Well if there's one thing Hayden needs in his house, it's a giant robot. This weekend was the Mooresville Choir invitational, and each group of Jason's students always decorates a room in the school with a different theme. One group made this robot as part of their decorations, and asked if Hayden would like it. That's pretty rhetorical, if you know anything about Hayden. Robots are his most favorite thing in the whole world. It's rather a matter of whether mommy and daddy want it, and where in the world we'll put it. As you can see, he's currently residing against the wall, guarding the playroom. And yes, when you watch Blue's Clues, you have to sit right next to the tv like that. Only for Blue's Clues, not for anything else.
This past week has been a whirlwind of busy-ness and emotions. Since the issue is tied to Jason's employment, and since most of you reading know the details anyway, I'll wait to create one large post at a later date, when I can devote time to being politically correct (or employer-ly correct?) about the whole thing. In short, Hayden was left alone on a cold bus for an hour and a half a week ago Thursday. He is doing well, Mom and Dad have mostly recovered, and life is moving on at the Damron household.
All three of us have some form of cold. Jason has had barely any voice for the past 3 days, and has the sniffles. My ear has been bothering me for a few weeks, so I went to the Walgreens clinic Friday morning; I have a slight ear infection and sinus infection. Hayden has sniffles that won't seem to go away. He has a slight temperature this evening. I gave him some tylenol, so he's feeling better at the moment. He is currently throwing his beany Periwinkle in the air and laughing.
Yesterday Mom and Dad were supposed to come over, but Dad was sick, so Mom, Hayden and I hung out for the day. We played, took naps, went out for pizza, and made a final stop at Target, where Mom got Hayden a new hotwheels car. We said goodbye to Grandma and drove home; at home Hayden said, "where's grandma?" It's the first time I can think of that he's asked this question.
Hayden's language skills have made big jumps the past week and a half. In addition to "where's grandma," he's been using the word "is" in his sentences, using "the," doing better at answering yes/no questions (he usually just answers "yes" every time), and asking "What is it?" He's never asked that before this last week, either, at least not consistently. It's so exciting when he can use more language. It is less frustrating for all of us, and I can tell he's happier and calmer to be able to ask a question and say what he wants. He's come so far since August, when the norm was 3 words at a time max! Just now he hid behind the couch and said, "Mommy, I take it off, the pants!" Hayden doesn't like to wear pants, if you don't know. Most pictures we have of him are in his diaper and shirt. At least he used almost a full sentence. : ) I'd like to buy him some seamless pants, and see if he'll keep those on better.
Mixing whole organic milk in with his usual 1% regular milk has been working, so I will continue to increase the ratio until it's all whole milk. I'm trying to take little steps to increase his protein/fat intake, and to get rid of the additives in his diet. Step 1 is a success! I can't wait until summer, when I have more time to sit down and think of all the other things I should be doing for him! One thing at a time right now will have to do! : )
4 weeks until Spring Break.
: ) Sheila