Most of our visits seem to blend into one another since we are all wearing the same clothes and playing with the same toys. But, I guess Jackson wanted to make this one memorable for Scott! After playing outside and eating grapes inside, Scott was playing with Jackson on the floor and lifting him up in the air to be an airplane. Scott brought Jackson down and for some reason, he head-butted Scott! Hard! I saw it all in slow motion and Scott starting bleeding from the mouth. My first thought was that we were going to have to go get stitches and use our traveler’s medical insurance that we bought!
Scott jumped up and grabbed the first aid kit from our backpack and started cleaning up the mess, but luckily it turned out he just had a small cut on his lip that is healing fine. I grabbed Jackson and sat with him on the corner of the carpet away from the toys. We wanted to instill in him that what he did was wrong and that there would be consequences. We sat on the edge of the carpet for about 20 minutes in “time-out” with no toys.
After a while, Jackson got restless and started getting cuddly. He started rocking himself back and forth. I think this is his way of self soothing. Kids in orphanages aren’t allowed to have personal items like a blanket, stuffed animal, or pacifier, so they will find other ways to sooth themselves like sucking their fingers or rocking. So, I let him rock in my arms for a few minutes. Then I look down and Jackson is snoring in my arms! It was cute to see him sleeping. Also made me wonder if he’s ever been rocked to sleep, or just always set down in a crib and fallen asleep on his own!
So, that was our exciting visit. Scott said that it was bittersweet because we finally got to see our son fall asleep, but it took a head-butt to get there!