All of a sudden Joel has a fascination with nee-naws. I’m not sure where it came from, or precisely when, but if a police car or ambulance went by whilst we were out, or he heard a siren he’d get really excited and start shouting ‘nee-naw, nee-na’ and once it had gone by look all sad and say ‘more nee-naw mama’.
This confused his grandparents who thought he was upset over losing ‘noo-nie’ (his blankie) as his vocabulary at the moment does all sound very similar!
He also loves to look at planes in the sky and shouts ‘pane, pane’ when he sees something up there. He’s really into his Brio set at the moment and shouts ‘train, train, more train’ when building the track, and ‘choo choo’ when he’s pushing the engines around it.
And his other new thing is dinosaurs. Well, I say new. Steve showed him a cartoon dinosaur film and he was so engrossed he didn’t look away from the tv for an hour. (yes, I felt that was quite a long time but he was fascinated) and again, he kept shouting ‘more more’ when you couldn’t see a dinosaur on the screen.
He is doing pretty well with his words, and we always know what he means. He still goes off gabbling and says things like ‘goobly, googly, goggity goo’ and looks at us as though we’re meant to have understood the important point he’s obviously just made, but he seems to have a basic vocabulary which is working for him at the moment.
He amazed us yesterday after church. We’d stayed for lunch and bearing in mind he’s been pretty poorly, and we’ve been trying to get him to eat as he was before (he’s still not got his little pot belly back yet) and he lost a bit of weight over the past couple of weeks. Well, we were given savoury mince, mashed potatoes, peas and sweetcorn. Very tasty and welcome, although I did grimace a little inside at the thought of Joel attempting to throw the mash on the floor. How wrong I was. He was genuinely excited at the prospect of having peas! And as long as there was a pea on every forkful, he ate it! He cleared his entire plate in minutes and asked for more! So he had another plate and cleared that one as well! I’ve not doubt if we were at home he wouldn’t have done it. Maybe it was because we were sat round a table with other folks, but Steve and I were so delighted to see him eating so well after so long. He had a jammy crumpet for afternoon tea, and then a plate of cheesy beans on toast for tea, a pear and a piece of chocolate cake for pudding! I think I can see his tummy coming back to him now!