I find the human brain fascinating. We do what we have to in order to take care of ourselves and protect ourselves.
Since Stas has gotten home we have been enthralled by some different things that he does. What you see above is one of them. When something makes noise he has to "check it out." This is what it entails. First if he hears noise he goes running to it. If it is something within reach like the vaccuum, washer, dryer or the hairdryer or this nebulizer, he puts his chin on it, followed by his ear, then his teeth, top and bottom separately. It I have the blender going, or something else out of reach he will do the same thing to the cabinet or floor, wherever he can get the vibration.
What do I think this is from?
One of two things....maybe both things.
When he came to us on his third birthday from a Ukrainian orphanage, his ears were so filled with fluid, and likely for a very long time it appeared. Perhaps he couldn't hear well and he did this to help "hear." Or, I think because he lived in a crib much of his life and was deprived of proper stimulation, he is trying to create as much "feedback" as he can from his world around him. (You would THINK that 9 other people in the house MIGHT be enough feedback at this point, huh :-) I was told that the chin and teeth are bony structures so they conduct vibration well and quickly.
Anyone else have a child that does that? I would like to hear from you.
And then there is this:
I'm open to suggestions here. I'm told he never learned to constructively play with things. Hmmmm. How do I teach him to constructively play with a piece of furniture.....or that furniture belongs upright. My father-in-law suggested putting all of the furniture upside down at the start of the day and maybe by the end it will actually all be in place. Worth a try!
Not sure how to discipline this at this age.
PS: This is a very sweet little boy who I absolutely LOVE!!!!!!!!!!! He is just a tad bit destructive in all of his cuteness.
PPS: While I took the time to post this......this is what happened...