Jacob & Ari - January 2005
I can't believe
that the time has gone by so unbelievably fast, but that's what
happens with little ones. We cherish the moment, and then
it's gone. It's been a while since my last update. I
have plenty of new material to write about, but then again, pick
any day and start writing!
Jacob is 4 years and
eight months old, and Ari is 2 years and eight months old.
and Ari are both going to a Jewish pre-school (not mentioning
where on the internet), and they are loving it. They come
home and start singing songs that I know we didn't teach them -
because even we don't know them - but we're learning!
is a very strong guy. He loves to carry things. It's
not uncommon to see him with his hands filled with too many
toys, as if to say, "if I don't keep it with me, it'll disappear."
Today, he was carrying the following items when we he came up to
my office, Jim Jimmy (action figure - self named), Niko (action
figure - self named), Buzz Lightyear (action figure - from Toy
Story) and two mini fold-out catalogs for Thomas the
Train. You know which ones are the most important?
You guessed it, the catalogs!
He loves to give
"kisses through the bars" at bedtime, where he kisses
us through the bars of the crib. We are hoping to be able
to get him into a bed sometime soon, but so far, he hasn't
really outgrown the crib - maybe we're to cheap to buy bunk
Mommy and Daddy are having a great time
with Ari while he still is learning to pronounce words. We
are constantly asking him to say things like
"dump-truck", and "I want to play with my
stick." The outcome is hilarious, does this make us
bad parents?! :-)
Jacob is our little man.
He is very affectionate and intelligent. He is constantly
giving us hugs and kisses. As long as he likes to do them,
we'll continue to accept them!
Two things, among
others, are very distinctive about Jacob relative to other
children. First, he has an incredible memory. If he
meets you once, he not only will remember you, and your name,
but he will also remember his experience with you. I have
found myself many times wondering "how does he know
that," of course the answer being, that he picked it up the
one time it was mentioned.
The second thing is
his empathy. It is very rare for a child of his age to
feel such emotion for someone else. He remembers your
ailments and he asks about them.
both talents with a
funny story. Mom (Nanny) was having some pain in her
shoulder. A couple of weeks later Jacob spoke with his
Nanny on the phone and asked, "Nanny, how is your
shoulder," to which Nanny replied "Fine," then
Jacob asked, "how is the rest of you?"
Jacob-isms: Jacob and Nanny went over to her next door
neighbor's house. When Jacob entered the house, he said,
"you have a very lovely house, may I have a
tour?" This was out of the mouth of a 4 year old, you
could fall on the floor after that one!
Each step along the way is
filled with joy and challenges, nachus and tsuris. We know
that we only get one chance to enjoy these years, so we are
taking complete advantage of it!
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