Kender keeps moving forward. He is understanding boundaries better. This last weekend at church, Kender didn’t try to go outside once during our meal. Sometimes I can let him go outside with just Jarod to watch for a few minutes. He doesn’t immediately run off. On the other hand, he has learned how to use long objects, like rulers and boom tubes, to open the special locks on our doors. Keyed deadbolts are in our future now.
In the mornings, during breakfast, I often hear Kender singing and reciting the songs and verses we use for both him and Jarod for Circle Time. He remembers everything he hears. He is still resistant to any directed play, but more and more he is settling down for parallel play. He will quiet to listen to Caitlin read a story, even if he won’t sit and look at the book, and when I pick up his bean bags he will take them from me and start playing.
We got our oldest cat a cage of his own so that he would have a safe place where Kender couldn’t get to him. Kender accepted the cage faster than we expected, not even rattling or banging on it. Being separated from Pixel much of the time seems to have settled Kender’s interactions with animals a bit. He doesn’t hit the other cats or my mother’s dog nearly as much. We also got a bunny recently, and Kender hasn’t hit her once.
Last week, Kender had another exam under anesthesia for his eyes. When he woke up, he surprised me by asking for crackers, even though nobody had mentioned them. Later, we went to a restaurant for lunch, and he asked for macaroni and cheese, again before anybody else said anything. Since then, he’s been doing this in other areas as well, asking for favorite lunch or dinner items. I’m trying to accommodate his requests as much as I can, to encourage him to continue. It’s little things like this that are so amazing when they happen after waiting for so long.
I still wish I could find that magic key to potty training.