Reid has been very preoccupied with coloring the past few days. The first thing he said this morning was, "Color now." He sat at the table coloring from the time I got home from my disastrous jog, until 10:30. He stopped for ten minutes to see what Parker was up to, then parked himself on the family room floor to color for 2 more hours until I made him stop (kicking and screaming) for lunch and a nap.
I've never known a toddler to focus on one thing for so long. And where did this love for coloring come from? What happened to my boy who ate crayons and colored on the wall? It seems he made this change over night.
Every time he gets a new crayon, he has to tell me what he's coloring and he comes up with the funniest things. "Color manatee. Color firetruck. Color elephant. Color airplane. Color water. Color race track. Color penguin. Color road. Color Parker. Color notebook. Color choo-choo. Color cement mixer." On and on and on. And he'll keep telling me until I repeat it. It's a little tricky because I'm not always sure what he's saying and I certainly can't tell by his drawings.
As I go about my day, I keep hearing demands from my one year old..."More paper! More paper! More paper!" Occasionally followed by a "please" or a "NOW!" It's nice to have him so mellow today...and out of Parker's way. They've hardly fought except the couple of times Park comes in to crumble up his papers and throw his crayons out of reach.