Since I felt his first kicks in my body I knew that this boy of mine would throw us for a whirlwind. If you have been reading for a while you know he has been given health challenges, developmental challenges, sleep challenges. You name it! We love him more than words can say and I know Heavenly Father gave him to us because we are great at being his parents. We would climb the highest mountain and give him the stars just to see him happy and thriving.
He is a different kid now, I have talked about the changes we've noticed in him the last 8 months which is why I got him screened for aspergers. Looking back he stopped nursing, saw me in the hospital, started going to new babysitters when I went back to work, and went to church nursery. Then he spent 4 days away from me at his Mimi's house. I am wondering which one or combination of events threw him for a loop and did some mental damage. There is just something so amiss with him. He is a mess, and he is miserable. He spends most of his days in tears of despair and frustration.
My face book friends especially have seen the struggle to get Ryan to sleep night after night. 2 nights ago we started bedtime routine at 7:30 and he didnt settle down to slumber til nearly midnight. Everyone has offered so much great advice and I have been really grateful for the help. Its time for me to vent though! Since he was home from the hospital he has a bath, lotion, stories, cuddles, nursing... blah blah blah. Every night we start it at the same time. Every night we do the same thing. He has a night light, lovies, a fan for white noise. He gets a sippy cup of water to quench his thirst. Like I said we have read every book, so we swaddled when he was younger, did babywise to a T, ferber method all that jazz. We also tried the softer approaches to sleep. Absolutely nothing would work. Somehow as he got older things got better, we stuck to the same rigid routine night after night. It wasnt fun to leave a party or family events to get him to bed on time and there were instances where we even got slack for it, but this was about our boy and doing whats best for him. He wouldnt sleep on the floor, on a couch, in our bed, or car seat. He would only and still will only sleep in his bed. I cant remember the last time he actually slept in the car!
Whoa, tangent happening.. Anyway so he has been having the WORST panic attacks the last 8 months or so and they are getting scarier by the day. Its the worst at night when we do the whole parade to get him ready for bed- we leave him and he screams. Not a normal baby scream though- its a someone is killing me and pulling out all my teeth one at a time with no Novocaine kind of scream. It sounds like he will in fact die from this. He gets hives, holds his breath, starts shaking, his heart will race.. then after an hour or so of him doing this we go in and swoop him up and hold him because there is no way he can calm down on his own we know this much by now. No one can say that he knows we come in and rescue him so of course he will keep doing it. We started hard core sleep training over a year ago. If he hasn't figured it out by now hes never going to. He wants us to hold him while he sleeps or sit in the rocking chair and watch him sleep and trust me he knows if we leave.. We have just been making him cry it out, anywhere from 1-3 hours, its awful.
The other thing I am going to vent about is his clingy behavior. I love my son which is obvious but hello dude. I have earned the right to wipe my own butt and feed myself. He is literally touching me all day long, either pulling me around the house, me holding him, cuddling on the couch, or he is wrapped around my leg. If I even get up to get a drink without him following me he thinks he is dying. You can just imagine how awesome that is when we have to go anywhere or someone new comes over. He literally FREAKS OUT every time (aka the nursery issue) You have to just see it to believe it because I know you are all thinking well my child is clingy too... This is to the extreme. He is also clingy while being ridiculous at the same time- how you ask? Well he wants me to hold him in the kitchen so he can look at the microwave just for an example. His temper tantrums are insane. I just have to laugh when people try to tell me to ignore it or just dont give in, or my personal favorite- distract him! He is so persistent he wont give up, he gets so mad when I try to distract him even with candy. He will be mad about the same thing for an hour. Moral of the story-
clingy + ridiculous = impossible
Here is the flip side- he is only this way with ME. I am somehow the cause of the sleep problems and the anxiety because if hubs is home alone with him he goes down fine, when he was at my madre's house for a weekend he didnt have any temper tantrums, he is an absolute joy for my MIL and the 2 babysitters he actually likes. He doesnt insist on them holding him while he opens and closes the freezer door or has to sit on their face while they are on the couch because the lap isnt close enough. Nope, just with mama. When he goes out to run errands with hubs he is an angel. When we went to target today we had to leave our cart and go sit outside til he was done flipping out. He seems to really despise me some days, he will hit, cry, scratch, and beg to leave the house and go somewhere else. Thank goodness for a grandma close by that we can go visit because its the only way he will be happy. How can he hate me but have to be attached to my hip at the same time?
That night I referred to where he didnt go to bed til midnight? Yeah last night I was gone for bedtime and he went down just fine, tonight I told him bye bye while he was in the tub and I hid in the bed room. He is fussing now but its not the panic scream from when I leave him. The bummer is hubs is home in time for bed less than half the week. Not sure what we are going to do on the off nights.
Then again we have some really great days, where he is independent, goes to sleep great, cuddles on my lap.. Who is the other child that sometimes appears with no warning. I am so baffled by him and no one really gets it til they see it. His doctor doesnt know what to do with him. I am praying that when we can finally meet with his OT that they will have some ways to teach me teach him and help him cope with being away from mama. (which is crazy because he spends a good amount of time away from me)
Wow so this was the sloppiest, most confusing entry I have and ever will have. My mind is going in circles, hubs and I just sit and stare at the ceiling sometimes trying to figure out the 2 extremes in our child. The social butterfly angel and the anxiety stricken mess. There is so much more I want to say. I want to talk about his communication, I want to address his intelligence level that is off the charts. And when those two combine he becomes a mess because he knows what he want but cant tell us. I want to talk about how I am scared that I did something to mess him up for life. I want to get answers on his anxiety attacks. I want to video his day so everyone knows what I am talking about. I havent even brushed the surface on the complexities that are my son. He is night and day all at the same time. I want to write about my insecurities as a mother and my wondering why he seems to be mad at me all the time. I want to cry. Those things I will save for another day.
But amongst all of this he had this moment today. Its not always bad.