How many backup remotes should a household have I wondered. And the answer is at least one and you should probably have two as I put another one in my Amazon cart. I ordered a backup a few weeks ago when the volume got stuck on the original remote. Thankfully, I had the remote. However, the remote did not have the batteries in it. This challenged seemed like it took way too long for me and Owen expressed exactly how long it took for him. My head spins trying to stay ahead of the meltdown curve. I ordered a new vent floor cover for the heat. He will not leave them alone. He wants to sit on them, saying, “it’s too hot” the entire time he is sitting on them. I tell him to move, I ask him to move, I beg him to move, and occasionally he moves or I have to move him. I ordered another type of vent cover since option one and option two were destroyed quickly. It’s the like the Three Bears of vent covers but this one was still not the answer. He realized because of the way it stood upwards out of the vent he could lift it off and sit directly on the vent again. On to the next idea. Batteries, I think that is one more thing I never have enough of. I finally got myself a handy dandy organizer for my batteries so I can at least see which I need and keep them in stock. His little boom box needs batteries but he doesn’t want me to put batteries in it. The new rules supersede the old rules and I have to remember all the rules. Every day he walks to it, tries to turn it on, says, “it needs batteries”, and then walks away from it. I tried to put batteries in it and that caused an epic meltdown so I took them out. Then I moved it from its location thinking that he would be fine with it being gone and that was another huge mistake. So it’s back on the table battery-less and we have the discussion every day that it needs batteries, week two. But I have the batteries when he truly wants it to work again. My mom got him the backup boom box in case this one got destroyed so we would be ready for that situation. Sometimes I wonder which rules to push, which routine to walk on eggshells with, and which moment in time to breathe through it all or just say no rules today. The one rule I have to remember is to be kind to myself. Preventing meltdowns is much easier than hours and hours of meltdowns over something like a battery or a remote. The flying chicken at dinner seemed ironic somehow but all I kept thinking was at least my boy likes a variety of foods and he’s eating. He fell asleep holding his new book that he read to me and I was thankful. Know that today is one moment in time. Be kind to yourself, know that you can do it, and tomorrow is a brand new day. And it won’t hurt if you have extra batteries. Smiles to all and donut daze!
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.