The End of an Era

Goodbye Thomas Goodbye Thomas 2

Since July of 2002, we have had a large train table filled with countless little wooden train engines and freight cars and little wooden tracks and bridges.  We got them for Isaac’s 2nd birthday (I remember I worked an extra shift to be able to pay for them), and Jonny started playing with them when he was about 1 year old.  They were by far the best toy investment we’ve ever made.  They have been a fixture in the two houses we’ve lived in.  In our first home, they took up a large chunk of our living room, and in our current home, they have lived in the upstairs playroom.  Isaac and Jonny played with them every day for years.

But the boys haven’t played with them for several months now, so we decided to pack them all away, table included, to the attic.  In their place we have moved my computer desk and chair.  This way, the playroom will be more of a family room, and hopefully it will inspire us all to keep it tidier.  We have noticed that when the playroom is a mess that the boys won’t play here!

Jonny was a little sad to see Thomas and his friends go (even though he has ignored them for months).  And I can’t help feeling sad because if Ben were a typical child, chances are he would have really loved playing with those trains at this age, and his older brothers would have probably enjoyed building elaborate track setups for him.   But who knows?  Maybe we’ll get them out again for him in a few years.  🙂

In other news, Ben isn’t feeling too well.  He seems to have caught Jonny’s cold and is coughing incessantly.  We also have switched him over to a mixture of Nutren Jr and Enfacare formula for his G-tube feeds, but he hasn’t been tolerating the switch very well.  It’s taking him AGES to digest his food and he has had lots of stomach bubbles which we have to vent for him since he can’t burp.  I’m not sure if it’s because he’s sick (we’ve had this problem in the past with his regular infant formula) or if the Nutren Jr is not agreeing with him.  I figure we’ll give it some time, and see if we are still having the same problem once he’s feeling better.  If so, we’ll talk to his pediatrician about possibly changing his formula.

Ben’s been slowly getting better with his oral feeds.  Still has a tendency to push food out of his mouth with his tongue, but that seems to be improving a little every day.  We are also working on teaching him to grasp objects.  He seems to be getting the hang of that too, and lately has been pulling on his MIC-KEY extension tube!  I just hope he doesn’t pull too hard.  He is also starting to sit unsupported for VERY brief periods (20-30 seconds at a time).  We’re so proud of all his progress.  He’s such a good little guy, even when he’s not feeling well.

Ben sitting 1Ben sitting 2Jonny and Ben

The two big boys are doing well as usual.  Here is a picture of them before church this morning.  Isaac wanted to wear his Spider Man tie, but the neck of his shirt was too small, the tie choked him and he took it off.  I can’t believe how fast these two are growing up.

Jonny before churchJonny and Isaac before church


7 Responses to “The End of an Era”

  1. Christine Says:

    Yay Ben sitting up by himself for 30 seconds!! That is so wonderful. Keep up the good work little buddy.

    We just got our first set of tracks and different engines for the boys. I thought they would still be too young but they love them!! The boys want to eat the tracks but the engines are a source of endless fascination. I am sure it wont be long before we have an elaborate set up to keep them busy.

  2. Dawn Says:

    Congrats to Ben for sitting up! That is so amazing to see! And, congrats, as well, to Mom and Dad for your persistence and patience. Everybody looks fantastic!

  3. kelly Says:

    Oh wow, he’s sitting up!! Thats brilliant 🙂

    I can’t imagine how I’ll feel when Sonny is able to do that. He doesn’t have the strength quite yet but I’m looking forward to the day when he can.

    Your boys look very handsome in their smart clothes 🙂

  4. Lisa Says:

    We are in the middle of the Thomas craze! David loves to undo the track and throw it around, much to Matty’s dismay! Love all the pics. Hugs–L

  5. Lawrence Says:

    Karen…Glad to hear of Ben’s sucesses. You guys should be so proud. Can’t wait to visit and see the little guy again.

    My, don’t those other two look smart! Jonny looks to cute in the tie and all!

  6. Mom/Grandma Says:

    So happy to see the progress that Ben is making…..and Isaac and Ben look so cute. I myself am sorry to see Thomas and his freinds being packed away…… certainly is the end of an era.

  7. Karen Says:

    I think Jonny will be OK without his train table. We told him that when he wants his trains we would get them down from the attic for him and he can play with them on the floor instead. Thanks, everyone, for your encouragement.

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