Ezra

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Ezra

If you were to ask me on a good day what words best describe Ezra, I'd probably say willful, stubborn, strong, and mechanical. He has other characteristics, too, of course (loving, playful, creative), but those generally manifest themselves as subsets of the first list. These were characteristics we noticed about him in utero.

Last night, Ezra discovered that he could lock us out of the bathroom. Please bear in mind that I am nearing the end of my first trimester, and we only have one bathroom. Yesterday was also the day he decided he'd rather pee on my bed than in the toilet. I'm glad I managed to nip that one in the bud. However, I just finished disassembling the bathroom doorknob...AGAIN.

As soon as Gideon wakes up from his nap, we are going out for a while. I think we all need the air.

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Nat's got the willful and stubborn done to an art, instead of the physical stuff she is quite manipulative and sneaky, she's too smart for our own good. Yesterday I put some gummy bears where I thought they were out of her reach, she asks "can I have a gummy bear?" Dana comes to me and tell me she's already eating them she figured out how to get at them. Also she didn't want to eat breakfast so she runs to the bathroom spits her food on her clothing and then tells me "I'm sick" while faking a cry. No she didn't get away with either in the case of the gummy bears I took the bag away and gave her none, the sick think she got in trouble, told her if she didn't admit the truth we wouldn't be going out.

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Some times, I think having a developmentally delayed (and possibly autistic) child is easier. We are lucky that Daniel cannot think of such things on his own. However, we have a very maniacal 8 year old who will tell Daniel to say or do things that the 8 year old knows he will get in trouble for, and Daniel will do or say them cause he's very black and white and has no concept yet of the right to say no.

On the 4th of July we had to walk about a half mile to the park and the whole time our 8 year old was complaining that his feet hurt or his legs were tired or whatever. Daniel, however, was silent the whole way and he was having to practically jog to keep up with us. My husband and I said "Why are you complaining so much? Why can't you be more like Daniel, who hasn't complained at all this whole time." Our 8 year old's reply was spot on... "It's cause he doesn't know HOW to complain."

I hope you get your bathroom door situation taken care of soon. Remember, being a child is all about testing us. Smile

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"Nell4Him" wrote:

Some times, I think having a developmentally delayed (and possibly autistic) child is easier. We are lucky that Daniel cannot think of such things on his own. However, we have a very maniacal 8 year old who will tell Daniel to say or do things that the 8 year old knows he will get in trouble for, and Daniel will do or say them cause he's very black and white and has no concept yet of the right to say no.

On the 4th of July we had to walk about a half mile to the park and the whole time our 8 year old was complaining that his feet hurt or his legs were tired or whatever. Daniel, however, was silent the whole way and he was having to practically jog to keep up with us. My husband and I said "Why are you complaining so much? Why can't you be more like Daniel, who hasn't complained at all this whole time." Our 8 year old's reply was spot on... "It's cause he doesn't know HOW to complain."

I hope you get your bathroom door situation taken care of soon. Remember, being a child is all about testing us. Smile

Yep. I used to work with kids on the spectrum--middle to high school age, mostly AS. You're right, there's a lot of stuff like that that they don't know how to do. But it doesn't stop them from trying! At least once they get older.

Amanda--That's pretty funny (albeit irritating) about Nat. That's exactly how Gideon will be in a year or two. He already pretends to choke to see if he can get sympathy for it.

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LOL, Eli locked himself in the bathroom on our vacation this summer and SCREAMED for 10 minutes until I got him out!!!

Thankfully he hasn't done it on purpose yet.....he is stubborn and defiant, but he doesn't like to be alone or feel vulnerable.

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So I had Ez set up in his room with a dvd on my computer the other day. After a while, he comes and tells me that the computer is having problems. I go in, and the screen is black!

Ezra killed my computer...BY PEEING ON IT. And it was definitely on purpose, because he is potty trained. That'll teach me.

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:eek: OH MY GOSH!!! I'd be pissed! (no pun intended). What did you do?

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"Nell4Him" wrote:

:eek: OH MY GOSH!!! I'd be pissed! (no pun intended). What did you do?

Well, he's not watching in his room anymore. I punished Ezra, and made sure he understood that what he did was wrong. He still doesn't understand that the computer is broken. Now we're trying to figure out how to replace it. And I've arranged for my dad to try to retrieve the files on it that I hadn't backed up yet. At least it was a really cheap computer!