Dominic is two and a half now and he never, ever shuts up. He’s such a bright, energetic little bundle of happiness in our lives, I can’t imagine not having him around. But, there is one thing that makes me sad about him. He is growing up way too fast.
Part of this is due to the fact that he has two much older brothers and is exposed to a lot through them. Part of it is that he’s just so darn eager to learn and picks up everything like a sponge. And part of it is just normal toddler stuff that hits me a little harder this time because he’s the last.
The other day, we were in the car, waiting for some people we were meeting and Dominic repeatedly asked to get out of his car seat. I told him no, the people were coming soon and then we’d leave. “WHEN?!” he cried. Irving and I looked at each other, surprised that he even understood that word at this age. But then, he knows a lot of things that surprise us. Like:
- The letter B. He names it if he sees it and assumes any word with B at the beginning is “banana.”
- How to make coffee. He will instruct me each morning on how to make the coffee for the day, while perched on the counter with a serious expression on his face.
- How to be a zombie. He will stagger around the house, growling and groaning, like something straight out of the Walking Dead, though he’s never seen that show, of course.
- All about patterns. I gave him a kindergarten workbook the other day to keep him busy during school (he insists on doing school with his brothers) and he said, “These are patterns, Mama!” And then he did them all flawlessly. He could also match things like creatures and their shadows or two pieces of clothing that go together. I was very surprised since I’ve never worked on this with him. I blame his obsession with Umi Zoomi.
Though he’s growing fast, I love the little person that Dominic is turning into. He’s smart and funny and really lives up to the third born’s clown status. He can make anyone laugh and frequently uses his charms to calm his brothers down when they’re upset. He also is very good at getting what he wants, by offering hugs, kisses and sweetly uttered, “I love you!” (though if he’s saying it to get what he wants and you say no, he will burst into tears and yell, “But I LOVE you!”). And sometimes, he just wants to snuggle, though not for long.