I have been surprised to see how well my sons have been able to handle the different baby sitters who came in and out of the house during the time that their nanny was sick. There was only one day when I really could tell that they were struggling. I was on my way home one morning when I began to hear them chanting, “Mommy! Mommy!”
I found them standing at the child-safety gate in the front door, rocking back and forth and looking for me to come home. It made me laugh as I reached in the door to give them hugs.
They are learning so many things, so quickly. One of the things that our nanny has contributed to is teaching my boys how to count in Spanish. She plays these little jumping and counting games with them. Luke can actually count from one to ten in Spanish and he can’t even count that far in English. I heard Jared once count to 24 in Spanish.
Another one of Luke’s new fascinations is trying to have a conversation with you on the phone. You should try it sometime. Give us a call and we’ll hand the phone to Luke. He will talk your ear off. Will you understand what he says? Well…possibly ten percent. But he loves to talk on the phone.
Jared, on the other hand, is getting much better at having a conversation….if he doesn’t get shy. He’ll say, “How are you?” I’m fine” all in one breath and then continue to tell you about his latest exploits or the most recent treasure he has found. He is also able to make himself understood by Luke a lot better than before.
Luke is so used to having his big brother around all the time that he always looks a little confused or lost when Jared isn’t around. Sometimes Daddy takes Jared in the running stroller when he goes out to exercise. Just recently, we’ve started sending Jared to Awana (for 3 years and up) and allowing him to attend Sunday school instead of staying in the nursery.
Whenever Luke realizes that his brother is missing, he usually spends about five minutes wandering around saying, “Jey-wed…where are you?” before he notices that he has full and complete access to all the toys that his big brother usually yanks out of his hands. However, it seems that Luke has more fun when his brother is there to wrestle over the toys than when he is playing with toys by himself.
Both boys are soaking in more vocabulary every day. Recently, I realized that Jared had the Bingo song memorized. I thought to myself, “If Jared can memorize how to spell ‘Bingo’ than he can certainly spell his own name which has the same amount of letters.”
A few days later, Jared is singing:
“There was a boy who had a friend and Jared was his name.
And Jared can spell his name-o.”
Jared has also memorized three different verses from the Bible after several months of doing bed time devotions. He knows Psalm 118:24, John 4:16 and Psalm 27:1. Feel free to quiz him on any of these verses the next time you talk to him. He’ll probably tell you, if he’s not feeling shy at the time.