I haven't talked about Orion for a while, and I think it is time for an update. At this age, he changes and develops so quickly that every two months he seems to be an entirely new little being. I think that part of me is very anxious for him to grow up past this stage (he is almost two), because he is so physical and only nominally rational, which is another way of saying "impossible to discipline". But a slightly older and much wiser friend told me recently that if she had known how difficult raising older kids would be, she would have enjoyed the younger years more. I find myself coming back to her comment time and again, and it helps me to enjoy this stage, despite wanting to pull my hair out sometimes.
Or getting it pulled out for me, by my son.
For my update on Orion, I decided to recruit some assistance from the kids. First, my conversation with Gigi...
Me: What are Orion's talents?
Gigi: Throwing balls, he likes balls and stuff... Coloring and doing puzzles. I think he likes to kick around balls. And he talks a lot.
Me: What do you wish he would grow out of?
Gigi: Pulling my hair, and being so fighty! Getting into my stuff and destroying my structures when we're playing legos.
Me: What is the cutest thing about Orion?
Gigi: When he says "So ONO!" when we're eating. And when it's morning time and you tickle him and he laughs, it's really cute.
Me: What is one thing you would like to teach him?
Gigi: How to be more nicer, and how to talk more politely.
Me: Why do you love Orion so much?
Gigi: Because he's cute.
Me: What is Orion going to be when he grows up.
Gigi: I don't know. You better ask him. Maybe he's going to be an artist.
Me: Why do you say that?
Gigi: He colors a lot with me.
And from Orion...
Me: What is your name?
Me: How old are you?
Orion: Almost two.
Me: When is your birthday?
Orion: November fifth.
Me: What is your favorite color?
Me: Hm. What is your favorite COLOR?
Me: What foods do you like?
Me: Hmm... what kaukau is yummy?
Me: What toys do you like to play with?
Orion: Balls... yogurt?
Orion's favorite things right now are any kind of transportation and balls. He is fairly obsessed. He also loves eating (pretty much anything - sushi, edamame, hummus, gyros are the recent faves...), he still loves knock-knock jokes, and he constantly asks "why?". All. the. time. But in the past few months he has started saying, "Why?" and then if he doesn't get an immediate answer he wanders away saying, "Because!" There we go, problem solved.
Orion is part of a research study at UNC, and so every year at his birthday he receives developmental testing as part of the control group. I am always caught unawares with the questions they ask me about his behavior, so in preparation for our appointment in a few weeks, I have been trying to pay special attention to the things he does and says. Last week he came up with this great sentence and I had to write it down word for word before I forgot it. We were in the car passing a pond and he said, "I go ride a boat right now on the water!" This boy has so much to say.
Another of his recent changes is a big boy hair cut. He looks so much older with his closely cropped do. I like that there is more face visible for me to smooch. Because that's all I do, all day, every day. Love you tons, little son.