1. I'm not sure if I've mentioned how much Trooper can and does eat, and has since he was an infant. I'm not sure if it's from his intestinal issues or if he just has a high metabolism for other reasons, but it's… epic. Not every day is the same of course, but often when the nurse comes in at night to take over for me I'll entertain her by listing everything he ate that day. So anyway, one night after eating normal breakfast, half an Annie Anne's pretzel, and lunch, he ate more than half a cup of green beans, a big slab of corn bread, and a chicken quarter (leg and thigh) for dinner. This is fairly normal for him, except he's not usually such a fan of beans. At our spiritual health group about half an hour later we had soft pretzels for snack. He was watching his movie at the dining room table while we talked at the other end of the room, and of course the pretzels were at the table with him. Over the course of about an hour and a half, he ate FOUR full-size soft pretzels. His belly was sticking out so far he looked like he might fall off balance.
He ate a normal breakfast the next morning, an egg and half a large banana.
2. Trooper earned camera privileges, but then the other day he walked in on me in the bathroom and took a photo of me on the toilette. I didn't revoke his privilege, but I did give him a firm lecture on appropriate vs. inappropriate. And obviously I deleted the photo.
3. We're making progress on letter sounds. We've been working on hearing the first sounds of words for quite some time, and he now understands the concept of separating the first sound from the others. Now I'll say a word and before I can repeat it slowly he'll hold up his hand and say, "Stop, I'll do it." And then he'll say the first sound. He still has trouble with short consonant sounds, 't' for example, but it's getting there.
4. The other day I heard Trooper singing 'You Are My Sunshine' and I started singing with him. A moment later he stopped singing and started beat boxing to it instead. I love when he beat boxes anyway, but it was especially awesome to hear him doing it to a song while I sang. We tried to get him doing it on video, but of course it didn't turn out as well as the first time.
5. Sue: Let's go, Trooper. It's time to brush your teeth.
Trooper: I don’t have a toothbrush.
Sue: Are you lying to me?
Trooper, sighing: Yes, I'm lying to you.
Me: Well, thank you for being honest about your dishonesty.
6. Someone gave Trooper a little Valentine coloring packet, which he carried around for a while before bringing it to Sue (same day as previous story) to say, "I can't eat this!" (Chewed on the corner in frustration) "Seriously?" Then he handed over the Valentine and walked away.
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