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Julian - Karen's Musings
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Julian
Last night squirmy (but happy) Julian punched me in the nose and gave me a bloody nose. He grinned the whole time. He wasn't trying to hurt me. He was just having fun moving his arms around. My nose got in the way. It hurt. A lot. Now it's better. I'm glad he didn't break it.

Can someone please explain to me why he's got a ridiculously long attention span for feature-length animated films (e.g. Aladdin, Emperor's New Groove, Hercules...), but a ridiculously SHORT attention span for shorter, age-appropriate things like The Wiggles and Baby Einstein? He is NOT interested in those and I think it's because they're segmented. So a segment ends and he's done, even though there are 15 more segments to go.

Julian's been having screaming fits lately. Absolutely inconsolable, loud, heart-wrenching, awful screaming fits. :( I feel so bad for him. And frankly, somedays what it takes is plopping him in front of the TV and letting him curl up in your lap until he calms down. Then he's fine. I hate using the TV that way. But after 1/2 an hour of SCREAMING, it's hard to feel like I should make him suffer through that longer. It's not like a temper tantrum. His temper tantrums are always traceable to something specific like you telling him no he couldn't do something. And his temper tantrums usually involve him stamping his feet and throwing himself on the floor, but he stops if you turn your back to him. These fits are horrible crying/screaming fits. His pillow was soaking wet from tears one day from these fits. Poor baby. I really do think something's wrong. Maybe he's teething. Maybe the abandonment issues are finally kicking in (the psychologist said if it happens it could happen at any time because he has a sense of who's who, but no real sense of time). I don't know. I just wish I could fix it for him. *sniff*

Amazingly, he's also been incredibly cuddly and incredibly cute lately. And when he's NOT screaming, he's incredibly happy and funny and playful and an incredible joy to be around. So yay.

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ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: February 24th, 2005 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can someone please explain to me why he's got a ridiculously long attention span for feature-length animated films (e.g. Aladdin, Emperor's New Groove, Hercules...), but a ridiculously SHORT attention span for shorter, age-appropriate things like The Wiggles and Baby Einstein? He is NOT interested in those and I think it's because they're segmented. So a segment ends and he's done, even though there are 15 more segments to go.

Don't complain. At least you know he doesn't have early ADHD.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not complaining. I just think it's weird. He can sit through ALMOST all of Aladdin. But 10 minutes into the wiggles and he wanders into the next room, picks up a toy and brings it back to the TV. It's not that he loses interest completely. He's just bored, I think, by the segues.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 25th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think I figured it out. He prefers animation to live characters. He'll watch a half hour animated program without a problem, just as he will a full length animated film. So I think that while he likes the Wiggles, he doesn't have the same fascination with them.
From: gittygiggles Date: February 24th, 2005 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
random...tell me what you think of your friend lola. she asked to friend me and i dont friend ppl w/o recommendations these days. give me a short paragraph :p
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 25th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
She's fairly new to my friends list, but she's a cool chick. She's older than you, younger than me. Frum, lives in NJ I think, four kids. She gives good advice. You know, the basics.
From: gittygiggles Date: February 25th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
do i like her? should i add her?

is she frum...like....one of them?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 25th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
um, you do realize that you're asking all this in an entry she can read, right?

I don't know if you like her. You can add her if you want. And I don't think so, but I guess there's only one way to find out.
From: gittygiggles Date: February 25th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
it's fine if she sees this. gotta screen ppl ya know. obviously she's not a baltimoron though :) i shall add and see
hopeness From: hopeness Date: February 25th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)
If my professional opinion counts, I'd go with the psychologist. At lot of times at the centre we get to experience the "result" of something that happened at home (or is happening). If there really is no physical cause for his distress and it's clearly not a tantrum then I'd say continue as you are, TV or not, so that will learn that there is such a thing as a safe, calm place.
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