This time around, Axel has been aware that his birthday was coming up for a few weeks before D-day. Every morning leading up to it, he reminded us of his birthday wish: a Millennium Falcon (a.k.a. “Lenny Falcon”). Sometimes he’d push his luck and add a Tie Fighter and an X-Wing Fighter to the list as well. Needless to say, the Star Wars obsession is still strong with this one.
We had a birthday party for him at the local mini-zoo (such a great place, and a 5-minute walk from our apartment, too) and invited his classmates too! There were piglets and a peacock roaming around while we ate birthday cake. Receiving so many presents blew Axel’s mind. He carried around two of them the entire time we were there and enjoyed the Happy Birthday song. Towards the end of the party things were a bit shrieky and his manners left a lot to be desired. To be fair he did tell me about an hour before people started leaving that he was “very very tired and that it was time to go home.”
Since our last check-in 6 months ago, he has made a lot of effort when it comes to speaking French with me, and likes to discuss movie scenes (that one where Han, Luke and Leia are stuck and can’t get out! And the doors are coming closer! And the robot needs to hurry up and find the button!). He is doing well with English and German, with a lot of funny turns of phrases and some code-switching (switching languages in the middle of a sentence).
He enjoys new experiences as well as routines, and has a ton of energy. We are looking into signing him up to some kind of sport/group activity in the Fall. Though he can now stay focused on a task for long stretches of time, he will occasionally get very frustrated, and lately, we’ve had more frequent instances of blow-ups when he doesn’t get his way. The other day, he was getting positively ragey while trying to cut some paper but wouldn’t just give up. After shredding a sheet of paper into a thousand pieces out of frustration he just grabbed a new one and resumed the thankless task with tears streaming down his face. [sigh] Being five can be tough.
He is quite affectionate and sentimental, though still skittish with people he doesn’t know well. He is getting very interested in my constant knitting and has requested (and received) a new sweater. He was at first concerned about his exposed tummy and lack of sleeves…
… but was satisfied with the result in the end.
Favorite activities of the moment include: drawing space ships, building space ships, flying space ships, discussions with his sister about whether a robot is R2D2, BB8 or R5D4… Climbing on things, jumping on things while making very unpleasant screechy sounds… We’ve been having fun outings at the pool and at the beach this summer, and there is no longer any fear of the water or getting one’s face wet.
Food-wise, he is a lot less picky than he used to be, and his favorite foods are pretty typical now: he finally loves pasta and requests it at every meal, along with meatballs, ham/salami, salad, quesadilla, gnocchi, pizza etc… There is still no love for cooked veggies for the most part, but anything raw and crunchy is popular.
These two are joined at the hip. Their relationship can get pretty intense and loud but they don’t like to be without one another. In fact, if Axel has to go to time out, Zora demands to join him there.