February 28, 2013
James Jeffrey updates:
- pronunciations: “pleeoh” (pillow), “hake-up” (Hey, Wake Up!), “teese” (Matisse), “Jee-ette” (Juliet). We have a variety of Impressionist and classic literary board books thanks to Uncle Dan.
- speaking of which, we can credit Uncle Dan with the fact that Jamie saw a ballerina painting in Olivia and accurately identified it: “Degas.”
- is very polite: says “pease” when he wants more food, and “Toot! ‘Scoo me” when he passes gas.
- imaginative play: his bear dances and says “Hi Jamie” to him.
- has a litany of narrative for many of his experiences. Example: “Rock wall…touch it…’nother one…touch it…bye-bye…tree…branches…trunk…flag.” (This tells the story of our walks, where they can touch three rock walls and say hello to their favorite tree on the same block.)
- loves the “Skinnamarinky-dinky-dink” song that Jillian (and now we) sings to him.
- identifies people by their cars: around the block is an older Honda, and whenever he sees it, he says, “Jillian” (who drives an older Honda but who clearly does not drive that particular one). He saw a dark Prius parked across the street and said, “Kathy” (our neighbor who also drives a dark Prius but who parks mostly in her garage).
- shuts himself into cabinets, the nursery closet, or the space between the front door and screen door, saying, “Bye-bye” as he closes the door on himself.
- has learned that we stop at the corner when walking around the block, and as we approach the corner, he says, “Corner…stop” (and stops, then resumes walking).
- loves going to church: “[Father] Tony…sing…book [hymnal]…Cleo [our friend int he choir]…sing…peace…alleluia…amen…Cheerios [clearly a vital part of the Mass].”