My little patient is back visiting us for almost 9 days. For those of you who don't know me well I am an Occupational Therapist, I work with special needs children. This little buddy of mine has stayed with me before and now this time it is a long visit. He is in Medical Foster Care, and that family had to take another child north for a week to stay with his new adoptive family. They wanted to stay near by in case they were needed, so they decided to take a bit of a vacation with the two little girls they adopted several years ago. We got approval for my little one to come back and stay with me, where he is comfortable and happy.
While I am having a great time with playing and chatting, and bath time and bottles, I have to tell you I am exhausted! Lord these little ones are a lot of work. You forget just how much time and attention they need. This must be why you have them while you are young, not an old lady of 48! Of course my little buddy thinks he has landed at Disney Land. We play, and play, and play. And his new favorite friend is, "Doggie". Yes that is his new word.
We all know my Max is the best, but he did not listen when I read out of the Golden Retriever manual that they are supposed to like children. My boy simply does not like kids, girls or boys, young or old it doesn't matter. Now he loves his own brothers, even their friends he has known his whole life get a good growl now and then. He will never snap, just a slight warning then he removes himself from the situation. Now that my oldest sons friends are through with puberty he is beginning to acknowledge they exist, he is funny that way.
I have to tell you how proud of Max I am. Last time my buddy was here he was not moving all that much. We were working on sitting up and pivoting on his belly. Max could stay clear of him without any problem at all. Well let me just tell you progress is being made in the movement area of my buddy's development. He can now get up on his hands and knees and crawl. It is slow and methodical but he can do it, and you know where he goes, right? You bet, right over to Max.
Bless my furry boy, he lets that child touch him and grab his fur. He lets him pull up to kneeling on him, and listens to his squeals of laughter. Of course I am right there the whole time letting Max know I am proud of his patience and understanding. He knows I won't let that baby hurt him, he just lays there still as can be. Dogs are amazing aren't they? They know when a baby is delayed and has special needs, and they make an exception for that child.
So Max and I are very busy. We are taking care of the little one together. Well that is until exhaustion takes over and Max has to go and rest. On the crochet front....nothing happening there. Knitting, what is that? Baby time, it is all about baby time right now.