He runs to make his mind still, to organize himself and to get rid of the noise from this loud, confusing world. The more he's moved, the more he's introduced patterns and rhythm into his routine. Laps around the house are a daily ritual. He's made it more complex as he's developed, but the basics are the same. There is a pattern of movement -- specific foot patterns based on whatever song or chant he chooses to accompany the run, and he can not be stopped until he is ready to be.

This is James, and this is our story.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Didn't get to sleep last night 'till the morning came around

It's a game we play most nights, so often it has become kind of a ritual in our house.  It is played like this:
10:30 pm - Mom goes to bed exhausted.
11:30 pm - Dad goes to bed. Mom is asleep.
1 am - Boy wakes up. Boy grabs all the pillows, pillow pets and animals he can fit in his arms and thunders down the hall into Mom and Dad's bed. Boy steps on Mom's stomach to get in between parents.
1 - 2 am - Boy kicks, squirms, tosses and turns, clicks teeth, re-arranges pillows.
2 am - Boy realizes he forgot one of his animals.  Boy panics. Dad snores.  Mom gets animal.
2 - 3:30 am - Boys squirms more. Boy elbows Mom in eye socket.
3:30 am - Boy yells for water. Dad snores again.  Mom gets water.
3:30 am - Brother hears noise. Brother gets Mom. Mom goes into brother's bed so he won't be alone.
3:30 - 4:30 - Mom lays awake in Brother's bed and stares at clock.
4:30 - Mom falls asleep.
4:45- Boy comes to find Mom. Mom follows him back into her own bed.
5:30 am - Boy and Mom fall asleep.
6 am -  Boy wakes up, wakes Mom up. Boy goes downstairs to play Wii.
6 - 6:30 am -  Mom sleeps.
6:30 am - alarm goes off.  Mom sighs.  Dad asks Mom how she slept.  Mom sighs again and goes downstairs to prepare for next game.

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