Hay Ride and Follow Up

On Saturday I took Damien to the Bluebird Gap Farm aka the “Animal Park”. They were doing hay bale rides so we actually were able to catch the last ride of the day. It’s been super nice weather this past week getting all the way up to the upper 60s! I’m loving it!

Climbing a tree waiting for the tractor to return.
Ready to roll!
He loves it 🙂
Our driver taking us around the grounds.

This morning I took Damien to see his medical doctor for the first time about all these behavorial issues. Her assessment was that he’s behaving like a typical 3 year old boy. She suggested maybe finding a daycare more suited for his personality. She confirmed that they can’t diagnosis him with anything at this age and said he should mellow out around age 5. She gave me a referral to continue seeing the off-base doctor to work on the behavior side of things. She also gave me a referral for speech therapy. She brought it up during the appointment and she had also mentioned his speech at his 3 year be-well appointment. She put in a lab to have his blood drawn to test his thyroid and I’m going back in 8 weeks for a follow-up with her. As far as the whole dairy thing, she didn’t really have anything to say about it but that she does know of success with avoiding dyes in foods.

Speaking of the milk elimination diet, Damien didn’t have any milk or milk products from 15-22 February. My observations are that he seemed calmer starting around Tuesday, but he was also in daycare all day and it was the first day in a very long time that they were able to go outside to play due to the weather. So basically I don’t know what’s going on lol.

The Incorrigible Damien Scott Whitehill

At the beginning of the month I took Damien to the Bounce House for a little fun and exercise. He was really scared at first and wouldn’t touch anything, but he eventually warmed up and had a good time. The place had quite a few of the inflatable play areas so it’s a nice option on really cold days.

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So I’ll now explain the title of the post. Over the last couple months, Damien has been really acting up at daycare. I even had to go pick him up because he injured another kid. Everyday when I go to pick him up, it’s not a matter of whether he hit or pushed the other children, but rather how bad it was. I’m sure he’d act the same at home but I don’t have any other kids for him to beat up on. Not that he’s even doing it out of anger, but more like an impulse. He also has a difficult time listening, especially the first time a direction is given to him. I discussed him with the program director of the daycare and her observation is that his behavior is not typical of someone his age. It may be thought that he’s acting like a boy. Well just as an example, his room has 10 boys (aside from Damien), and only 5 girls. The other boys don’t act like Damien. It’s also known that Damien is incredibly active and the teachers have to watch him closer than the other kids. Anyways, I made a doctor’s appointment for Damien that will hopefully answer some questions. One thing that was mentioned to me was the possibility that milk and/or wheat products could be causing these behavioral issues. Wouldn’t that be something? I’m at least going to experiment with it and see if it yields any results. Fun stuff.

Damien’s new monkey balance board!

And lastly, Scott was a very sweet husband and sent me some beautiful flowers and chocolate-dipped strawberries for Valentine’s Day this year. Makes me feel happy 🙂 Oh, and thank you to Great Grandma Smith for Damien’s Valentine’s Day card. Damien really liked it and likes to talk to me about the dinosaur on the card lol.

Yes, that is Damien’s hand trying to snatch one prematurely! He called them “delicious”.