Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Adjusting

I have been worried about the impact of all of the recent changes on Little Elvis. And in the beginning, he seemed to handle things very well.

Sure, he had issues sleeping at first. But he has had trouble adjusting to the crib at my parents' house for the past several visits.

His pickiness with food, which hasn't been good for at least a year, became even worse. His two favorite foods -- macaroni and cheese and eggs -- were deleted from the list of foods he would eat. That makes a very short list much, much shorter. I think he's pretty close to eating eggs again, but I've been wrong when it comes to his food choices before.

Little Elvis has also regressed a bit with the potty training. We were at a point where he happily told us about peeing and didn't wet his diaper during naps or bedtime. He wasn't as consistent with the pooping, but it wasn't bad. He would usually have one bad day every couple of weeks. He's had two rough days this week.

I think the delayed reaction is because we usually visit for 2 weeks. It's been about 3 weeks since we arrived. He can somehow tell. His daddy is here, but not all day. Something is definitely different. Poor little guy.

He's also getting more vocal with my parents and grandparents. If I say we're going to visit Granny and Pappy, he will yell "No Granny Atty!! No Granny Atty!" This despite the fact that he constantly talks about Granny, Atty and Granny's car. It's the same with my other set of grandparents. He talks about them and their car (he still REALLY loves cars) and then cries if I say we're going for a visit.

To make matters worse, Little Elvis has learned the way to both of their houses. Since he's always ready to go, go, go; I sometimes don't tell him where we are headed. But he's onto me and will fuss as soon as he realizes which direction we are heading in.

As soon as we arrive, his fussing stops. He always has a great time visiting my grandparents. I have no idea why he yells and fusses like he does about visiting. (One grandmother has a pantry stocked with Nabs, the other has cheese puffs and fresh peaches growing on trees.)

I'm worried that things will only get worse as things change. Our deal on the house is mostly final. The home inspection found some things that the seller will give us a credit for, but doesn't want fixed until after closing. The mortgage broker told me that some of those things will have to be fixed before closing. If things get worked out, we should close sometime in the middle of September. About 10 days before Baby Plum is scheduled to arrive.

That's a lot of change for anyone, let alone a 2 1/2 year old. Poor Little Elvis.

6 Comments:

Blogger Biscuit said...

Oh, that is a tough time. (My story was almost the same as yours! The changes, the move/new house, the new sibling.) It was difficult for our toddler, and it got worse before it got better. Now, the two kids are the best of friends, and I'm 99% sure she doesn't remember ANY of it. You will get through it!

12:03 AM  
Blogger mpotter said...

oh, yikes!
it IS a lot of change for anyone. especially a littly.
i'm sorry- i know it must be ruf for you guys as well.

maybe the new house (GOOD LUCK) will be so exciting for him, that he'll concentrate on that for awhile.

hang in there!
and be well.

10:08 AM  
Blogger MoziEsm√© said...

Hang in there! You'll all survive, and he probably won't remember much of this. Can't help on the eating thing - Esme's super picky too, and we haven't moved anywhere in the past 6 months or so!

We went through a stage where we lived out of suitcases for about 3 months - shortly before Esme turned 2. She actually seemed quite entertained by the whole moving and traveling thing, but there were challenges!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

Oh, I can complete relate to this. LE will hopefully quickly adapt to the changes. The home-buying business is insanely stressful, and we as adults understand what's happening. Our kids haven't a clue!

As for the picky eating, it's been my experience that kids go through stages. LE's difficulties may be due to the move, but they might not. Isabella has times when she eats everything in sight, and then others when she refuses to eat even her favorites.

Hang in there. You're doing a great job. :)

9:44 AM  
OpenID zerbert said...

poor guy (and you!), I hope it all settles down soon for you guys!!!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Wow, so much stuff to deal with for ALL of you guys.
But you are a loving mom and that is what he needs to make the transitions, your love and attention.
Thinking of you.

4:13 PM  

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