Jaan has reached a new stage recently. He can walk to the woods on his own two feet. I used to take him in the stroller and then let him down to run around and explore when we got to a good place. Now he goes the whole way by himself, and Raia gets the stroller. He carries his little bucket and collects all kinds of things, usually as a present to take home to Papa. Yesterday Will went with us too, though.
The highlight of our walk was seeing a Big Spotted Woodpecker.
(To understand this story, you have to know that Jaan is afraid of two things: bobos and fountains. "Bobo" is whenever he hears a knocking or hammering noise. He starts saying "bobo," making a sign like someone hammering, and clinging to the nearest parent like his life depends upon it. Fountains have nothing to do with this story. )
As we were walking yesterday, we heard a bobo. Of course, I was very excited to see the woodpecker. Jaan didn't panic; maybe they're not so scary outside? He couldn't figure out what was making the noise, though. The woodpecker was at the top of a very tall, dead pine tree, and his little eyes couldn't find it. I took him to the base of the tree, and we put our ears up against it. Then he was really intrigued! He was convinced that there was something inside the tree truck. After he searched around the bottom of the tree and didn't find anything, I took him back out to where he could see the top of the tree again. Now he could see the woodpecker. He kept talking about "bobo bir-DUH" for the rest of our walk. He can say woodpecker pretty clearly in Russian now, too.