We have been struggling again with Alex. His behaviors have been challenging to say the least. I know that part of it is this whole teenage transformation that is going on but there is also something else going on that I have been struggling to put my finger on. I've been searching high & low for anyone who can help me shed some light on this because I feel like we are at a serious cross roads here & how we handle this could make marks that last forever. One of the strategies that we are currently taking is to have Alex be a LOT more active, like seriously active. We have one of the girls from his class taking him a couple times a week for activity based play time, he came home from his first one on Friday nice & mellow.
So mellow in fact that Saturday he really just wanted to hang out at home which was fine with me because I had a new recipe in my head I needed to work out. He lounged, in & out of the tub, in my bed with his iPad & generally had a lazy day (minus our quick run to the grocery store & Starbucks) while I cooked up what was in my head. It was a really relaxing, lovely day honestly.
365:41 I made zucchini, butternut squash, eggplant, red bell pepper & ground chicken stuffed cannelloni. It was so amazing, I know I shouldn't pat myself on the back but it was really good. LOL I sent some to my friend Jill so that someone else could appreciate it as Geoff was not home.
365:42 Then this morning we slept late & by about 11:30 it was pretty clear that he was full of energy again & I had a choice... keep him inside because it was raining or get out because the destruction was about to take over. After a quick phone call to my sister Anna we had a destination. I had recently heard a discussion at my Weight Watchers meeting about these stairs up a hill in San Jose, somehow with just that info we managed to find our way. Anna, Robby, Alex & I thought it was really cool, like 8 flights of stairs up a hill we went up & down 2 1/2 times plus walked on the trail around the area. Alex was/is pooped. He was mellow again tonight. Tomorrow is school & then his activity date in the afternoon. I'm praying that this holds up & that we can keep going. It seems so simple & really something that we all need... more activity.