I’ve been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks as H turned seven at the end of March. We have just had an insanely busy couple of weeks and we are now emerging out of that and into the Easter holidays.
Seven seems very grown up when you say it. It means that before long he’ll be in the Juniors at school. He’s going to be expected to do more for himself and become more independent. And yet, he still seems so little too.
I had a little look back to his sixth birthday and tried to work out what’s changed this year. Back then he’d only lost 1 milk tooth, but 5 have gone now and the sixth is about to go, which will leave him with an enormous gap at the front for a bit.
This year has been the year of the chapter book for H. Even 6 months ago he was reluctant to attempt one. Not sure why as his reading was clearly up to the job. Now he can not be stopped. He is a complete bookworm. Some days he reads more than one book. The library is struggling to keep up with demand. He very much reminds me of me at that age.
Another big change has been how much he uses YouTube. He did even last year, but he mostly watched episodes of TV programmes on it. Now he watches a lot of Stampy’s Minecraft videos. For those not in the know, these are videos of someone playing the computer game Minecraft. Minecraft is the sort of game where you can construct your own world, so it’s not surprising that Mr Lego (H) should be keen on it. He even wants to buy a games console to play Minecraft and other computer games on. In fact, he asked for money for his birthday to help him save up for that.
Lego has continued to be a big part of his life. I don’t think a day goes by when he doesn’t play with it. His room is a permanent tip because he is always in the middle of creating something elaborate. Building things has always been popular and I can easily see him becoming an engineer.
He is still a boy who likes a cuddle. Generally, he’s gentle too, although like any seven-year old boy, he has his moments.
A fear of heights has emerged over the last year or so, which concerns me. I think it holds him back from doing things. I don’t know whether it’s a learned behaviour (his dad is scared of heights) or something innate that develops as they get older. I’ve always done my best to take him up high and he used to enjoy walking along castle ramparts, but now he won’t go up any high towers.
On the physical side, this has been the year he learnt to swim. Soon after he turned six, he started swimming without armbands, but he has gone much further than that. He’s really been working on his strokes and is quite good at breaststroke now. He seems to have cracked back crawl in the last few months too. He just needs to work out how to do the breathing on front crawl now. This year though he’s given up rugby: it just wasn’t his thing. He’s started tennis. I’m not sure that’s his thing either, but he has improved a lot at it over the last year. We are thinking about trying out something different like fencing.
I’m very proud of my seven-year old boy and I’m looking forward to the next year and beyond.