Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Good Morning; I always say to start them young getting use to traveling and going places. My DD and SIL have taken her about 7 times on the plane her first year. Much of the trips were for family events - weddings and holidays. I was worried that she would be crying at the airport. Mom and Dad were there and hugging her. It was time to go. I carried her in her arms. I had given her a tiny backpack so she had one and her grandma had a diaper bag backpack. She likes being a big girl. She did not cry. She was actually cooperative- sat still on table when I was taking my shoes off and filling the bins. On the other side she got in her umbrella stroller and off we went. DD gave me all these toddler stuff- zippie cup, spoons, bowls. She is very aware that they are different than what other people use. I wanted a bottle of water. I put some water in her zippie cup. she would not use it. She wanted the bottle. She did not fuss she just pointed to the bottle and said wa-wa. I gave her water from the bottle and she was great. She knows how to use a straw so we got apple juice on the plane and she drank it.
People would come up to me after the plane trip - how old is she. She did not cry. I told them that is have been quite a traveler for someone so young. We went to the Admirals Club during a layover. They have a family room. We went in there. she immediately went over to some big kids and start talking to them. They basically ignored her, but saw that they were drinking water out of a cup. She had to drink out of a cup. After they left, she went over to the computer and climbed up on the chair and started to play with the computer and mouse. I went over to her and helped her get an activity going. She would walk with her backpack and people would comment on how stable she was on her feet.
I did great food wise and I also got about 2-3 walks a day with the baby. Parents take her to the park 2-3 times while I was there. We walk to the park - it is about 4 blocks one way. It is quite a walk for little legs. Sometimes she were get in her stroller.
But the bad news is that DS had an episode when I was gone. When he gets in a hopeless mood, he can hurt himself. I talked with him last night. He goes to the counselor today. I told him to tell his counselor. I never know what they do in these session and do not get much feedback. He is having panic attacks and more of them. He gets so frightened when he feels them coming on. We still have issues with his back - we still have to get images from Fort Hood. Nothing is fast and nothing is straight forward. Give me a checklist and it will get done- having to dig around and try to find out what to do is not easy. When I am around, DS is very stable. He knows that we can talk things out. This also puts an additional burden on me.
I am trying hard to keep my marriage strong like we had achieved again during our vacation. We are going to take weekend trips away once a month.
I am so pleased that DD is so happy in her situation. Baby still sleeping and will be up soon. Need to get things organized. Thank you so very, very much. have a good day! DH is going to watch Adrienne while I take DS to his counselor. TG.
Have any one heard of a support groups for families of PTSD or other disabilities of the military personal.