded, tomorrow we have a review, hopefully it will not be cancelled due to he snow and Munch’s SW and Reviewing Officer having to travel an extremely long way. The big thing will be getting more funding for PT to continue, but we don’t think it will be in place by next week, so it looks like we are going to have a gap.

Picked Munch up from school, came home, again no reading book, or work diary, will have to have words with his teacher. We did his Mr Men challenge where he had to find something that begins with each letter of the alphabet and write a sentence about them. Munch got on with it, I had 2 phone calls whilst he was doing it and Munch, being Munch did his usual and really rushed, his writing left a lot to desire, he did it in pen rather than pencil so if he made a mistake he could rub it out, I did not make a fuse though as it knocks his self esteem, but tried to get him to slow down a bit and tell me what he wanted to write and I then was able to help him with his spelling’s. It did improve towards the end, but I am not going to push him with home work, as he is as the PT say’s a very strong-willed child, I have found by just giving him encouragement and not pushing, his work diary that they have each week with a topic in has gotten better and better, he spend’s more time doing it, put’s a lot more thought into it, and will often now want to do it, and will ask to.

After that we went out and did some snowballing in the back garden until mummy became to cold, I think Munch would have gone on for ever, we then came in and play Wii Mario Karts until it was time for me to get dinner done. Munch played on the computer.

Once we’d had dinner it was time to go to Beaver’s, I had not realised how much the snow was falling and if I had I proberbly would have kept him at home, but we were all dressed up ready and outside before I did so we ventured down the road. There was only 3 Beavers there so they joined the Cubs, when I picked him up I got my 1st Christmas card from my son. Very big proud mummy moment.

Back home, supper and ready for bed, we don’t do story after Beaver’s because it is a late night and one gorgeous boy, tucked up in bed.