As has been mentioned before, Ian's language has just blossomed. Daily we are surprised by his growing verbal skills. We have a few favorite lines, of course, but the list of them grow daily.
Newer phrases that have melted me fully are "I lob you. You lob me." He will say these after you tell him that you love him and only sometimes is prompted to say them on his own. He repeats and changes up the words in these phrases, but he has the sweetest inflection and you can tell that he understands what he's saying is meaningful.
Before we say goodbye to him, we always give him a hug and a kiss. This happe
Just yesterday he started jumping on our bed and saying the "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" This was his first, spontaneous choice to say a rhyme on his own. So, we, of course, stopped everything and did the rhyme on our bed for the next twenty minutes :) He also started singing "E-I-O" while Iris, his good friend, as singing "Old McDonald" this weekend. It's so exciting!
Ian knows WAY more words than we realize. While reading books, he knows most of the animals we see and read about. He loves to read. We just had a library book called "The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night" by Peter Spier and it was his favorite book for the three weeks we had it at home. We sang it every day and it was especially fun because the song was from a Nickel Creek album that Jim and I listened to A LOT when we were first dating. It was fun to share with Ian and sing it all together each night. We may need to purchase our own copy. The illustrations are incredible!
He is really interested in family groups now, able to talk about each of our immediate family members that we saw this summer and recognize them in pictures. He knows who belongs in each unit. He also loves to talk about our friends and their children. Throughout the day he often asks where they are and tells me who is at work. We have been so blessed to find some great friends in this area. Another post about this to come, but it's really wonderful to have friends to spend our days and evenings with, doing life together. And Ian feels so comfortable with them and gets excited to spend time together.
He's really good with Baby Dale, too. He helps by bringing him toys, loves to hold him (with support) and isn't too overbearing. I think he's getting ready to be a big brother!
Ian describes people and things as big or small. He often talks about Leif being a "BIG DOG!!" He talks about the kids he knows as being small and then the adults he knows as being big. Baby Dale is "Mall."
He LOVES trains and all animal figures (those ones from Tractor Supply, especially). He enjoys lining things up in rows or in a line, normally making sure that they can see everything that's happening. We are thinking about getting him a train set for his birthday... if anyone needs an idea, I can send you some links. Wink, wink ;)
When we've gone raspberry picking, he's been very content to pick raspberries with me for a while and then go and play in the sand box and with the trucks on a mound there. It's a really pleasant time, knowing that he's having fun and getting dirty and that I am getting some fun time to pick berries, too!
He continues to enjoy coloring, as well, but that takes a little more attention on my part! If there's music on, he loves to dance and jump. And the chickens continue to be fascinating to him. He has started carrying the eggs into the house for us, which is pretty fun!
Lately he loves making smoothies! On Friday night we were out and on the drive home he begged to have a smoothie. So, we made a smoothie and sat on the kitchen floor together around 8:30 or 9 o'clock. It was really nice.
Jim has started wearing Ian, sometimes, when he's mowing the lawn. It's fun for Ian, a workout for Jim, and the lawn is getting a trim. That's triple-tasking right there. Super dad,
This kid, I tell you what. He is so much fun.
Time to go get him from PMO! He's loving it. I am so grateful.