Pollito's anniversary is today. I can barely remember my life without him. Three years ago he came home to us. We are the only family and home he "remembers" and today he asked me how long forever was? I asked him "why?" and he said "I have loved you a long time and it feels like forever!" So sweet. . Funny how these little ones wiggle their way into our lives and hearts. He has officially lived with us longer than everywhere else combined and this is showing. There are some subtle but important changes in his demeanor and attitude. He tests us more often and "demands" what he wants much more than he did before. The nightmares and night terrors have subsided significantly. He asks about when he was a baby and he "begs" to be my baby. He wants to be held like a baby and he wants to ride in an infant car seat. If he had his choice he would still be sleeping in a crib and drinking from a baby bottle--not so much as a regression but I think he want more of that bonding experience with me. Yet he has also grown so very much! At age 5 he is a smart, shy, charming, goofy, and obstinent little boy. His interests haven't changed much in this past year. Last year I wrote that: "He is still a ham who loves dinosaurs, trains, purses and accessories but I should also add that he loves books, cars, his tricycle, drawing, "writing" his name, and cooking (real and pretend.)"This is still very much the case although he can actually write his name now. He also loves gymnastics, puzzles, playing with his sisters, being outdoors, collecting sticks and coloring (he used to dislike this.)
Yesterday we spent time putting his new bed in order and moved him back into the room he is supposed to share with Tortuga. I successfully divided the room into two "sections" and both boys seem excited about their spaces. We settled on a low bunk bed set for Pollito and I am in the process of making a "canopy" that will cover it on 3 sides for him. He likes the feeling of being in a "tent" and misses his old bed tent. He was so excited to get the bed which he ultimately picked out himself as we scrambled for options and this morning he announced that he "slept really good" in his new bed. He also mentioned that he has a new favorite color--blue (the color of his walls and his new bed). For the past few years his favorite colors have been orange and pink.
He likes school (although not as much as kindergarten) and is starting to recognize most of the letters and some of the letter sounds. He is not yet interested in sounding out letters or words but he actually shows interest in counting and naming shapes. These were all things he had absolutely no desire to do a year ago. He has also started asking if he can homeschool. I am not sure what that is about yet. Despite a major growth spurt he is still such a little guy. In fact he weighs only 6 lbs more than Milagro and still wears 3T/4T clothing that is sometimes too big for him! He has the best imagination of any of my children and can create the most elaborate cities out of blocks and other assorted toys and he can play with them for hours. It's quite impressive!
Tonight we will have a small celebration in honor of his arrival and we will tell his "gotcha" story which he is finally beginning to understand.