“It’s a great feeling when your work is appreciated.” ~ Jacqueline Fernandez
For the most part, Kiddo’s been progressing really well. On some days, doing much better than hubby or me. Because at this point in the story the honeymoon stage of fostering was at its end, and my inner Snapperhead snapped because I was dog-tired.
Steve agreed to let me sleep in the next day, which was the first time in a few months.
I awoke to the sounds of Kiddo having a meltdown. From what I could tell, Steve was handling it well, yet I wondered if I should still get up.
My intuition said to stay in bed.
Moments later, I heard Steve start to move down the hall. “Get dressed while I get going on breakfast,” he said.
Kiddo replied with a lot of sassy talk.
Steve’s footsteps returned.
“You may not speak to me that way,” I heard him say. “Now get dressed like I asked.”
More whining . . .
More crying . . .
I pulled back the covers to get up. My intuition prompted me to sit still and listen in.
Steve then asked Kiddo, “Do you need a hug?”
I didn’t hear anymore crying, so I laid back down.
“You better?” I heard Steve ask.
Kiddo giggled with a yes.
“Good. Now please get dressed.”
Steve’s footsteps passed the bedroom and into the kitchen. The refrigerator peeled open followed by the sounds of coffee brewing and cupboards closing
I shut my eyes, feeling grateful I had a little more time to rest.
Half awake and half asleep, I was later jolted by something banging.
Steve was crying out in pain. “Ow! Open the door.”
I scrambled to my feet and peered across the hall. Steve was bent over, holding Kiddo’s door with one hand while cradling his leg with the other.
Kiddo was pushing against the door with all “them’s” might.
Being bigger, my husband could open the door, but as he moved toward the bedroom, Kiddo swung at his face and began kicking him hard.
Though Steve handled it well and we all talked as a family to address the behaviors and feelings, when it was all over, my husband was exhausted both emotionally and physically.
“I am sorry,” he said to me a little later, when we had some time to ourselves. “I didn’t know how bad it could be until I walked a mile in your moccasins.”
I hugged him and accepted his apology.
The next morning Steve kissed my forehead and told me what an amazing mom I am. Then just as I sat up so I could go tend to Kiddo, he lovingly encouraged me to continue sleeping in.
After my hubby left the room and closed the door, I seriously considered his offer.
Although catching more zzz’s was most tempting, deep down I knew what I had to do.
Dog-tired or not, we are a team.
So I joined him and shared in the morning routine.