Well, did I even think that Makai’o would have a 5 hour long freakout when going camping. Did I even consider that he would think that sleeping in a tent was actually another transition in his life and not a fun activity with his family. Of course I didn’t. From the point of view of a “verbally challenged” 2 year old – yes, camping could totally freak you out. Yes, you are with your family and you have a few of your favourite things… But with the baggage of adoption, it is guaranteed to freak you out. Makai’o spent about 2.5 hours trying to get to sleep on that first night. Then when he finally got to sleep he woke up a few hours later screaming at the top of his lungs…. After about 2.5 hours of that we were all exhausted but my mom managed to calm him down and get him to sleep. Makai’o did not sleep in a tent for the following 2 nights. We drove home each night so he could sleep in his bed. The following days during nap time he screamed and cried in the tent. Mental note – I don’t think he likes tents.
Makai’o has had some incredible growth in his language. He has really learned the word “NO”. He used to just say it, but now he knows what it means and how to use it. When he was asked, “Makai’o do you like sleeping in a tent?” he responded, “NO, no, NO!” We got the picture – too bad we didn’t catch on a bit earlier that a short term transition for a recently adopted child would mess him up. He has been a behavioural mess since Friday’s night’s incident reverting back to all of his behaviours that we had spent the last 3 months curving. Kaizilla an Captain Distructo are here for another day… Good thing we don’t have a play date until Thursday!
Amaris did super well and sleep incredibly the first night… She had early mornings since the sun was up – and had some tears the last night when she woke up at 3:30am wanting to play and talk but she loved camping and having her bath in a big bucket by the fire. Maybe we will try again next year – MAYBE.