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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Thing Two Just Melted My Heart

One of the (many) things that worried me about Thing Two when he was little was that he didn't seem to understand how to hug.  Not that he wasn't affectionate or loving, but if you can imagine giving someone a hug without using your arms, that's how he would do it.  Just a full body press.  We worked on "hugging *with* arms" for quite a while.  

It also took him quite a while to learn how to give a kiss.  Something about the fine motor control of his facial muscles was a little slow to develop too...I got a lot of slobbery kisses while we were working on that particular skill.  He's able to give absolutely "normal" hugs and kisses now, but believe me, I don't take a single one of those for granted!  I'm also impossibly grateful for how loving a child he is...even though we are still working on his social skills, whatever issues we have stem from him being too affectionate, not the opposite.  

Just now, I was sitting in the kitchen drinking my coffee and reading the news on my iPad.   He came up to me out of the blue, gently took my face between his hands, and kissed my forehead.  That is something I've done to him (and his siblings) literally thousands of times--it is one of my go-to expressions of love with my kids.  I've never seen him do it before, though.  He just used my own gesture on me and I am undone.  






4 comments:

  1. I feel like I don't know how to hug...not making this up. So glad that Thing Two doesn't have that problem!

    Sweet post.

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    1. He has it figured out now, but it took a while. And you don't have to hug if you aren't comfortable with it...whatever works for you is just fine!! ;)

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  2. These moments are our reward for all the refereeing!

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    1. Isn't that the truth. Right around the time I start feeling like I've HAD IT, stick-a-fork-in-me, I'm done with this Mom stuff, something like that happens and suddenly I'm back in the game! ;)

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