Isaiah is so full of new discoveries and new vocabulary that I honestly cannot keep track of them. It seems like every day, every hour, there is something new. It really is a privilege to spend my days with him.
Isaiah never stops talking. From the moment I go in to get him out of his crib he begins speaking. I am usually greeted with “where’s Daddy? Daddy home? Daddy here?” Quickly followed by, “Daddy cutting grass? Lawn mower?” Jon has a landscaping job for some extra income over the summer. He works long hours a lot of days, and yesterday was one of those. Bedtime was a bit chaotic here and I sent out an SOS message to my Dad. He came over and read Isaiah a couple books while I got Brielle to sleep. When Dad sat in the chair with Isaiah on his lap, Isaiah turned around and said “Hi Grandpa. Daddy still working… err… lawnmower… cutting grass”. A whole conversation and update on the day!
Isaiah loves music and songs. He loves it when music is playing and often is asking me to sing a song. One time we were walking past a river and I said “hey Isaiah look at the river”. And started singing “The River of God”… a blast from my past. Well unfortunately he has not let me live it down, because it has become his favorite song. Whenever I ask him what he wants to sing he says “river, river”.
This past week God has totally been speaking to me through him, through songs. One day I was having a stressful day feeling like our family’s lives are up in the air and in a rough moment he said, “Mommy? Whole world?” Asking me to sing “He’s got the whole world in His hands”. Then yesterday in a hard moment he started saying “Mommy… Oh How I Need You”, also wanting me to sing that song. All Christ in Him, speaking to and through Him. So amazing to be a witness to this!
Isaiah loves to run. In one of his favorite books “Llama Llama Red Pajama” there is a line that says “Mama llama run, run, run”. Because of this Isaiah loves to say “run run run” and come dashing across the room. In aisles in the store he will slowly back up and then say, “Mommy? Mommy? Run, run, run” as he races towards me.
Almost two months ago now Amanda took Isaiah, Brielle and I to meet the horse that she rides, Lexi. What we didn’t know then is that conversations about Lexi would become a central part to Isaiah’s life for the next few months. He talks about her constantly. Usually in relation to Aunt Amanda. Ironically, as I typed this he came up to me and said, “Aunt Amanda riding Lexi? Picture Lexi, Mommy”.
Every time we pray for the meal Isaiah adds in his prayers. Typically along the lines of Grandpa, Grandma, Aunt Amanda… and now almost every prayer includes a prayer for Lexi.
Another big highlight in Isaiah’s past few months was a GO train trip to Toronto. Isaiah has loved trains for a while now and getting to ride on one was pretty amazing for him. He listened carefully to all the announcements the conductor made and by the time we got to Toronto was repeating “attention passengers”, “all aboard”. He has told and retold the experience to many people! “Train, fast, attention passengers, all aboard, train station”. We spent the day in Toronto, visiting a close friend, Natasha, and visiting Riverdale farm. All in all an experience Isaiah cannot easily forget!
A few weeks ago, I was reading Isaiah an alphabet book and he started filling in the next letters. I realized that we had read so many alphabet books that he knew a lot of his alphabet (it helps that it comes in a song. And anything in a song is so easy for him to remember. Like father like son?)
(Forgive the quality of the video. I had Brielle in one hand while recording… as I’m sure you can hear)
Counting is a close second. I guess without realizing we’ve counted a lot of things. Now Isaiah will himself line up the blocks and say “count them. 1.. 2.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 8.. 9.. 10”. His counting is pretty great but somehow three doesn’t make the cut.
Isaiah’s love for books is no less intense than it was before. In fact I think it may have increased again. One of his favorite things to do is to run back and forth to one of his baskets of books and bring them to us to read to him. So many of his books he has memorized and he will fill in the blanks. It amazes me… I read it twice and the third time he tells it back to me. We frequent the library as often as we can and he gets very excited. “Library! Library!” When I take him out of the stroller he runs and pulls a book off the shelf, brings it to me and listens the whole book through. And then gets another. And another. I easily find myself reading him (or usually them, as Brielle is also a captive audience) at least 20 books.Isaiah’s favorite food right now? Sauce. Oh wait… is that not a food group? He sure thinks it is! He loves to dip anything into sauce. Usually it is an olive oil/ balsamic vinegar mix that I make. Sometimes its guacamole or hummas. Really anything pureed is considered sauce. I need to get much more creative about this. He also loves smoothies. Kale/ spinach, a banana and a bit of other fruit, changes for variety. He also loves craisins and muffins. Both treats he gets occasionally but loves and asks for constantly.With the wonderful summer weather we have been spending a lot of time at the park. Isaiah loves to run around and play… for hours if I left him. His latest skill is climbing up the slide. Isaiah life with you just gets more fun. We love to see your personality coming alive more and more every day, week, month. We love you!