I mean a lot.
When he was a toddler I thought he'd never talk. Having 2 older sisters, he never really got the chance.
But he's more than made up for it.
You just have to get him by himself. When we're all piled in the car running hither and yon, the girls are abuzz with singing, giggling, or storytelling. Tate does join in, but he also tends to tune them out and stare out the window.
On more than one occasion, I've had the sinking feeling we forgot him, so I'll holler, "Is Tate back there?!"
Thankfully, he always is.
My new favorite activity with just him is going up to the 7-11 by our house and getting slurpees. Or to the pet store to get crickets for Google, Drue's gecko.
We rode our bikes up there this Summer. The last few times we've gone, however, he suggested we walk. I quickly discovered he prefers walking because it gives him more time to talk. And I think that's absolutely precious.
Twice in the past couple weeks, when the whole family was running errands, we've made a stop at the pet store before heading home. And both times he said excitedly, "Mommy, let's me and you walk home!"
Most of his conversations are completely random and not connected in the least. But he almost always starts out talking about when David and I are older and ways he's going to take care of us. Then a bunch of randomness. And finally he'll fit in a good 5 minutes discussing Minecraft, Infinity, or Mario Bros.
The other day as we started on our walk, he assured me that if David and I run out of money when we're old, he'll go to the ATM and take out $1000 of his money to give to us.
And a few weeks ago he was concerned about trash day:
"I'm always going to live close to you so I can take out your trash for you."
"Yeah, because you'll probably lose your mind sometime. So if I see that trash day has already come and you left it by the curb, I'll bring it back up for you."
"That is so sweet. I'll appreciate that."
"I know old people can be forgetful sometimes."
I'm sure at that point he made a smooth segue over to which Infinity character he wants to save up for, or what he wants for his birthday in May.
And I didn't mind one bit.
Because we still had a few blocks to go together, just us.