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They Might Be Giants has a new album out and we’re hooked. How can you not love music that leads to Mr.4 and Mr. 6 wanting to learn all about the elements and studying the periodic table.
The boys are also really enjoying my Immunobiology book (an introductory immunology book from my graduate school days – really the best one out there). Mr. 6 especially wants to know everything. He made a notecard with Th1 and Th2 cells on it and listed the cytokines that each makes. I have also done this – I think I was in college or maybe medical school. He also wanted me to draw out the complement pathway which I tried to do and then we just went back to the pictures in Janeway’s Immunobiology. It’s fun to hear the boys so excited about cells and fighting germs and to see Mr. 6 studying so intently.
On Sunday we were at the park and Mr, 6 asked how one cell became a whole person. You never know exactly what level answer to give so at first I tried a vague one but he was not interested in vague. He needed to know the exact steps and when each occurred. He also asked me about stem cells and what they were. He’d read about hematopoetic stem cells and wanted to know if all the systems in the body had stem cells. You know, I’m actually not really sure so I have some studying to do!
Neither of the older boys have ever had an object they were attached to – the closest we came was AAA and even he didn’t have to go everywhere with Mr. 4. He was more of a friend that dropped in on occasion. However Master 0 has recently become very fond of his duck Canard. Canard is fuzzy, huggable, and can be placed over your face when you want to go to sleep to block out the crazy world around you. He rattles when you shake him and has a nice bill for gnawing. Practically perfect in every way. We’ve actually started looking for a spare – gotta love e-bay. It seems Canard might be here to stay.
Mr. 6 loves to draw – he’s taken to writing messages for people and folding them into complicated shapes for delivery. He’s also drawn a number of newsletters for our house, Norby, Gooballs, the immune system, etc. detailing recent events.
Mr. 4 is happy to provide a song for Master 0. Itsy Bitsy Spider is of course one of our favorites as well as I Will Call Upon the Lord (it’s all about the hand motions).
Both brothers are great at entertaining the smallest member of the house. Master 0 is interested in books these days (not surprising given what everyone around him is always doing) and loves to have his brother read to him.
We are always up for a game!
We were hanging out with Master 0 in Mr. 6’s classroom waiting for Parent Orientation to begin. Master 0 was getting a bit fussy so I laid out his blanket and put him on his tummy. He pushed up on his elbows, looked up at me, and flipped over onto his back and gave me a big grin. It was the first time we’d seen him roll from front to back and he did it so casually! [Update: thanks, Beth. The roll was indeed from tummy to back.]
A few days ago we got the new They Might Be Giants CD “Here Comes Science”. The boys know most songs by heart already and it’s great to hear them singing together about the elements or how the blood is the transportation system for the body. I think it’s only a matter of time before Mr. 6 decides to just memorize the periodic table.
Mr. 4 loves white blood cells – he knows that B cells make antibodies and become plasma cells. He knows that macrophages eat germs by phagocytosis. He knows there are different kinds of T cells. My Immunobiology book is actually a hot commodity in this house and we actually have to make sure they take turns. He really is an immunologist in the making. I think science is here.
Master 0 can roll over now (from back to front and is getting close to front to back). He’s not using it as any form of transportation and is really more interested in just rolling up onto his side and back. We’re closer and closer to a mobile baby and we are not ready!
Long ago when Mr. 6 was Mr. 18 months we went to a park in Salem, MA that had great tide pools (or so I remember). With Grandma help we found the name of the park and thought we would try it out. The boys were excited to see some sea creatures so we made the trek out there with high expectations.
The verdict – a great day with lots of good memories but the place was not what I remembered. I think that New England just doesn’t have the tide pools that San Diego has (my comparison). The boys loved climbing on the rocks and Mr. 6 did find a crab leg which was very exciting but it wasn’t a great beach. We’ll keep trying.
On the rocks on the way back to the car Mr. 6 met a fellow 1st grader and they had lots of fun climbing together – they exchanged addresses but only in the way 6 year olds do – no paper or pencils, just a chance to share some facts.