Nolan really loves scarecrows. Maybe it comes from his love of snowmen, a love he discovered last winter. But this kid can find a scarecrow from down the street, pointing and saying 'scarecrow' or his version of it 'Coco'. While there aren't as many snowmen out on display, he is just as good at spotting them. So when I brought home a new decoration, Nolan was thrilled.
Then, last night when I was making dinner I asked him to play by himself (something I often ask him with little to no results) and he went and got some toys, brought them into the kitchen and sat at my feet playing with them, engaged and not pulling on me or whining, for 20 minutes or so. A-mazing.
All kids are different, I know, but these seemingly minor milestones are so utterly huge for him. My heart swells with tenderness thinking of our snuggle session and with pride thinking about him playing WITH another child and on his own. He is growing up so fast.