I took these pictures just two weeks ago, and as I sit down to finally edit and process them today, I feel like you already look completely different.
The common theme that seems to echo throughout each day is that you have become a tiny person. I get together with friends and we all just ooze with joy watching you and your buddies toddle around with such distinct little personalities and voices.
Speaking of voices, you have definitely found yours. We’ve reached that stage everyone told me about – where you seem to have new words every single day. This morning at the beach you looked up at the sky and yelled “plane!” – the first time I’ve heard you say it without my prompting.
Other new and favorite words/sounds currently include: tree, D (for Indy – your best bud), down, beans, water (wah-wahs), door, Elmo, and please – among many more. It is so nice to finally communicate so intentionally and directly with you!
You have a really bizarre obsession with trash cans. You can spot one from a hundred yards away, and if we’re out for a walk, all conversation must pause until we have all acknowledged the trash can’s presence. If we are out and you start whining and pointing, I have to assume there is a hidden trash can you have spotted somewhere. Naturally, trash day is the highlight of each week.
I took these pictures during our last week at your old house – on the playground that was directly across the street from our place! Of all the fun things to do there like swing and slide, your favorite was dropping mulch pieces through the drain grates.
You have grown out of your need to assert your independence and control, and you love to shower us in hugs and kisses again. Every night before bed, dad and I read books to you together and then you give each of us a kiss before the “family hug.” Last night I thought about our family hug including your soon-to-be little brother, and it felt hard to let go.
You still talk to us in one word commands, but you seem to understand so much more. You can point to nearly anything I ask about in a book, and you follow directions very well (when you want to). I can almost see the little wheels spinning in your head when I ask you to do something – like this morning when I told you to put the toilet seat down, and you waited five seconds, smirked, and then plunged your hand deep into the water.
While you will always prefer to hang with mom and dad, you are still very good at independent play. If given the right entertainment – these days cups, sand, a water table, or sidewalk chalk – you will keep yourself entertained for hours.
You are loving our new house and your new backyard, and you start every morning by running to the backdoor and yelling “out, out, out.” We have been known to do sidewalk chalk in a diaper before 8am.
Your nap bandit days are over (knocking on wood), and you are back to being a really great, really consistent napper. You sleep at least 3 hours in the afternoons – usually between 12:30 and 3:30 – and sometimes I even wake you up because you are napping too long! You are waking up for it in the mornings though, and your current wakeup time is 5:31am on the dot. All that summer sunshine streaming in the windows is just too tempting!
You are a very picky eater, and it’s hard to get you to eat anything more adventurous than bananas, bread, and peanut butter. Luckily you love smoothies, so I sneak a lot of vegetables and good fats into those to help round out your diet (I’ll post your favorite smoothie recipe next week!). We take you to lots of restaurants anyway, and you’ve tried everything from (vegetarian) sushi, to Indian food, to food truck tamales!
I’ve stopped stressing out so much about little things and to-do lists recently, which has helped me to just relax and enjoy our days together. I work during your nap times and do what I can, and the rest has to wait until the next day. It has been good for both of us, as our time feels a lot more valued now! I’m soaking up these last few months of just you and me running the town together, before our newest sidekick gets here.
Right now, we are looking forward to a summer filled with daily trips to the playground, swimming lessons at the local pool, and one last big family beach trip before our family grows again. I caught you on camera a few days ago, playing in your backyard bean bin. You are obsessed!
Thanks for another great month, C.