Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Recently, in the past few days, he has been complaining of sore feet. When asked what hurts, he rubs the joints on his toes. After the initial occurrence, Amaguri and I take special care to ensure that he is wearing his new shoes (he occasionally wanted to wear his older 'Diego' shoes. However, he has been wearing them, so we wer somewhat at a loss. However, after a weekend filled with chibiguri actually crying (something he rarely does unless he is in real pain or he wants attention), we determined to take him to our local 'Stride Rite' shoe store and get his feet measured.
He is a ten and a half! No wonder chibiguris' feet were painful, as his older shoes were a mere nine! It appears he has been curling up his toes to prevent the from rubbing on the end of the shoes and this constant curling caused the pain he reported to us. We ended by purchasing an entirely new pair of shoes for chibiguri, and the shop clerk recommended that we have him measured every three months. Since his feet have shown a predilection for growth spurts, this seemed an entirely reasonable recommendation. We shall abide by it.
in the end, we left entirely satisfied, and chibiguri's complaints have disappeared completely. So all is well that ends well- for the moment.
The other day, Amaguri was doing somersaults on her yoga mat. chibiguri was interested and wanted to duplicate this feat. After being assisted by Amaguri through the routine twice, he successfully performed a forward somersault. Naturally, once done, he wished to continue! So for the remainder of the evening, until we persuaded him to go to bed, he continued working on perfecting his 'routine'. By the end of the evening, he was able to perform a near-headstand!
This confirmed our opinion that he was a child of great ability in the field of athletics. We already knew he had excellent balance, and he has been a climber as long as he has been able to grasp. So we have decided to enter him into a local gymnastics-for-toddlers course. Neither of us wishes to push him into organized sports (not at three-and-a-half!), but since he seems to enjoy tumbling, it occurs to us that this might be a good way both for him to let off energy and to perhaps meet some new friends. And if he wishes, he may pursue it, or he may not. He will determine hsi interests