Monday, August 6, 2012

Inside the Journal of a 4-year-old

We were somewhat reassured by Mikan's most recent nutrition visit.  Although he hadn't gained any weight, he maintained his previous weight for the past two months.  We know we have a long way to go before Mikan is in a healthy eating pattern, but at least he is sustaining himself.

He is also making tremendous progress with potty training (thanks to his ABA therapy).  We adopted their potty training program at home, and now he pretty much stays dry all day.  He still doesn't tell us when he has to have a bowel movement, but all of the pee is making it where it needs to go.  Thank God.  Maybe we won't have three kids in diapers in December...

One of Mikan's favorite hobbies is writing.  He will write and rewrite his ABCs and numbers 1-100, then he will write them in block format and add smiley faces and hands and legs to each letter and number.  After he is bored with that, he will begin to draw pictures or write sentences, usually about his day.  I found this one on the back of one of his notebooks this morning.  I'm pretty sure it refers to the fit he threw last night with John over not wanting to get out of the bathtub.  I rewrote the words below if it is too difficult to read.




"Today Dad and Mikan told that Mikan needs to get out of the tub but no."




For anyone wanting to take a trip down memory lane...One of my essays about Mikan from our time in the NICU was recently published in a new IU literary journal (The same essay I read on our local NPR station a few years back).  Here is the link if anyone is interested: https://www.iusb.edu/currents/that-other-family/

1 comment:

Kara @ Just1Step said...

His writing skills are SO impressive!!