When the kids are this quiet and cooperative, it’s uncanny. Avdi explained it always takes them a while to adjust and settle down, with crises fewer and farther between. But you’re always waiting for the next roller coaster plunge.
I spent the night, and S went right to sleep, no issues. The others stayed up, but relatively quietly. I actually slept well. Everyone but S slept in. I got up and got to work cleaning and prepping for erev Shabbat. S not only didn’t have meltdowns, but took the cue and helped clean up his stuff, and even decided on his own to take his nap, without prompting. I had the challahs and dinner prepared early. Avdi and I even got to have our drinks together out on the patio, where it had somehow turned into perfect weather, for a change.
I thought I’d have to leave before dinner to sign for a stupid package, but Avdi talked me out of it. Jess joined us for a very pleasant erev meal. After cleaning up, we all took a walk to my apartment! It was the first time most of us were there together, however briefly. Lo and behold, there was my package, left at my door, just as A had predicted!
I guess it takes me a while to settle in to a new place and situation as well, but times like these, feeling like a part of a family, help a lot.