We had a visitor over the Easter weekend - a friend of mine from Sydney. Elijah had met her previously and had taken a shine to her. Well after this weekend, he totally and utterly fell in love with her.
He gave her lots of cuddles and kisses in return for all the stories she read. But the coolest thing was that she actually helped him recognise numbers! Through her sitting with him and pointing out the numbers on a flyer at his request, Elijah can now (usually correctly) identify all single digit numbers. The cutest thing is that he preceeds each number with the word number, so if he sees a 7, he'll point and say "Number seven." 3s and 5s get mixed up occasionally, as do 8s and 0s, which I think is understandable, because they do have similarities.
His ability to count has moved forward in leaps and bounds over the past month as well. He has gone from not being able to count, to counting two items (such as two shoes) to actively seeking out three similar items in order to count them. Today he noticed three small human silhouettes on the label of my drink bottle and excitedly pointed and counted to three. Occasionally he can count to four, but more often than not, if there's more than three things, he'll say "One, two, fwee... two, fwee..."