He’s Making Leaps & Bounds (& Jumps)

BigBrother is a smart dude. He always has been. A typical first child, he was quick to learn words, numbers, letters, shapes and colors. But he’s had his own issues with which he struggled. I mean, don’t we all have our own things that trip us up?

BigBrother has struggled with some texture issues over the years. A recent example makes me cringe as it involves vomit after attempting to taste a strawberry. I won’t explain it in detail. But we’ve dealt with this for years. He’s a very picky eater because of these issues. Not only do new foods usually result in gagging but he simply can’t touch wet foods with his fingers (think of cantaloupe or the inside of a grape). Veggies were out of the question. Certain meats couldn’t be swallowed. Juice was unacceptable. And he prefers to use a brush to paint with as finger paints kind of squick him out. We’ve learned to deal in some ways but we’ve continued to expose him to new things in hopes that the constant exposure would help him.

Things have been slowly improving over the past few months culminating in some big changes just this month.

BigBrother now drinks juice. He now not only eats but likes cooked carrots. Last night, the child ate peas. (I almost fell off my chair.) He recently and willingly ate chicken. A few days ago, he ate half of a grape, touching the wet part first. He told me after he swallowed that he wouldn’t be doing that again but, hey, he chewed and swallowed the bite. I was pleased. And then, this past weekend, he did something totally out of character.

He touched a fish.

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The Easter Bunny brought a fishing pole for BigBrother earlier this month. As the weather was fabulous this past weekend, FireDad decided that we’d go to a friend’s private pond after supper one evening (during which BigBrother ate a Sloppy Joe sandwich without prodding). BigBrother caught about seven fish while LittleBrother whined and cried that I wouldn’t let him jump into the water. BigBrother was intensely proud. What shocked us most wasn’t how he reeled in the fish with skill or how the activity kept his attention for so long. No, it was the touching of the fish. And not so much the first time… but he asked to touch the next fish that he caught as well. Shocked doesn’t cover it.

While I don’t have a picture of BigBrother touching the fish, I can’t not share this one.

Learning to Fish

I don’t know why BigBrother is suddenly more open to different textures and experiences. I don’t know if it will stop tomorrow. But I do know that I am very proud of all that he has been doing lately. He’s growing into quite the awesome little dude. I mean, have you touched a fish? Did you ask to do it again? And do you have texture issues? Right. Awesome indeed.

[Regarding some of the challenges we have faced with BigBrother’s texture issues but simultaneous advancement in learning, we have two giveaways you should know about! You can win a year of meal planning from A Flash in the Pan or a six month subscription to JumpStart.com and a CD-ROM for your child’s age range. Both things are helping us help BigBrother so we’re giving you the chance to help your kids as well!]

 

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8 Replies to “He’s Making Leaps & Bounds (& Jumps)”

  1. At Hubby’s school they call that “being sensory” but lots of kids are like that. Lots aren’t and will jump right in and play in the mud. But just as many look at that mud puddle and go “Ewww” Mine does and I am pretty glad for it. :) But the things he will touch sometimes surprise me. We went to the zoo once and he wouldn’t pet the horse or the goat or the donkey or the chinchilla but the snake he was all about touching. Go figure!! :)

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  2. That has GOT to be one of your favorite pics! I love how BB is so full of himself…you can just see the thoughts in his head of how much he is just like his daddy and how happy that makes him feel. :) I’m so glad he’s making progress – I know how frustrating it is as a parent to watch your little ones struggle…I can just imagine how hard it is for him to experience first hand. Hooray for all of you!

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  4. Aww, how great! I come from a fishing family, so I can appreciate this. :-) Hopefully he continues making progress! (Although my boyfriend has texture issues and he’s in his 20’s…)

    And that photo is really priceless. What a cute father-son moment. It is exactly the kind of photo my dad still has hanging in his office today.

  5. Our Giggles, who’s 11, has smell issues. This girl has the most advanced/sensitve sense of smell ever. She recognizes people by their scent, she can smell things no one else can and has often asked to leave a place because it smells bad.
    Food is a huge issue because if it smells different or strong in any way, she’s not so inclined to try it.
    Sensory kids are amazing in many ways.

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