Nick has sure done a number on our house in the last year. His obsession with lights has burned out MANY bulbs. Seems as if we are replacing them every 2 weeks. Our kitchen light finally gave up the good fight last week and went kaput. I had today off,so I took the old bulbs to the base Self-help store and traded them for new ones. Mike called housing maintenance yesterday to fix our storm door(which also went out for good this week) as well as patch up the two dents Nick put in the wall with his head. They came out today and spackled the dents, and ordered us a new storm door!! Our house is finally getting back in shape!! As I said earlier, I had the day off today so I decided to take both the boys to school. I wanted to talk with Nick's teachers to see how he is doing. I met his main teacher,Liz in the hallway and another teacher was walking with her. The other teacher said "Hi Nick!" and he turned around and looked at her!! Neither of us could believe it. She had a huge smile on her face after that. I asked how he was doing with speech and Liz told me that he is echoing wonderfully. He is starting to say "Set...GO!" after she says "Ready.." Liz then informed me that Nick ATE the other day in class! I asked if it was a cracker; and she said "YES!". I thought it was his regular round Ritz cracker until she told me "it was one of those dinosaur shaped ones" I nearly fell to the floor! Nick had refused ANY cracker that was not a circle or a goldfish-and now he is eating DINOSAUR shaped ones???!!! She said he knows every song they sing,and is really good with "Nesting" and stacking items(No wonder he stacks our blocks rather than matching them during our sessions-yesterday he built a tower of about 6 blocks). I am glad to hear that he finally broke down and ate SOMETHING at school-as well as his good report.
So, the repair guys came and spackled the walls-well, what does Nick do when he gets home from school? He discovers the still damp spackle and puts his fingers all in it! Mike managed to smooth it out a bit, then he sent me to the store to buy a baby gate and some more door locks. I took Nicholas with me to Wal-mart and let him walk instead of riding in the cart. He is doing so well with this, that it is no hassle taking him anywhere. The floor at Wal-mart must be interestig, because I had to pick him up off it several times. He would get on all fours and crawl down the aisles-he was looking at the wheels of the cart as I pushed it. He layed on the floor as well-I think he liked the coolness of it. He went haywire when he saw a mirror-smiling and twisting his hands in front of himself. I think I even caught him saying "hi" to his reflection in passing. I did not care what people thought, Nick was happy and having a great time. He did his little funky run(with hands flapping in excitement) as we walked out of the store and to the car. We had a marvelous time. Nick really likes the lighting in Wal-mart!
He has also started something completely new. He now sings the notes he plays on his keyboard. We wonder if he has something they call "perfect pitch" because he can copy sounds very accurately with his voice. Only time will tell I suppose.