Wow-we had the best winter break ever! difficult child is still difficult child but thankfully that lower dosage of Lamictal has really helped with the hypomania. I'm hoping it continues when school starts again tomorrow. On our visit to Michigan he did very well-got along with all of his cousins and second cousins except for minor squabbles. sister in law said she thought difficult child did fantastic while we stayed at their house-not perfect-but much like the other kids Yesterday and today were a bit rougher and I'm hoping it isn't because of school starting tomorrow. So hard to believe that 2 1/2 weeks ago we (psychiatrist and us) were fairly certain difficult child would need to be hospitalized by the beginning of the year. easy child continued to be sociable over the entire winter break (a bit more isolated yesterday and today but she does have a cold). She has been very pleasant for the most part. Usually when we visit in Michigan she mostly sleeps. This time she didn't even nap and was up at reasonable times each morning. She had a blast playing with our great nieces (her second cousins who are 2 and 3 years old). She was also very outgoing at the New Year's Eve party at sister in law's house. For her, I'm hoping that she can start doing her hw as she heads back to school-she says she wants to and she seriously needs to. husband and I are both really surprised that both maintained so well over break! Last year by the end of the second week we were both ready to go back to work just to get out of the house because both kiddos were driving us crazy! Just thought I'd share the good news! Hoping I'm not jinxing anything by writing about it.