happy new year to all of you! i hope your first 18 days were glorious and that the glory continues for the next 347 days.
elijah wants to say to you all, ‘KANPA~I!’ i should write it in all capital letters for accuracy. elijah has been really into saying ‘kanpai (cheers)’ whenever he gets the chance. he says ‘kanpai’ to clink glasses (he’s drinking barley tea or milk in a cup), but also says it when he’s eating food from a plate. he wants us to grab our plates and clink them against his, many times every meal (whenever he wants attention). i’ve tried to correct him, but his adorable face always wins. there are so many things to say kanpai to in elijah’s world.
elijah turned 19 months old last week. i thought he was pretty adorable his first year, but his 19-month-old cuteness just keeps accelerating. his communication skills have been improving like a storm. he can make two- and three-word sentences now. he can say ‘kore nani (what’s this)?’, ‘mama suru no (mama do it)’, ‘milk hoshii (I want milk)’, etc… he can also say prepositions like ‘mama mo (mama, too)’ or ‘elijah no (elijah’s)’. he seems to understand that i speak japanese and paul speaks english to him. so when he speaks to paul, he says ‘papa, too’ or ‘papa’s’.
he can say names other than papa and mama. he says his playmates’ names, grandma and gido to paul’s parents and ba-ba and ji-ji to mine. today he said to me, ‘ba-ba, nihon (grandma, japan)’.
my family is still living in japan so we communicate on videochat. when elijah and i videochat with my parents, elijah does his best to show them how much he’s learned. he holds up shapes in front of the camera and says ‘sankaku! (triangle)’ or ‘shikaku’ (square) and sings the ‘ABC’ song or ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’. my parents applaud and cheer every time.
so close and so far away. it makes me feel a little homesick.