Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Boy news

Sebastian’s walking is coming on in leaps and bounds. Well, not literally, obviously, but he’s a very enthusiastic learner, and can take about 10 steps on his own now. Sensibly, he prefers to walk in the sand, where falling over is less painful. He’s very pleased with himself, and so are we. Joaquim also thinks it’s great.

The boys are developing a certain sibling complicity, the better half of sibling rivalry. Unfortunatly, their latest game involves the following: Sebastian gives Joaquim a cheeky look and emits a very loud and high-pitched screech. Joaquim – delighted – imitates him and there ensues an unbearable tympanum-busting ping-pong of screams. We get cross with them both and evetually prevail on J to stop, but S is less pliable, i.e. J knows it’s naughty, S thinks it’s just funny. I prefer it when they take the animals in and out of Noah’s Ark together. Even if it does mean I have to sing “the animals went in 2 by 2” interminably.

Speaking of interminable singing, J continues to blast out nursery rhymes and the alphabet song tunelessly but enthusiastically, and the charm is starting to wear off. On the other hand, I am very impressed by the fact that he is starting to read numbers (1-5) and letters (Munchy Mike for Molly and Milan, Jumping Jim for Joaquim, Clever Cat for Clover), which he seems to love doing, especially when it’s his own name. I feel very lucky with our nursery, a few years ago there was nothing. I have decided that I have no choice but to ignore the article in the Guardian the other day that reported that attending nursery makes children more disruptive at primary school. Another stick to beat the working mother with. All I know is that not attending nursery makes Joaquim much more disruptive at home. I’ll have to take the risk.

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At 1:28 pm, Blogger swisslil said...

'the charm wearing off' the singing and the 'screaming game'..we know about both those things here.

Our nursery has broken up for the Easter hols and I have run out of things to do..and I don't even work!

Still love 'em like loonies though. Nice toddling, Seb.


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