Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Going Away Present

I am beginning to think that Quinn has a brilliant plan for the unveiling of new feats. This afternoon as I was driving Quinn home from school, I was feeling a little guilty about the work trip I am taking tomorrow. When we got home, I took Quinn out of the car, and he usually clings to me like a little monkey until I carry him inside. But today, he wriggled out of my arms and started walking down the sidewalk at a rather quick pace, in just his socks! I told him we should come back in the house and put some shoes on. I think he understood me (!!) because he didn't put up too much of a fight, and once his shoes were on, he was standing at the front door, bouncing in place, like Tigger.

We started back down the sidewalk, and at first I thought he just wanted to visit the little girl next door, but he amazed me by continuing towards the shopping plaza near our house. He has made this journey once before, but walking down sidewalks, in an organized fashion, is still very new to us. Many times when we want Quinn to walk down a sidewalk, he has a mini-tantrum until we put him in the stroller. So I was astounded when he started leading me down the sidewalk.

And he had a destination in mind! He pulled me into Petco to visit the parakeets and fishies, something we do almost every day because he loves them so much. When he sees the animals, he flaps his arms, bounces, and says "Ahhhh". It's quite a sight.

This was such a magical experience, it completely alleviated my angst. I had no choice but to be in the present, enjoying my sweet little angel.

And he made sure we had lots of time for cuddling the night before my trip, too. He refused to walk home, and I didn't have the stroller, so I carried him (all 35 lbs of him) all the way home.

Clever little fellow.

8 comments:

Zachary Drake said...

He is getting cleverer.

Umma said...

Very nice! I am sure he did understand you, the receptive language in general for kids with FX is really strong. It still makes us stop and say "WOAH!" every once in a while when Monkey will spring one of his new tricks on us.

Zachary Drake said...

He tried to do this again this morning before school. Unfortunately, PetCo was closed. It was sad because I knew it would be but I couldn't communicate that to him. There was a large air compressor outside the entrance making a lot of noise, and I think it scared him. I told him we could visit after school when it would be open.

Alissa said...

That is so sweet, Sarah! If we lived closer, I'm sure Ilyas would be psyched to visit PetCo with Quinn. Hope you're having a great trip!

Vicki Davis said...

That is so sweet. I love it when I think I understand what Holly wants. But clearly Quinn is communicating to you and initiating an activity.

goodmum said...

It's so true! They will never cease to amaze us and puzzle us and confuse the heck out of us. They're plotting, I tell you. PLOTTING!!! :)

TheXMom said...

How wonderful. What a smart little guy you have. I'm still amazed by my boys when they prove what they actually know.

Bjetsey said...

oh, so wonderful. and so great to live in such a prime location!