Saturday, March 25, 2006

Shameless Kid Bragging

Now, don't get me wrong. I did think that the sleepy-sad picture of my Thomas in the Dallas Morning News shows how adorable he is, and it obviously tugged at a lot of heartstrings. But as far as getting to know my little guy, you really have to know that he almost never looks like that.

For one thing, Thomas is almost never sad. Even here in the hospital he's been so happy and playful. Last night, for instance, I had to change the trach and his feeding tube for the first time. I was nervous and he did sort of object to me jabbing him in the sinuses with the feeding tube several times, but as soon as the moment passed, Thomas rolled over so he could fully concentrate on reading - I mean eating - his cloth book. "Geez, Mom, I'm busy," he seemed to say.

I have to admit that it's still funny to me that you can talk about the personality of someone who doesn't talk or make a lot of choices yet. I remember when I first had to take Thomas to day care when he was just a few months old, and they had a questionnaire that asked about his likes and dislikes. I dutifully noted that he liked "being held" and disliked "having his face washed." I felt bad that I couldn't think of anything else.

Now that Thomas is a little older, I can easily look back and see traits that have been there from the beginning. It's just that his main trait is "mellow," so it didn't really register with me at first.

Ever since he was born, Thomas has been the most laid-back baby boy ever*. As a newborn, he hardly even cried. Seriously - he would make these polite sounds like, "Ahem. Ahem. Ah-heh-ahem," for several minutes before he'd actually start crying. And of course, he's a first-and-only child, so he never had the chance to get to the crying part before I'd scoop him up.

Now that lil T is a bit bigger, he's still a simple guy. If he's full and comfortable and has had his quota of holding, he'll sit and play with a toy on his own for a hours. It's amazing to me that even here in the hospital, he's been so content since the surgery. You can tell he's feeling so much better than he was before - he'd gotten very clingy before we started all this, but now he's back to fully investigating his toys and charming the nurses.

Right now, he still hates getting his face washed, but his big new likes are the hippo toy our Northwestern Mutual guy brought him and the word "zoom." You have to catch him at the right moment, but you can pretty much say "zoom" in an entirely informative voice and he's start chuckling right away.

Oh, and hands - hands are a big hit: his, and anyone else's. Thomas will hold his hands away from his face and turn them sideways and back for a long time. And if I'm lucky, he'll do the same with mine.

*My friend Mel's daughter Sophia gets the girl award.

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At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also heard he actually cut a tooth! Go Thomas!

At 9:44 PM, Blogger sarah's_mom said...

Happppppy Oma! I got to spend several wonderful hours with Thomas today! He was ever so happy. We sang songs and read a book and best of all, I got to hold him a LOT! Color me HAPPY!


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