He loves colors, and red in particular. He loves his older brothers and follows them everywhere. He makes his wishes known in one word exclamations. He still calls many things and people by the first letter of their names, but he has learned many of their full names as well (J Jean! J Josh!). Sometimes, he summons things by their color ("Yellow!" for his cup, "Orange!" for carrots). Yesterday, he learned to say, "Boots! Daddy!" That's three syllables all at once. A big deal. He laughed a big laugh and beamed.
|His happy place.|
My good friend Serene (whom I've known for two decades) quit her office job about a year ago and opened a family day care right at her home. A brave and adventurous soul, she said that her career change has given her the time to be with her children, so much that it felt almost indulgent.
"Indulgent" — a strange word to describe this stage of our lives, when days are filled with jam covered faces and crumbs all over the floor. But "indulgent" rings true. Every moment alive with the ones we love is good and weighty and precious. Every nibble of his dimple, every summon (Mommy-O-mommy-O-mommy!!!), even the tears and things we are less eager to remember.
|He likes scarves.|
So, my littlest dude, the one who loves scarves and puppets and coloring, don't be in such a hurry to grow up. We miss so much whenever we are in a hurry. Mommy wants to gather you in my arms—all of your limbs all at once—just a little longer.
Here are some of his (mispronounced) words that are just too cute to correct:
Moshare! - lotion
Wawa! - water (as in, I'm thirsty right now)
Gib! - give (as in, take this right now)
Huck! - hug (as in, hug me right now)
Hee! - C (for car, cat, carrot, colors, etc.)
Tracah! - chocolate
Crumb! Berries! - Cranberries (his longest word)
Rest! - raisins
Tato! - potato
O's! - cereal (the shape of Cheerios)
Bun-ton! - Button
Huuhuu! - train
Honey! - What he sometimes call Hanan, and what he yells when he knocks on Daddy's door. He calls the real honey "H".
Chepap! - Ketchup
Good Norming! - Good morning!
Mas-meo! - Marshmallow
Ba-ba! - Sheep
Ornts! - Ornaments
Lub ewe - I love you (one of the only phrases he does not shout)