The Good: Despite another trip to the doctor and pharmacy yesterday (that's twice since we got home - see below), Samuel was a real trooper and I was so proud of him. The last time I took Samuel to the doctor and pharmacy he refused to let his feet touch the ground and I had to try to pay, rummage through my purse for the insurance card, etc. all with a 50 pound 5-year-old on my hip. Yesterday however, he walked just about everywhere and stood holding my hand while I was checking in, paying, etc. The girl at the pharmacy remembered us and when I made a comment about how good Samuel was doing standing on the ground she said, "Oh yeah, he's the big hugger"... "Big hugger" - hey, it could be worse!
Samuel was in great spirits yesterday afternoon and we had so much fun playing together. We were playing with his wooden blocks when Samuel took a small rectangular block and a wooden stick and started blowing and stirring like he sees me doing with his soup. My son has a great sense of humour and an incredible imagination given that he has never been given the opportunity to play before. I copied him with the stirring and blowing and then took a bite, making a big deal out of how it was too hot. Samuel thought this was hilarious and was literally rolling on the ground laughing! Thus began our little impromptu tea party which lasted nearly an hour... Without any prompting, Samuel said and signed the words "hot", "more" and "water". After he was finished with his soup he found a tall, skinny block and used it as a glass. When I tried to ask if mama could have some, he kept saying and signing "water". At first I thought he was telling me what it was but then I realized he was making me say water before he would give me any (like I've been trying to do with him). Oh my goodness, this kid is too smart and he is apparently taking in a lot more than I realized! It was so great to see him playing with me, and in English no less!!! My son is amazing and watching him learn and literally blossom before my very eyes is one of the greatest privileges God has ever given me.
After we finished out tea party I took out the easel and Samuel painted his very first painting. Samuel's attention span for anything crafty is only about 5 minutes but he was still super cute.