There are two big quirks that Adam has: a love for plastic and sand crabs. Sand crabs? huh? Let me explain. When Adam was born, he was uber- tiny. Like a pound. In the beginning of his life, we weren't allowed to hold him. And in the NICU, they would place beanbags on him while he was in the little incubator, which we affectionally (and quite overwhelmed with medical bills) nicknamed his "million dollar condo". I suppose this was to keep him feeling safe, and warm and more comfortable. He would sleep all the time and they would pose his limbs around these bendy soft tubes and place beanbags on top of him. Here's a scary looking picture of him, the heart fabric are actually beanbags on top and around him.
Besides crabs, Adam also loves plastic. Again, this comes as no surprise. When he was born, as seen above, plastic was everywhere. When he got his tracheostomy he had a plastic mask that would be around his neck, pumping in humidity and oxygen. You can see him doing tummy time with his plastic mask and tube.
In that picture, it's a bit too loose, but, his tube and mask learned to crawl and walk with him. He would go to sleep, hands wrapped about that tube, which we named, not so cleverly, "tubey". He and tubey were buddies. If you moved him while he was asleep, he would clutch that tube as quickly as possible and rest his hands around tubey. Of course, it was enabling him to breathe and survive, so it's understandable.
Adam has a few stuffed animals and blankets and such, but just today, Phil and I went on a run. Phil was pushing Adam in the jogging stroller and Adam asked if we could lower it so he could nap. He also asked if we had his batman plastic figure, so he could hold him while he slept. This is normal for him. He sleeps with a hard as..., well, hard as plastic, Buzz Lightyear and will be known to take a vehicle or two into bed.
So, while my boys will grow up with many quirks (as we all have), I find it interesting to know exactly where these two came from and it's kind of cool to see how events directly from infancy and birth have effected him firsthand as a toddler and preschooler. That being said, I sure hope it doesn't develop into an adult love for life size mannequins that he weights down and sleeps under. Although, if it does, I'll know just where it came from and will, of course, pay for overwhelmingly high psychiatrist fees.