Friday, April 22, 2011

Surprises and Joys with Zach – Birthday Gifts Arrive Early

Zach seems to be growing by leaps and bounds and each day brings new adventures for all of us. He will be two years old in June but we have started to celebrate his birthday early because he was so ready for things we planned for his birthday.
Zach seems to learn new words every day and he pronounces some of them very clearly. Although I wanted to be Grandma, he prefers “Mamama” so sometimes I will call myself “Grandmama.” I’ll be happy with whatever it eventually morphs into.

Zach know his body parts and one of his favorite books is “My Nose, My Toes.” On each page there is a flap featuring a different part - he points to his eyes, nose, ears, mouth, tummy, hands and feet. It is soooo much fun to read this book together. Another favorite book is Hop on Pop. He calls the book Pop and he is very intent as I read the rhymed pages. I think he is beginning to understand the connection between the letters on the pages and the words. To my amazement, he knows the letters on these blocks which originally belonged to his mother. I don’t remember my kids know their letters at this age. All this educational TV must be having an impact on young children today.

We planned on getting this table and chairs for Zach’s birthday, but decided not wait and I’m glad we didn’t. This set by Stakmore is the child version of the set we had we were first married. We still have it – it has stood the test of time. From the first day, Zach enjoyed the table and we moved the blocks from our living room coffee table which was beginning to get scratched to his new table in the family room. The padded seats are really comfy - for Grandma and for Zach. We leave the letters scrambled and he takes them one at a time, says what it is and hands it to me. Then I put them in an organized form like this picture. Zach loves doing this at his table and I am still in awe that he knows the letters. He is only 22 months old!

Another present that was supposed to be for his birthday was a big boy mattress, but that couldn’t wait either and so Zach has been sleeping comfortably on his new mattress for the last couple of nights. I’ll write about that next week.

For now – Please enjoy your Easter or Passover holiday. All of us will be at my cousins’ family for Easter which has been our tradition. Zach is sure to amaze some family members who haven’t seen him for a long time. He amazes me and I see him all the time. Do you have a favorite holiday tradition or recipe? Please share it with us in the comments.

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