The Gate Card. Our little man has been learning all kinds of new helpful things lately. I have to admit that for a long time we didn’t push him to do much. We don’t really parent like that – and that’s okay… each to his own. We prefer a more laid-back approach. The result of this is that sometimes we notice that other kids our child’s age are doing all sorts of things. We see a child doing something and then tell Eli to do it, AND HE DOES! Whaaaaat? What this shows is that they are all learning and developing, and kids really don’t need constant pushing. We would prefer if Elijah stays a baby for as long as anyway . I say “baby” and the boy turns two this Friday. I wonder how much longer I can keep calling him a baby. Forever, right? He’ll probably seem like our baby until we have another one, and then realize how big Eli is by then!
It is quite a process to get outside and play. We have to climb down about 6-7 flights of stairs, depending on where we are going. As you can imagine, that takes quite a while! When we get to floor one of our building, we need to turn a knob and that opens a large metal door. All of this is much more
complicated tiring with a stroller, as you can imagine. Then we have to walk along a path to another set of stairs. Finally, we turn a corner and go down one last flight. From there we walk a few meters to some trees and paths which Elijah loves. All that before we have even started playing. The journey back upstairs is the same, but involves much more energy. Eli has been doing amazing with the stairs, but sometimes he will get tired and just turn to us and put his hands in the air. A few weeks ago, when we reached the top of the second set of stairs, I handed him the gate card and he excitedly took it and ran to the door. I was completely shocked when he went to the right door, stood on his tippy toes and then swiped the card on the sensor. He could barely reach, but I was so amazed that he had learned this just by watching me do it. See what I mean… I hadn’t been purposefully “teaching” him, but he was watching and learning!
Everyday when we reach that same spot at the top if the stairs, I give him the gate card and he runs to the big metal door (we are the third one so sometimes he runs to each one and tries all of them — they all beep!). My gate card is quite temperamental, so it barely works for me most of the time. Usually I have to help Eli, but he sure does know what is going on. Two more centimeters of growth and he won’t even need to go on his tippy toes to swipe the card! Here are some videos of him trying to open the door…