I mentioned before that with Christmas we have learned that Deeds opening presents with everyone Christmas morning leads to an entire day of meltdowns, stimming, and over-stimulation. This year we are doing presents slowly and one at a time.
Today a box came for Deeds from a dear friend in Ohio. He was very excited when I told him he could open the wrapped gift inside and proclaimed “It’s my birthday, I’m 4!” I had to chuckle since I can tell he is more excited for his birthday in a few weeks than Christmas. I explained that he is still 3 and it’s a Christmas present but at that point he just wanted to open it. I took a video of it so that our friends could see how excited he was. I was trying to help Gwen and film at the same time so it’s a bit shaky but thanks to YouTube’s editing features I tried to stabilize it a bit.
He sat an played it a dozen times before nap time and it was perfect for him. I love our new plan for Christmas of doing it slowly. Sometimes you just have to find the right balance to make things work out.