So, in the last month or so, Noah has become afraid of the dark. He would cry and cry until I got a night light put in his room. That was strange since he hasn't ever had that issue before. Then, he started getting uptight and not wanting to take baths anymore. When I would finally get him in the bath, it would be a little warmer than luke-warm and he would cry and say it was too hot and just squat in the tub. All this was strange, but I figured it was just a phase he was coming into.
Last week, he was acting out and I told him to go to his room to chill out for a bit. He wouldn't go, so I stood up and reached for his arm to walk him to his room for the time out. When I reached for him, he jumped and put his arms in front of his face to shield his head, like I was going to hit him or something. That scared the heck out of me.
This weekend, he was at home with my mom and playing quietly with his trains. She came up behind him to give him a hug for playing so well by himself (it was a rare thing this past weekend). She barely touched his shoulders and he jumped and ended up halfway across the room with a completely terrified look on his face.
I think he repressed some of the feelings from the child abuse from Stephen previously. I think he's just starting to work through it and it's coming out in this way. I am looking to take him to a pediatric psychologist as soon as I can. I thought we were going to get away with him not remembering or having many effects from what happened to him last year. I guess that's not going to be the case. Poor little guy... he doesn't deserve to have to go through this fear. No child does.
And Stephen is still claiming that he didn't do anything wrong... I don't think so.