if difficult child 2's behavior trends are any predictor. He has been irritable the past two days. Woke up early on Saturday morning (8am) on his own, which is very early for him -- he would sleep until noon or later if I let him on the weekends. Sunday I woke him at 11am because he had things he needed to do. Didn't sleep well last night he reported today. Exploded a couple of times at easy child last night and this morning. This afternoon when I picked him up after school he was also very talkative and hyper and was refusing to go to basketball practice. Very negative attitude -- almost hostile. Earlier in the school year, the hyperactivity would only be there if he missed his afternoon dose of Seroqel XR. The past week or so it's been there almost every day. The negativity has not been typical, although it pops up occasionally. It surprised me this time, I guess. Maybe it's the sleep issue. I gave him 200mg of regular Seroquel at 3pm. He was considerably settled and with a better attitude by the time I dropped him off for practice at 4pm. I saw him again at 6pm and he was still on an even keel. By 8pm, he was starting to wind up again. He wasn't finished with homework and he was just wandering around, getting into things, acting silly, not concentrating. But then after a half hour of my repeated requests/nagging to sit down and finish, he finally did sit down and got the work done. Next, we needed to put a costume together for a event at school tomorrow, and he was like a man on a mission, talking very loudly and just bulldozing his way through an attempt to "create" this costume out of a table cloth and some fabric scraps. I was on the computer looking for examples for the costume when I turn around and he's standing there in his underwear trying to wrap the scraps around himself! I dug out a larger, old white tablecloth instead. He would not hold still so I could help him pin the fabric, and he kept talking and talking and some of the things he was saying were just not well thought out and a bit out of touch. When he gets like this, he tries to sound like an authority on something but it's all just baloney he's guessing at and/or making up. But he was very confident and very convincing about it all! To me that smacks of early grandiosity. Finally, I had to tell him to just STOP. But he just couldn't. I had him take his evening dose of Seroquel XR and did my best to help him finish the garment despite the fidgeting and talking and obsessing and ugh -- it was exhausting! After sending him off to bed, he was still up for a half hour fiddling around with stuff, lights on, etc. Where is the SWITCH to turn him OFF when he's like this?! He finally was quiet about 15 minutes after I turned out the lights again. I'm sure the Seroquel XR had kicked in. I talked to the psychiatrist a little over a week ago about some of the stuff that's been going on with him (the ripped jacket, the impulsive decision to make friends with the jacket boy who bugs him, and then the change in that decision, the afternoon dose of Seroquel XR not holding him, his consistent demerits for talking, blurting out, difficulty concentrating, distracted, etc.). At the time, psychiatrist said he didn't want to rock the boat yet by adding Trileptal, but ya know what? I think the boat's already starting to rock a bit. I left an update for him on Friday but have not heard back. I plan to call again this Friday with another update. I don't think difficult child 2 will last until June without something else to keep things steadier. This all just feels like the same unravelling he went through last year and the year before that. Same time of year, too. Ugh. Makes me think I should keep him in a dark room!