After the trip to Manitoulin, Henry has enjoyed being back at daycare with his friends, but sadly with the "heat dome" they were confined indoors for a couple weeks. In that time they painted t-shirts, made rice-krispy treats, pizzas, strawberry sundaes (yes Henry likes ice cream!), did finger-painting, splashed around the water table, had wacky hair day, made pizzas, painted with feathers, made musical instruments and last week with the heat lifted they had an outing in a local park which Henry particularly enjoyed.
We had a visit from my brother, his wife and Henry's cousin. They splashed around outside in the turtle pool and Henry was confronted with having to share his toys, not just the neutral ones at daycare. A much different prospect altogether.
Henry and his cousin Emily.
Henry has taken to dogs like a hungry tick. S bought him an interactive dog book with movable flaps and fuzzy pictures to touch. Every time we pass a dog his arm goes out and he usually just says "itzzzzz" but then "dog" or "doggie" will come out of his mouth soon thereafter.
The words Hanky-Doodle has uttered so far are: dada, mama, dog/doggie, book, tree (sounds more like ghee), pickles (a recent development) and just yesterday he said "Ho Fredo" when he saw the Italian book that his grandma/nona gave him called "Ho Caldo, Ho Fredo." He babbles an awful lot with more and more complex sounds developing. Most popular lately has been the repetition of what sounds like "bagel bites."
Speaking of food, he is off the purees. He won't eat them anymore now that he's discovered feeding himself messily with his hands. And hummus. He loves hummus.
Henry and the Indicident with Black Beans.
It's been fun taking him out and about on the weekends and Toronto in the summer is full of festivals. Happily, many have been near to our house. In the past few weeks he's attended the Little India Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival and Taste of the Danforth.
Henry enjoying kulfi at the Little India Street Festival
Dancing at Taste of the Danforth, and yes Henry, they're clapping for you.
We also enjoy being close to lots of parks, some with wading pools, others with splash-pads. Last week on the way home from daycare we stopped by East Lynn park where they have the weekly farmers market and Henry was able to splash around with the older kids. A nice way to end the day.
And Henry loves the sand, so jaunting down the street (25 min. walk) to the beach is a great boon to our quality of life living in the east side Toronto.
Henry vs. Beach
When all's said and done, Henry is much more fun as he's growing older. We can take pleasure in his joys of discovery and delight in showing him to places, tastes, words, people and objects. His days are full and busy and he appears to be enjoying himself considerably. And with all of this heat, hustle and bustle, sometimes it's just all too much for the little guy...