Thursday, October 25, 2007

Fall is finally upon us, and with it the chill and some very English wet weather here in Baltimore. We had such a nice little temperate Indian Summer over the past few weeks. Callum is probably not going to get out of the house much from now until next Spring - at least not without some serious bundling up. I hope it will be warm enough this Sunday to take him out to see the annual Halloween Lantern Parade in Patterson Park. Got my fingers crossed, anyway. It was bloody cold for last year's parade, and I think he was too young to appreciate it anyway, but this year I think he'd get something out of it for sure.
He had a little bit of a cold this past week, which he got over with no complications (just some frayed nerves on his parents' part). We have been suctioning and using the cough assist on a much more regular basis than ever before. Cal is a trooper about it - these things are a regular part of his discourse just as they are a regular part of his life, so now he wakes and goes to sleep saying "cough-uss? suck nose? nappy change? cuddle?" Anyway today he finally seemed really clear - the past week was just not much fun, trying to keep on top of his congestion and how he was handling his food, etc etc ... he had a lot of little short scary choking/coughing episodes at mealtimes ... but all's well that ends well, right?
We took a day trip to Dewey Beach on Moday the 15th - that was Cal's first time seeing the ocean, the weather was breezy but sunny and beautiful - despite getting sand in everything it was a great little "holiday" (another favorite word in Cal's ever-expanding repertoire). Our wonderful neurotic dog Doctor Robert came along; it was his first time seeing the ocean too and it completely blew his mind, which was really fun to experience. Dewey Beach allows dogs off leash in the off-season with a permit, so he was capering up and down the sand and spazzing out the whole time, drank salt water and looked completely confused, etc. It was great comic relief for us all and also it was great to see him really enjoying something totally new.
We also visited our friends Kim and Bill down in Silver Spring; Kim took us to a park with a handicapped-access swing. Until recently we had a swing for Cal hanging from the ceiling in the front room of our house, but we took it down in preparation for our coming move, so this was his first time swinging in over a month and he was in total heaven. He kept saying "go!' over and over again, laughing non-stop. Cal also inherited a ton of great board books from their son Nick, so we have been digging into those with great enthusiasm. There's one about astronauts that he's totally into - after only the first reading, Cal was saying "astronaut," "shuttle," "space" ... I can't help thinking zero gravity would really suit him. Maisy is a huge hit with him too. Also found some new Margaret Wise Brown books that we hadn't known about: Bunny's Noisy Book, Home for a Bunny, Sheep Don't Count Sheep ... "Rabbit's Wedding" by Garth Williams ... just got to keep reading, it's awesome how much it engages him. He's also learned some songs. He's getting pretty good at "Baa-baa Black Sheep" - even though he kind of skims over a lot of the actual words, you know that's what he's singing and he initiates it a lot of the time.
He also seems to be entering the Terrible Twos, with a fair bit of vociferous whinging and near-tantrum style behavior, which is frustrating at times, but it's always worth taking a step back and being thankful that he has this kind of energy at all.


Anonymous said...

I hope you'll forgive a solicitation from a librarian who loves to recommend books, but if Cal likes M.W. Brown, you might try him on Bill Martin Jr. (of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" fame). One of his books, "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" is enormous fun for kids as they learn rhythms and rhymes and silliness. It was a great favorite of my sister's when she was little. And when he's old enough to understand the absurdity of sheep driving cars, there's always "Sheep in a Jeep" by Nancy Shaw.

Kirsty said...

:). WOW. is all I can say. Cal is a true 'legend' and somebody I want to get to know - look at that face! Must have those books too for Edie-moon, she loves to read and have stories told... Cal u are so lucky to have such amazing parents, and know that one day I am coming to Baltimore with Edie-moon who will play with you and show u her many special ways too.. I went to school with your Mum, and never forget the day when she came up to me in the play ground and said 'Didn't your dad do the music for 'Grange Hill'. That was a turning point for me in more ways than she might ever know or even remember... I was a year younger see, and very shy and nervous, and Grange Hill was cool in those days because it was the era of Tucker Jenkins and Tricia. I am going to make a 'blog page' so that you can get to know Edie and Ike who I am sure would absolutely love to be friends with you :)))) We recently got a zizzle game, and I'd love for you to see Ike doing his own version of 'chocolate rain'. big hugs and love from cold and windy Chesham love kirsty and the family xxxx

Anonymous said...

This is one of the greatest photos I've ever seen! Incredible.