Gabe has been so emotional lately. I told you a couple of weeks ago about the girl who has been bullying him at school. That was rough on him for sure. She’s still bothering him. He has been having trouble sleeping the past few weeks, really up and down emotionally and kind of a mess. It’s upsetting. I know he’s sensitive, like his mother, but this seems to be a whole new level.
Monday afternoon, as I was getting ready to have a few friends over, he was playing with Olivia upstairs. They were running around and laughing and having a great time. All of a sudden Gabe yells “Mom! Olivia needs you!” I’m trying to set out food, uncork wine and do some last-minute cleaning so I sent Matt upstairs. Next thing I know Olivia is coming down with Matt and she’s bawling. Turns out that Gabe accidentally shot Olivia in the eye with a Nerf arrow. It was a total freak accident. But it tore her cornea. She’s been home from school all week, can’t open her eye, is in a lot of pain, and has a fever. She’s so miserable. I haven’t seen her this miserable in ages. And Gabe feels awful.
He bursts into tears when he looks at her or anyone mentions her eye because he feels so terrible and like it’s all his fault. Add this to the other emotions he’s been feeling lately and I don’t even know what to do. He always waits to have his meltdowns until I tuck him in at night too. You know, that awesome time of night when you’d give someone $1000 to put your kids to bed so you can just be DONE? That’s when he springs these tears and breakdowns on me. It’s been difficult to say the least. I started going through puberty at his age so I’m wondering if that’s what it is. I’m constantly worried about what’s wrong with him. Would you be too?
Did I mention I also got a flat tire this week? On the way to see the doctor about Olivia’s eye? It’s been a hell of a week. I hate it when Olivia is sick because I just feel like one of these times she’s not going to be able to fight it. She’s so tough that when she acts miserable, I know it must be awful. We’ve been to the doctor to check on her eye every day this week. Tomorrow she sees her regular pediatric opthalmalogist…I’m anxious to see what she has to say. I feel like Olivia’s eye should be better by now…and the fever has me worried.
If any of you have been through extreme emotional times with an almost-10-year-old boy and can offer any advice, I’d really appreciate it. I’ve stayed calm, scratched his back for hours on end, provided as many sleeping tips as I can and just listened. I hope it’s enough. It has to be, right?