The last few weeks Ethan has really started to absorb things. There gets a point in a two year old’s life when you wonder if anything you say is sinking in. I usually feel this way during family home evening. We use the nursery manual so the lesson is only about two minutes long but that entire two minutes he is pacing laps around the coffee table and jumping off the couch and I think why on earth do I even bother? Then out of the blue they say something that makes you wonder if some of it actually sinks in. A few weeks ago Ethan was walking upstairs to his room and out of the blue said to himself “Jesus loves you”.
Since then it seems he’s having an intellectual growth spurt. I tell him something once or twice and he remembers it. I showed him his right and left foot so he could put on his shoes and he still remembers. I play the children’s songbook on cd for him during the day and he’s started repeating the first article of faith and almost has the second down. He’s getting better with the computer and loves to play on starfall.com. The other day I showed him a picture of President Monson and told him his name was Thomas and he got very excited (he’s completely obsessed with Thomas the Train) then pointed to President Uchtdorf and said Percy! It feels like my efforts are finally paying off and my time trying to teach him things may actually be worthwhile!