Leaps and Bounds

Max is coming on leaps and bounds the last few weeks, he really is, and I’m so SO proud of my lil man!

Like today, when he brought me a packet of crisps and put them in my hand (‘asking’ me to open them). I said “say please!” and and… guess what… HE SAID IT!! He said please! I opened them as soon as he said it, gave them to him and did a happy dance, making a huge fuss of him. I’m so filled with joy and happiness when things like this happen. I didn’t realise how much I took for granted with Zack until I had Max.

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At the weekend we went for a walk to the local visitor’s centre for some lunch. He sat there happily the *whole* time (yay for restaurants who have toys for the children to play with, proper toys!), and afterward we went over to the climbing frame for the boys to have a good run around.

I can now let him run off, even a good way away, and as soon as I call him he turns round and runs back to me, grinning with his arms wide open for a cuddle… yaaay! 😀

There’s a lovely little dog that lives there, she belongs to the garden centre which is right next door. No idea if she has a name, but she is lovely, friendly, and gentle.

Max actually showed some interest in her… actually, a lot of interest. It’s the first time he’s *really* tried to interact with an animal. Sure he loves watching the quick actions of our little ratty girl Alice, but a dog is much bigger and more imposing.

I was amazed as he giggled every time this dog ran to get the stick we were throwing for her and bringing it back.

Max and a Dog

He even sat down with her and touched her/patted her!

Maybe one day a dog will be a good thing for him after all… mind you, it’s not something I’ll be looking into *quite* yet, I still have a lot of ‘training’ to do with Max for now!

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26 Comments

  1. September 9, 2010 / 11:51 am

    Yay! Great news once again!

    You’ll have that puppy soon enough. Just look at his face when he looks at the dog: that’s not like he’s looking at a stranger, but like he was looking at a friend.

    And there is no more gentler breed of dog as the one that owns me already… 😛

    C out

  2. September 9, 2010 / 2:18 pm

    I think it’s something we’ll definitely look into, though maybe wait till he’s settled at nursery so I actually have the time on my hands to train a pup! 😉

  3. September 9, 2010 / 5:13 pm

    Fantastic news Marilyn…. well done you too! Your Max is a credit to you and shows that perseverance and sheer bloody hard work pays off.

    BTW…. really like your self portrait (previous post)!

    xx Jazzy

  4. September 9, 2010 / 8:28 pm

    Ah, that looks like such a special afternoon! I love the expression on Max’s face in the last photo. Its as if he’s saying “Hey, you need to share that stick!”

  5. September 9, 2010 / 8:49 pm

    Aww thanks! I never realised how hard it could be, but it’s so worth it! 🙂

  6. September 9, 2010 / 8:50 pm

    It was! I have a lil monologue for that set too!
    1- yay I have the stick!
    2- you have the stick!
    3- my turn!
    4- hey, you need to share!
    lol 🙂

  7. September 9, 2010 / 8:51 pm

    Lovely pictures and good news on his progress 🙂

  8. September 9, 2010 / 10:16 pm

    I love how the sequence of photos tells a whole story! Fantastic news, too, no wonder you did a happy dance 🙂

  9. Fiona
    September 10, 2010 / 6:55 am

    YAY!
    Three cheers for Max.
    They are absolutely beautiful pics too 😀

  10. September 10, 2010 / 11:28 am

    That is really fantastic. I’m Happy Dancing all over the place for you.

  11. September 10, 2010 / 1:26 pm

    Thanks! I’m really chuffed at how well he’s doing. 🙂

  12. September 10, 2010 / 1:27 pm

    He hasn’t done the please thing soon though, of course! lol 🙂

  13. September 10, 2010 / 1:28 pm

    Thanks Fiona! 🙂 x

  14. September 10, 2010 / 1:29 pm

    Hehe thanks Marita! The please has been a once off so far, but that seems to be how it is sometimes… just to prove to me he doesn’t have to I think! lol 🙂

  15. September 11, 2010 / 2:56 pm

    Hehe yep! 🙂 Hope you’re well sweety xxx

  16. September 12, 2010 / 12:05 am

    Aye it is! I’m blown away with how well he’s been doing. 🙂 Hope you’re well sweety xxx

  17. September 14, 2010 / 10:45 am

    Great news about the progress, well done Max! and great pictures, looks like he had a great time with the dog. 🙂

  18. September 14, 2010 / 10:20 pm

    Thanks Jo! I will get around to writing back to you soon, got a lot on my plate at the moment I’m afraid… >_<

  19. September 15, 2010 / 12:19 am

    I would love to take both my boys horseriding, but it’s just far too expensive for me to even consider for now, can’t even really afford a dog at the mo! lol 🙂

    Definitely something I’ll look into once they’re a little older though. 🙂

  20. September 15, 2010 / 9:11 am

    My sister in law’s sister in Ireland has recently started ‘renting’ a pony for her and her children, largely after her (adorable!) son, who is autistic, attended a special class for children with various behavioural issues at a local riding school. He responded so well, they now pay the livery on an adorable pony for both kids and a horse for her (they don’t have much money – they just got a great deal and it’s surprisingly cheap).
    It’s hard work but the mum adores horses and said her son’s behaviour and contentment has improved so dramatically with regular contact with the pony (he can even sit up and be led round on her) that it’s been worth all the effort.
    There’s an interesting video on Equine therapy in Scotland here: https://video.stv.tv/bc/news-Inside_Scotlandx_Equine_therapy-20070710-inside-scotland-equine-therapy/ and an article on US Horse Therapy here: https://www.wayofthehorse.org/Articles/horse-therapy.htm/
    Obviously not presumptuously suggesting you throw your son onto a horse! It’s interesting, though, the parallels between the two situations and the great responses animals can bring…
    Sorry – massive comment!

  21. taz
    September 18, 2010 / 10:53 pm

    what beautiful pics so cute..

    is the dog a labrador?

    three of the biggest cheers ever for Max

  22. September 19, 2010 / 2:36 pm

    Thanks hun. 🙂 I’m not sure what the dog is, she was fully grown, with some white whiskers around her muzzle, so I’m thinking a lab cross with something much smaller.

  23. October 16, 2010 / 11:06 pm

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