A belated Happy Father’s Day to my husband! I’m so grateful for all you do (especially the cooking!) to help our children fly.
This week we saw continued struggles for Logan, particularly with handling mood swings. Tuesday night after swimming lessons, Logan had it in his head he wanted to eat out at a restaurant, and cried and screamed “NO!” to everything we said to pacify and calm him. It makes me sad that at 5, he still throws temper tantrums. It was semi-normal at age 2. It’s even still remotely understandable at age 5. How will it be at age 10? 16?
But I’m still hopeful this meltdown can be attributed more to die-off and medication. After all, it was really his first major meltdown in months–even last week was more just grumpiness than outright tantrums. I’m also trying really, really hard to keep my temper more, too–and with fewer meltdowns and the diet finally feeling like routine, that gets easier every day. Perhaps better, calmer parenting on my part will help Logan’s mood swings as much as the lack of sugar has.
Speaking of, the New York Times Magazine had a great article on gut bacteria affecting mood swings. When I see articles like this, I feel mixed emotions. On one hand, I’m so happy the gut-brain connection and potential treatment of autism is seeing more mainstream press. On the other, I’m puzzled as to why this seems like “new” information to so many people still. Further, I feel excited about possibilities yet frustrated that it’s still too early to conclusively help Logan–and I wonder how things would have gone had he been born 20 years later.
Of course, that reminds me to consider how life might have been had he been born 20 years earlier. For the information we do have now, I’m grateful.
Feeling: On a threshold