Thursday, April 2, 2009

Kai is 2 Years Old!

That's right, today my sweet little baby boy turned two years old. I have so much to share about how much he has grown this last is truly amazing to me! While the transition to Peru was harder than I expected for him, he has also flurished in ways I didn't expect. I expected that with two languages being spoken to him his own language development would slow down some. NOT AT ALL! These last few weeks Kai has began speaking full sentences to us--Dad, do you want to draw too? Alright, hold on tight, here we go! I want chocolate cake! Mom, you stay here, I will be right back! These are just a few of the things he has said to us these last week that leave me thinking "when did he learn that?" And his vocabulary has amazed me, saying words and knowing the names of things I didn't even know we had taught him...probably because we haven't...he is just a little parrot and picks things up! So all in all his English is doing amazing. He has also began to say things in Spanish. Hola, como estas? Bien! Gracias, buenos dias, jugo (juice), pan (bread), and chow (bye).
The other thing expected to be difficult was potty training. Well, I guess what I should say is, I wasn't going to start potty training because there is so much new and changing and in two more months we will be moving on to a whole new city, home and people. I really didn't want to bother because I figured he would regress anyway and there is enough for him to deal with right now. Now don't get too excited--Kai is by no means potty trained. In fact, I would not even say I have officially started potty training. But, Kai has talked a lot about the potty, especially after being around older kids that use it. And, he tends to say to me "I pooped" quite a bit, which I've realized can mean #1 or #2...but he is aware after the fact and tells me. So, Tuesday night Kai walked up to me and said "I poop, I potty." So on a whim I asked him if he wanted to use the potty and he gave me an enthusiastic "Yes!" So, I put him on the toilet and he tried, really tried to go, and in fact, about three drops came out if you want to know. I was amazed...he really knew what to do when he got on there--he just didn't have anything do to it with...if you catch my drift. So today we were at the Extreme Office and Kai had a dirty diaper and after I changed it I asked if he wanted to try to go potty...he wanted to and did...#2 that is, on the toilet. Apparently he is ready...even if I'm not:) So, maybe that was too many details but I just needed to record this monumental event! I guess we will just keep asking him and giving him opportunities to try and see what happens:)
I have more to share but will have to do it another time! All in all my son amazes me and brings me so much joy each day. Thank you Lord for the gift you have given me in Kai--give me wisdom as we raise him to love you!


Erin said...

Happy Birthday buddy! I smile every time your picture pops up on my screen saver. Give your mom a hug for me today!!! Love you :)

Julie J said...

I just read all of your new posts (on both blogs) and it was such a JOY!!! Kai is such a precious boy and I am so amazed by the things you are ALL doing in Peru. Big hugs from Ellensburg!!

Kari Patterson said...

This is awesome. Way to go on the potty Kai! Wish you were here to teach Dutch. :-) We miss you guys.