Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sometimes Negative Things are Positive Things in Disguise

A lot of changes have been occurring for Elijah lately. It's funny sometimes, the things that make us happy.

-When Elijah plays with our mini-blinds and we tell him "no" he moves on to the next window and starts to play with a different window's mini-blinds. He's problem solving and that's a good thing.

-We've always fed Elijah in his high chair next to our table. The temper tantrums that were accompanying every meal last week were solved by pulling his high chair up to our table. Seems the little guy was getting mad that he wasn't sitting at the big boy table and he had no way to tell us (well, other than arching, screaming and biting). He's definitely communicating, so that's good.

-Elijah wants to touch his food and is getting more interested in what we're eating, sometimes trying to stick his hands in our food. We're thinking this means that our diet will soon have to be completely milk, egg and nut free. I like milk, eggs and nuts, so boohoo. But, I think that'll mean we'd lose some serious weight, so yay! (We haven't committed to this change...yet)

-Since I'm home (and I use the term "home" loosely) with Elijah all day, Andy usually does Elijah's bedtime routine. Lately, Elijah hasn't wanted anything to do with reading books at bedtime, until we determined that he just wanted mommy to read them to him. (Daddy isn't too pleased about this, but really it's a fantastic developmental step).

-When we're out and about driving, Elijah "drives" with his steering wheel toy. His toy falls off of his lap often and when it does, he whines. It's kind of annoying, but I love it because he never used to care about such things.

-Often, when Elijah is supposed to be going to sleep, he does a lot of babbling. Elijah doesn't babble much, so even though it's bedtime it's nice to hear those "babababas" coming from his cute little mouth.

See? Sometimes things that seem negative are actually positive. Sometimes things that are difficult to handle are developmental steps in the right direction.

5 comments:

Grandpa Dennis said...

Elijah's journey is like all of ours. It is just he took a different path. There are some steep hills, some big rocks, some deep water. It takes time to figure out how to get around it. But his Mom and Dad have given him a lot of tools to help him on his way. Keep climbing Elijah!
Love Grandpa

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Aimee said...

You know, I've gotten to the point where I am frustrated with myself for being frustrated with Amira for these types of things - because usually, they mean she's about to hit another developmental breakthrough. However, because they don't always mean that, I assume that she's being stubborn/strong-willed/short-tempered/[insert your own Aimee trait in there ;)]. I've realized that overall, she's quite well-intended, doesn't mean to make things more difficult, and it's hard work changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly. :)

Jennifer Thayer said...

Isn't it the truth? You wrote it all so well!
I just wrote on Roa's blog about communication. When they cannot tell you what exactly is it they want/need/don't like... life can get frustrating for ALL!

Lisa said...

You're right, Grandpa-dad :) Elijah is just on a different path and I know he's just going to keep on climbing his own mountain with a smile on his face.

Aimee, it's got to be hard to be a little one, don't you think? I like your butterfly analogy.

Thanks Jennifer...it IS so frustrating sometimes - for everybody.

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