Today was pajama day at Ian's daycare...I was so jealous! He proudly wore his dirt bike PJ's, which made getting him ready in the morning a snap. I wonder why I can't send him in jammies every day...It's not like he's in business meetings or making deals with executives. They actually let the kids outside in their PJ's, which I wasn't expecting. They did sand art and I'm sure Ian played his normal game of "move bark chips from one truck to another", which isn't exactly jammy friendly. Never the less, he turned out OK.
After school, we went to The Keg, one of our favorite restaurants. I get a free dinner voucher from them every year for my birthday and had to use it before the end of July on a M-Th, meaning we had to bring Ian along or never use it at all. We took him, PJ's and all, and he actually did pretty well. He was all about the ranch dip they brought with carrot sticks and might have a new favorite food. Ranch, not carrots. Everything was dipped in ranch for the rest of the evening. About 10 minutes before we left, he started to get loopy and hyper, but otherwise allowed us to eat our meals and didn't throw a toy or crayon once. We've decided he's more of a Chinese or Mexican kid and not really ready for a steak and seafood joint, but it was worth a try and we didn't regret it.
More exciting news!!! Although he is on a waiting list for a new childcare center, I approached his current director and asked why he is still in the 1's class. Originally we decided to put him in with the younger class until a spot opened up in the 2's, but also because he was still playing catch up, was a new walker, and not talking. Well, that has all changed in a big way but he was still with the younger kids. Including him, there were 4 kids, Ian being the oldest by a lot and NONE talking whenever I was there. His speech therapist agreed that this sort of environment is not helping him. So, I approached his director and asked about it, and by the next day (yesterday) his cubby was moved to the 2's classroom. He was in with that group all day today and was extra happy when I picked him up. Except that his cubby is now no longer within his reach for "drive by" blanket sniffs, he had way more room to run, play, interact, etc. We couldn't be happier (for now). Hopefully it will only be a couple of months before his number comes up at the other center.
Working backward still, when I picked him up from school yesterday, we went to Target (big shock) and there were these neat wooden toys in their dollar area. They're actually $2 each so we picked out several train segments and a couple of trucks. He LOVES them and will hardly let them out of his sight. He can link them easily and, well, it was a great $8 spent. When Shawn came home from work, Ian pulled him down the stairs and to his new toys to show him how he could take them apart and put them back together. He also had to have all pieces involved with reading time and dinner.
While at Target, he pointed out everything red (Ray-d). He also knows yellow and blue...and said white tonight (yes, Ian that ranch dressing is white).
I almost forgot about his first trip to the library yesterday. He loved it. I was overwhelmed. But we had a great time and I now know where to go and who to ask for certain types of books for him. I also want to take him back for storytime, but as usual it's in the middle of a weekday. Thanks once again businesses for discrediting us working parents.
Below are some pictures of pajama day morning and Ian showing off his new toys.
Laying in his favorite chair with his essentials: blanket, book, and one of his new toys
It didn't take long for one of his new train pieces to become a makeshift bowl
Putting together his train segments...in his PJ's and hat (yes, he'll actually keep it on his head now)
I tried to get a video clip of this but it didn't turn out... He was doing a dance and jumping around like crazy