So today is the first day of a transition for us. I have started babysitting a little boy who is blind. We'll call him "D". He's 2 1/2. He's very very sweet natured and loving. I'm pretty sure he might have some sort of learning disability as well. His Mom mentioned he had been in speech therapy (he doesn't say a whole lot). I think he might fit somewhere in the autism spectrum... but hey, I'm not a doctor. This little boy is very brave and quite amazing. I tried to put myself in his shoes this morning and gave him lots of love. I couldn't imagine being so little, being in a brand new place, surrounded by strangers, having Mommy leave, and not being able to see anything around me. I started singing to him a few minutes after his Mom left.... Gabe chimed in too.... Twinkle, Twinkle.... Jesus Loves Me.... Old McDonald.... and he stopped immediately and even started smiling a little. =)
After nap time we went outside and I let the boys run amuck in the sprinklers. He LOVED the water and it was nice to see the boys having fun together. I'm really proud of my little Gabriel for being a good friend and being gentle with D. After they finished their PB&J's we might try to do a little craft.
I will be watching D 5 days a week for about a month, and then cut down to 3 days a week after that.... which will be nice. I'm gonna learn how to let my house be not so clean for the sake of playing and supervising too.....ha. Our house is PERDY small and it doesn't take long for it to get clutter. Clutter drives me crazy... I think I might have a touch of OCD. BUT I've promised myself... no cleaning up toys till 4pm and then again after D leaves each day. Otherwise I'll waste waaay too much time and miss out on having fun with the tykes.
Keep me in your happy thoughts and your prayers as we transition to this! So far so good!!