On My Mind

It would be great if I could get together a coherent paragraph about anything, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards this week–I just feel all over the place.

We’ve got the tantrum thing in a good place and it’s been a few days since we’ve seen a major explosion. There are people who will frown on this, but basically, Charlie likes to have music on. We either play a video or my iPod and he’s fine. He’ll play on his own, crawl around, whatever–he just doesn’t go for the silence. I don’t know what the deal is, but he’s generally happier, so I think it’s fine.

One interesting thing happened this week, though. I showed Charlie a braille book. The vision therapist brought it over when he was about four months old and I stuck it on the shelf and haven’t looked at it since.

Charlie hates books. They disgust him and I have no idea why. I showed him the braille book, however, and it did get his attention. I’m not sure what the deal is. Is the print too small in regular books? Is it too difficult to run his eyes over the text? I don’t know. I do know that he seemed to like the braille book. I’m going to try a couple of other things as well, but I’m definitely keeping it in mind that he liked the braille book–food for thought.

In gross motor, Charlie is kicking complete ass–we raised the step for him to pull up on, and he had it mastered in about half an hour.

I’m also TRYING to teach Charlie a little independence. In general, I pick Charlie up and move him from room to room. We have a schedule and it is largely dictated by me. I’d like him to have a little more independence. I’m trying to show him that he can, in fact, move from room to room without me. To do this, I’m plopping him down in the hallway near his room and the den. So far, he just sort of looks around confused, but I’m hoping he’ll start to figure it out.

So. . . that’s what we’re up to over here! Tomorrow I go to the dentist because I’ve started grinding my teeth–gah!

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Comments

  1. Is he strong enough to use one of those wheelie-things for kids…you know–plop him in and he can push and the thing helps him get around? I was thinking that maybe if he could manage one of those, you could start by pulling him along after you and then move him up to doing it himself? IDK–I know nothing about kids. 😉

  2. Small Town Girl says:

    Sounds like there's some good news around your house, that's always a good thing!

  3. Amy Genn says:

    In our house, if Eli is awake, there's music on. He mostly loves Elmo – but has quite a collection including VeggieTales, The Little People, CCR (yes, Creedence!), and Baby Einstein.

    My philosophy is that people would rather hear Elmo than a screaming kid – or an overstressed Mother!

    Eli has his own MP3 player with a little speaker and we hook it on his stroller when out in public.

    Have fun!

  4. therextras says:

    Yea, what you think of as all over the place is looking pretty good to me.

    I like the idea of setting him the hallway – esp if you are within hearing and sight of him within the room you want him in.

    I was thinking similar to Jenn – can you set him in a gait trainer (don't you have one ordered?) just outside the place you intend him to be?

    All your paragraphs look coherent to me – but that may not be saying much. Not receiving any literary awards myself. Barbara

  5. I grind my teeth too, stress I am sure. I figure once they are gone there are no worries. hahaha

  6. wherever HE leads we'll go says:

    I don't think it is a bad thing to have music playing all the time. It makes him happy & is not harmful so why not?

    Glad to hear about Charlie's progress. That is wonderful.

    I grind my teeth too. I wear a night guard now to keep me from grinding my teeth into little nubs. The downside: the night guard makes me drool – isn't that attractive?