Nate likes talking to things. Anything really but he has 3 particular favorites: his "class", babies and germs.
Right now talking to germs is his thing, to the point where Annie and I have maybe lost a little bit of our minds over it. In the Nate talking to germs stage play, Nate plays himself and Annie or I (read: Annie) is plays the role of the germs. Nate will ask them how they are doing and Annie has to respond as if she is a germ or the germ collective.
The key here is that Nate NEVER tires of this routine. When Annie does tire of it then he will ask her to get out a bunch of his toys. He'll divide his toys in two parts. One part will be the germs and the other will be the white blood cells and he'll have them duke it out. I only ever get worried when the germs win.
The more normal thing he loves is babies or as Nate likes to say "I love babies infinity".
And he does.
I love babies too but now anytime I see one starting to breath fast and I automatically start thinking SMARD. Probably not healthy but also probably not the most unhealthy thing I do. Nate will have conversations with his cousin James or Liam, only they aren't in the room. Nate will, thankfully, play both himself and the baby parts in this scenario. Which is equally disconcerting as the germ routine but less work for us so...whatever. Observe Nate as he passes a Sunday afternoon away just staring at his baby cousin Liam.
Here Nate insisted Liam join him and his cousin Callie as they colored and read books.
Nate had another cousin, baby James visit from out of town. Let me tell you, nothing, NOTHING, excited Nate more than the idea that he could put Liam and James on a blanket together and watch them chat it up. He was tired of the artificial thing - he wanted real babies really talking to each other and almost burst with excitement at this idea. Sadly, he was about equally disappointed when they were finally placed together on a blanket and all they did was throw up and poop themselves. Babies, ugh, get it together.
Nevertheless, Nate still loved and loves every minute of hanging out with his baby cousins. How could you not, they're cute times infinity.
Here is Nate gleefully imitating baby James in some sort of one-sided Simon Says.
Nate, pleased as punch (or in his case beige nutrient rich slurry) as he holds James.