The awareness Andres shows to his surroundings amazes me constantly. Today we were on the way to the car when he points to the other side of the road and says “frei”, he’d noticed a free parking spot, which are in short supply in our area. He then clapped his hands, being proud that he’d noticed. All buttons, knobs and dials are noticed at mind boggling speed. A month ago, he smoked an Apple Mac I’d gotten by shifting the tiny voltage selector at it’s back from 220 to 110 volts within minutes of discovering the box. Trust Andres to find that single, critical switch!
He’s also started asking what stuff is. In the local electronics store we visited just the other day, we were in the household appliance department when he started asking “das iss?” (this is?) for each of the appliances displayed: egg cooker, deep fryer, mixer, blender and so forth.
Interestingly, he remembers a lot of the stuff I explain to him.
Yesterday we were in the bath when he asked what a small plastic bottle contained. A hotel give-away, I told him it contained coconut oil, which you could rub on your body. Several hours later, I found him in the bathroom sitting on the washing machine, the coconut oil bottle beside him and him rubbing his arms in with the oil!
Andres is now 2 years and 10 months old.
He’s really caught on to singing in the past 1-2 months. Before that, he mainly liked to listen to Merengue, Techno and songs by Leann Rimes. Even his last daycare said he didn’t particularly care much about singing in a circle. Now he’s caught on to children’s songs. The first he started actively singing was “Happy Birthday”, and he got it down pretty well. He always sang it with his own name. Before that he used to complete sentences (mostly the last word) which Annewien sang. Now he’s gotten down to singing whole songs. Annewien brought back a CD and book of popular Dutch songs from her last trip to the Netherlands in May and he’s really likes to listen to the songs. Sometimes he just sits and looks engrossed at the accompanying book with his thumb in his mouth.
I’ve noticed that Andres has started walking up stairs one foot per step for some days now. Previously, he’d always needed to put both feet on a step before continuing.
The current dialogues are nice too:
Andres: Papi, Canby-sap ha (I want some cranberry juice)
Me: There is none left
Andres: Chauffe (buy some!)
Andres has always liked meat, especially processed meat like sausages, salami and the like. Salsiz, which is a small, square salami-like meat, is one of his favourites. Yesterday he first went to the fridge, took it out, then took out a knife – not just any knife, but the correct size and type of knife, with saw-teeth – and brought both to me and said “Andres ässe” (Andres eats). So I had to chop off a few pieces of the salami till he was content.
He also loves pasta (which kid doesn’t) and can down an amazing amount of the stuff in one sitting. Big size pasta is best, since it’s easiest to grab with his hands.
Annewien had huge success with getting him to sleep without all bars in his bed while I was away for 10 days. You could actually put Andres in his bed and he would stay in and sleep, both for his afternoon snooze and for the night. In the morning, he wakes up early, usually just past 7 (used to be past 8 before bars). Yesterday night was a downer, since he didn’t want to sleep and didn’t want to stay in his bed. He’d slept a lot in the afternoon and perhaps it was just one of those days. It was harrowing, and Annewien and myself had spent two hours trying to get him into bed. In the end I had to put in the bed-bars again and tie them, so that he couldn’t remove them. Within 5 minutes he was asleep.
Andres is 2 years and 9 months old.