Alex has started counting. Last night he was sitting on the couch playing with Eric. Alex would cover his eyes and start counting: “Two, Three, Five, Seven, Eight”. And then he’d uncover his eyes and look for Eric (who kept hiding under a blanket). One time it was “Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten”. I didn’t even know he knew Ten! Eric has been using counting to calm Alex down since he was about 3 months old. He would hold up his fingers over Alex’s head during diaper changes and count to ten. I guess Alex picked it up and is now starting to repeat it back at us. He can name a few of the numbers if you point at them and ask “What numbers is this?” Mostly 5, 2 and 8, but occasionally he’ll get 3 and 4. He will also point at the numbers in Barb’s address and say (correctly): “5, 7, 8”, which is probably why he usually misses 6 when trying to count in order.