We’ve had a lot of situations with J over the past several weeks. From him biting himself, to very early morning wake up calls and therefore lack of sleep, to body self discovery, a stuffy/snotty nose and an impacted ear. It’s all accumulated into one big cluster.
He isn’t feeling the best either today. Had a big day yesterday as we celebrated our fundraiser for autism surpassing its goal with a donors brunch and then had friends over for a game night. He coped very well- with all the different voices, noises and changes to his regular Saturday routine. However today he is suffering from all the over stimulation of yesterday; he’s tired, restless and unsettled.
I’m sitting on the floor of J’s bedroom now as per his request he wanted to lay down and he has been put back into pajamas. He recently discovered his private parts and though we were encouraged at the beginning of this revelation for him because we thought it might lead to a breakthrough in potty training, it has quickly become a thorn in our side. He likes to mess around with himself when he is bored or being defiant. So to make it easier for us all today, back to pj’s he went. You have to choose your battles and with all the other things going on with J today, mentally, this is one I didn’t want to wage war with.
I feel bad for my boy when he is feeling this way, out-of-sorts. I’m secretly hoping he’ll want to nap but I won’t push that on him, because it might result in another sleepless night for us both if I do. I could say I want us to both to sleep like babies, I definitely do for J, I on the other hand would like to sleep like my husband. Sleep through the laugher, squeals, giggles coming from J’s room, the thuds against the walls and the loud squeaks from him bouncing in his bed. But that’s for another lifetime. Instead, the essential oils have come out to hopefully spread peace and calm for us all as we take today on.
And to top it all off, we’re stuck inside again as another snow storm hit the Midwest. J loved the nice spring days we had earlier this week, being able to come home and play outside again. I’m ready to try hiking and walking trails with J, good old fashion exercise. He’s just ready to get out of the four walled buildings, whether at home or school, he has had to stay inside all day for too many days from this extended winter season.
This entry has kind of been all over the place but it some regards it illustrates how J is operating today and how his brain is functioning. From one topic to another and then back again. I loved how well J coped yesterday, not all days can be easy for him, he needs to have these days though to learn how to be comfortable and know what he needs to do to regulate himself. Not many people understand that his days can be so much harder than we all realize, that he did so well yesterday, I’m so proud. Now just to tackle all of the other J-isms, one at a time, after today.