Happy birthday to Axel.
The kid is a real dude now. Just for the record, also a total tyrant. He flips out on a dime. Let’s leave that at that.
The tri-lingual experiment is going OK. His best language by far is still English. His greeting to Daddo is “Hey buddy” and he finally says “good night.” He’s very happy to say goodbye or goodnight to Zora, but is also slowly warming to her presence. A lot of the French words he uses get promptly butchered/reinvented: cotissure (=confiture, i.e. jam), toggodan (=toboggan, i.e. slide), etc. He has to learn the alphabet and counting in three languages at the same time but that has been mostly fun for him, if slightly confusing at times. When he really wants to do something he will ask in English as well as French, many times over (“prendre une voiture! Take a car, I want to take the car!! Meine… take une voiture!”)
He loves reading “Cat in the Hat” and the other Dr. Seuss books, and can finish most lines. He plays markers and reads books at bedtime with his dad. Playing markers means he calls out things that he wants drawn, “big red sun,” “purple star,” etc. Every drawing must begin with a big red sun, with sun rays, and a smile. Recent variation of this is a big red star.
He isn’t really interested in watching cartoons, with the notable exception of Wall-e, which he could watch over and over. He sometimes will watch “Cars” but he gets scared by a couple of scenes (the delinquent cars bothering the truck and the tractors chasing McQueen and Mater). He only tolerates parts of Sesame Street (“Zami Treat”) mostly those that involve Elmo, Cookie Monster and singing about counting and the alphabet. For some reason he enjoys watching Conan (has for a long time), and enjoys a few of the opening theme songs of some of shows we watch (Louie is a favorite). He notices very small details: microscopic red bug on a granite tombstone, a sliver of the moon visible during the day… He loves lining things up nicely, which isn’t to say he is particularly great at keeping his toys tidy. He is 3, and full of contradictions after all.
These summer weekends have been sunny and we’ve been spending lots of time at the beach. Axel’s favorite activity is collecting rocks, counting “one, two, threeee” and tossing them in the sea. He also likes to be swung in big circles with his feet splashing in the water — “round, and round.”
He’s currently sitting and eating orange play dough next to the author of this post.
He remains obsessed with traffic lights (WAIT FOR IIIIT…. TURN RED! NOW IT’S GREEN!!!), and also with his bike…
.. and being pensive.
He graduated to Kindergarten (German Kindergarten starts at 3) recently and was put with a class of girl-giants. He’s starting to interact with the other kids more, and calls out the name of one favorite.
Lots of naked time at home and at the beach, German style. Enjoys making a “house” with blankets on the couch and snuggling with his mom. Napping still happens every 2-3 days, but that’s about it. Most days, he just passes time doing handstands in his crib or climbing in and out of it.
He is becoming slightly more civilized and will say please, thank you and byebye when prompted.We are trying to train him to give shoulder massages on demand. Potty training is mostly over (a few recent accidents at Kindergarten notwithstanding). He can now put his shoes on by himself and can mostly get himself dressed (very slowly).
So that’s the Axel sum-up for now! A few pictures for the road: