Duplo Day 4: Mimi and Deedee

Until very recently, Duplo’s terms for us were “Mimi” and “Deedee.” I’m actually kind of sad he stopped calling me Mimi. Somehow it seemed a bit more glamorous than plain old Mommy. Sometime in the last month, though, he’s learned to say Mommy and Daddy correctly (he’s also learned to open doors . . . uh oh).

Oh, and Lego calls me Mama. I think it would be funny if the next kid called me MuuMuu.

Duplo Day 3: Fast Fast Fun Fun

Duplo is much more of a daredevil than Lego was at the same age and still is. He learned to climb up on stuff about six months earlier than Lego had. All last summer, he was intent on running into the road over and over again; I only needed to explain the danger of getting hit by a car once or twice to Lego before he would cling to my side whenever we were in a street or in a parking lot.

There are upsides to his daredevil nature, though, and most of them can be seen at the playground. Duplo loves climbing and going down slides, going fast in swings, and riding behind my bike in the trailer, especially if we’re going fast. The first time my dad took him around in the bike trailer, Duplo kept repeating, “Fast fast fun fun!” I’ve heard him say, “Fast! Fun!” going down slides too.

It’s not uncommon for us to be at the park at the same time as another child about Duplo’s age. Often the other child’s mom or dad will comment on how unafraid Duplo is of climbing up high and then flying down the biggest slide head first, laughing. One mom couldn’t believe him. Her own daughter played at her feet while Duplo passed the two of them over and over again to climb the stairs and go down the slide.

Here are some pictures of him having fun going fast:

Yeah, he’s giggling like crazy in that last one.

Duplo Day 2: Lego’s Shadow

In the last month or so, Duplo has started mimicking a lot of the things Lego does. If Lego sings, Duplo does too. If Duplo starts spinning in circles, you can bet Duplo will be doing it in a few seconds. The same goes for climbing, riding bikes, walking around in a pillowcase as if it were a gunnysack, putting a stock pot on his head, making funny noises, and saying prayers (lately we’ve been hearing echoes at prayer time).

What’s funny is that when we were playing outside a couple weeks ago, he started following our 2.5-year-old neighbor around and shadowing him instead of Lego. Maybe just because he’s closer to his own age?

Duplo Day 1: Learning colors

Duplo is learning his colors, kind of. He knows all the color names, purple and orange being his favorite to say, with brown close behind. All day long he points to brightly colored objects and guesses the color:

“Purple!” he’ll say.
“Red,” I’ll correct.
Then I’ll point to something else that’s red and say “red” again. He’ll repeat it a few times.

A few minutes later, he’s pointing to something green and saying, “Orange!”

Yesterday he got a few right, which is better than his usual odds. I’m not sure if that means he got lucky or whether he’s actually learning some of the colors. It’s fun to watch him learn.

A month of Duplo

Just before Lego turned two, I blogged every day for a month about him. I really enjoyed making the record, and as I recently read through it again, I was struck by how much I’d forgotten. I don’t have time to do this for both boys at every birthday, but since kids are developing their personalities at an alarming rate right around their second birthdays, it seemed like a good time to do the same for Duplo. Maybe I’ll do it again for their fifth and eighth birthdays. Who knows.