It has been a wild and wonderful 10 days in toddlertown!!! John's love of tv has grown exponentially over the past week and a half, now he will point at the shut off tv and give us that same excited squeal as he once only gave for things like M&M's! We don't even have to be in the room with the tv anymore, he'll be all excited and pointing and we can ask him if he's wanting to watch his "Stinky OO Poomba" and yep, that was what he wanted. He has even been able to sit through the whole movie in a circle of his toys and play, watch TV, without pulling his hearing aids, and with minimal fussing, despite being in the room by himself. It's been very entertaining and we are now compiling the list of kid movies that he would like and that we can handle repeatedly and loading them up on his Netflix queue!!
We had no school this week as this is the one week summer break before we start with the regular school year on Monday! We're excited to get back and to see what new stuff John can surpise his teacher with. We've been playing with a little set of leggos and leggo buckets that is designed to teach kids colors and John is pretty regular with picking out Blue, Green, Yellow, White and Red one or two times through, but after that you can just go find something else to play with or play with these toys differently because after all he has already shown you that he knows those colors. He's learning to cut paper, hopefully only paper, it takes too hands but he can hold his little scissors and at least make them cut the paper. He's just been amazing. His OT came and played with him with finger paints and he loved it! We were both afraid that when he got the paint on his hands he would be unhappy, and there was a little hesitancy to start with but then he got into it. He really enjoyed her painting his hands to make hand prints and him getting to paint her hands to do the same. He loved the paint sponges and squeezing the paint out of the tubes and all! We've looked around for finger paints, they must really be hiding those things well, but we've found that some ketchup works just as well, and John really likes to 'dip' anyway so it's a natural.
John is becoming more aware of where we are going and wanting to go more often. A couple times this past week he's pointed to the garage and said 'go, go, go', of course one time was midnight and while I was all up for taking the diaper wearing shortness around the block his daddy decided the wiser move was just to put him back in bed. After a little playing, John was okay with that too! John has known for a while when we get to school, first off because his FM system in his hearing aids pics up the other kids, and then even without his hearing aids in from the surroundings, he now also recognizes when we are home, any place with a drive-through window, when we are someplace to go shopping and within a couple weeks I'm sure he'll recognize and be happy to see where we pull up for pool therapy!
John's first pool therapy session was yesterday. He is amazing! He was also mad, mad, mad, because you can't wear hearing aids in the swimming pool. He spent a good part of the session with his fingers shoved in his ears, hollering, and looking at us like we were seriously misbehaving. But by the end he was calming down and even starting to smile some. The amazing part, he has this cute little frog kick and he kicks, kicks, kicks, the whole time he's in the water and he was even able to kick himself across the pool, supported by a floaty thingy, from one side to the other to come and get me, although he was really probably more interested in getting to those hearing aids, but he was certainly a kicking boo! The PT was amazed too, and told us that as soon as he calms down and starts to enjoy the water he will be swimming!!! From John's performance in the water the PT predicts that he will swim before he walks, that he will be a total fish in the water, and that he will walk, walk sooner than anyone thought and walk without braces!!! We were so excited, the PT is so excited and even at the end John was so excited even if just to get out and get his hearing aids.
After pool physical therapy we took him to Arbys because we figured he would be hungry and we were right! A solid hour of kicking in the swimming pool and he was starving, we'll probably have to order him his own food sooner than we thought. He talked to us the rest of the afternoon, I think he was trying to tell us about the pool, but of course we don't really know, what we do know was he was excited and telling us about something!
Little silly man is awake and doing great this morning and of course the first thing that he wanted was his ears! Oh and I almost forgot, the M&M's in that title. We took John to the dentist this week, everything is great, all of his baby teeth are through or coming through and they are doing well. John laid nicely in the dentist lap and let him paint his teeth with fluoride varnish and didn't even bite the man. The dentist reminds us alot of Mark's brother Andrew, who is an orthodontist, and so we are curious to see when we go to North Carolina next month if he thinks Andy is Dr. Coyle, who he kinda likes. By only seeing the dentist once every six months he may not even think of it, but who knows. Anyway after the good report from the dentist the dental hygienist told us to beware of gummy anything and that if we feed him sweets let him have M&M's or other chocolates because they melt off the teeth. Being as M&M's and other chocolates are John's favorites that worked out great. The last trip through Walmart, John was all excited to be getting to the counter, because you know that is where the M&M's live. I tried to talk him into the bag of dark M&M's, because Mark and I like those much better, nothing doing, he kept pointing at the shelves, so I held up the bag of dark and the bag of plain and he grabbed the bag of plain out of my hand and hugged it! Mark's sure it's because there is more sugar in plain, and I think it's because he knows we won't eat as many of those because we like the others better, whatever the case plain it is!
The picture is from John's latest little modeling job for me, he's plays a pretty darn entertaining pirate!