Thank you all for your concern and kind words after my post about our poor wee earthquake traumatised Rascal. I really am incredibly grateful for all of your offers of help and refuge.
The good news is that Rascal is getting better all the time. We have now found a tactic to get her to sleep without tears. As of Wednesday, there have been no tears either before her midday sleeps or night sleeps (YAY!). The idea came from a family friend who has brought up 3 boys, so today I am loving brainstorming mothers who support each other in times of difficulty and trauma.
... and our method... basically we read (you could say bore) her to sleep with a book that is slightly above her level. It may take time, but it feels great not to be traumatising her any further by either forcing her to do something that scares her or to cry herself to sleep. Rascal loves books and stories, so she is not complaining about these mega-storytelling sessions. Her favourite story at the moment is the Christmas story and she loves finding Mary in the pictures. She had a great day at preschool yesterday (complete with a trauma-free sleep) so things seem to be on the up :-)
This week I want to take a moment to appreciate our resilient, brave, beautiful, cheeky, cuddly and bright wee girl. We are so proud of the way you are bouncing back from these scary experiences. We can't begin to imagine how this must be for a two and a half year old.
We love you Rascal
I'm joining with Paisley Jade (just click on the picture to see what other people are loving)