What an amazing creature an 18-month-old is! The world certainly seems to be Finlay's oyster right now and we are constantly astonished by new words, new facial expressions, new opinions and new abilities. He has started recalling past events and stringing words together to tell a 'story'.
Earlier in the week, Brent took Finlay to the swimming pool. When he returned, Fin excitedly told me, "Beh-buin (penguin), ga-gool (cuddle), ah-tah (water), spash (splash), daddy, ba-dee (buggy/stroller)". Brent explained that there had been a penguin mascot at the pool giving cuddles to all the children, and that they had been splashing in the water before returning home in the buggy. How wonderful that he can now describe some of the many things that must be going on in his head!
Now that we are seeing and hearing more of that secret inner-life-of-Fin, I am reminded of how important his environment is in shaping the person he is becoming. He really does spend his days replicating the actions he sees us doing around him. On the days when I get my yoga mat out (not as often as I would like!) he unrolls his mat again and again striking various poses. He constantly hums into his 'trumpet' (a trumpet mouth-piece connected to a funnel), just like Daddy. He is starting to sing throughout the day, just like Mummy. Yesterday I saw him trying to close a drawer with the side of his hip... I don't even notice myself doing this but he has absorbed it none-the-less!
Back in June my dad (Fin's Pa) came to visit for two weeks. During this time, dad brought into our house the things he is passionate about - drawing and playing drums. By the end of those two weeks, Fin was playing his drum non-stop and constantly getting out his crayons and pencils. Even the style of his drawings changed as he replicated the sketching style that he had watched his Pa using.
These photos show just how much his drawings changed over the course of those two weeks:
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What a timely reminder this was to make sure that I am living the life I love. Every day. Each moment. Reading, singing, cooking, writing, gardening, playing, dancing, loving, sewing... not only do these things make my life happier, but they enrich Finlay's personality in ways I will never fully comprehend.