Thursday, November 06, 2008

Self expression

Being able to express emotions is something that we just take for granted. It has been an odd journey watching Timmy as he has seemed to gain and lose and occasionally gain back the ability to do things like cry, smile, and laugh. A lot of times it's his eyes that tell the most about what is going on inside that little head. If he is really upset, you will see his whole body tense up and his back arches and he really moves around - but all you hear is the movement and some grunting. If you tickle him, the response varies from an actual giggle to a somewhat happy sounding grunt. If he likes something, there are periods of time when he will smile about it, and other periods of time when the smile doesn't get any bigger than the Mona Lisa. You can see in his eyes and in the corners of his mouth that he is considering a smile, but you never really see the full thing.

Right now he isn't smiling much, but interestingly we are starting to see a few signs of crying. A couple of times now Timmy has made a brief crying sound in his sleep. And several other times in just the last day or two he has pursed his lips like a baby bird and let out a little cry. Today when the nurse arrived and Brutus barked at her, Timmy actually cried about it.

In other news, Timmy is growing like a little weed. On Sunday when he woke up, he seemed to have suddenly moved up to the next clothing size. His body strength is pretty good and I am considering trying to see how he will do being propped in the pack and play like I used to do. The nurse comes 2.5 days a week and is a great stress reliever. Some awesome things have been happening in our marriage, and I am just so thankful for that.

Wishing you faith, energy, and hope...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sharing this post. And how ironic that you would wish the reader "faith, energy, and hope" as that is exactly what we pray for on YOUR behalf. I'm hoping that I'll see one of those tiny or bigger smiles while I'm there. Love you guys to the moon and back!