"Dada MOVE night-night"
"Put tain-tack in"
"Taste num num NOW"
He calls all small round things bubbles (including blueberries and grapes) and loves to order us around and claim "MINE MINE, WEN's WEN's!". He can also copy almost anything I say and makes us laugh with his funny comments. Along with the verbal explosion Wren has favorite games we must play every day. Here are the most common ones.
Make Tain Tack
Every morning when he wakes up we read books (Wren drops them on my head as I lie on the mattress on the floor) then he opens the big plastic tub with train track in it and starts to build train tracks on the carpet. He goes for all the interesting pieces, inclines, bridges, station, tunnels and tries to stick them all together. It is only a matter of minutes before he runs into trouble with a bridge and calls out "HELP, up-down" which translates as "help me make this bridge". He cannot figure out how to put the supports under the ascending track so they won't connect or stay up when he does it himself. I try and steer his meandering pieces into loops which frustrates him because then he doesn't have an end piece to build from.
The trains themselves are fun too but not the main event. We help them go up-down for a while and then they run off into the corner somewhere under the bed or cupboard and whir neglected until the battery runs down (unless I notice). Meanwhile Wren announces "tain tack away" and puts away the track piece by piece before moving on to the next thing. Frequently, I am still in the middle of the game and am a bit crestfallen by the destruction of the Gordion knot I have helped create.
Wren loves to hide. He gets help to make a place out of pillows and lies there in silent glee while we pretend to look for him. When I find him he smiles and wriggles for a while and then gets indignant and says "hide, hide" again and tucks his head back in the pillow.
The other day, Frost and Wren were playing hide and Frost came running into the kitchen telling me that Wren was "hiding in a tomb." I said "what?" He explained that he had made a pillow nest for Wren that was "like a tomb, you know.. not a real tomb but like that." I was aghast and told him to not use that kind of example because he knew I was worried about about Wren going to hospital. Unfortunately, this backfired because Frost decided it was frightfully naughty/funny to joke about Wren in a tomb. A few minutes later he called me into the bedroom where he had made a sign in black texta.
The sign he placed on top of the pillow hidey hole was: HERE LIES WREN.
A teacher at our school commented that kids always play with things that worry or frighten them. Perhaps so. Frost also has always had an irreverent streak.
Here are some pictures of Wren hiding in pillow mountains.
Likes to read books in the morning, especially books about diggers and babies doing things. He comments on the pictures and enjoys books which we have read many times before like "Go Dog Go" and "The Digger Book." He likes to hold the book himself and to turn the pages in somewhat random order often skipping pages and then looking puzzled and frustrated that his favorite images have gone.
BOUNCE! Down! BUMP!
Wren is very active and loves to rough-and-tumble with Joshua and Frost. He gets very excited if you play chase and sometimes gets excited and runs around in circles shrieking in fun. Frost and Wren feed off each other's energy and by late afternoon I feel I am herding elephants through the house. They like to jump off things (Wren jumps off the coffee table repeatedly practicing landing and saying "BUMP" before he tries. He often does bump but continues anyway. He loves to play pillow fight and wrestle with Joshua when he comes home and has a complicated series of games he likes including being swung upside down and being thrown into a soft pile of quilt. Frost has made up a game called "rock-a-dump" where he pitches Wren forward out of a rocking chair to his great delight saying "rocka, rocka, rocka, rocka, rocka DUMP!"
Here is Wren in a spontaneous display of toddler gymnastics in the living room. The pictures were taken by Frost.
Wren also likes to copy Joshua and me. This evening while I was flossing he asked for a piece of floss and carefully sucked and pulled it through his teeth saying "ew, minty!" each time. Afterwards, he threw it in the bathroom rubbish bin just as I do.
When I am cleaning he gets out the mop and starts to dry mop the kitchen while I get ready. Today he took out the wet mop and sloshed water everwhere. Doing laundry he has got the idea of putting the clothes in the washer and of pulling them out the dryer. He is very sweet and helpful when he knows what I am doing and is always watchful in case I put my shoes on or pick up keys. If I do, he rushes to get his shoes and tries to go downstairs to get in the car in case I leave him behind. Once I have mentioned going out he is agitated and waits by the door as much as he can while I emphasize "LATER" or "soon" as the case may be.
I am never going to get this posted later because its Frost's bedtime again. Josh is out tonight with his old mates and we have been watching Olympic swimming. I think I will have an early night.