B-E-A-N can R-E-A-D


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So, the title of this post is a little misleading. It should really say, “B-E-A-N can M-E-M-O-R-I-Z-E,” but that doesn’t fit into my header bar. Plus, I figure that first sight words are really all about memorization, but people consider that reading. So, I’m going to count this as Bean reading.

Kind of.

Sort of.

Regardless of if it’s reading or not, it’s pretty darn cute and I was pretty darn impressed.

It’s these minor, tiny little things that he does every day that I don’t want to forget. On that list would also be the following unforgettable forgettable moments:

– This afternoon on the way home from school, Bean was wailing in the backseat because I was making him wait his turn for listening to his choice of music (side note: we take turns in the car with music, Bean gets one song and I get one song). He’s usually pretty good with this rule, but today he was not having it and so he was sobbing in the backseat while I sang along with Adele. After about five minutes of sobbing, Bean suddenly lifted his head up and said happily, “Mom! Look at my eyeball!” I busted out laughing and we talked about eyeballs all the way home.

– Bean is learning how to have conversations with people and one of his latest key phrases is, “What did you say?” He acts like he didn’t hear what you said when he’s run out of things to talk about but wants to keep the conversation going. He also says it when I ask him to pick up his toys, eat his green beans, or put his clothes in his hamper. “Mom, what did you say?” he’ll ask over and over again. And then just when I’m about to kill him, he’ll explode laughing like it’s the funniest trick to play on Mom. It’s not. But it is pretty darn adorable and I love to see him learning how to be conversational…even if it means learning how to manipulate conversations.

– He calls sneezes “snoozes.” He’ll say, “Mom, I snoozed!” Cracks me up every time. I’m laughing right now as I type.

– Bean is highly uncomfortable with me and Chris kissing. He gets really mad when Chris kisses me. He puts his hands on his hips and yells out, “DADDY! STOP KISSING MOMMY!” The other morning at breakfast, he was trying to tell Chris something while Chris kissed me good morning. Bean yelled out, “DADDY! STOP KISSING MOMMY FOR ONE SECOND AND LISTEN TO ME!” We about wet our pants over that one.

– Every night after their baths, Bean comes into Gracie’s room where I am usually reading her a book or two and he kisses us both goodnight. He gives me a big hug and kiss and then he grabs Gracie’s face and gives her a big kiss, too. It makes my heart melt.

– Bean loves hugs right now. He loves giving them and getting them. Sometimes you’ll be in the middle of playing with him and he’ll just announce, “Mom, I need a hug.” Or, he’ll be playing outside on the playground and he’ll stop and come running over because he needs a hug. My favorite though is when he is going to bed and he’s all tired and cuddly (well, relatively speaking…Bean’s about as cuddly as a cactus) and as I turn out the light and leave, he’ll say, “Mom, I need a hug first!” Even if I’ve given him ten hugs already. It’s probably just a trick to keep from going to bed, but I take the bait every time.

It seems that with two kids, they grow up exponentially faster. I can’t believe Gracie is already 10 months old and that this summer Bean will be three. Where has the time gone? How have they gotten so old? How have I gotten so old?!?!? When you look back, you remember the big things – first words, first steps, things like that. But it’s the small glimpses of our lives every day that I will really cherish. I’m so glad I have a blog that lets me chronicle the insignificant. Life is made of insignificant moments. Thanks for reading about all of mine.

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27 Thoughts to “B-E-A-N can R-E-A-D”

  1. Aw, Bean! I love hearing these cute sayings…such a fun fun age!

  2. So precious to actually hear Bean talk in that video! Love it. What a great post. I am cracking up that he says “snoozes”. Also, the 4 year old I nanny for says “What did you say” all the time! Drives me crazy 😉

  3. I love reading about the cute things Bean does, makes me even more excited to start my own family. I also loves blogs for allowing us to chronicle the little stuff! As for the reading as memorization thing, I think it’s WONDERFUL! My grandma read to me every day when she watched me when I was little. I would come home and “read” to my mom out of those books. When I started school reading came naturally to me and I never struggled. As a teacher I often struggle with kids who aren’t exposed to reading at home, because getting them to understand the value in reading is difficult. Way to go!

  4. Oh my goodness, Bean is getting so grown up. I can’t believe it. I love reading about and blogging about these kind of moments because these are truly the ones you forget the quickest but love to read about later.

  5. Beans little voice is the cutest! So great that you’ll have all these cute videos and blog posts to look back on to remember *way back when* 😉

  6. Cindy

    That is awesome how well he remembers all of that. My daughter turned 3 in October and she “reads” books too but she really just makes up a story and interjects with some of the “real” story. It makes me laugh everytime. Thanks for sharing this precious video of Bean!!

  7. Anne

    LOVE his little voice! Enjoy this age!!

  8. JenniferLO

    Is it weird that I totally teared up at that video?? There is nothing better than hearing children read. It seriously melts my heart!

  9. LOVE THIS! He is so cute 🙂

  10. This is so exciting!! I love that you are sharing these moments with us. Now I want to go pull out my Dr Seuss books (and yes I’m almost 30.)

  11. oh MY i love that! I just chased my husband around with the computer trying to show him the video! Apparently he doesn’t care about the happenings of Bean like I do! 🙂 he is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!

  12. Too cute! And he looks so proud of himself 🙂

  13. Marina H

    This is too cute and makes me want to go read with toddlers! I also couldn’t believe how old Bean looked in this one.

  14. Claudia

    Beautiful post. Been following your blog for about two years now. LOVE it!

  15. I used to memorize the heck out of books when I was Bean’s age, and I was reading before everyone in my kindergarten class. So, I say memorizing is a sign of early reading!

  16. jessa r.

    what an angel! he would look at you with such a smile on his face every so often…and i couldn’t help but laugh when he would say “what’s this one?” and you’d answer, “do you know it?” and he’d say, “ya! – [insert letter]” – too precious! and thanks for reminding me to treasure the “insignificant moments.” life moves too fast to not

  17. These are not insignificant moments! These are the kind of moments we cherish and make our world go ’round. Thanks for sharing them with us!

  18. OH MY GOODNESS that was CUUUUUTE! How do you not just squeeze him and squish him all day!?!? I’d love to get my little guy that book because he’s also a Thomas fan. What book was it?

  19. omg so precious!! Love his cute squeaky voice and that he said “I’m Mom’s WHOLE world!”

  20. Bean just won the internet today. Cutest thing I’ve seen in ages! What a sweet, smart boy you’re raising. Kudos!

  21. Rachel @ The Ongoing Planner

    Man time sure does fly! I’ve been following your blog for a year now and have loved every single post. My husband had to ask what I was laughing about when I cracked up at the “snooze”. You have great kids Katie!

  22. Oh my goodness you have an adorable little boy 🙂

  23. Okay, so my favorite little boys in the world are my own, of course. But Bean is not far behind. SO CUTE. You are a blessed lady to be his mom, and he is blessed to have you!

  24. Nikki

    Why did I tear up to this?!? This will be another one where I will take the computer to the Husband and tell him,”Can you believe how big he is getting?” I do this to him about once a week!

  25. Too cute! Way to go, Bean! I remember babysitting for a little boy when I was in college… I think he was 4 and he had memorized every single word of every single book he owned. I thought he was an amazing reader, until his Mom told me it was all just memorization. Smart kid 🙂

  26. Sharilyn

    Okay, so I rarely comment, but this I loved. Maybe it’s not really reading, but soon it will be. He’s a quick one! My daughter read her first chapter book (‘Socks’) at 5 1/2 and I’m betting Bean will be doing the same. He’s awesome.

  27. Laurie

    Good lord he is so cute!

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