Jackson has been working so hard in his therapy sessions and since I am at work during the times he is receiving him, I sometimes feel I miss out a little on his accomplishments. Sara tells me about the big ones and will show me them when I get home. Yesterday Sara showed me how he can get up in his car seat all by himself and when we got to the store he got out all by himself. That was really cool. They are also working on him getting on and off the potty. He isn’t potty trained yet, but the entire house knows when number 2 is about to happen, so Sara has been really good at getting him to the potty for that since he turned 2. No pun attended.
This past weekend Jackson and I got some just the two of us time together and he was obsessing over these flash cards he has. I let him get them out and he was a little frustrated because I didn’t pick up that he wanted me to play Flash cards with him. It has been awhile since I was home for a therapy session, but I remember him playing match with one of the therapist. So I set 4 different cards in front of him and had him match the identical card with the one on the floor. He got it right every time. I was so excited. The last time I seen him, he wasn’t that accurate. We played match for an hour.
The other day I was telling Sara about this when we were all downstairs. She said, “Oh…did you use the cards in his box?” Jackson has this huge storage container that has a bunch of toys, puzzles, and other skill type items that all the therapists’ use with him. I said, “There are cards in his box? I didn’t know that, we just used the ones out of his toy bin. Why?” With that, Sara opened the bin and grabbed a big stack of flash cards. She laid out just 4 in front of him; unlike how I did where I let him dump the entire box of cards out and spread them all over. LOL! Then she grabbed a card that had the same object on it, but it was different, like from a different box of flash cards. A few examples, one was small yellow ball of yarn and its match was a big multi colored ball of yarn, one was a baseball and its match was a beach ball, one was a Queen and her match was a King. Holy crap! My son is so freaking smart. I don’t know if two and half year typical developing children can do that, or if that is what he is supposed to be able to do at this age, but either way I wanted a bumper sticker that said “My kid is smarter than your kid”. The cutest part of the game, every time Sara handed him a card to match…he would study it by turning it around and around a few times. When he matched it, he looked at you with the biggest smile on his face waiting for you to applaud. Believe me I did.
I discovered another awesome trick on my own the other night. Since Jackson was about 4 or 5 months I would make him turn off the lights when we would walk by them. It didn’t take him long to master this, and when we were taking him to the doctors and they would ask us if Jackson does anything on his own, I would proudly puff my chest up and say, “He can turn of the lights if you hold him by the switch.” That would always get discredited though because they felt that was a routine task since I had him do it every time we left the room. Either way, if I am carrying him by a switch, I still make him turn it off. The other night I was taking him to bed; he was more ready than I knew at the time. He walked down the hallway; I turned on the light, turned on his Baby Einstein CD, and turned on his turtle that projects stars on the ceiling. Jackson was standing by the doorway and I went to get him when the lights went out. I thought, wait…did the bulb go out again? Did I accidently brush up against the switch? How the heck did that happen? So I turned them back on. Jackson fussed at me and reached up and turned them off. In disbelief, I turned them on again and ask him to turn off the lights. Voila off he turned them. A few days later we were all in Jackson’s room and I asked Sara, “Have the therapists been working on Jackson turning off lights?” Sara looked at me funny and said, “Um…no, why?” I strutted over to the switch and said, “Hey Jackson, show mama how you turn off the lights.” Jackson got all excited, ran over, reached up, and turned out the lights. I turned them back on and said, “Do it again, please”. He humored me and turned them off. So Sara came over and said, “Jackson, can you turn the lights on?” He had a little trouble with it at first, but he turned them on. Then we couldn’t get him away from the switch for awhile and Jackson‘s room looked like a club without the thumpa-thumpa music. You know I was dancing along with the flashing lights in my mind.