Sam had a big day on Thursday. First he went to Barnabees with Håkan. I had been up very late the previous night worrying about going and finally decided I was just not up for it. It was very good that Håkan went, more on that later.
Later that afternoon I had the front door open to cool down the apartment as I didn't feel confident about removing the front storm window myself. Sam was standing in the doorway watching the world go by. I suggested he could sit down which he did, and then I needed to feed Nina. Well all of a sudden it got rather quiet in the front room. ;) Sam had left the apartment and was about four car lengths down the street. He had brought his sippy cup with him and put it on the hood of the fourth car. He just had his socks on and was a bit surprised when I said he needed to come back. :) Later that night Sam peed in the potty for the second time ever, much to our excitement. But this time we tried to be positive but subdued as we've read that one shouldn't make too big of a deal about it.
Right now Sam is out punting with Håkan and Uncle Björn and Auntie Lena who are here for a long weekend. Sam has greatly enjoyed the log skidder toy they brought along (complete with claw and logs). Nina received a beautiful silver angel necklace that I'm very much looking forward to putting on her when she seems big enough. Both Sam and Nina have enjoyed listening to Uncle Björn play the minikeyboard and Auntie Lena sing some songs from "Nu Ska Vi Sjunga." Sam has had fun playing peek-a-boo with Lena. Nina has really enjoyed sitting with both Lena and Björn and getting her little tummy rubbed. She still has a pretty ouchy tummy off and on. But she's very social; she likes to have little conversations with everybody. It's very easy to turn her over for a bit. :)
I feel like I don't write quite enough about Nina but that's partly because she is generally so easy-going. Although actually the last couple days she has had a lot of tummy pain and been almost inconsolable off and on. I hope that will pass soon. One thing we've been doing with her recently is having her sit up propped up by pillows on the couch. She likes that for awhile. She also is starting to move her arms and legs in a much more coordinated fashion. Her reach is getting more exact but she doesn't practice that so much. She is far more interested in chatting.
The staff at Barnabees suggested to Håkan that we should ask our health visitor about Sam. Grama did some excellent, helpful research online and after reading through some of the sites she found I am pretty sure that what Sam has is hyperlexia. The best article about it that I've seen, although a bit long, is here: Hyperlexia
. A briefer description can be found here: Brochure
. So that is in a way both upsetting and a relief. It is upsetting because it means that Sam will need extra help and it is scary to think that if he doesn't get the help he needs he may have a lot of trouble socially throughout his life. However, the prognosis if kids with hyperlexia receive help is quite good, so hopefully he will be fine. It is also a relief in a way because I have felt for a long time that Sam had some special needs but I couldn't really figure out what they were. This makes it much more clear what is going on and now Håkan and I will be much better equipped to help him ourselves too. It is strange to realize that one's child has special needs and I have certainly been going down the "if I had done this and that differently" road a bit, but in the end, I know it's not my fault, it's just the way it is.
So now we just have to make sure that Sam gets the help he needs. Well, to quote Sheryl Crow, "No one said it would be easy." And to quote my friend DeeDee's brother-in-law, "He's still the same kid he was five minutes ago."