Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014 - Better Late Than Never

Noah was 3 1/2 on July 22nd, and I realized it on July 23rd.  Sorry, Buddy.  This is normally a day I would have acknowledged or celebrated in some way. You know,  before I was a bit scattered with three kids on summer staycation.  These days I am forgetting or not doing a lot of things I would normally be remembering or doing.  I am sure it is a phase and it will pass...Aya is only three months old and, fingers crossed, I am sure that at some point in the next 4 years I will start to sleep through the night again.  But back to Noah...

He is a really smart kid who is quite charming, incredibly sweet, and also pretty complex.  He remains loyal to Grace who he adores (and sometimes bites out of frustration!  Sisters!), maybe second only to Far...who he calls "my own friend" (min egen ven) in Danish (which is not really a thing you can say in Danish, making it THAT much cuter), implying that Far is his best friend.  He has a lot of energy and if feeling ignored or neglected (which, let's face it, he has certainly felt at times since he became a big brother) will use that energy in a more destructive/offensive manner than normal.  He does sometimes have really extreme temper tantrums if he doesn't get what he wants or if he feels he has been wronged, but luckily those are not daily.  

In true Danish fashion, Noah has inherited his Far's love of Legos.  He can play for hours with Grace or by himself in his own Lego world - blending Ninja Turtles with animals with pirates with rescue officers and so on.  His imagination is endless.  He is a finnicky eater (no surprise, given his predecessor), with a very light frame to show for it.  He only naps 1 or 2 times a week now, but we suffer the consequences because he will take AGES to go to sleep at night when he naps during the day.  It is a tricky game because he never sleeps through the night and we often (always?) wake up (or I do with Aya) to find him sleeping with us, so sometimes he needs that nap to get through the day.  A vicious cycle.  I hope that getting back into the routine of school will help.

In two more weeks Noah will start back at the Nordic School but this year is in the "kubwa" (big) class.    His teachers this year will be two Swedes and a Norwegian, and he will no longer be with the one teacher he has had consistently for the last two years (and no Danish teacher!).  And Gracie will not be there anymore, so that could be the source of some anxiety.  Counting my absence before Aya was born, Aya's arrival, Rose's departure and having a new nanny (who he really likes!) at home, and the change at school...this is really a period of transition for Noah and I feel there is a LOT going on in that head of his. His language has developed wonderfully in both English and Danish...minus the "s" sound which he still can't make consistently.  Working on it!

Noah is curious, but cautious.  He is interested in so many mature things but is actually scared of them too - pirates and dragons and monsters and bad guys in general, to name a few.  He is also fascinated by death - speaking often of Oldemor and Kyle and Jesus, who he is also very interested in.  He is looking at the crucifix a lot and often asks about Jesus' life and death, requesting Bible stories at bedtime at least once a week. Do we have a future priest on our hands?  He is a thoughtful boy and likes to know what is going on around him.  I can't count the number of times he asks,  "What are you talking about?" when listening to adult conversation or, "What did you say?" if he didn't quite understand something.  He is always fine when we go out but also always checks, "But you will come back?"

As this boys grows, we continue to adore and embrace him.  Even though he is the middle child (a family position many people worry about!), he is our only boy and holds an important role in our family.  A special guy for sure, who makes us laugh and smile and love. It is hard to believe that he is closer to 4 now than he is to 3, and we are looking forward to seeing how he changes in the next half year.  We really love you, Buddy!

A fire truck fort that Far built for Fireman Noah.

 (I think that Aya looks a lot like Noah in this picture - tak Hans!)
Happy Lego Guy!
 Painting, in theory, a bird house at the local garden shop...


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