You know that feeling of waiting for the other shoe to drop? That is where I am. Tortuga and Corazon have been doing really well. So much of what Tortuga had been doing for several weeks was just not possible to blog about and then about 5 days ago he turned it around. I don't know what is working for him but he is tapping 5-6 times per day, "strong sitting" 4 times per day, and we are doing cuddle time almost every night except I have to keep changing it up. Other than that I haven't started him on the GI because I have a feeling it's going to bring stuff up and I am enjoying his calm. Corazon still does her sitting 3 times per day but we pulled back tapping to twice a day or as a "calming" strategy when she starts to get agitated or frustrated. She seems to have stopped sneaking food at home from the pantry and she is interrupting adult conversations less and less which is a HUGE deal for her. This past weekend I enjoyed their company for the ENTIRE weekend and we had no major fights, meltdowns, drama, etc.
Friday night we had lots of rain and we had planned a dinner out. We ordered Chinese takeout from a new place. Chinese is a favorite of ours and we haven't found the calibre of Chinese food we had in Boston so it is always an experiment. The food was great and we had a great time during family dinner. We joked around and enjoyed the good food and each other's company. It made me realize how long it has been since we have done that without at least one child falling apart or needing to be sent away from the table. Corazon told me before bedtime that she thinks she has a better life and has more fun when I am "in control" because when she tried to be in control she usually "messes things up." Whatever was in that food, worked for us.
We took a 12 hour drive (6 hours each way) on Saturday to take my mom and my 86 year old aunt back home because they hate flying. They had been staying with us for the past 2 weeks or so. Tortuga and Corazon READ the entire drive down and didn't bicker one bit. On the return trip they napped and read, sang along with the country music on the radio, and just stared out the windows. You would have thought I slipped something in their drinks but I swear I didn't. I was so excited I even bought them sweets near the tail end of our drive. We NEVER do that.
On Sunday, they were still these great kids. We joked and laughed during breakfast and we even had a serious conversation about Tortuga's jealousy toward Corazon and Pollito. He listened, agreed with our assessments, and asked how we could help him stop being so jealous! He has never done that. They HAPPILY did family chore time quickly and efficiently (we usually do that on Saturday mornings) and even did a few extra chores. To top it ALL off they went to flag football and Corazon's team won while Tortuga's team lost. He congratulated her on the win. Also a first! By the end of the weekend Tortuga was beside himself since he seems to be most comfortable when he isn't having a good time that he worked hard to get himself worked up. We skyped with their grandparents (C.'s mom and dad) and he was the obnoxious, non-cooperative kid we are accustomed to. When I dismissed him to go to bed he tried to get really mad but I suggested we do tapping and that chilled him out right away.
Thus my only conclusion is that someone out there has switched my kids. If you did, please don't tell me. I'm not giving these back.