Its still going on.
The 'shadow' has turned into the 'shadow monster'. It seems our curious 3 year old picked up a slightly more advanced picture book at daycare a few days ago, and it had a rather frightening picture of a shadow with evil yellow eyes in it.
Now the shadow monster has come into being. He talks a lot about shadows and the shadow monster. Our approach has been to dissuade him that there is such a thing as a shadow monster (rather than the opposite approach of playing into the fantasy). We've been telling him to talk back to the shadows if they bother him ("You can't hurt me, you're just a shadow), that he isn't alone in the house at night, that his room is safe and nothing can hurt him, and that if he needs mommy and daddy we are right here. He will eventually fall asleep, but still wake up 2-3 times at night crying and running into our room.
At this point it is also manipulation: he wants to come sleep in our room. But we definitely do NOT want to encourage that. So he ends up being brought back into his room, quite unhappy. This goes on a few times until he finally gives in and stays in his room, after much crying and yelling from everyone.
A nightly occurance. Luckily for me, I am used to multiple wakings and little sleep. I lived that life for over a year when I was pumping and pregnant.
Hopefully this is just a phase. But its getting tiring.
Jason took up boxing. There was a Groupon for a discounted month membership at a local boxing gym. Boxing is something I have wanted to do for YEARS. But I was always pregnant/breastfeeding/pregnant/etc. So when I saw this Groupon, I jumped at it. Jason decided he wanted to try it to, so he is going first. Two classes so far, and he really likes it. Its both a stress reduction and a way to get in better physical shape. It leaves me alone with the kids two evenings a week, but that's ok: I'd rather he get the stress relief.
Because, as always, we have stressors. I think we are going to put the girls back in Early Intervention. The initial interview is next week, and then we will schedule an assessment for them. Our pediatrician agreed that it would be ideal to have someone work with them one-on-one since they refuse to walk independently and have only a few words each. They may need someone to force the issue.
I'm not too worried about it. But I do agree that early intervention is a good idea.
Fathers Day is this weekend. I already have my gift for my husband, but I'll have to wait to share it in case he decides to read this between now and then....