We have had a lovely fall so far. John Thomas has loved jumping up and down and upside down in the leaf bags, to pack them down for more leaves. He actually tore one of the tines off of his mini-rake he had been using it with such gusto.
Since John Thomas couldn't stop talking about the farm since we went for a visit back in August, we planned to go back Thanksgiving weekend. We went just for the day, as John Thomas had his ice skating lesson the next morning. We were at the farm for about half an hour and then headed to the Norwood fair. We had gorgeous weather, John Thomas got to pet some animals, run around with his cousins, and go on a bunch of rides.
As Halloween neared, we pulled out our decorations. John Thomas loved them! He would talk about them and point them out nearly every day. We took out the pictures from last year, and he started talking about wearing his toolbelt all the time.
We are seeing small improvements in his potty training. When naked or "commando" he will realize that he needs to use the potty and run there in time. Most of the time he is content to use his diaper or pull-up if he is wearing one. He has started to use the potty to go poop more often, and we're glad to see this progress.
After progressing each of his first four skating classes, he seemed to slide backwards his next couple. He would stand up, then it seemed like he thought that he couldn't do anything there, so would just sit down. He did this for a couple of lessons, but at his last lesson he actually took a couple of "steps" on the ice. Tomorrow is his last lesson for the year, and we're hoping he'll continue progressing.
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