Puzzles are a big huge deal right now and he goes through them like a wrestler taking down an opponent: he just keeps going until the whole puzzle is assembled. Then, there is some sort of triumphant “I DID IT!” with fist pumps and we respond appropriately with claps and enthusiastic “GOOD JOB!!!”s (because really, 48 piece puzzles are challenging, and worthy of praise.) We’ve managed to accumulate a lot of puzzles (10? 12?) so this is a time consuming activity and about the only one that keeps him focused. He’s always on the move. Even while watching TV, he jumps back and forth between the ottoman and the couch. Back and forth. He’s always in motion unless he’s not totally awake or he’s totally worn out, and those are the rare instances that I get a calm couch companion. I think it would be entertaining to put a fitbit on him one day and see how many steps he takes. My guess is it would be at least 20,000. (Side note: David Sedaris’s short story about the fitbit, “Stepping Out: Living the Fitbit Life”, like all of his short stories, is absolutely hilarious.)
So puzzles keep him in one spot, which is abnormal. Although yesterday, he managed to make it into a running activity by picking up a piece and running around the house dodging furniture like it was an obstacle course. It was a 48 piece puzzle and he did about 10 pieces this way before he was out of breath. Today, we just did the puzzles in the normal way, sitting on the floor and finding pieces that match.
Pictured | Top: Melissa & Doug pirate puzzle even though we are missing ONE PIECE (arrrrrrgh!!!). Bottom: Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Puzzle is in the box and the Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Dawn Puzzle is assembled on the floor with Breaker looking at it suspiciously. Basically… all Melissa & Doug puzzles are awesome.