1. This kid love dinosaurs. The carnivores are his favorite, and among that group, his top five are Spinosaurs, T-Rex, carnivorous Pterodactyls (“meat-a-dactyls”), Icthyosaurus, and Indominous Rex. (Related: He’s obsessed with the LEGO Jurassic World playstation game. He and Tim have the best time playing together.) If he had his way, he would only wear dinosaur clothes, he would only eat dinosaur-shaped food, and he would only read dinosaur books. Dinosaurs are basically his whole life.2. He’s kind. So incredibly kind and loving. He’s always looking out for his sister and gives out hugs freely and generously. He’s always kind to his friends at daycare, even as he’s learning that sometimes other kids aren’t always nice to everyone else. At home, he’ll randomly throw his arms around me and exclaim, “I love you, Mommy! I’ll never stop loving you!”
3. He’s so smart. The kids started at a new daycare this fall, and they’re learning so much. Alexander could already write his name, but he’s learning to spell other words (did you know T-Rex is spelled “T-LINE-R-E-X”?), doing basic addition and subtraction, and starting to read sight words. His understanding of large numbers has increased, too. A year ago, the biggest number he could fathom was 20-11 (as in, 28, 29, 20-10, 20-11); now his catchall number for the biggest amount he can imagine is 100,081. If you ask him how many grapes he wants: 100,081. If you reassure him that we’re all going to live for a very long time: “Are we going to live for 100,081 years?” (Okay, so his understanding of how big that number actually is may need some work, but at least he knows numbers that big exist.)
4. He and his sister are the best of friends. Emily recently moved into the room across the hall from Alexander’s, and now on the weekends they wake up and play together while Tim and I sleep in a little. Last weekend, when Emily woke up, we heard her shouting from her room, “Nanner! C’mere! Nanner! C’mere!” A few minutes later they were snuggled up in her bed together looking at books. This morning I ventured out of bed to find them having a dolly tea party in the playroom. (Having kids who are old enough to entertain themselves in the mornings is an excellent parenting milestone to have reached.)
5. When he grows up, he wants to be an artist, a paleontologist, and a scientist. He wants to know everything about everything. He has a ton of questions about life and death. He understands dinosaurs died and now all that’s left are their bones, but the concept of decomposition is still beyond him. He’ll often start a line of questioning with, “When we die, and our bones come out of our bodies…” and then I try to explain to him that our bones don’t just jump out of our skin when we die. He found a book about Mt. Vesuvius and now wants to know all about volcanoes and is always very concerned about how close we are to volcanoes and when a volcano might erupt and send “lava and asteroids” shooting out over our city.