No Nam Meltdowns at all today and he’s responding to the strategies of Dr. Leman. The change in his attitude has been near immediate. I realize in hindsight we were foolishly feeding the tantrums with our attention. I also realize we were trying to rationalize with him which is like trying to explain the DVR to your parents over the phone. I haven’t quite perfected this but it’s going better than what I was trying before. He shot me directly in the pupil with some silly string today and I was very un-dude like with a beard full of silly string and yelled at Walter. So I went upstairs and sat on the computer for a bit then started the vacuum. In comes little Walter waving at me to stop so I turn off the vacuum and he says “Sorry I shot your eye.” I apologized for yelling and showed him my eye was fine. This was the first time he’s apologized to me for something unprovoked. Tiny flag, little victory.
I walked away again later this evening and my wife came and told me he was really sad. When I came out for dinner he was polite and respectful. I’d love to tell you bed time was a strike but it was another gutter ball frankly. I had to physically put him into bed 6 times, remove toys that were being struck (Ikea easel) and he wailed/cried for 15 minutes before going silent. Not the prettiest but better than Monday I guess.
Good times today: Walter walked up behind me with two baby carrots stuck up his nose. It only cost me a dollar to see him eat them.