I think that one of the best things about being a parent is the chance to watch a small human being change from a sluggish floppy infant into an actual person. Lately Evan has really been surprising me (like he usually does).
He can recognize his name when he sees it written. I know that right now he is just recognizing the pattern the letters make and it not truly reading yet, but it is a start. He can also recognize the number five and gets excited when he sees it on the digital clock in the living room. Why only the number five? Who knows? It has spurred me on to work a bit harder with number and letter recognition. It is also making me think that if I did take the plunge and home school it would not be quite as hard as I had feared. It also relieves my mind that his long term low oxygen saturation levels that he endured until six months ago did not have a horribly bad impact on his brain development.
We recently bought a toy at a yard sale. It has two rows of cages with keys that match the color of the cage door. I locked some of his beloved trains in it to help keep him interested in learning how to unlock the cages. He managed to become a cage unlocking pro in about two weeks. I was also using the cages as a way to keep track of the trains, so when I locked Thomas up last night hoping to keep him put away I was amazed when Evan just sat down, matched the key color to the door Thomas was locked behind and freed Thomas from his jail in five seconds flat.
Evan has also made another leap in his drawing ability. He can draw wheels now. The circles are not perfect but they are there and very intentional. Before I know it he is going to be painting full pictures that are museum quality and selling them for millions of dollars.
What things have your kids been doing lately that has surprised you?