Nathan’s new favorite game is to read books about trucks to his zebra puppet (the same puppet he named Julia, although it seems to have reverted to simply “zebra puppet”). The zebra puppet is, of course, fascinated with the trucks and is constantly asking Nathan questions which he’s more than happy to answer. My favorite part is that he as he’s flipping through deciding what truck to talk about, he says, “Well….” exactly like Leigh does. As we flipped past the farm equipment page on our way to check out the sidecar racer, he casually explained that, “these are vehicles that cultivate and harvest crops” before moving on. This is how we learned that he has whole sections of the text memorized in Things That Go; ie, “That one is a sidecar racer! A sidecar racer takes two people. They lean from side to side to balance the motorcycle.” I like that having the zebra puppet there gives him the opportunity to be the expert. Little does he know that he’s already the truck expert around here.
School continues to be awesome. He just loves Teacher Colleen, which is so sweet to watch. I was even able to convince him to go back into circle time when he ran away early by pointing out that if he went in Teacher Colleen would read a story. I like that he participates in circle time. As you’d expect, he’s most enthusiastic about telling her about trucks, but he also participated in a discussion of shapes. He also likes to pick out the last story of the day, which they read outside to give the helpers a chance to clean inside. Yesterday he decided we should cut right to story time. He ran over, grabbed a book, handed it to her and said, “Let’s read that truck book out on the picnic table”. Which she agreed to, after they sang the good-bye song. He’s started doing some of the stretching and dancing activities, but he still always just looks and listens while we sing. And then when he’s in his crib at naptime I hear him singing, “The more we get together.”
The other day I made some peach cobbler, which Nathan is extremely enthusiastic about. It has fruit in it, so I decided we could have it for breakfast, and he happily explained to the zebra that we were having biscuits. While I was making dinner today, he caught sight of the leftovers in the fridge and started demanding that we eat some peach cobbler. When I told him no, we were going to eat dinner, he started yelling, “But the cobbler is wight dere! Wight dere!!!!” Because obviously the problem was that I wasn’t sure where the cobbler was.
He’s been very sweet and fun this week. He’ll run up to me and give dramatic hugs, and I still have to be careful of him head-butting me (referred to as “bonked you!”). This afternoon we played drums on some boxes, inspired by They Might Be Giants. He ran to get drumsticks and started yelling, “I can’t hear there’s too much noise” (which is a line in the song). Then we had to work on some pipes under the street, which apparently were located between two boxes and accessed by lying between them on your stomach. He asked me to join him and when I told him I didn’t think I had room, he told me that he’d just push the box over for me. Which strikes me as a problem-solving, and also very polite.
He also insisted on my cutting his hair this afternoon. Apparently we’ve been commenting on how long it’s getting too much recently, since he’s been telling me, “My hair is so, so, so big!” and “My hair is really, really long!” He also informed me that I should go get his red chair because that’s where we cut his hair. He sat reasonably still for it, and was delighted with the results when we went to go look in Leigh’s big mirror. He kept grinning at his reflection and then jumping up onto my lap. And now he’s all clean-cut (sort of) for our upcoming vacation! I can’t believe I’m taking him on a plane in less than two days. We should pack.