Talmage is quite the goof. Here are a few examples of that trait:
-Sam convinced Talmage about a week and a half ago to call me "Queen Mommy." Haha! Talmage picked right up on it and still often calls me Queen Mommy. Today we were at the store and he threw something and then immediately said, "Sorry, Queen Mommy." I couldn't keep the smile off my face. It also makes me laugh to hear him cry for me and say through his tears, "Queen Mommy! Queen Mommy!" What can I say? My boys treat me like royalty. :)
-Sometimes he is just such...a boy, I guess. Surprise, right? But I am still startled at some of the things he does. Like a few weeks ago when he kept sticking his fingers in the back of his throat, making himself gag, and then laughing hysterically. I kept asking him to stop, but he kept it up and eventually made himself throw up. That didn't faze him though-he was so intrigued!
-And today, when he was in the shower, we put the drain plug down so the tub was filling up with water as well. He kept jumping in the air and throwing himself onto the bottom of the tub while shouting, "Owie! Splash!" and again, laughing hysterically. He thought it was funny in the above picture as well to slip and fall. We put his hand puppets on his feet and he walked around slipping, falling, laughing, and repeating.
-His obsession with cleanliness is sometimes a little concerning, to the point where I'm trying to make him deal with little messes so he doesn't develop a problem or something! The other night he was going to bed and having a fit about one of his blankets. I was trying to figure out what the problem was. He gets upset if the blanket on his bed has a wrinkle in it, so I was meticulously spreading out this other blanket as well, but he kept yelling about it. I put it on the "poof" (our giant LoveSac) but he was still upset. Finally I got out of him that he wanted it in a "rectangle" (folded up) and then put on the poof. Sheesh. Now before he goes to bed he checks on that blanket in the poof and says in a satisfied, reassuring way, "rectangle," before climbing into bed.
-He apologizes to people and inanimate objects all the time. If he bumps me he immediately says, "Sorry, Mommy!" He tripped over his tractor and said, "Sorry, tractor." He bumped the plate his lunch was on and said, "Sorry, sandwich." And when he bumps himself he says, "Sorry, Talmage!" So funny.
-Not so silly, but awfully cute, is the fact that he thanks me for almost every little thing I do. If I wipe up a spill he gives me an adoring smile and says, "Thank you, Mommy!" If I give him food, the response is the same. I picked up a fire engine at a garage sale the other day for a dollar or so for his birthday, but I was letting him play with it in the car. His happiness simply could not be contained--his smile was so huge and he kept enthusiastically saying, "Thank you, Mommy!" over and over again.
-He has been fighting a nap the last week or so. He doesn't get upset, but he will play contentedly in his room for 2 1/2 hours without falling asleep! I am working with him to keep him napping since he still definitely needs one, but I am really surprised that he will play contentedly for so long, especially since we put all his toys away before naptime. He essentially just plays with books from his bookshelf for that much time...and climbs up to the top bunk to continue playing.
-Another not-so-silly one is the fact that he absolutely loves Church. He asks multiple times every day if we can go to Church. And when I go to pick him up from nursery, he backs away from me, upset because he doesn't want to leave! The other day we were sitting in the chapel, waiting for Sacrament meeting to start, and Talmage started pointing various people out. Then he sighed happily and said, "Friends!" in the most blissful tone of voice. A few minutes later I needed to play to organ so I left him sitting with another family (since Sam was on the stand). When I came to get him after I was done playing, he started crying because he didn't want to come with me. They very kindly took care of him for the whole meeting while I listened better than I have in months! He loves his Church friends and talks about them all the time, from kids his age to people older than my parents.