Monday, October 08, 2007

Gross Motor Skills and Breastfeeding

Joshua is fascinated with my manual breast pump. In his sweet little almost-two-year-old-brain, he is an indispensable part of the pumping process. If he is not there to inspect the pump, operate the pump, and ensure that the correct contents are making their way into the bottle, then we might as well just pack up the whole operation. I've never seen him so intent and focused on anything. This is serious work.

Today I was tending to Clare when I noticed that Joshua was very quiet. I looked over to find this (only a little less posed):
He carried it around with him for quite a bit of the afternoon, sticking the phalange on anything that remotely resembled a breast, most notably doorknobs with twisting locks on them. He was quite proud of himself and I couldn't help but laugh. As he was walking around seriously doing his experiments I asked, "Do you have your pump?"

At this point I have to back up and say that Joshua is working really hard on his gross motor skills. He climbs anything that isn't moving quickly and he's trying his darndest to jump...only he hasn't mastered it yet. When he tries to jump he keeps one foot planted firmly on the ground while flinging the rest of his body up into the air. And he's so proud of his efforts. He's probably going to poop in his pants the day he gets that second foot off the ground. But anyway...

As he was walking around seriously doing his experiments I asked, "Do you have your pump?"

At which point he begins to jump, flinging everything in the air, including the pump, except his firmly planted foot.

I almost pooped my pants from laughing so hard.

And to believe that some days I think I'm missing something by not going back to work. This is the good stuff, people.

9 comments:

Gary said...

Good that he is so interested in how things work. Just don't let him disassemble things and lose parts. That's how I almost fell off of one of my office chairs (wing nuts are so easy to remove) when Robby was younger.

If you feel like bringing Clare for an evening out, we're discussing polygamy at the Coffeehouse Theology meeting this week. Very casual gathering from 6 - 6:30 then more formal discussion at 6:30. Email me if you want a copy of the subject notes. garyspchelp@gmail.com.

Kat E said...

So are you planning on blackmailing him with that photo someday? ;)

Sarah said...

So cute!

I remember trying to learn to jump again after I broke my ankle - it's harder and scarier than you'd think!

Your day sounds more fun than mine sometimes...

Laura said...

I absolutely love the stage when they are learning to jump. It cracks me up. Ty would bend both knees and then spring upright with both feet remaining firmly on the floor. I love the mental image of Joshua jumping with the pump.

martha said...

This...

"most notably doorknobs with twisting locks on them"

is what KILLED me! Gross motor skills and wildly innovative, yet terribly wrong, generalizations! You go, boy!

It's not wrong to love a baby learning how to jump.

Mercedes said...

That is pretty stinking cute. And, jumping continues to elude Mr. Drew. He can do all sorts of amazing tricks at Little Gym and is coordinated in all other respects, but he just seems to not be able to mentally let himself jump. And, I don't know how you can stand a manual pump! :-)

Mary Beth said...

It's amazing the things we can do that we take for granted. Who knew jumping could be so hard? Our friend gave us a small vinyl "trampoline" for bouncing. Maybe that will help.

Mercedes--After being attached to my hospital pump for seven months, I am totally in love with the manual one, mostly because I can just use it when I want.

Kel Bel said...

Such a breast man, that one ;)

Linda said...

OK, this is the cutest picture I've seen on blogs all week.