There are, as I've mentioned before, two Bennett's.
One is giggly, affable, curious, exploratory, repetitive, running, playing, jumping, kicking balls and doing basic puzzles.
The other screams, screeches, kicks, bangs his head into the wall and floor, stiffens like a board as his face turns beat red with anger/frustration, reaches up to be held only to, upon being picked up, wriggles to get away, kicking, flailing and screeching.
Both Bennett's showed up this weekend. Each about 50% of the time.
We have two working theories as to where this Mirror Universe Bennett is coming from.
One...the poop chute is an issue. He had been struggling very hard to poop of late. And the stuff that came out was the hard, pebbly stuff. Not to mention that the kid is getting big (as are his TURDS...there, I said it) and so pushing out a giant log into his pants takes more effort than it takes for us, as we let ours dangle in mid-air and blop effortlessly (at least we hope) into the bowl as we also hope for no backsplash.
At the pediatricians recommendation we introduced Miralax, I think it's called, to help soften the doody. Seemed to be working, though now clean-up is OH so much more fun. Especially since Bennett hates to be restrained so it usually takes two people to change him and he always tries to reach down there and swipe at the fudgy area to get it on his hands.
But...the Miralax seemed to be having an effect on his mood. Our Universe's Bennett had been making more than just brief cameos. He was starting to get a regular guest spot as a recurring character. Sort of like how Ethan would show up in various flashbacks long after Season 1 of LOST.
Theory Number 2, (actually, that last one SHOULD have been Number 2...get it?), involves his teeth. Now, we thought he was done teething. But there is a chance he might not be. We tried poking around in there yesterday and there might be some molars still working themselves into the proper position.
Does that happen, though? The boy will be 3 years old in 3.2 months. Do kids still have teeth coming in at that late of an age? I mean...I get it, the kid is slow...but would his PHYSICAL development be slow as well even though he is nearly as tall as Carter who is 3 years older?
We tried some Oragel and pain meds and stuff yesterday, and that seemed to keep the Mirror Universe Bennett in check, though not entirely. Anyway, it is baffling. Here is a short video of the VERY beginning of the onset of Mirror Universe Bennett. This is only the beginning...as the intensity/frequency increases I don't film anymore because I am trying to calm him down and keep him from hurting himself.
So that was our weekend pretty much. Though Jen and Carter went to a family function for a few hours while I hung back with Bennett. I spent most of my 'free time' (when not working on the yard, in the basement, etc.) watching LOST (I'm re-watching from the beginning again) and playing X-Box.
Yeah I know...it's a yawn fest over here in the down time. Jen and I never really get a chance to go out and do stuff, and even if we did, I'm not sure either of us would have the energy or funds to really have a GREAT time or even to do something radically different than see a movie (yawn) or go out to dinner (yawn).
I think if we actually had a free night just the two of us, we'd both just want to hang around the house and chill out in the peace and quiet. But that's just me. She might disagree on that one.
Oh yeah, one more thing. It's now August officially. Remember what happened a year ago last August? This month is going to be really, really hard.