Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Can I Freeze Them?

Today, my mom watched the wee ones for me for a bit while I ran out to get some stuff done that badly needed doing -- like getting my stitches removed -- without trying to wrangle the wee ones. Small children and surgical instruments just don't mix.

When I returned, I had run a bunch of errands, including picking up more vitamins for Mister Man (Little Miss has her own vitamins that are dairy free -- seriously, who ever would have dreamed that even vitamins have dairy in them?). Mister Man gets two kinds of vitamins. We give him the normal kid all around vitamin, and he also takes flavored cod liver oil, which is supposed to help a lot of things from brain development to sensory regulation and more.

When I first gave the cod liver oil to him, I didn't want to call out anything wrong to him or make him feel different from Little Miss, so I called them "brain pills" figuring that a) it was partly true and b) that he'd feel special in a good way rather than singled out. The brain pills moniker has stuck.

Needless to say, this played into both cute moments with Mister Man today.

Mister Man is a reader. And he has a fantastic memory. Once you read a book to him, he's pretty much got it down pat, so don't go trying to skip any words or otherwise cheat. Or ... in my mom's case, don't mispronounce a word. He'll catch it. And very seriously, he'll turn to you and say, "Grandma, would you like me to get you some of my brain pills? I'll share them with you because it seems like you need them."

Yeah. That's my son -- always thinking of others. My poor mom couldn't keep a straight face to even attempt to answer him.

Mister Man was at preschool when I arrived home with everything, so I put away the groceries, restocked my Band-Aid supply (for the cut still), and put the vitamins on the counter with the current supply.

Shockingly, Mister I-Don't-Miss-A-Trick walked into the house after he got off the bus and stopped to get a drink before we ran out to the chiro. Walking by the counter, he of course saw the new vitamins.

He carefully picked them up and shook the bottles to verify that yes, in fact the bottles were filled to the brim and I had purchased new vitamins rather than just putting random vitamin bottles on the counter to mess with him (ok, that's my own personal interpretation... but he really did pick them up and shake them).

I got a very soulful look from mister Man before he broke out into a joyous grin. "Mommy," he decleared oh so earnestly, "you're wonderful! Thank you so much for buying me my new vitamins. I was going to run out this week, you know. You're amazing."

Really. How can you not love the boy? I got amazing and wonderful in one breath from him. It really takes that little to please him. And I'm going to hold onto this little bit of happiness the next time he has a meltdown because he got too hungry or too tired.

And as a side note, he actually did know that was going to run out of vitamins this week. On Saturday, he'd poured out the brain pills, counted them and then determined that if he takes two pills a day (which he does), that on Thursday of this week they'd be all gone. And he counted his remaining basic vitamins and realized that he'd run out the same day and have just a half a vitamin left for Friday (a remnant from before we realized Little Miss had a dairy allergy and she had the same vitamins but just a half instead of the whole one). Needless to say, he found this very disturbing. That's my little planner.

I know this age of cuteness is going to pass and the days of them saying nice things will quickly turn into attitude and doors slamming, but I'm hoping the wee ones give me enough of this little gems that I can store up the warm and fuzzies to get myself through the pre-teen and teen years. Wish me luck!


Sarah January 28, 2009 at 5:35 PM  

LOL - it sounds like the brain pills are really working!!

Karen January 28, 2009 at 5:51 PM  

He's really a dear. I'm wondering if he'll share his pills with me.

MaBunny January 28, 2009 at 6:19 PM  

Hehe , Nicole too was an early reader and has a pretty good memory. Sometimes they are too smart for their own good - and ours...

Michelle January 28, 2009 at 6:35 PM  

Sarah - I think they are! He's gonna be smarter than me pretty soon... and that's not a good thing! ;)

Karen - Oh, I'm sure he would. You might not even have to ask ;)

MaBunny - Oh, don't get me started.... I know I'm in for it!

Tiffany January 28, 2009 at 10:26 PM  

Hi. I came over by way of SITS. What a great post. I am sure your heart just melted.

I am assuming that there is a dairy allergy in the family? My 18 mo old also has that (plus peanuts, plus eggs... and a dog thrown in just for fun).

Michelle January 28, 2009 at 11:53 PM  

Tiffany - Yep, Little Miss is allergic to dairy (or so we're assuming at the moment). We've been dairy free for her since Jan 1 which has been quite eye-opening for me. Good luck with your allergies... that's a lovely list! I hope you enjoyed your visit and come back again soon!

San January 29, 2009 at 6:16 AM  

Your Mister Man's really smart! What a thinker! Haha!

Brenda Jean January 29, 2009 at 6:22 AM  

bahahahahaha Oh, that's SO great. Sounds like my oldest when he was little. He's now 15 and I call him the Chuckapedia, because he has an endless stream of trivia and knowledge about anything and everything. He's also a math whiz. I feel you may be in store for the same:) That's okay though, because he's cool.

TheXMom January 29, 2009 at 6:22 AM  

Awww.. that is so cute. Do the cod liver pills really help. My children have sensory issues, realted to Autsim and FX.

Gibby January 29, 2009 at 9:15 AM  

OK, that comment he made to your mom is absolutely hysterical! I think I need to get some brain pills! Love your blog!

Aleta January 29, 2009 at 11:55 AM  

I love how you called them brain pills and made it positive for him. That he wanted to share them ~ too funny and very sweet!

Cookie January 29, 2009 at 5:01 PM  

That is so cute! I could use some brain pills too sometimes :)

Michelle January 30, 2009 at 11:29 PM  

San - Yep, he's a thinker alright. Today I had to explain the concept of being a rebel and slavery to him. In ways a five year old can understand. Sometimes I wish he'd be satisfied with answer a instead of continuing to ask follow up questions!

Brenda Jean - I have a feeling that I am headed down that route. My husband coaches Scholastic Bowl and is way into that stuff, too!

TheXMom - The cod liver pills have been shown to really help with autism related issues (as does chiropractic care). It may just be me, but I can see a difference in him in the month and a half since we started them....

Gibby - Yeah, my mom was pretty taken aback. He really knew what to say, eh? Thank you!

Aleta - I'm all about making it positive where I can. Too hard to explain to him why HE has to take cod liver oil pills. And it still is true, so....

Cookie - Yep, me, too. I'm tempted to buy the adult version (which is much cheaper than his strawberry flavored ones, of course!)

BPOTW February 2, 2009 at 9:03 PM  

Mmm, brain pills, I need some of those! That's an amazing memory he's got...not so great though when you're wanting to breeze through the story though, huh ;) I'm right there with you :)

Thanks for sharing on BPOTW!

Vanessa Rogers February 3, 2009 at 7:24 AM  

What a clever fella! I hear that cod oil pills or whatever they are called are supposed to be very good for you.

Michelle February 3, 2009 at 8:54 AM  

Vicki - That's exactly the problem! When I'm trying to gloss over something, he absolutely WILL. NOT. LET. ME. But I suppose really that's a good trait for him....

Vanessa Rogers - That's exactly why he gets them. Thank goodness they're strawberry flavored though, no?

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