Last Wednesday at around midnight, I received a voicemail for a placement of a 1-year old and 5-year old. I called the placement worker back on Wednesday morning and said that I could take the 1-year old if she hadn't found placement. She had found someone to take them for the night, but was still looking for a permanent place for them. She said the plan was for me to take the 1-year old if she couldn't find a permanent place for the two together, which she ended up being able to do.
But when another one-year old came into care on Thursday, I think I was probably one of the first people she contacted since I had just said I would take a one-year old the day before. I said I could take him, and around 5:45 that afternoon, "PB" (for "Peek-a-Boo" because he loves to play peekaboo and just laughs when he does) arrived from a county 1 1/2 hours away. He is three months younger than Elmer but just as active.
When I was getting the boys ready for bed, he climbed INTO the pack n play, which I figured did not bode well for him staying in it during the night. And when it was bedtime and I walked out of the room, as suspected, he immediately climbed out of the pack n play and tried to open the bedroom door. I did end up getting him settled that night into the pack n play, and he slept all night, but decided that even though he was only 17 months old, he would have to go into a toddler bed the next night. One of my patients' moms had just given me a toddler bed a week or two before, so I was able to get it set up the next day. He has mostly stayed in the bed, although getting to sleep has been a little rough (he usually tosses and turns for about 20-30 minutes, and often cries off and on as well).
The boys have gotten along pretty well. The first few days, they REALLY fought over toys, including some pushing, hitting, hair pulling, and biting; but this has improved in the last few days.
PB didn't cry (except for bedtime) for pretty much the first two days. Now he cries A LOT! He is very easily frustrated and angered when he does not get his way (or even when he does not get something he wants IMMEDIATELY when he wants it), and jumps and throws himself on the floor. This morning it was because I made him back up a little so I could get the gate open at the top of the stairs for us all to be able to go down them. He doesn't say any words, other than "mama," so I'm sure this has something to do with his frustration level.
He is really really cute, and smiles and laughs at times (especially when playing peekaboo), but is also very emotionally labile (totally as expected for this age).
This Tuesday, PB coughed in his sleep so much that he ended up throwing up a little, so on Wednesday afternoon I took him to the After-hours pediatric clinic. They said there was fluid on his ears, but no infection - yet. (And then when we were at the pediatrician's office this morning, he said the ears were "about" to get infected so wrote a prescription for antibiotic. Elmer was also checked on Wednesday (because he had had a low-grade fever on Tuesday afternoon), and both ears were infected again! First in 2 1/2 months, but still very frustrating. So we have had a rough couple of nights sleeping-wise!
Overall, we are settling in! I talked to the caseworker today, who doesn't have a whole lot of information. But I have a feeling he will be here for a good while.