I feel like I have been living in a Steve Martin comedy, you know the kind of film, where the parent does silly things that go wrong, but somehow work out in the end? The kind of things that are so ridiculous you just know they aren't true and could only happen in a movie!!
The Royal advisor had stated last week that it was time for HRH to come off bottles as it was delaying the development of his tongue muscles. This, in turn, will impede his speech. But children with autism do not like change. Keeping things the same offers comfort and security in a world that can be confusing and frightening.
Then, a golden opportunity presented itself to me. In an unfortunate, yet timely, twist of fate HRH came down with the winter vomiting bug a few days later. As he couldn't drink milk for the duration of the bug, I took advantage of the situation and decided this was a good time to remove his main source of comfort and nutrition (extremely fussy eater).
The battle for hydration lasted two days. This was worrying, of course, but it also meant that he was too weak to have meltdowns as he mostly dozed on the couch. Occasionally he would venture into the kitchen, stand in front of the fridge and ask for 'bah bah' (bottle), leaning his head against the fridge and sobbing. Yes, very upsetting, even more so because when a non-verbal child asks for something it is to be celebrated and acted upon immediately. Not in this case.
There was another complication. Her Cuteness, at 13 months old, is still on a bottle. I took to hiding her in her playpen, stacking beanbags up and putting a towel over the rail so that HRH couldn't see her indulging. While she was having her bottle I sat on the couch with HRH for snuggles, offering equal parts of distraction and comfort. So how did this go?
Isn't she gorgeous?
Her Cuteness does not like to be left out and stood up to shout over the side of the playpen, waving her bottle and complaining. Of course she kept throwing the towel on the floor too. HRH always spotted the bottle and got upset.
So, today, I am also taking Her Cuteness off bottles. I am sure 13 months old is a
My first Steve Martin tactic of hiding the baby didn't work. The second idea of removing all bottles from the house might work, we will see. I hasten to add that both children will still get milk, just in a sippy cup from now on. HRH can't have milk for another few days until we are sure his tummy has cleared up.
With the bottle issue decided, if not quite resolved yet, I can move to the second item on my list. There is an enormous mountain of washing waiting to be done because my son likes to get sick in bed, multiple times.
What would Steve Martin do with that pile of washing?