Last night we went to a Christmas party which was a nice outing. Ds is really struggling right now with doing things on his own at all. Just like when we bring him to gymnastics he refused to play with the other kids on his own. He wanted one of us right with him the whole time (he even knows these kids). And then because of all the noise & people he was overstimulated (he seems to very easily become overstimulated with too much noise) & started to become hyper & intense - I'm not sure how to describe it but when he gets in these "moods" it's very unsettling for me & I think it is for him too but we don't know how to ground him besides just leaving, which always ends up being a scene. Sigh. The party was nice but sometimes I think I am being selfish by bringing ds to these things.
I'm behind but wanted to comment. Sounds developmental. My son was like this for a while, and my daughter is much more like this right now (she is 2.5). Usually if I wait it out with her (don't make her interact with anyone, let her sit on my lap as long as she wants) she eases up and gets over it. DS got more easily overstimulated, I think I know what you mean. He is still prone to that. He is very passionate and energetic, has many great qualities but he was a PITA in group settings at 2 and 3. By the way, he is apparently a dream student at school now. If you want to go to things, its not selfish. However, I would pick and chose carefully. I skipped (and continue to skip) a lot of stuff that I don't really care about, b/c it just doesn't seem worth it to me.
Vera still sick- just a cold though. She is a remarkably good natured kid even while stuffy and coughing, poor thing.
Rosemary I so want those wool hoods for my girls. I have an acquaintance here who copied one and made her own for her son- it looks great. She said she'd share the pattern she made and then I just have to find a nice soft sweater to use, so hopefully I can get that done in the next few weeks b/c the cold is coming.