Christian cries. I've mentioned this before a time or two.
He cries when he's comfortable, he cries when he's tired, he cries when he wants to be held.
He cries when he's sick.
And he's a little sicky right now. He had a small cold, stuffy snuffaluffogus nose, and...another molar!
But Christian doesn't know how to tell us he's hurt or sick. So he cries. And sometimes it's a lot. It's emotionally draining plus sleepless nights with a few come-to-Jesus moments that equal two very exhausted parents.
At the end of the day we are grateful for his crying because it's one of his only modes of communication.
Another mode of communication? Silence.
When he's crying, about 99% of the time we can calm him by holding him. He loves being held and anyone who knows Christian knows he's a snuggler. And he's quiet when he's held. Aside from the suckling sound he makes every few minutes, he's silent. It communicates to us that he feels safe, he feels better, and maybe that molar doesn't hurt so much when Mommy and Daddy are here.
Christian's communication is far from traditional at this point. But right now we look for the small things to find him inside of that little boy. He responds to touch, and being held, and patting his back, and when I scratch his head with my nails, his eyes slightly close like he's falling asleep as if to say - Keep going, Mama.
So he talks to us. We just have to pay attention. We have to find him.
Speaking of finding ways to communicate with Christian, I am so excited about next week! We have our appointment with the school district's special needs coordinator to talk about enrolling Christian in preschool! When Christian is three, he qualifies for preschool. And from what his PT said, the school we've chosen is going to be great! PT and OT all day AND ways to find ways for Christian to communicate!
As I end this blog post I feel a puddle of drool on my arm from my Christian bear and I hear silence.
I think he's communicating to me that he's asleep.
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