The little dude was sitting in the cart when I showed him what I was buying him - some animal cookies.
When I put it in the cart basket behind him, he freaked out. He wanted some of those animal cookies and he wanted them NOW. We walked to the next aisle and I showed him the coconut milk I was buying him. Anything I picked up, he wanted. Mac n' "chreese" - he wanted it. Cereal - he wanted it. Coconut yogurt - he wanted it. These were things I was already buying him - the point is that he saw that I was holding food and he wanted to eat it. Why, oh why, was I showing him things and then not feeding them to him?
He started screaming and crying and biting himself. The biting himself part isn't so great, but the part about being upset that I wouldn't give those things to him? AWESOME.
I know this is a common occurrence for most parents - the whole tug of war in stores over what's going to be purchased and kids having temper tantrums over the things on the shelves. It's probably very annoying (and legitimately so). But, for us, this whole acting up over something Elijah sees is pretty amazing.
You have to understand that for the past three years Elijah hasn't always shown awareness of his surroundings. The reason for this is multifaceted, of course. Recently, however, I feel like he is taking in more of his surroundings. He's noticing things he never noticed before. Being able to recognize and see familiar packaging in a store is a pretty amazing feat for a little guy who just so happens to have Cortical Visual Impairment. For a kid with CVI, it's hard to filter out all of the clutter. It's not that he can't see, it's that sometimes seeing is just so overwhelming.
He's also noticing what we're eating or drinking and is no longer content with what's on his plate. He has the whole, "I'll have what she's having" mentality. He's noticing the world around him more.
So when my kid has a temper tantrum over a snack in my hand in the store, I get kind of excited. He doesn't know it, of course. I try to get him to calm down, but inside I'm glowing. So if you see a crazy lady at the store smirking while her kid his trying to bang his head on the cart while biting his hand, it just might be me. Hi!
Next up, I hoping for a temper tantrum over something that he notices on the shelf instead of in my hand. Yep, I hoping for more temper tantrums (preferably the-non-hand-biting kind, please), because behind all of the screaming is a pretty amazing accomplishment.