5/1-5/3/18- Oh my buddy boy. He’s keeps me on my toes! He can be so sweet and loving and helpful and can also be such a spitfire. His mischievousness is so adorable at times and so aggravating at others but it’s truly one of his most endearing qualities, even when he makes me want to pull out my hair. In that first picture, he has fashioned a scarf out of his jammies and insisting he wear that to school. Super cute, bud, but we need to be in the car in 5 minutes sooooo…. how about a shirt?
He loves doing laundry and can now do an entire load by himself as long as I help him pour the detergent in the cup and reach to pour it in the machine. Not bad! He was pretending to be Ryder from Paw Patrol while we did this and I was Marshall and he was giving me directions on how to use my ladder and hose to solve some sort of “case” that he’d assigned me.
The next picture is him cleaning up a big spill. We’re having some issues with impulse control lately- this time he dumped a full glass of water on the table- so my answer is to let him clean up his own messes.
He still isn’t feeling great, unfortunately. He took a 2 hour nap today which is unusual for him. We had a hard morning with a lot of boundary pushing and battles which we haven’t seen for a few months. The afternoon was so much better, so I’m hoping that it’s just that he’s not feeling so hot.
I should also note here that Baylor’s reading is really taking off. He’s reading Step 1 readers almost completely by himself. At the same time that we’re seeing a big improvement in his ability, we’re seeing a HUGE spike in some of his perfectionist tendencies. He’s extremely reluctant to engage in anything at all challenging, which he usually loves. He’s refusing to do some of his work at school and says “I give up!” if he doesn’t get something within a few seconds. He’ll ask to read a book together but then when he gets to a word he doesn’t know, he doesn’t want to try to sound it out. He says “I’m not an expert at reading” and says he feels sad and tired. We’re trying to find ways to make reading more fun and less work, and also encouraging him that the way to become an expert is to practice. But, he comes by this trait very honestly. It just hurts my heart to see him so down on himself when in reality he’s SO far ahead. I think this frustrated may be contributing to some of the challenging behaviors we’ve been seeing the past week or so, and I’m trying to remember that what he needs right now is a bigger dose of love and support. Holding those boundaries in place because chaos isn’t going to help things, but lots of love and support on top of that.
I think we’re all ready for a break and some good old fashioned relaxation at the beach. It’s really good timing for it. Sanibel, here we come!!