Blurry thoughts from another 4am wake up. Changed the clocks again, didn’t they?
As much a I am enjoying my evenings back with pre-8pm sleep (haven’t seen that in a few years), I am not loving second 4am wake up in a row. Then the other “night” discussing where the universe is at 5am. You know because the moon is still up and so we have to look at it and discuss it. At least I could do that with my eyes closed.
It’s not that my struggle is unique. We frequently get 8 hours of sleep straight from little man which is more than other ASD kids I know. However it is unique in effecting me in this household. Little A is wide awake now. His behaviour may suffer when he sleeps less but he doesn’t. He just feels awake. His dad goes back to sleep like a dream although will be up in a few hours for work. Just me who doesn’t like waking early and who doesn’t get to go back to sleep.
Maybe if I change my clock to the old time? Been woken before 5am might feel slightly better.
Here’s a buzzfeed post so you can yawn in solidarity YAWN
*Disclaimer: chose Octonauts at random, don’t particularly have a feeling one way or another about this show.
My little man’s top five interests at the moment are:
1. Level crossings
2. Traffic Lights
4. Washing machines and tumble dryers
5. Light switches
I would be hard pressed to rank these in order because he is becoming a little more flexible and his interest flits between these subjects. He doesn’t just like them, these are the constants of his waking moments. We spend a lot of time watching YouTube videos about these subjects. Guilt-wreaking hours of YouTube time which makes me feel terrible until I motivate him away to use the building blocks and realise we have to talk about these same videos. We may as well watch them.
He uses delayed echolalia a repetition that is common amongst people on the autistic spectrum. I love this video by Autistic Genius that explains it. For Little A it means he has the whole script of these lengthy videos down pat. We have seen a massive progression since May where he is using these scripts to engage with me more and constantly wants to “tell the story” of the video. My job as his parent is to keep an eye on what he is watching and not look deathly bored when he wants to talk about it.
When I tell other people that my son “is a fan of fans” or “loves washing machines” they generally think it’s cute but also laugh nervously. It either seems precocious when he uses technical language (condenser dryers) or it seems like he must know a lot when sometimes he is only repeating. I mean it is different. I am dreading the Summer holidays as I can see it descending into hours of YouTube a day but I think special interests have their place. While I am working hard making the correct level crossing dinging sounds, I will just have to remind myself it’s no duller than acting out Paw Patrol.
Has your child got an interest that you’ve got a bit bored of?
You know when you have to choose between going out in your jeans with poo on or jeans with dirt from housework on? No? Just me then.
A low today standing up nappy change in the bathroom because couldn’t be bothered to fight lying down. He just tried to escape and rubbed right against me. Deep joy!
Back to the sticker book strategy.