On a good day, parenting will test the integrity of your character. On a bad day, parenting will test your will to live. Parenting children with trauma histories will cause you to test the integrity of everything and everyone you thought you knew, for the rest of your life.
~J. Skrobisz

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I did it!


I finished the hand quilting on the wall hanging and put on the border. It's only pinned but I was too excited to show off the finished project to wait for nuances like tacking down the binding, washing, pressing and properly hanging it. Every stitch done by hand thus, this shall be called my:
According to Bren, the rocking stitch does some cool sensory and soothing things in the brain/limbic system. And yes, yes it does!

And for more cuteness, I have a doll from my infancy that is named after my first childhood friend. I loved the name so much, I chose it for WG's first name. And low and behold, when I opened the packet of this year's school pictures, WG looks like my doll who bears the same name down to the freckles on the noses! Even WG was astonished by the resemblance.

And I can't post a school photo of WG without posting AB and Sissy. Here you have AB's standard photo expression. I think he looks exactly like this in every photo we have taken for the last four years.

 And Sissy's picture... is it bad if I look at this photo and think, oh dear, she's got a whole lot of mess going on? Because gosh, does she ever. This photo is two weeks before hospitalization. Maybe I should just start taking photos of her when she's raging so I can see it this clearly and tell the docs, "HEY, I've got photo proof, Sissy's on the edge again!"

And for anyone who thinks for even a smidge of a second that I was way off base for calling Sissy on her running away attempt last Monday, here's photo proof of the contents of the packed and hidden backpack.

Seriously, what would YOU think if you found these items in your 10 year old's bag? All together now,
She's planning on running away!
And so there's no confusion, the contents of the bag included:
comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, compact mirror, flip flops, purse (filled with hygiene items - which is blissfully ironic since she NEVER practices her hygiene without 10 prompts and a rage fest), sunglasses, a bug catcher (we watch a lot of survivorman and he's always catching bugs to eat) and a toy including all of that doll's accoutrement.

But Sissy maintains her story that she simply "didn't feel like putting her things away correctly"

Sure Sissy, and I'm really a black woman wearing white makeup


If I actually said those words to Sissy, she'd say with astonishment, "you ARE?!"


501 Quilt Blocks said...

Congratulations on your wallhanging. It looks great!

missjenngirl said...

Love the quilt I have one here I started before JJ was born (I was going to go in his crib) I have the face done and have even added to it for his big boy bed..It's on my to do list.
I have the same doll, mine came with the name "Jenny" She is fisher price.
I looked at the picture of Sissy's bed before I read the paragraph and thought to myself "Wow, that's weird since she doesn't like to practice good PH. It must be sinking in a little. lol

Elizabeth-Anne said...

I love that I am not the only mother collecting photo proof. Love and prayers, Integrity!

Bren said...

Your wallhanging is beautiful!!!! Gotta love that rocker stitch!! Was I right....it is so theraputic to rock that needle!
I am giggling at all the hygeine related items Sissy packed for her "trip"....
Cute pics of all the kids.

G Mama Love said...

i totally think you should photo/video document some of Sissy's raging...for your own protection...