About That Roller Coaster


April 11, 2012 by Marj Hatzell

So we survived spring break by the skin of our teeth.

Both boys had only ten days off (I say only because friends and relatives had TWO WHOLE WEEKS) so we got through. I kept them on their schedule for the most part and did some fun stuff. Like go to IKEA. But another IKEA, as in a different one.

Bugaboo was not amused.

While he is improving a teensy bit each day, he’s still somewhat reclusive and isn’t terribly interested in doing anything he used to love doing two months ago. Like shower ten times a day. Or stim on sugar, salt, bleach and toilet cleaner. This would prolly be a good thing in a different household. For us, if Bugaboo isn’t getting into EVERYTHING and breaking at least one thing a day something is terribly amiss.

But then yesterday they went back to school. Thing seemed to be magically falling into place. Bugaboo had a great day at school, Bug Boy had a great day at school, our doctor’s appointment went quite well and they went to bed a bit too easily.

And naturally, neither of them wanted to wake up today.

Bugaboo is still waking a bit at night but thankfully the majority of the shrieking/screaming/meltdowns are going away. He is sleeping better than he was two months ago, for sure. I’ll take it, yo. Two hours of sleep is better than no sleep. Some nights he is up giggling and wanting to play Slingo on his iPad (don’t ask) and when he finally dozes off I can’t fall asleep and when I finally doze off it’s time to wake up for the day.

Oh, the IRONY!

Fortunately, the boys are back at school. Which means NAPS FOR MEEEE!!!!  I’m the luckiest girl in the world!

So I’m glad his med change is going well, it was clearly the right thing to do. I’m still frustrated with what to do at night, since he seems to be still asleep, almost like it’s a walking nightmare (the screaming and shrieking). I’m thrilled he is starting to be more and more like himself, like last night at the doctor’s when he was giggling, smiling, doing his gymnastics on the couch and launching himself around the room. Back to his old self for a few!  I’m still sad, however, that he hasn’t gone outside much (though he did at school yesterday! PROGRESS!).

Basically, it’s still a work in progress.

But I’m sooooo happy things are finally improving. It’s been a dark couple of months.

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3 thoughts on “About That Roller Coaster

  1. Stimey says:

    Hooray for things looking up! And for the end of spring break. Both of those.

  2. Jane says:

    You’ve reached the End of the Spring break before us “heroines” in England. We too loom forward to our daytime nappees!

  3. […] be sitting at home with a blanket over his head, playing the ipad for hours. We’re really struggling. But when he jumps around the house and has his little collections going? I know he’s doing […]

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