Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Makes My Heart Happy

Last week, I decided to step up the discipline with Bryson. He had been doing SO well with gaining self-control and apologizing. Adam and I were ready for him to do some serious play time on his own. He had learned to do that for the most part in our apartment up in PA, but the place was so small, he could see us in just about every room from the living room. Now that we are home, that is no longer the case. If I am in the kitchen cooking or in the bathroom getting dressed he feels all alone and the scream-fest would be ON. He was able to gain self control, but as soon as I told him to go play again, he would get upset again.

Gates went up and doors got locked so Bryson would stay in the Living Room with all the toys. We spent 5 days Monday-Friday gaining more and more success as the days went on. The first day, he screamed for upwards of 3 hours I think. I gave him the option to play or scream in the pac-n-play. When he chose scream, off to the pac-n-play he went. We did that over and over until he finally played alone for 5 minutes. WHEW! That was a day. The days continued like that, but I saw improvement each day, where he was playing with me out of sight for longer and longer periods of time.
Saturday was rough, because Adam was home. A new dynamic during the day, but we stayed with the same plan.
And, Monday. . .it happened!!! We had the ultimate test. I had a drs. apt scheduled for the afternoon, but the office called and changed the apt on me. I had to be on the phone changing all my plans for the day and get dressed in a hurry, because we had to be out of the house in 45 minutes. Bryson didn't even flinch. He let me run around the house like a crazy mommy while he played perfectly contently on the floor for the entire morning. What a BLESSING. I was praising God all morning, giving GOD all the glory. He is so good and faithful.
Here are some pics I was able to capture of my almost 2 year old playing all alone. It makes my heart happy!


Kristin said...

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! Your little boy is adorable!

Emily said...

I'm so glad to hear the disciplining is going well. Consistency is the key! Eli and Bryson has similar tastes in toys and clothes! We have the some of the same cars and fisherprice parking garage....and the same hellicopter shirt!

Crafty Mama said...

Hey Holly! I found your blog on Sarah's MySpace, and I had to come peek at the precious little boy!
It's so hard being tough, isn't it? I have to keep reminding myself that being tough now keeps them from bigger trouble later.