Monday, May 14, 2007

Tom can...

We're in the midst of potty training. Lots of positive reinforcement is going Tom's way; cheers and stickers whenever a performance is made (sometimes while silently gagging - we really need to look at what we're feeding him) while a soothing, blame-free 'Oh dear' greets the accidents. This has led to a number of words being added to his vocabulary including the sing-song 'never mind...' that accompanies Nik discovering pants full of poop and 'Tom-tom PUMPED!' (a phrase that fully deserves its resounding triumphalism).

So, while watching my son's gait transform from padded waddle to snake-hipped jaunt. I had one of those disappearing childhood sensationss. I began to ponder on all the things that Tom is nailing at the moment and it filled me with smiles so I had to share.

  • Tom routinely puts his coils back, giving them a reassuring pat when they're in place.
  • He's pretty adept at putting DVDs in the machine and gets frustrated with the endless trailers.
  • He knows that bogeys, burps and pumps are all hilarious but is not quite the judge of 'context' that he might one day be (hopefully).
  • He knows that riding up front is far, far better than being strapped in the back of the car, no matter which way you dress it up.
  • He knows that watching TV in bed in the morning beats getting dressed and hurrying anywhere...
  • At the weekend, while playing in the garden with Joe-from-next-door, there were times when their running gait looked the same. Tom's balance is improving enormously (thanks Deborah).
Nothing reflective to say about all that really - it's just a joy to watch him grow up.

3 comments:

Heather said...

Hi Jason,

I'm starting to wonder how we'll tackle the potty training and will look to you for guidance! I'm waiting for him to start walking independently first. I don't suppose it would hurt to put a potty in the bathroom and introduce him to it, at least get that language rolling.

I am curious, do you think that getting another implant helped Tom's balance?

-Heather

Laurie said...

Jason,

My boys are grown up now but I miss the times when they were little. I love reading about Tom and how he is adjusting to his CI's and growing. Enjoy those moments when you can!

-Laurie

Anonymous said...

Tom-Tom: we are so proud of you and the progress you are making!!! We can't wait to see you. Love from Ellis, Rhianna and Ted xxx