Paving New Roads

Micah found the used fax film.

It sure makes for great roads.

The dog is even slightly interested. (There could be food involved, you know.)

I love the creativity of kids.

And here are some random observations from the week. (Besides the fact that 3rd graders shouldn't wear hooker heels.)

*The yummy Puppy Chow recipe that Burgh Baby's Mom posted is indeed yummy. But I have to warn you that you'll be suffering from a sugar high in two seconds flat. And measuring Chex into a bowl sounds a lot like dog food hitting a dish. At least our dogs think so. They came running to see what I was treating them with now. They were disappointed that it was people food.

*Chex is a new cereal in our household. (We love generic names.) Micah is a bit disappointed that I used the whole box to make Puppy Chow. He discovered a new breakfast food.

*Santa is packing this year. My husband has wanted a pistol forever and ever. I almost got him one in the early years of our marriage but missed the sale. I was too cheap to pay full price. He bought one for himself today and is in big boy heaven. I filled out the paperwork for it, and find it no end of amusing that it's registered in my name. Does that mean I got it for him for Christmas?

*The preschool is aware that Micah is stubborn. I guess this should come as no surprise to me, but I really thought that he treated everyone much better than he treats his mom. He does, but not quite as good as I'd envisioned. This makes me both happy and frustrated.

*We're getting a TSS for Micah. I've no idea what this entails, and I'll be sure to keep you informed. After weeks of phone tag I've finally gotten through to a person and have started the paperwork. From what I'm able to understand, this is a person who shadows along with Micah to help with behavioral problems. Including, but not limited to, potty training, drinking from a cup and not playing on the road. Merry Christmas to me. And him. And the family.

*Micah does not like Rachel. In fact, he hates her. Rachel from Signing Time that is. I've heard so many in-the-know parents rave about these videos and seriously think that Micah stands to learn from them. The preschool has many of these videos and graciously offered to loan them to me over Christmas break. I'd borrowed them over Thanksgiving and he wanted nothing to do with them. I tried again. He threw a fit when I broke out the box, and didn't stop screaming until I put it away again. I even forced him to watch some of it. The results were less than spectacular. I really don't think he even learned anything.

*And the best news of all - Micah is making talking sounds. You've no idea the giddy excitement and sheer happiness this brings me. I am, in fact, crying real tear of joy. I seriously mean it when I say I'd be thrilled if the kid swore at me. It would be a word. But he's not that good yet and I'm taking what I'm getting. Instead of ACK and UGH and AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! I'm now hearing things like eee-uuu-k and okkkkkk and ttteussss. I've no idea what they mean but he's making new sounds and trying so very hard. I am one incredibly proud mama.

19 comments:

Deb in OPKS said...

I wonder what the deal is with Rachel. We have a couple of the DVD's and she's pretty tame. I like all the kids. I'm so excited he is making talking noises for you. I for one DO understand the excitment and happiness it brings you. The only thing Peanut is saying right now is no no no, but I'll take it (or swearing, too).

Go, Michah, Go!!!!

suburbancorrespondent said...

Is he usually receptive to videos with music? Sometimes it is just sensory overload. It's too bad - those are great videos.

Congratulations on the talking - there's nothing more exciting than when you can make "contact" as it were - real communication, whether they are 1 1/2 or 3 or more.

Melissa said...

Baby steps, and it sounds like you've made a lot of them lately!

Good news all around...well, except for the Rachel part!!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

I love the used fax film as a road! That's brilliant!

Hallie :-)

Alicia said...

Love the pistol story. Danny wanted a Entertainment system. He picked it out and paid for almost half of it, but the tag still says from Mom to Dad. And he's in heaven, too. He wanted me to wrap it (and I did), and Lacy helped (so it took twice as long and I used up twice as much scotch tape to tape up where she tore). This is a great post. Merry Christmas!

Driving With the Brakes On said...

Yeah, Micah! I was a TA for a 2nd grader with DS once upon a time - it was an incredibly rewarding experience. That little boy taught me more about patience, love, understanding, and happiness in 3 months than I had learned in 22 years on the planet. I hope everything goes through and that Micah is able to start the year with a TSS.

And Puppy Chow . . . pure evil, but so good! The source of at least one of my holiday pounds.

Madame Queen said...

Yay Michah! Those fax things DO make excellent roads. Ingenious!

Don't know about Rachel from Signing Time. I never even HEARD of ST until I started reading blogs. Maybe there's just something about her that he doesn't like. Or maybe it's like someone else said -- sensory overload. Maybe you could just have it on in the background but not make him sit down adn watch and he'll get used to it.

linds said...

The fax road is really cool! It's so fun to watch boys drive their trucks over everything in the house!

I'm glad to hear that Micah is talking, that is exciting!

Karen said...

You know, I think the Signing Time is just a mom-thing. (ARGH!!) He LOVES anything involving music and the school says he watches them there. I caught him watching one this afternoon because Daddy put it in for him. Again with the ARGH!!! I'll keep persevering.

Zoe said...

pretty creative paving there!

Lisa said...

That is wonderful about Micah!
You have been blessed with beautiful children.
Have a Merry Christmas!

Maria said...

There's that sweet little kid again. I told my sister about him. It's funny how sometimes the little things can mean so much, huh?

The Sports Mama said...

To borrow a phrase from my teenager, and apply it to Micah's development and creativity....

That's fan-freaking-tastic!

Cecily R said...

Kids are SO cool! I love the fabulous roads and that Micah is making such great headway in the speech department.

Hooray for Micah and hooray for a Mom and Dad who are so good with him.

Merry Christmas Karen!

Casdok said...

Very creative!! Brill idea!

Bia said...

That's wonderful that Micah is starting to talk! Also, what a creative and imaginative use of a road with that fax film . . . all my boys would love it! (I got a chuckle out of Santa packing!) God bless!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I think I might be almost as excited as you that Micah is starting to work on some new sounds. Karen, that is just so exciting! It won't be long now before he starts putting those sounds into meaningful words and I.can't.wait. Yay, Micah!

And yay about the TSS! We've got a couple of family memmbers that do that for a living (yes, they are going straight to heaven--we've already determined that much), and they always have some of the best make-you-bawl-like-a-baby stories. He's going to get so much from all of that extra attention!

Who knew you and Rachel weren't allowed to be in the room together? That straight out cracks me up. It's funny how fickle kids can be.

Michelle said...

that is so great about Micah making talking sounds! whoo hoo! and what imagination and creativity to make roads out of the used fax paper!

Michelle said...

that is so great about Micah making talking sounds! whoo hoo! and what imagination and creativity to make roads out of the used fax paper!