The boy is five years old. How quickly the time has flown by.
In the past year he has grown by such leaps and bounds. A few little snippets:
- We moved into our new house and he picked out the colors for his room. He wanted red doors so we painted the inside panels red and put a zig zag stripe on the walls.
- He slowly stopped acting like his sister was such a bother and started to try and teach her things. He even asked me when we were going to “make her a big sister.”
- He discovered volcanoes. and earthquakes and tornadoes. He now plans on being a veterinarian that works on tigers and an amateur volcanologist.
- He drew an amazingly accurate map from Margaret’s House to our house. It was awesome.
- He learned that Elena does not have a penis and that while he’s ridiculously observant, obviously he misses some stuff.
- We became aware that he is a Lego savant. So far this year he has built a oil tanker, a house and an airplane with very minimal help, following the directions with ease. I am truly amazed at the things he has created!
- He’s graduated to a real model train set and is sharing his geo-trax with Elena more readily.
- When he gets angry, he scrunches up his face and mumbles under his breath. It makes me laugh and I have to try so hard to suppress it.
- The rock economy is working great. The positive change in his behavior is hard to put into words, it absolutely made the difference.
- He laughs a lot. He loves to cuddle with his mama and to read books. He is always willing to give me a hug and let me know that he loves me.
- He has amassed an army of stuffed tigers and he loves each of them fiercely. They have terribly high pitched “voices” and I wish they wouldn’t talk so much.
I could go on and on. Five years ago standing in the NICU, I couldn’t see what an amazing little guy he’s become. I thought I loved him then, but it’s nothing compared to now.
I can’t wait to see what this new year brings. More Chinese class, more Legos. His first day of school. More hugs and laughs and time together. I wish I could freeze him right here but I can’t wait to see how he grows.