|Dirty face; such a boy!|
When Nathan got home from work today, Felix seemed to be even more excited than usual. He was full of energy and wanted Daddy to pick him up and play with him on the bed. If we didn't know better, we would swear that Felix had been practising his best Chuck Norris moves. He was laughing as he threw himself on top of Nathan over and over again. At one point he looked like he was trying to strangle him with his legs, and did some good bone crushing moves. It was the funniest thing to watch; the smiling assassin giggling as he wrestled with Daddy. I don't know who was having more fun, Felix or Daddy! I was exhausted just watching them. I think they'll both sleep extra well tonight!
Felix did venture away from me to walk along the inside of a home-made sensory box, which I was pretty impressed with. It's a shallow cardboard box, about 1 1/2 metres long, which has several different textures stuck to the bottom of it. This one had coloured rice up one end, then some smooth paper, some beads and some popsticks. The idea was for the kids to walk up and down inside the box, experiencing the different textures under their bare feet. Some kids with Down Syndrome have sensory issues and would find something like this quite challenging. Felix has certainly had his own unique concerns over certain sensory sensations, but he really loved this box today and walked up and down it quite happily. He stopped and squatted down sometimes to touch the bottom of the box with his hands too. It was a proud moment for me because, not only did he confidently walk in the sensory box, but it was the first time he had walked properly at Playgroup, so it was very exciting.
As usual, Felix loved song time. He always sits, with a smile on his face, completely mesmerised watching the other parents and children singing. Today, when we were singing the welcome song to Felix, he picked up the little photo of himself (with velcro on the back), and walked across to the felt board to stick his picture up. He didn't hold my hand, or lean on anything; he walked all by himself and put his photo up without anyone needing to explain to him what to do. It's great to see that he is starting to recognise different routines and know what to do in different settings. Our little boy is growing up.