Silas – A Look Back at Year 4

On Passing Gas…
Silas calls passing gas, farting. He declares that he “just farted,” then takes a big whiff and says, “Smell the fresh air.”
Silas has no problem farting at will. Just yesterday it happened and I questioned, “Did you just fart?” His response, “It’s my secret formula.”

On Art…
Silas loves art. He will go the table all by himself and color or paint or work with his magnetic mosaic. He received lots of art supplies for Christmas. After opening them all, he declared, “This is the best Christmas ever!”
He’s very spatial. He sees faces and shapes and animals everywhere…faces in trees, ducks in his poop, and shapes in his food.

On Legos…
Silas can follow a Lego guidebook like he’s a Master Builder. Again, he will sit at the table, by himself, and create. Of course, our dining room table is always covered with these little blocks.

On Love…
Silas loves to be cuddled but hates being kissed, though he brags frequently about how many times Ivey has kissed him.
Ivey and Sunny Hannah, two girls at preschool, think Silas is amazing and have had physical altercations over who would sit beside him. He comes home and says, “Now I have 2 girls after me.”

On Disney…
Silas considered not going to Disney. He seriously took it under consideration when I offered that he could stay in Myrtle Beach with Ivey. He thought the drive was too long and not worth it. At Disney, he cried in the line of virtually every ride out of fear that the ride was going to be too fast or too scary. At the conclusion of every single ride, he leapt off and yelled, “THAT WAS AWESOME!”…every…single…one. His favorite was Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

On Baseball…
Silas has played 2 seasons of baseball. Each time, all of his coaches stand back, watch him hit the ball, say that he has the sweetest swing, and that they can’t wait to see where he will be when he’s older. Silas says, “I don’t like baseball. When are you signing me back up for gymnastics?”

On Food…
I always say that Silas only likes 5 things. We actually counted up one day the number of items that he will eat. We got to 19 which was a surprise to me. Even though he eats less than 20 food items, he enjoys making interesting combinations with those items. For example:
Strawberries and cous cous in a hard taco shell
Scrambled eggs dipped in yogurt

On Bedtimes Stories…
“How many books” he asks. “Two,” I say. “Why is always two? Why can’t we read more than two?” “Because I am falling asleep already,” always my response. So, his compromise is that he selects 2 books for me to read to him, then at least one more to just look at the pictures.

On Ice Bat…
Silas loves stuffed animals, but he loves Ice Bat the most and will not go to bed without him. He even wakes up in the middle of the night at times to make sure Ice Bat has enough covers.

On Games…
Silas is a board game master. He plays all sorts of games from CandyLand & UNO to Ticket to Ride & Takenoko (appropriate for ages 13 and up). Surprisingly, he has the patience and strategy of a much older child. He doesn’t always win, but he’s okay with that and declares, “I’ll win next time.”

Ever the Existentialist…
What if Ivey tried to pick me up, and then I tried to pick her up — and then we picked each other up at the same time?!?

I remember being pregnant with Silas, not an easy pregnancy due to my hands being numb all the time, and wondering, how in the world can I love another person like I love Davis. I thought it wasn’t possible. But, then Silas arrived. From the second I laid eyes on that boy, my heart has literally grown in its capacity for love. He completed our family when we didn’t even realize a piece was missing.

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