Thankfully, Dominik seemed to forget about what he might be missing when I suggested Play-Doh. So we played with Play-Doh for a while, then put puzzles together, then read a ton of books. Dominik does well with wooden puzzles that are pictures of animals and cars...but when he wanted "more" puzzles, I pulled out the well-worn number and alphabet puzzles. He is definitely not ready for them, but I figure he will "get ready" for them as he learns how to fit those funny shapes where they go. Ok, I have to show him where each one goes when he gets too frustrated. He did say "T" when he got that letter...but then he also called a few other letters T.
No matter how hard you try, you can't fit a W in the A space. In case you were wondering.
Then while reading some of our favorite board books, I had the great idea of running to Marshalls to get some new board books. Our kids are pretty hard on our books, and some are too well-worn to be as much fun...and Marshalls has some board books for as little as $3. And hey, I'm a mom of one this morning, so going to Marshalls with a kid in a cart is easy! Thankfully they were quite nicely stocked with some of our favorite board books, and I got a few different ones too. Since Tom and I are both the fourth child, we know how it is to get hand-me-downs from older siblings that are embarrassingly worn...so we're trying to make sure Dominik doesn't feel so much like a fourth child. Today, he was an only child...which was a little different for both him and me. Different, but wonderful!