I wish the snow would stop. If it doesn't then school will no doubt be closed tomorrow and I was really looking forward to seeing a friend. The snow already scuppered a night out set for last Friday, which was to be my first night out in over 3 months since before the Introductions started last October. I can't believe I haven't been out for over 3 months! I was due to meet up with one of my best friends and we've rescheduled for next Friday so fingers crossed for no snow. I'm turning into a hermit.
Missy doesn't seem that interested in snow. We played out a bit this morning and made a couple of snowmen, whilst Daddy shovelled loads of snow in my direction, but 20 minutes later she was too cold and wanted to come in.
Daddy and I got a bit cold out this morning as we had to defrost the central heating! We've got a combi boiler and the outlet had become frozen - apparently it's a flaw in combi boilers. So Daddy was up a ladder whilst I handed him endless pans, jugs and kettle full of hot water to help defrost the pipes, which we've now wrapped in a fleece! We were probably outside for an hour and Missy was so good during this time, just sat watching some tv and doing some colouring. She also didn't come in to our bedroom until gone 8am this morning just to let me know she was going downstairs to feed the cats and do some colouring whilst Daddy had a lie-in. Gradually, very gradually, she is happier keeping herself amused. She still wants tonnes of attention but there are smidgeons of improvement.
Hopefully the play therapist will help even more in this regard. The follow up we had last Tuesday was useful and at this meeting Missy's SW came along too as did Daddy. We explained that her behaviour had improved since our first meeting before Christmas, although there were still lots of issues, in particular the food issue and the attention-seeking issue. The play therapist explained that it was quite probably she had missed the foundation of play during her time with birth mum. Whilst she is good at Jenga, fantastic at drawing and colouring, getting better at board games and has a great imagination, it's likely she missed out on messy play and age-appropriate play and missing out this stage could have repercussions in later life. So, we are starting play therapy next week with Missy. I think to begin with it's just the therapist playing with Missy although I'm in the room, and then over the weeks I join in too.
Missy did make us laugh last night. Although she often wets her knickers during the day, she will take herself off to the bathroom with no problem during the night, although she does this almost sleep-walking. Often she gets up about two hours after going to bed and last night when she got up whilst we were watching TV, we heard a thump so Daddy went to investigate. Five minutes later Daddy came downstairs laughing. When in the bathroom, Daddy asked Missy if she was ok and she nodded yes though with no real expression, he asked her if she was going for a wee and she nodded and then he asked her why she was weeing in the bath! She looked round, shrugged, carried on then tried to flush the loo before skipping back to her bed, giving Daddy a hug, smiled and then fell straight back to sleep. Bless her! The loo is right next to the bath and in the semi-conscious state she obviously mistook the bath for the loo.
In other news, it's still snowing, grrrr. Oh, and I've won a tenner on the lottery.