Ainsworth peeled and ate a clementine all on his own this evening!! Now, this may not seem like much, but he has not liked citrus fruit so far and the route to eating clementines has been slow. It started a couple of weeks ago with him licking a segment of mine, pulling a funny face then giving it back to me. He did this every day for a few days then he progressed to biting into it, pulling an even funnier face and giving it back! He ate a whole segment about a week ago, but did not want anymore. Today we bought another bag of clementines and he had a segment of mine, then asked for more. He watched me peel him one then ate it all, and asked for more! So I got him another one from the bowl and before I could peel it he had taken it out of my hands and started peeling it himself... Trevor and I both watched in amazement, expecting it to become a soggy mess and in need of rescuing if any of it was to be edible, but no! He peeled the whole thing and ate it all - then signed finished, just for good measure! How amazed were we?!
At bath time he really made me smile when he took off his trousers, socks, shirt (once Trevor had undone the buttons) and vest (once Trevor had helped him take his arms out of the sleeves). And I was astonished to see him lay himself down on the mat because Daddy had spotted poo in his nappy and wanted to clean him up before getting in the bath! And miracle, of miracles, he told me when it was time for me to clean his teeth and he lay back on my lap to let me do it - astonishing, given the agro we've had some nights!
And then at bedtime I watched him do a new puzzle from the Toy Library and carefully put all the pieces back in the bag. When it came to putting the base board away, it wouldn't fit in easily, so he took all the pieces back out, put the base board in and then loaded the pieces back into the bag before carefully zipping it closed - amazing!
Children really are fantastic :o)