Monday, Patrick went to pick up Porter from his adventure with Nana and PopPop. I got to go to yoga, then I came home to spend the day with Harlan. We had a snack, and then, because for Harlan, a day is totally wasted if he doesn’t spend a great deal of it outdoors, we went to the park. I don’t like to follow him around at the park, as I like to see what he gets up to on his own. He headed straight for the sandbox, and spent a lot of time playing with the “big dump trucks.” He stopped occasionally to point out the “big light (or maybe fire?) trucks” that went by. His favorite topic of conversation is “big truck.” His second favorite topic of conversation is “baby doll.”
When we got back from the park, he put his baby doll in his high chair, but he accidentally bonked baby’s head on the chair. He came over to me with much urgency: “Uh oh! Baby doll! Big bonk!” So we inspected baby doll and Harlan gave baby comfort, and then he settled in for another snack at his chair. At dinner while Porter was gone, Harlan had a seat of honor at the table. He finally said Gilbert and Seamus, after much prodding. Gilbert sounded something like, “Bet” and Seamus like “May”
At nap time, we read a bunch of books. His favorite books are active books, so he really loves Eric Carle’s From Head to Toe which has a movement for kids to do on every page. Penguins turn their head, can you do it? Gorillas thump their chests, donkeys kick their legs, cats arch their backs, etc. He LOVES anticipating the next page. I don’t know that this book really gets a child settled down for nap time, but it brings him a lot of pleasure. He’s also into Owl Babies and Elmo lift the flap books.
His language isn’t quite where Gilbert’s was at this age, but it’s far beyond where Porter was. I’d say he’s about on the same level as Seamus was. He told me, “Me say bye bye Dada” which was one of the longer sentences I’ve heard. He also says “Me Do!” for doing something all by himself. He very seriously sits and talks with me about my baba and how it’s different from his baba in the morning when I have coffee and he has water. He kind of nods to himself when he feels like he’s been understood. Overall, it’s hilarious to spend time with him.
Porter had a wonderful time on his weekend away. He came back pulling things out of his backpack, saying “Tada!” as if he were showing us something really exciting. It is great to have him home!