Matthew. My Smarty Pants.
Being so young, having just turned 5, I'm amazed at how smart this kid is. A.M.A.Z.E.D. I tell you.
The other day, Matthew and I went to play some card game called "Blink". He wanted to count his cards, so I waited. After he was finished, he announced that he had 29 of them. I was surprised. He did have 29. I asked him how he figured it out and he said he just counted them (in his head I might add).
I knew he could count, but I always thought he only knew how to count to 19 or 20... and even then, the few times I had heard him count in the past, he would quite often get confused once he hit 13, 14, 15....
So, for him to get to 29 and be correct, I wondered how he managed it. So, I asked him to count and see how high he could get.
1, 2, 3, 4.....13, 14, 15.......28, 29, 30......60, 61, 62..... and on he counted without a single mistake....77, 78, 79..... pause (tv can be distracting) "what number did I say Mom?" "79 Matthew, know what comes next?" 80, 81, 82........ 97, 98, 99.
"What comes after 99 Matthew?"
"I don't know"
This kid amazes me. He's a total Smarty Pants. And here I am, totally oblivious to the fact that he picks up on things that I'm not even aware that he knows. None of my girls could count like that at 5. He takes after his Dad I suppose.
Trying to get a nice picture of him can sometimes be such a challenge. Oh well. Makes me love him even more!
I'm going to really miss him when he goes to kindergarten in the fall. Who will be my buddy to hang out with during the day? I'll be so lonely. But already I can tell he's going to love going and learning new things each day.