husband stunned me today. I guess it's the miracle of modern mood stabilizing medicine at work, because a year ago, not to mention 10 years ago he was a very different man. difficult child 1 has been staying up really late (starting to wonder if it's because we changed to Celexa...). He was up until probably 4am watching TV in his room last night. Well, we decided that 11:30am was late enough for him to sleep today, and he wasn't very happy about that. And although I woke him up around 9am and put his Daytrana patch on (which he did not remember), he was not very well medicated -- seems to happen when he's sleep deprived. In short, I was about ready to punch his lights out because of his mouth when he got up. husband was going to take the two boys on their bikes to get lunch and shop for sneakers, and difficult child 1 was not having any of it. I was getting really mad at difficult child 1 and his foul mouth and disrespectful attitude, and husband whispers to me, "I wasn't expecting this to be easy, you know." And as I'm starting my own rant about how difficult child 1 should not be allowed to mouth off the way he was (and he was REALLY crossing the line), husband reminds me that it's because of his disorder and lack of sleep so I should just settle down and keep things in perspective. Could this be the same man who would not hesitate to jerk difficult child 1 by the ear across a parking lot for being silly during a group family photo when he was 7? Is this the same guy who had a meltdown when kids were too noisy in the back seat and then left us on the side of the road to nowhere in the middle of the night to go storming off in a hissy fit? Can this be the man who would slam ice chests or furniture into walls and leave holes because he was frustrated by some minor annoyance? Somebody pinch me! If there's hope for HIM, there's hope for my difficult child's!