The life of my two year old
It has been a while since I've done a post on Elias. The little boy is growing up before my eyes! He's into all things little boy - cars, trucks, dirt, puddles, tools, trains, airplanes, skateboards, bikes.
He also has some very specific fascinations.
The moon is very intriguing. We read lots of books from the library on the topic, check out the moon in the evenings, watch youtube videos of rockets traveling to the moon and men hopping on the moon, and discuss how God made the moon and put the light on the moon.
Letters are a daily topic. He can identify every letter, both uppercase and lowercase (except he calls them big and little), and loves to point them out while we drive and shop. I've recently dug out an old laptop so he can "do letters" without us having to worry about our good computers getting accidentally broken. We're starting to move into some informal phonics now by adding the sounds that letters make when we talk about them.
And of course, drums. And music in general. But specifically drums. His main desire in going to church each week is to "see drums, and cymbals, and drumsticks." He turns anything that resembles a stick into a drumstick and has gotten very creative with what becomes a drum; the other day, it was the toilet seat. His favorite fun trip is to Guitar Center where the employees are kind enough to let him play the electric kits to his heart's content. Peter has been introducing some basic musical concepts to him through drumming. So far, he understands and can demonstrate forte, mezzo forte, mezzo piano, and piano. And just last night he had his first lesson on tempos, learning what presto, allegro, and largo mean.
He also has a healthy interest in art, especially if it includes messy things like glue or paint. And stickers. His bike is currently covered with mustaches because it was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
He has always been really into books, which just make us a parents so happy. But his attention span is starting to lengthen so we're able to read longer stories without him getting bored. Here, he is listening to the introduction of The Return of the King. Not something we would usually read with him, but this was upon his request and he actually sat through the whole intro! He's starting to engage in stories more now too; he'll ask questions about the characters and make simple predictions and observations (the teacher in me is soaring with pride).
One of his favorite things to do is pull all of the bottles of shampoo and soaps out of the bathroom cupboard and then put them all back in. As strange as it sounds, I find that kind of thing fun too. Maybe we'll be organizational buddies.
We've started some informal potty training without a ton of success. But it is a great place to read a good book!
The single most thing that I love about Elias the most is his tender heart. Every time Amelia cries, he asks her whats wrong. Anytime we sneeze or cough, he asks if we're ok. Anytime Amelia drops her spoon from the highchair, he jumps out of his booster seat and runs around the table to pick it up for her. Anytime I ask him to give a friend a turn with a toy, he hands it over willingly (well, almost every time). And when we talk about how much God loves him, he soaks it in with innocent wonder. Kids are the greatest and I'm constantly in awe of how much I learn from them.