John Michael is EXPLODING with milestones lately, and I can't keep up with them! And while January is usually my slowest blogging month after the December busy-ness, I promise to post more regularly again...
One milestone is that John Michael is starting to tell me when he has to poop and has successfully gone two times now, and usually sits for 5 minutes at a time, even if nothing happens. He often tells me he has to go "pobby", walks to the bathroom, turns on the light and says, "Light!" and opens the toilet lid. He tries to pull down his pants, although it's still something he's working on. But if I don't help him quick enough, he easily finds other things to occupy his time (eg, unrolling the toilet paper...)
Some other things that used to be torture, have become more routine and easy to manage.
Like, brushing teeth.
A year ago, I lamented that he screamed his head off every time we tried to brush his teeth. He now loves to brush his teeth, even if it's for a short 30 seconds or so. He smiles while brushing, then lets Doug or I finish with a thorough top and bottom brushing. When he's finished, he makes sure to show off his fresh, clean breath. So cute! (This is also reinforced daily at preschool when the kids all brush their teeth after breakfast. He's in a full inclusion Head Start program that offers breakfast and lunch and the kids learn about and practice good hygiene.)