I don't have many tricks left to pull out of my hat. Last night, Akila was with one of our awesome new PCA's. Like a doorknob, I neglected to tell this PCA not to take her to a store. This PCA is a track runner for the University of Minnesota and brought Akila to the track at the U yesterday to run. Cool!
They also stopped at a store on campus. Not cool. Not her fault, my fault. PCA texted me that there was a necklace for $10 that Akila wanted. I texted back that we did not want to start that precedent. Cool, she said. Minute later, the phone rang, it was the PCA's phone. I knew this would be Akila calling to plead with me for the necklace. I did not answer. Close to an hour later, PCA texted me that Akila was going to call me again. I texted that I would not answer, as she would just escalate as I told her no about the necklace. She said that sounded like a good plan.
When they did get home, Akila started in pretty quickly about the necklace and she was mad. PCA and I both tried to distract her by talking about all the fun stuff they had did. As PCA was filling out timesheet, Akila put her fist up to punch me, but looked at PCA (who I am pretty sure did not see what Akila was doing), and decided not to hit me, but to just keep being snotty. This PCA is newer, and due to her track schedule, is not available every week so she is still in the honeymoon phase. Thank goodness.
After she left, Imani quickly jumped in to ask Akila to do the end of the night doll play that she has been totally awesome about doing the past 6 weeks or so. It worked, necklace was forgotten about. For yesterday at least.
Same PCA picked her up today to take her to her families home in Minnetonka. On the way, Akila was going on about the necklace. Once they got to Minnetonka, she forgot about it. Until they were driving home. Then when they got home, Akila was showing me some scrapbooking pages she had done at the PCA's house. They were super cute. Then she asked for a scrapbook to put them in. I don't have any.
I am horrible at crafty things. I have some photo albums, where you stick the pictures in a plastic sleeve kind of thing. She was not pleased with this. PCA and I both tried to tell her that she didn't need to do it all tonight, and stuff like that. But she was mad. She held it in until PCA left, cuz PCA is still in the honeymoon phase. Let me make this clear, the PCA is awesome, this has nothing to do with her. All of my PCA's rock. This is just our life.
After she left, Akila perseverated on a scrapbook. She wanted me to look everywhere in the house as she was sure I had one. I have 3 ring binders, but that is not what she had in mind. I got her a cute 3 ring binder, but it did not work. She was not satisfied. And she was not nice.
Then she wanted to know if I had the car seat we got her in. She was looking at the photo album with pictures of the day we met her and took her home. I said no. She was not happy. She was not nice. She wanted me to find something from when she was a baby. I told her if she took her meds I would go and look in the basement. I have a big plastic bin of her mementos from over the years and knew I could find something.
I found her baby book, which she has never seen. I knew this would be a big hit and would pacify her. But I came up and told her I had something really special, and that she needed to get her jammies on, brush her teeth and put her head scarf on (which causes issues every night). She eagerly did this. I brought up the baby book, the trick up my sleeve, and she was delighted.
Akila's world is all about Akila, more so than any child I have ever known, so this was the perfect "trick". She was in heaven.
Problem is, I am running out of tricks.
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