Anyway after a while, on this particular day, he got bored with guessing and told me that he was going to write something specific and that he wanted me to come and watch. So I put down what I was working on and went and sat at his project table with him. He looks at me with a smile and says,
" I want to write Phillip"
So I got ready to help him and he says to me with excitement,
"I know how to spell it, D-A-D, right!"
I really hated to break his heart, but explained to him that D-A-D does not spell Phillip. I then had him sound it out and he realized he had spelled dad. He still thought that was pretty cool. So he ended up writing both.
(You can see that he wrote x-ray on the page before)