Tuesday, October 25, 2016

To my son, beyond 2

So, my sweet boy, you turned 2 in August and I am just now getting around to writing down some milestones to remember.  We were one month late with your birthday party, too!   But, we did it!  We try, buddy, we try.  We are a busy homeschooling family and we are still getting your daddy situated in his new office!

This Sunday, we arrived home late after going to dinner and you were tired.  There was an amazing, beautiful harvest moon; so, your brothers and dad got the telescope and went out to the field while I gave you a bath.  Of course you wanted a snack after your bath; so, you were sitting in the kitchen at the table, still in your towel, watching the other boys arrive back home and you looked at me and said, "brothers say I'm cute."  Yes!  Yes, they do that a lot.  They want you to say it, too!  And, you have us all rapt, dear one.

Just yesterday, we were prepping dinner and you walked into the kitchen and asked us to turn on the light and said you had to go pee.  Ummm.  So, your dad took you to the bathroom (where you led him) and turned on the light and put you on the potty while you peed.  Then, your dad asked me to order that special potty training seat we had been talking about.  I guess we don't need any more signs than that!  Let's figure out this potty training thing!  One of your favorite books right now is, "Once Upon a Potty" for boys.  You LOOOVE it.  so, no wonder.

A few months ago, I think I wrote about how you repeated every word we said.  Now, you have all your own words and you try really hard to communicate well and you are always listening.  You even paid attention to the cable guy's name today! 

One of my favorite things you do is tell me your observations.  You will be engaged in something and offhandedly say something like, "You are all finished with your food, mama?"  These observations always end with, "mama".  I absolutely love it!  Some of them are very astute.  We definitely can't sneak anything past you!

I love seeing you play.  You have a wonderful imagination!  My favorite word that you say is, "Ohs-Kay".  Like, "Its Ohs-Kay, its just a train."  You have great ears, too.  Did I mention that?  If someone changes something (even in the midst of chaos), you notice and tell us what's different.  Like, "turn the music back on", or, "its just a lawnmower."  We LOVE you to pieces.  Gah!

You still prefer the stroller and the bike trailer to riding yourself; but, that's OK with me for now...that little push-bike we have is loud. 

You go for the laughs, just like your brothers and your dad.  Its the cutest!  You want to understand and be understood so much.  If we don't understand, it registers with you and you seem to think about that a lot and you seem a bit distressed about it.  We try, buddy.

Since I have lots of affectionate terms for all of my boys and your dad does also, you like to use those names instead.  Like, today, you called me, "lovey".  LOL.  You call your brothers, "Essemme" and "Jojobeans" because that's what crazy nicknames came from your dad.  LOL.

Oh, sweet boy.  We love to get to know you even more.  We love you forever.




















Tuesday, October 18, 2016

14 months

To my little stinker...at fourteen months.

You gave up your paci at about eleven months...I feel like this is important to mention. You were pretty addicted to it and you just quit it cold turkey one day. Like, I tried to give it to you and kept on doing so, and you just didn't want it.

You can stack blocks. I watched as you walked right up to the blocks one day and just started stacking one on top of the other. Once it gets higher than you in a sitting position, it topples because you haven't figured out that you need to stand up to stack more.

You say "uh-oh" in such a way...and you will keep repeating it until we acknowledge that something truly tragic has just taken place...like you very intentionally dropping your food or a utensil on the floor.

You say, "Geta, Mama, Dada, apple, uh-oh, ow, eye, no! and all duhn." The word you perhaps say the most is "Hallo!" And it is just the best the way you say it. So excitedly, waving your little hand in the air as you keep repeating it. I could just eat you!

You have started to randomly bring me a book to read and kind of throw it at me and then climb into my lap and look up at me. Yes! I will read to you. Without a doubt, my little Plum. I was nervous because you would never sit still for long enough for us to read to you, but now you only lose interest half the time.

You cry hysterically whenever Dada and big sister leave to go to soccer or out  for a bike ride. And then you just nurse and fall asleep in my arms until they get back. 

You just started sleeping though the night...on occasion. I am thankful for that. But when you wake up, you scream like the world has just ended. You have got some set of lungs.

You love to dance and you have got some sweet moves. 

You just figured out how to climb up onto our bed. You climb on everything and then just stand there with a devious smile strewn across your face until I notice. And when I do, I ask you to get down so you don't hurt yourself and you scream and jump up and down and say, "No- whey! No-wa! No-wa!" 
Gah! You adorable little stinker, you!

Monday, October 17, 2016


To my little Goose...at three years and two months.

You call an elevator an "alligator".

You like to make up songs while playing your "mahnica" or drums.

I love that you still begin a sentence using "them". "Them's going to sweep. Ssssshhhhhh! Be Quiet." I should correct your improper English, but I don't because it's adorable the way you speak. Perhaps I'll think differently in a couple of years.

You love to twirl and whenever you decide to wear a dress, I'll give you two or three to choose from and your main requirement is that it has pockets and your second is its twirl factor. 

You could just make art for hours, Greta. You always ask to draw or paint or color, and I typically oblige.

You are always checking your toes for any lint or fuzzies from your socks, spreading each toe apart to examine it. "I have sumpthing in my toes!" 

You keep asking when winter will come. You are very excited about building a snowman. Soon enough, my love. Soon enough. Let's just enjoy Fall while it lasts.