It has been a record 17 days since my last post. There are three good reasons why.
First: I've been obsessed with my other hobby. This hobby would be rediculously fanatical Denver Bronco Football mania. In terms of elation caused by this hobby, this hobby kicks all all other hobbies, um, asses (on the converse, I know few people who are moved to sobbing by knitting, or two-to-three week long depression after a particularly heartbreaking decoupaging, so the depression factor exists, but won't happen this year, if you know what I mean...) For those of you living under a rock, today the Broncos are hosting the Steelers in the AFC Championship. I've been more than a little obsessed.
Second: I made an investment. I have had super cable installed as well as a DVR. So many people I know are television haters, but I am not. I love my tv shows. And with the Kid aging, I have either been unable to watch them due to content (um, Sopranos anyone?), or due to the need to read to my child and generally to parent (anything on after 7:30 pm). Oh, and there's that whole sleep thing (Daily Show). DVR changes all of that in one decisive pressing of the pause button. It's been wonderful. I forgot how great it is to cozy up on my couch for a good show, but now I can cozy up and watch it whenever I am able, rather than just watching 1/3 of whatever show I like, missing half of the plot, etc.
Third: The Kid has been doing incredibly well. All hail Abilify! His behavior charts from school have been near-to-perfect. His behavior at home has been easy going and even keeled. No rages, no crying. But also, no numbness. My biggest fear in giving him psychiatric drugs was that he would become a zombie. But, no, he's still my earnest, charming, intelligent, vital little boy. Oh, and one day, I told him, "Wow, you need to clean your room." Do you know what he did? He went and cleaned it. I was shocked. He's also sleeping on his own better. He's also behaving better around my family's kids (where in almost anything would have been an improvement, but as parents we are always looking for the good!). It's been great. I'm going to truly enjoy this quiet period. I have read too much and know other bipolar children, so I know that because this is working now, we are not necessarily "done." But it's been good lately, so I'll take that.