Our Patrick is a funny boy, loud, giggler, takes what he wants, constantly annoys Markus, but then can turn round and be very sweet to him. They are often best buddies, playing nicely together. Markus recently taught him Rock, Paper, Scissors - although we are not sure that Patrick has quite got it yet. He grins at markus, waits to see Markus' choice, and then just copies him :-) He is cheeky but adorable and does get away with a certain amount of mischief.
He loves dressing up, and adores the adult 3D movie glasses, heaven knows how he can see out of them well enough to draw.
Below is a typical sequence of events - Patrick puts something on his head, looks grumpy, tries not to smile, giggles
his swiss german is also coming along nicely, as is his "Swiss-english": Me Not! Wait a second (favourite phrase, second only to "But....") He mixes up his prepositions, using "From" when he means "for"
There are some words that he still says in his particular way; pur-rise (for surprise, ie dessert),
me watch funny? = can I watch television?
Patrick is a great fan of the "beep beep" ie the kitchen timer for solving disputes. They can have the toy until the beeper, when the toy is then shared. There is always a race to see who will turn off the beeper -cue more arguments.
He often still naps after lunch. He can do without it, but then he has his five o'clock existential crisis. When he sleeps, it's in the class child pose. He goes to bed with "goat, muggie, pillow". We are still trying to get him to give up the "muggie" (for "nuggi" ie dummy). When he does deign to get into bed (he is the master of many final calls for pee pee, poo poo, more water, more light, less light etc) then the pillow has to be the right way up and correctly aligned. It's like watching a dog circle around and around in the basket before settling! We then have to sign either "twinkle twinkle" or "you are my sunshine" for patrick (with him joining in!) and then "do do do" ie Brahm's lullaby for Markus. He does love his singing!
He loves his swimming even more, he is a right little water baby, and even tries "diving" in the bath. His lessons with First Flow are finishing soon, so i am on the look out for the next type of lessons.