My son has OCD. I'm convinced. You think I'm being dramatic? Wait until I list my evidence before you come to any conclusions.
1. Waking up. He gets out of bed and has to turn off the TV himself. Then he proceeds to hand me, one by one, all of his stuffed animals including, but not limited to, Big Puppy, Old Little Puppy, New Little Puppy, Giraffe and his blanket. I have to hold these things and bring them upstairs or he will collapse on the floor in a fit of despair. Then he has to hold my right hand to walk up the stairs, again if he doesn't have a hold of my right hand...floor...despair. This routine is the same for morning wake up and naptime wake up.
2. Eating. In the morning he sits in the chair on the left side of the table, this is also the chair used for snacks. However, for dinner, he must sit at the head of the table, no exceptions. He has to be the one to put the straw in his drink and he has to have his hand on the cup while water is being dispensed or he will not drink it. Do not try to take his plate until he has left the table. Even if he has said that he's done, if you try to confiscate his plate before he has exited the table vicinity trouble will ensue. Make sure all food is cut up before the plate hits the table or he will not let you do it afterwards and then will proceed to try and shove the entire thing in his mouth which you will then have to dig out of his mouth. I have only made this mistake once...never again.
3. Car Rides. He must be the one to open the door, climb in the car and into his seat. You may not help him do any of these things or, once again, floor...crumble. Then he has to open the DVD screen and adjust his air vent. Yes, he does this every time he gets in the car. He will allow you to buckle him in, but you'd better have the car running and movie engaged by the time you shut that door. Then upon exiting the car, if he was really into the movie they were watching then he will not let you unbuckle him for at least a few more minutes. I use this time to gather my purse and any other odds and ends I may need to carry in because the passenger door needs to be closed and locked by the time he gets out of the car or he will open it, jump in and climb into the driver's seat. He's quick and he's sneaky. If this happens, chances of getting him out of the car and walking into the house under his own recognizance are slim. Once he is unbuckled he has to reverse his entry process by closing the DVD screen, closing his air vent and then closing the door (under close supervision to prevent squished fingers...usually mine).
I'm sure there are more things I am not remembering right now, but you get the picture. His sister was never like this! Does he just find extreme comfort in routine or is this child really OCD? I think he is starting to resemble his Daddy more and more every day. :) At least I know what to expect (usually)!