Every single day these days I am totally amazed by something this guy does. For example, as he was getting out of his bath tonight, I showed him that his towel had a “roar” (dinosaur) on it. He was quick to point out that it was a “stegos.” Yes, it was a stegosaurus. He was right. A few weeks ago he began identifying dinosaurs by name (I say the name, he points to it) and demanding to know the name of every dinosaur he sees. We’ve been checking out tons of library books to dig deeper, as I only knew a handful when we started - so we’re both learning lots these days.
We also started swimming lessons and he is very much in love with the “big pool.” He has a healthy fear of being submerged, but he did put his face in the water this week and I was so proud. He will jump in from the side to me, kick, blow bubbles, “swim” using his arms in freestyle form while propped on my knee, hang on to the wall (like a monkey) and climb out using the ladder.
He has picked up a few new interests recently including sharks and fish as well as counting. Until very recently he counted using only the number 2 for everything. “2, 2, 2, 2….” while pointing at objects. He recently started counting to three and wanting to count different things, especially in books. He’s also mastered my iPhone and has some favorite games like this one.
The magical world of imagination has definitely taken over all else for him these days, though. He loves to make his dinosaurs, stuffed animals, dolls, and even stickers and cut outs of drawings talk to each other and do silly things. He keeps himself very entertained in the car and gets very intense about these interactions. They normally whine things at each other such as “Mama, Mama!” and “Baby, Baby!.” But they also get in fights and scream “Nooooo!” so loudly it often scares me. They have very deep voices (for the adults) or very high voices (for the babies) and they say “Hi!” all the time…sometimes they just tell each other “Hi” for ten minutes straight. It’s probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. I love being a part of it and watching him explore his imagination and express himself so much everyday. His personality is beaming and it’s the best personality I’ve ever come across. He makes us laugh nearly constantly, he gets angry when he’s frustrated, he’s smart, creative, charming, silly, energetic, gentle and so, so loving. The past 22 months have been amazing and it gets better every day.