I love you. Wow how I love you. I mean that on the really fun days and on the not so fun days…or I should say in the not so fun moments. I just can’t really believe that my heart is capable of this love. It’s wonderful and different from how I feel about anyone else. Just like the way I love your dad isn’t like anyone else.
The months since my last letter have gone by more quickly than any others until this point. I am now understanding why people constantly tell me it goes by quick! It does!
Right now you are developing the sweetest personality. Compassionate, gentle, loving, fun, wild, happy, energetic, focused, observant, quiet, loud, determined, curious, playful…I think the list goes on and on. You just have this special personality that I can’t get enough of and others around you love it as well. At the grocery store you wave to people and smile really big at the sweet older women that talk with you, at FSM you give high fives and let teenage girls fall in love with you, with your friends you are sweet and play well with anyone (although we are learning about sharing), and at home you just play, play, hug, play, hug. Life with you is beyond awesome.
You are saying so many words now! Ball (many, many times a day), dut (duck), mel-K (milk), bup (up), cah (car), oh-shh (ouch), uh-oh, bath, puh-puh (poopoo), book, bye-bye, brefas (breakfast), chuck (truck), diapah, no-no, yeah, momma, Dadda, tanetu (thank you), chus (shoes), choo choo, vroom, bear, shoes, socks, nose, rawr, and you tell us what sound a puppy makes (woo woo). I think that’s a lot of the words but I’m sure I missed a few! You are doing really well in the communication department! When we ask you if you want to eat, need a diaper change, want to go outside, put your shoes on, etc. you respond with walking to the appropriate room for those things and pointing. I’m kind of amazed by this. It’s probably typical but I think you are a genius!
You have a sensitive side to you that is very endearing. When anyone cries you cry. When a child gets hurt on the playground you survey the scene, watching them and there parent with concern until they seem okay. This is sometimes difficult for you, like when we have an extra baby friend in the house every so often and each time he cries you walk around playing and softly crying at the same time. We started to try out time out a while back and it just hurt your little heart so much to feel in trouble. Now you put you put yourself there at appropriate times and mommy doesn’t quite know what to do with that. 😉 Your cries are short lived and much less often than this paragraph would make it seem. You are at least 95% happy.
Mommy “getting” your feet.
You are walking like a champ and borderline running. You are observant and think about each step. You love to throw the ball around the house and just today realized you can maneuver it will your feet. Climbing isn’t something you are super pumped about right now and playgrounds are really just there to have a place to play with rocks, wood chips, and the surrounding leaves, grass, trees, sticks, or creeks. In that way you are all boy darling! In the mornings we can hear you jumping or diving in your bed from our room. It’s the real playground in your life. 🙂 and it’s adorable. One thing daddy and I both adore is that if you see a large crack or metal piece in a sidewalk or on a bridge you stop and crawl over it. Even if its completely level. It’s so cute..soooo cute.
Sleep. You are mostly sleeping through the night every night. That was a long time coming and I am just praying that sickness doesn’t strike like last winter keeping you up night after night. Lets all pray! Naps are typically 2 1/2-3 hours. Yes please. You stopped taking two naps a while back. I’d read that I’d know you’re ready when you didn’t take a good second nap. Well, the hour of bed jumping and playful noises was a pretty clear indication. We both really enjoy the change. I feel like I get more time to myself AND more time with you! 🙂 win, win!
Food. You love it. ALL of it. Bananas, grapes, and avocado are at the top of the list but anything will do. You feed yourself with a fork or spoon really well. You love milk and water. You don’t drink juice or anything else, but you get oranges and apples so I think you’re good. Like I said before, you cry once you know you are getting food until its in your tray. We are working on that. 🙂
Toys. You love cars, balls, trains, puzzles, blocks, and your golf club. You seem to enjoy toys that require thinking and imagination. You have other toys but really go for those most of the time. As I write this post I realize more and more how much like your dad you already are. I know you won’t be exactly alike and may have different interests but the way you think seems so similar. You have taken an intense interest in cleaning. Anytime mommy has a rag or broom you run over saying “eh, eh” which means “me, me…I’d like that!”. Well, I have to admit you’re a good little helper. I find you cleaning your mess before I get to it some days after meals! We bought you a small broom and you’ll walk around trying to find pieces of things on the floor. Gosh, you are precious. Let’s see when you’re a teenager if you still love to clean so much! 😉
baby tush 🙂
We are thinking about trying to potty train because you seem pretty curious. I have to admit I’m a little intimidated and I don’t mind you waiting, but we will see. I’m sure you could do it! You often look at me and say “puh-puh” and then I hear you…poo-poo. 🙂
I am sure you are at least 25 pounds although we haven’t been to the doctor yet to see.
You had a recent growth spurt so I’m curious what your height is. I know we changed out all of your clothes after that and skipped a shoe size. Big boy!
I could go on for days about you. You’re perfect. That’s the gist. I know you aren’t technically perfect but you kind of are to me. You’re the crazy, sweet little mess I always wanted! The first three months into your second year of life have been full of joy. Your daddy and I love you so much and are enjoying all of these new things you are doing and having so much fun getting to be a part of it all!
Love you forever!!