Couple of months ago I "babysat" at the office. Sometimes when another worker has a removal we have kids at the office for a bit while they get the paperwork together or wait for a foster parent to come pick them up. I tend to voluteer for this when I'm around, playing with a kid is much better then paperwork! It also gives me some opportunity to learn a little bit more about the kids to share with the foster parents, especially the ones who come without a lot of info. Kids come to the office in all different ways. This one was from a drug raid and didn't even have a name at first (were able to figure it out as the family had been involved previously and got more info from parents).
The baby was not really distressed, willing to play with me, or whoever was around. Ready to laugh and enjoy the attention. Oh he was sooo cute. Big fat cheeks, big eyes, and curls! Needed a bath desperately but still would take him home in a heart beat. I got out a toy xylophones and it was interesting because when I played it, he would cover his eyes. I wasn't sure if he was playing peekaboo, or what. Didn't really seem to distress him but it was odd enough that I mentioned it to the worker. Worker wondered if it was cause he was high when they picked him up. His eyes were all dialated from the second hand meth and who knows what else. They were looking better when we were playing, but that may be why he was so ready to be having a good time and not really worried about what was going on. He was enjoying throwing up blocks in the air and giggling at cars going down a track. Can't imagine detoxing a 18 month old. It'll be interesting how his drug test comes back.
He was also just in a diaper and frosty (partly why he needed a bath) when picked up (and it was still winter). So I picked out an appropriate boy baby quilt for him to tuck around him in the car and he liked it. Not speaking to much but he rubbed it against his cheek. I share this because I know there are people out there who donate those blankets and other items for our kids just for cases like these. so THANKS!
Teaching children Gratitude.
6 months ago