SS9 Is Back
So SS9 arrived today. He was his normal, happy self despite the recent allegations of abuse. DH and I sat him down to talk, but we did not address the allegations like BM wanted us to. It was more of a check-in and the conversation lasted less than 2 minutes. We just told SS that BM said he cried a lot after leaving last time and we told him that if he is sad or having a hard time, that it's okay, but we want him to feel comfortable coming to us and telling us so we can help him. SS understood and said he wasn't that upset. He did tell DH unprompted that he didn't like the NERF gun. DH told SS that we got rid of that one NERF gun. SS thanked us for doing that. We asked him if there was anything else that was bothering him and he said "No." We didn't push any further. There was no mention of me eavesdropping on phone calls, us hitting SS, his "No" or "Stop" being disrespected, him feeling upset or afraid, etc.
DH took SS outside to play. I checked SS' bag. There was a perfume covered stuffed animal per usual, but no GPS tracker watch, thank God. Clearly, BM didn't like tracking the inside of our pantry for two weeks. DH told me that SS was thrilled to see him at pick up and BM looked mad based on SS' reaction to DH. We will be staying at my parents for the weekend so DH emailed BM to let her know, since the CO requires us to inform her if SS is spending the night anywhere other than our home. She sent back a thumbs up emoji, which is not normal for her, so clearly she is pissed.
SS is smiling and clearly happy to be back with us. Let's hope this trend continues and we have a positive two weeks ahead.