Monday, October 5, 2009

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

We were out of town with our family this weekend and had a chance to experience the good, the bad, and the ugly when it came to the behavior of our youngest son.

THE GOOD: Or perhaps I should say the "incredible". There was an 18 hour span of time when Little Guy had a dry diaper. Every time I went to change him and discovered he was dry, Little Guy wanted to sit on the toilet. It was crazy that we made strides with potty training while traveling; usually, this is the time when toddlers regress.

THE BAD: Little Guy has a hard time sleeping away from home, and this time was no exception. Although I stayed in his room, he had two very restless nights.

THE UGLY: This describes Little Guy's regulation while we were away. We really struggled with anxiety issues, and Little Guy ended up screaming and acting oppositional most of the time. I had my husband with me; even with two of us we felt we could barely handle him, his behavior was so disregulated.

We had been discussing the possibility of an extended family later this year, but after this weekend we are seriously re-evaluating the situation. It may have to wait until Little Guy gets a little older and is better equipped to handle the many uncertainties that a vacation brings to his schedule.

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