Thursday, July 17, 2008

Easliy entertained

Jonah is typically a very easy child to entertain. He absolutely loves puzzles these days. We keep a minimum of 4 puzzles on the coffee table at all times. (I remember how I used to have the coolest "coffee table books" and great decor on my tables. Now, I have puzzles! LOVE IT!)

I keep a running wish list on so I always have it at hand when I want a little happy for him. We may end up doing several puzzles for his birthday next week. (NEXT WEEK???? THAT IS ENTIRELY TOO SOON FOR MY BABY TO BE TWO!!!) Anyway, I've been on Amazon searching for all of the Melissa and Doug puzzles that we don't have so I can add them to his wish list. He loves those and they are so well made. We spent almost three hours yesterday sitting around the coffee table playing with these puzzles.
I was logged in to my work computer for a little while yesterday and looked up to discover Jonah sitting quietly in his toybox. He was playing with his toys and just as content as could be!

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Since I have been home with Jonah all week, I decided this was a great time to begin potty training. I found this cool little Sesame Street sticker reward system that I wanted to try with him. He does so well with positive reinforcement so I thought this might work.

I let him look at all the stickers while he "tried" to potty. I explained what each of them were for. I also explained the jar of M&M's to him. He gets one M&M just for sitting on the potty. He gets two if he tee-tees and three for ...well, you know!
While we were "sitting" there just waiting, Jonah wanted to talk to Zoo-zoo. So, he called and told her what he was doing. Then, after he tee-teed, he said "call zoo-zoo tell she I dit it!" So, we called her back to let him tell her "I dit it!"

He was SO thrilled to put a sticker on his chart. He kept pointing to the sticker and saying "I dit it, I dit it, I dit it!"

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Surprise Ending

Saturday morning I was playing with Jonah's puzzles. He was doing so good naming the animals that I thought I should video it for Dan to see. Be sure to watch it until the very end. He makes an announcement!

Sick little boy!

I got a call Monday morning from Jonah's daycare. The director told me his fever was 102.3 and I needed to come get him. I called the doctor as soon as I hung up with the daycare. They could not see him until 2:45 p.m. I walked into his room and immediately knew there was a problem. He was SOUND ASLEEP on the floor while all the other kids were around him playing. That may not seem all that odd to you without knowing the following. You can search this blog and will never find a picture of Jonah asleep anywhere other than his bed or car seat. The kid has never fallen asleep while playing or in his high chair or even watching TV. So, to walk in and find him sleeping in the midst of playtime told me there was a serious problem.

I took him home for a nap before his appointment. I actually had to wake him up to leave. He just cried and cried. It was so sad! Dan was able to come home and go with me and I was especially grateful for that. This week is SMACK at church and it consumes all of his time. As a matter of fact, he left the house at 7:15 this morning and it is 7:25 p.m. now and he we still haven't seen him. It will be close to 9:00 tonight before he makes it home. So, the fact that he was able to get away was a sheer miracle. I am SO glad he went with me because Jonah was so pitiful. He wanted to be held and walked the entire time.

Check out his hair!! Poor kid...he inherited a combination of both of our bad hair. We paste it down every morning but there was nothing I could do because he wouldn't let me put him down.

He was very happy to see his friend, Doctor Russ. (Docka Russ) She spent most of the appointment complimenting him on his manners and vocabulary. He constantly told her thank you and answered most of her questions. I was so proud of him. He was polite even though he felt awful.
She asked him to stick his tongue out and say AHHHH. HE DID IT! I was so surprised. She said it is very rare to get a child his age to do that. The only problem was that he wanted to continue to do it long after she was done checking his throat. (as evidenced in the pictures below!)

After all was said and done, he was diagnosed with a nice case of strep throat. So, I have been home with him from daycare all week. He is on antibiotics and a combination of Tylenol and Motrin. Once the fever breaks and he is fever free for 24 hours, he can go back to school. I'm beginning to think that isn't going to happen this week. He just can't shake the fever. I'm just so thankful that he is still so pleasant even when he is sick. That is a huge blessing!

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Autumn's 1st Birthday

We headed to Michael and Wendy Ferguson's house Saturday morning for Autumn's first birthday party. Jonah immediately found a balloon and was entertained by that for 30 minutes!

They had an inflatable slide and jumping house outside. Jonah thought that was great! He was a little timid with the slide right at first. That quickly faded!
Jeff Ferguson stood on one side and talked to him. He thought Jeff was so funny. I guess it was the screen in between them? Jeff wasn't being particularly comical, Jonah just took it that way.

He was also very intrigued by the large fan. Dan showed him how to talk into it so it makes a funny noise. He tried to do it but didn't use enough volume.

Autumn was quite thrilled to have her granddaddy hold her and feed her different things from the table. You can certainly tell how loved she is by her grandparents. (And, the feeling is quite mutual!) It is so interesting for me to see the dynamic of the relationship between children and their grandparents. I grew up very connected to my grandparents. I would have rather spent time with them than most any friend I had.
Jonah has many adopted grandparents here and I love that! We were just talking the other day about how fortunate he is to have so many adults have such a vested interest in his life. No, we don't live near any blood grandparents and don't see them very often but he has other people who stand in the gap for him and play that surrogate role when needed. He is a lucky little guy!

The only way to coax Jonah away from the jumper was to tell him about the cake. He ran full speed towards the cake. Dan had to intercept him before he dove right into it!

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