Erik Quinn: The Heart of a Family: Progress

Saturday, March 03, 2007


Erik Quote of the Day: "Come on, dude!"

The above photo was taken at my parents' house. Apparently, there was a box of tissue left too close to his porta-crib during his nap, which we all found quite amusing. My father calls this photo "The Kleenex Tester."

I am happy to report that flying food into Erik's mouth like an airplane, something I swore long ago I would never do, worked like an absolute charm this week. He has tried fish, chicken, broccoli, and beans in the past three days and seems to be willing to eat more vegetables on his own now. Brian and I are very pleased. He seems to be growing so quickly, and we want him to take in more than cookies and crackers. Many people comment on how tall he is getting. He seems to have my long legs, but, unfortunately, this means he will also likely be as clumsy!

We are seeing more and more typical 2-year-old behavior in Erik. He readily expresses his feelings now. He doesn't like preparing for bedtime, and if I mention words like "pajamas," he is suddenly mysteriously missing. One night I was following him down the hall and mentioned this particular word. He was straddling a ride-on truck toy, looked back at me as I approached, decided he couldn't outrun me on wheels, and bailed off, sprinting down the hall. It looked like a miniature episode of Cops.
Bev came for her first home visit in weeks and was genuinely thrilled at his progress in language and motor skills. He turned on the charm and made her giggle. He is still quite passive in some areas. For example, she asked me what he did when he was hungry. Erik has never once told me he is hungry. However, I am forcing him to walk to the bathroom to brush his teeth/wash or to the car when we leave now instead of carrying him, even if he is throwing a fit doing it. He is becoming less and less passive as time goes on. He has made great strides in this area. His IFSP is next Tuesday.


Blogger Kerry said...

What a great way to start my Saturday.. I love reading about Erik's escapades!

Love you -K

11:57 AM  
Blogger Rosemarie said...

"...something I swore long ago I would never do, worked like an absolute charm..."

As a mother rather than an onlooker, you'll do anything that will work not necessarily what's written or preached in baby books or practiced by the majority. However, since day one, I’ve let the baby drive...a favorite book I read after Julia was born!
Lu Hanessian

9:13 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

Girl, just for the record, you don't need long legs to be clumsy. I'm 5'4 and I've known very few more clumsy than I.

The picture is so cute, such a boy. I went through the same thing with the food. Sometimes I'm still tempted to use the airplane with them and they're 16 and 17. :)

9:42 PM  
Blogger Lisa R said...

Cute Pic...I remember when Emma First said dude I thought it was the funniest thing. He is adorable!!!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Miss 1999 said...

How precious! That picture is too cute! Also, know there's NO shame in flying food! I was all about flying food when I was little!

I'm glad to hear he's making some great progress! The bedtime thing is cracking me up! Mention pajamas and he's no where to be found! Just wait til he grows up, he'll LOVE bedtime!


4:35 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Erik is doing so great! I love hearing stories about him, his personality comes shining through in your writing. What a charmer.

12:12 PM  
Anonymous Aspen said...

I love the picture. That is exactly something Daven would do. Quietly destroying a room one Kleenex at a time. I miss you terribly Nancy. (Yes, I too find it odd that I miss you without even knowing you.)

2:59 PM  

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