To commemorate the 19-month mark, here are a few of Charlie's favorite things...
^ Playing basketball, although he wishes he were a little taller. Or that our hoop was shorter, like the one at our ECFE class. Using the parking garage for parking himself (climbing on anything, really, but I'm generally not fast enough to get a picture of him scaling his latest challenge, since I'm rushing over to make sure he doesn't fall on his head. Again.)
^ Eating black beans. Ok, black beans are probably only #8 on his list... french fries, pizza, and any kind of fruit typically dominate the top 3. But check out that mustache & goatee!
^Putting himself in unusual places, especially if it involves dumping out 83 cars so he can climb in.
^Playing football, or any other type of contact sport with his brother. Unfortunately sometimes this is the end result... this particularly beauty (the one on his head and under his eye are the same injury) is from being tackled directly into the leg of the table he's under in the picture above. This is eight or so hours later; trust me, it looked much much worse right after the crash. And he did cry, so we know it hurt a lot, but he barely let us comfort him before he wiggled himself down to the floor and ran straight back to Zach and the football. Game on.
^Getting his own way. And pouting when he doesn't.
^Books, books, and more books. Preferably neatly arranged on a shelf so he can pull them onto the floor as he peruses them at his leisure. Charlie can occupy himself for quite a while with his books; he'll sit and turn the pages, talking constantly as he points at the pictures (often in a strangely guttural voice, not sure what that's about). He actually prefers to "read" them himself, rather than have us actually read the words to him, although he occasionally humors us.
^ I may have to add art to the list. I fully confess that I have not given Charlie opportunities to be artistic... but the teacher at ECFE bravely handed him some markers and let him go to town. And since the end result was this masterpiece and only a few dashes and dots on his face and hands, I guess I need to start pulling out the supplies.
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