A week or so in now and goodness the difference is incredible! We are all slowly on the mend, and although our nights are still a bit of a disaster with swollen coughs and middle of the night wake up parties, it’s all starting to sink in to place.
Erin just LOVES it all. She says she could live here. Despite being ill. I am so incredibly amazed as it’s the opposite reaction to what we were expecting.
I hope to find a rhythm of sleep and naps and days soon, but I know that it will come on its own.
I’ve come to realise that what others have said before to me is very true. Life is still intense and full on no matter where you are. Even here where life is slow and the days are long. My children still need and want the same level of interaction. There is still not much let up to the daily tasks of cleaning and cooking and tending. It’s really hit me that this really is a season. And no change in environment is going to change that season much.
Both of them are doing an amazing job of learning to be more on their own. Its what we really wanted and although boredom is settling in at points, its just what they need to start using their imagination more. Here because places and toys are just not available, it means there is no other choice and it’s up to us to be more creative.
So far we’ve made up numerous new games with just the leaves and the flowers. Played ball games and coloured and read and just been silly together. It’s been wonderful to embrace it and fall into it. Hard work. Ups and downs still but worth it for the changes that are happening.