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Now, I don't know if this is a consequence of our tot having been used as a pin cushion while being in hospital, but he seems to have become even more reluctant to admit that he has filled his nappy (diaper) with smelly stuff. The other day he threw a real tantrum over being changed, to the extent that he attempted to drag his soiled nappy out of the bin. He got quite up tight about it, whereas we were on the verge of busting out laughing – I don't think we could help let a few giggles slip, which I'm sure would appal those versed in the latest and greatest child rearing theories – but it was funny. It's not the first time this nappy attachment has occurred, he has been known to get all emotional over the loss of an on-the-verge-of-bursting nappy too. Odd. Then at other times he will refuse to put on a clean nappy.

Changing clothes can also lead to mini crises too. He get's quite cross and hurls abuse at you – say that you are bad and telling you to cry, but he did this before going to hospital.

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Do most small children go through such phases, or is ours showing signs of having found his various hospitalizations quite traumatic? I hope it's the former, but I would not be overly surprised to discover it was the latter.

He does seem to be getting over his stay in hospital as he has started to beetle around on the bike we got him for his birthday. He was initially quite uncertain about it. I have to say that he's having some fun getting to grips with the fact that the bike cannot be reversed in the same way as his beloved little trike. The speed of the thing is a bit worrying as he seems to go around slamming into was and doors, and the peddling backwards furiously and going nowhere! The function of brake is still not yet appreciated.

Children can be far more amusing than some the best comedy shows!

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