this week marks our 9th week of living in Wisconsin.
needless to say, it's been 2 months of new places, faces, schools, stores, and LOTS of adjusting.
cohen was always our biggest concern when it came to moving. he doesn't always do so well with change. he's stubborn, shy and it takes him a bit longer to adjust to the world around him when there is so much new and different going on around him.
when the time came for us to move here, we knew that brookelyn would do great. awesome even. she was excited and couldn't wait. she'd heard us talk about moving for years and was almost always included in the discussion, because we knew it would happen one day. cohen on the other hand made me/us so nervous. he was SO excited, loved helping pack up the house, the anticipation of flying on an airplane from california to wisconsin, a new house, starting the "big kids school", etc. but, despite his excitement i worried that once we made the move, he just might freak out.
i worried that he wouldn't sleep. that he'd regress in so many areas. that maybe he'd clam up and loose the voice that he'd finally learned to use. i worried that he wouldn't want to go to school, that he wouldn't be eager to make friends or play with the other kids. i worried that he'd forever ask when we were "going home".
let me just tell you how wrong i was and how all of that worry was for nothing!
and i'm SO thankful to be able to say that. sure, there were a few nights where he wanted to sleep with brookelyn or matt & i. he was afraid, surely afraid of his new surroundings. it wasn't home yet, to him. yes, he asked for the first few weeks when we would "go home", but once christmas approached i think that he realized that THIS is our home. and yes, he has bad days, even HORRIBLE days when he's just naughty and mean and feisty. but those days are mostly far between.
his first day of school he didn't even look back, every morning he's eager to go, he LOVES his friends and talks about them constantly. that little voice i was so worried about? it's gotten louder! he is so much more outspoken (sometimes not in such a great way, when he's grumpy or being ornery), there is so much more building, drawing, coloring, puzzling going on. maybe it's because he's had to be creative since it's too cold to play outside often? maybe it's because he's making real friends and learning to communicate better? maybe, it's a combination of it all.
whatever it is, i'm SO incredibly happy for my sweet boy. happy that he's happy. happy that he loves our new home, his new friends and his teacher. as parents we always want what's best for our kids and matt & i knew in our hearts that moving here would be best. this has been proven to us over and over again in the past 9 weeks. watching our children learn & grow and be molded by their new environment is amazing.
and now, i can't wait to sit back and just watch cohen and to look back a year from now and see how much more he has changed. but, for right now, right this minute, i'll enjoy him being 4. i'll savor every sweet kiss & every hug. i'll watch him play and communicate and just take in the world around him.
man, i LOVE this kid!