35 months

dear hugo,

IT SNOWED THIS MONTH WHAT THE HELL.

i have to tell you that this has been a fairly miserable winter, even if it hasn’t been full of snow like last year. i knew those handful of beautiful days in march were too good to be true – this month has been rainy and cold and dreary and just the pits. everyone is cranky and ready for sunshine and springtime.

after not napping more than once every 7-10 days, you’ve decided now is the time to nap again. perhaps it’s due to the fact that we have been staying at the playground and forcing ourselves to go outside even in the miserable, dreary weather more than we managed in the winter. or perhaps whatever speed you were taking in december has finally worn off, but these days you seem to be napping more and more frequently. you are at least going to bed at a decent hour – but 8-8:30 at the latest instead of 9:30-10 and so papa and i don’t really mind. it makes it easier to do evening things as well and honestly it’s great timing considering soccer is starting and it would be impossible to take your brother on a night when you haven’t napped.

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touching rays at the mystic aquarium

in fact you seem to be generally more sleep overall – at bedtime you know the whole routine and will often climb into bed and turn on the reading light and get snuggled up while i am grabbing my book and glasses. it’s a lot nicer than fighting you to go to bed, that’s for sure.

even so, we are making the best of things as we can. you have finally started to enjoy going to little sprouts on monday mornings. that is – you have always enjoyed going, but you have finally started talking about it and looking forward to it. you are still slow to warm up to people and places, which is very sweet considering how obnoxious you are once you feel comfortable! it’s fun seeing you connect with other kids your age.

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hiking with nana and grandpa

you have a few youtube movies you like to watch – a bad habit we developed during the winter months when mama had to work and you weren’t napping. clash of clans commercials (‘cwash of cwams’ and minions, along with some taylor swift and bruno mars ‘videos’). and now if you do nap and i have to wake you so we can pick up the brothers or so you aren’t awake all night long, they are a good bribe for getting you to forgive me for being disturbed.

because your naps are spotty and unplannable and because you are awful when i work, i have decided that this month you can start having a little bit of iPad time instead of waiting a few more weeks until you are 3. you LOVE this of course, and we have been working hard on ironing out the rules (after lunch, just when mama is working, once a day, you can’t have a tantrum when time is up). it’s not so easy for you to give the iPad up when the time is over, but you are getting used to the routine of it, and now that you have realized that you do get another turn the next day, it’s even getting a little easier to give up to. i have mixed feelings about giving you iPad time “early” but desperate times, i guess.

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if you don’ wear yo scarf yo neck’s gon’ get cold

you love blueberry pouches, those gross gross baby food in foil things. long ago i considered buying some silicone pouches and making our own, but for whatever reason(s) that never happened and now they are your favorite treat. whatever. they cost less than $2 and they are a great purchase to keep you occupied while we are at the grocery store and they are actually healthy too. the amusing thing is that even though you love the blueberry flavor, you still won’t eat actual blueberries. i’m curious to see if that will change this summer when they are fresh and delicious.

you are delight to watch play the iPad, even as conflicted as i am about allowing you to use it. when you play the construction game with grandpa (or whatever it is called) and “grandpa” asks if you “want to play again?” you always whisper, “yes” and i die every time. you also like the “game with the birdies” and you will point excitedly to all the silly things you can make the birdie do.

 

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big helper

although you also eat most things, you can be particular about other treats as well. you like bunny not bear crackers and you would really always prefer star wars crackers (but alas, they no longer sell them around here). you will only eat the short fat pretzel rods, not the skinny pretzels or the “hug” shaped ones. you will eat certain kind of orange slices but not others. you DO still love apples, and will eat them sliced or whole. one of my favorite things is watching you eat a whole apple. it’s still so heavy in your hands and getting a good bite out of it is tricky. still you persevere and it’s adorable. papa would prefer if you would stop taking bites of his apples, however, and he’s often arrived at work appalled to find his morning snack has already been nibbled many times over.

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everyone loves the iPad

we’ve also talked about weaning some this month, and it’s going ok so far. we’re not in a rush, but i’ve been working on nursing you not at all at night anymore. i was thinking that because you are the same age as your brothers were night weaned that it wouldn’t be much of a thing for you either, but it turns out that being pregnant means a lot less milk and therefore a lot less fight about it all. but you know that as you are getting tall and taller there will be less milk and you are ok with that in theory – in practice you are not so sure. still, we are making slow and steady progress at night and that is the most important thing. you still occasionally nurse other times – for nap and bedtime, for example, but mostly that’s it. it’s definitely bittersweet for both of us.

 

happy 35 months, baby! i can’t believe how big you are getting so fast!

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thirty-five months

love,

mama

34 months

dear hugo,

you have started to realize that you are growing and you are not sure how you feel about this. it’s a tricky thing. on the one hand, you are ready to be big and big and bigger, because that means you can play more games with the brothers and do more cool things. it means you are getting tall and taller and that makes you proud. but it also means that you are not a baby anymore and maybe you aren’t ready for that. you often ask me, “i am the baby, right?” “yes, you are,” i tell you, because of course you will always be my baby.

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honey mustard chips and oj snack for the strep patient

even so, you continue to strive for things that the big kids do. you like to get things and do things for yourself. putting on a back pack and taking a lunch box places, getting out your shoes and coat (WINTER COAT, MAMA, even if the weather has decided to feel pleasant for a change). you can take your pants and underpants fully off, if they are not buttoned too tightly, and you can even sometimes pull them back up. you can take off your shirt and socks and sometimes, the opposite, pull on your shoes. you can get your own snacks out of my back or the cabinet (honestly, i love when you get your own snacks out of the cabinet because i am terribly lazy).

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when it’s been too quiet for too long

you love to be read to, but you also love to read to yourself. if i am working and won’t read to you (oh WHY did you have to give up your nap so soon?!), you will sometimes sit next to me and declare, “FINE! i will read it MY-SELF.” and then of course it is impossible to work because i love listening to how you tell yourself the story.

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snuggling with a sick mama

your pappy was here a few days to visit and to help us with yet another project. you, like your middle brother before you, absolutely delighted in helping out when you could. you found the work half fascinating and half painfully boring, which is actually a pretty accurate assessment of the project.

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movie break for the construction assistant

you, also like your middle brother before you, continue to w-sit with your legs. supposedly that’s not a big deal, but since your auntie used to sit like that and wound up with knees that make her a little crazy, i have been disinclined to let you or your brother sit like that when i can see it. you find it amusing that this bothers me, and you won’t put your legs into a more gentle position for your knees until you’ve gotten me to yell at you. as in, if i say, “fix your legs, hugo,” you will say, “YELL IT! FIX YO LEGS HUGO!” and will not comply until i do. similarly, if you have to use the potty, you sometimes tell me about it, but then encourage me to hustle you, “say ‘let’s go let’s go let’s go!’ mama!”. weirdo.

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dyeing eggs for spring!

you are learning how to be a pain in the butt from your brothers. all their obnoxious sayings and insults are absorbed by you like a sponge. your favorite is to you, “STOP COPYING ME!” which must be a real issue for the kindergartners this year, because it’s a favorite protestation you have picked up from calum.

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when you couldn’t bunk with the big kids

this month we had an actual taste of spring – one weekend morning we went to brunch with friends at 9:30 and didn’t get home until almost dinner. it’s not that the winter was so cold but it’s been so very dreary. we’re trying to soak up any good weather that comes our way, and you are no exception. we haven’t been to the playground in ages, because it has been too rainy to do anything, and you’ve begun to preemptively tell me that we needn’t even bother to check the swings and slides because, “they are wet, mama.” please hurry, spring, we need more sunshine!

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thirty-four months

happy 34 months, beautiful!

love,

mama

 

 

 

33 months

dear hugo,

i cut your hair. i was tired of all of the tangles and i wanted to get some kind of different hairstyle ready for your birthday photo in a few months. i cut it shorter than i wanted but it’s still pretty cute. you look so different! and too big all of a sudden.

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where’s your hair?

not that you aren’t acting too big anyway. if you need a snack you will tell me, “yes we [do have some] – i’ll show you!” then you drag a chair over to the counter and climb up and open the cabinet and get whatever it is you wanted. i am sort of appalled but also relieved. finally a child who can just serve himself, my goodness. you’re 9 yr old brother still doesn’t know how to do that (or rather, he’s too lazy do it).

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mama c’n-i eat your chips?

your play is bigger too. when we went to visit your cousins in pennsylvania recently, you and your cousin liam were inseparable. you played super hero and trucks and cars and you played house and kitchen and took care of babies. you play with gus and calum is many of their games. you join the kids in calum’s class for part of their routine (without being a distraction!) when i am helping the K2 kids check out books. you want to blow the bubbles all by yourself – and you do. you can even sit for a few turns of a board game. there is so much happening around you and you can’t wait to catch up.

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playing all the games

you are enjoying books more and more and are often asking papa for a “book and a snuggle.” then once you’re settled in, you’ll open the book and tap the page, “talk it!” you’ll demand. you like “ginger” and of course all of the byron barton books and a few other books about construction.

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new library books

you haven’t been napping so we haven’t been nursing in during the day much, but lately i think all that no sleep is catching up to you and you will demand a midday snuggle. if i try to pass on the mahnahs you have a tantrum. i think you still need a little down time, even if you don’t quite want to nap right now.

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gorilla watcher

papa had strep this month and that made you very concerned. you made papa snuggle you a lot and read you books and you checked on him a lot. you were very sweet. too sweet, though, i think, as papa ending up giving strep to you! you were miserable for the first day, but we figured it was probably strep pretty quickly and got your antibiotics right away. you HATED them. it was like giving a cat a bath three times a day for the first week, and then on the 8th day you took your doses without complaint. you make me crazy.

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fever cheeks

you had a blast at your visit with liam and you both were very sad when it was time to go. you made me laugh, though, when we got there and i took you to the bathroom to pee. “i frew up in dat toilet,” you said. it must have made a big impression over new year’s.

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33 months

happy 33 months, my growing growing toddler.

love,

mama

 

 

32 months

dear hugo,

happy new year!

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gumband face

we had plans to ring in the new year with your aunt and uncle and cousins, but you threw up on the way to their house, eat a bunch of dinner, played your heart out and then threw up again first thing in the morning. we were sad to leave but we didn’t want to get anyone else sick. good thing too, as you and your brothers were then sick for the next 10 days (sheesh).

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birthday papa

we did still managed to have a nice visit with nana and grandpa, though, at the tail end of your collectiveness sicknesses and neither of them got sick, whew!

it was an up and down month, lots of snot after all the intestinal distress and lots of strange weather. we spent the month catching up on everything we didn’t get down preparing for the holidays in december and it went by pretty fast.

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snowy day

you are talking talking talking and saying very funny things, like “one, two, let’er wip” and then jumping off of a table or bench or rock at the playground. who taught you that? one of the brothers, probably.

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penguin house

my favorite of your expressions is when you tell me how you are “thinking” about something. like the other day in the grocery store when i was telling you we were buying marshmallows for dessert that weekend.

“are we gon’ make s’mores?”

“not this time. this time we’re going to dip the marshmallows in chocolate”

“mama, i fink da choc’lit’s gon’ be good!”

we are also talking about you need to be more gentle about the way you handle things in general, like putting the toilet seat down or getting my attention. you seem to take it seriously and have been asking me lately, “was it gen-tually, mama?” the answer is usually still no, but at least you are trying!

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hugo selfie

you are also starting to make an amazing case for why you should be able to nurse. i think when you are bored you think it’s time to nurse but when i say no it makes you very frustrated so you start to cry. although i feel bad that you are sad, if it’s not time to nurse, it’s not time to nurse, so i still tell you know. you have begun countering with “BUT I C’YING I WANT MAHNAHS!” it’s a fantastic analytical argument for a 2 1/2 yr old but the answer is still no, buddy.

 

happy 32 months, my big kid! i can’t believe how much you are growing growing growing!

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32 months

love,

mama

31 months

dear hugo,

the saddest thing that happened in at the end of last month was the death of our steelers zombie.  you and grandpa were out in the front “yard” (such as it is) playing around as you love to do, and for reasons i cannot explain, you decided to throw the zombie over the fence, shattering the poor fellow. you were surprised. i was disappointed. the funny news is that pappy game me a present “from hugo” over Christmas and guess what it was! a new steelers zombie! so all is right in the front yard again.

you had fun helping your brothers choose a tree this year and even more fun decorating it. unlike last year, we did not have to leave the entire first 2-3 feet of the tree bare of ornaments, although we did have to talk a lot about NOT. TOUCHING. ALL THE THINGS. we put the breakable ones up high and mostly you left things alone. when we finished you told me, “mama, that’s too pretty!” it was, hugo, it was.

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season’s greetings from the death star

every year as we count down to solstice we do a few different things. one of them is lighting a candle on our yule log and reading a poem every night. this was the first year that you really began to understand what we are doing and you were very excited to turn out the light so we could do the ritual and you were quite delighted to yell out, “WELCOME, YULE!” at the end of every poem. it’s so fun to see you getting involved in the traditions too.

we also open boxes and a chocolate calendar and you did an ok job of taking turns. you were pretty mad about every day that was not your day for chocolate, but you handled it as well as a 2 yr old can (not too badly). in fact, it was really lovely going and doing winter things with you and your brothers – we have a bunch of different traditions now (cookie exchange, zoo lights, special holiday movies, putting up the lights, etc) and you participated in them all with delight and wonder.

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he loves it

we went to sturbridge village for their Christmas by candlelight celebration this year for the first time and you thought that was just great. they had a horse drawn wagon ride that we rode twice – you loved it – and a model train display that you cried like your heart was broken when we left. the brothers liked it a lot too – maybe a new tradition in the making.

we had an adventure on the way to grandma and pappy’s this year – pouring rain and a flat tire (causing us to miss a meetup with friends from LA!) and somehow you also lost one of your shoes somewhere in pennsylvania. still you and the brothers did really well in the car, even with all of the craziness.

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rip adorable shoe

of course we had a fantastic holiday with all of your aunts and uncles and cousins (including a surprise visit from nana and grandpa!). you enjoyed spending time with everyone as much as opening presents. this year many of mama’s cousins and their kids were in town from all over and that was a special treat, seeing all of you great-grandchildren together for the first time. you also really, really enjoyed seeing chewie, too!

you’re growing and changing so much! i think your eyes are solidly hazel now – green sometimes, copper sometimes, sometimes a little of both. they are beautiful.

you are talking SO MUCH about SO. MANY. THINGS. when you are nursing you tell me things about it, “it’s coming! there’s more. that one’s empty.” you tell me “i love you too” (first – you believe that i say “i love you” and you say “i love you too” but you don’t believe there is a particular order to that exchange). you will tell me when somethings hurts – your body or your feelings – and ask for hug-oo. you’re very aware of the world around you and very sweet.

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little sprouts ice experiment

you are learning all kinds of other things too – you can actually recite your numbers up to about 12, although you usually miss one around 4-5- 6. you like pretending games, like “dis my coffee!” and then you pretend to drink it. or you make us something to “eat” and we pretend to eat it. you are very silly and it’s fun to see what you come up with next.

you get songs stuck in your head and you sing phrases of them over and over. this month in particular it was “peace like a river in my soul” from Calum’s winter concert, but it is just as often a random pop song.

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silly guy

i realized this month that the reason you are so attached to specific outerwear of yours depending on whether or not the coat/jacket/vest has pockets. it’s been a crazy winter season, alternating too warm and too cold, and so at first i thought you just didn’t believe me about the temperature. but it turns out when i was trying to dress you in lighter jacket on warm days and you were angry and wanted to wear your winter coat it was because you wanted pockets not because you cared about the winter jacket at all. oh, baby.

you’ve started to drop your nap this month. right after i explained to papa that you still needed to sleep in the afternoon you just stopped. well that will show me i guess. it’s nice for putting you to bed, but everything else is a mess right now. well, another phase we’re working through. nap dropping is not my favorite but the early bed time is not the worst.

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31 months

happy 31 months, baby!

love,

mama

 

30 months

dear hugo,

2 1/2! weren’t you supposed to be my baby? almost none of that is left now. sure you’re still a wee little guy with lots to grow, yet, but you’re rapidly becoming one of the gang. there’s hardly a game that the brothers play that you can’t figure out a way to be a part of. board and card games are still out of your league, but even there you can hang, if briefly. you know how to kick and jump and wrestle and throw, you so pretty much can manage to be on at least the periphery of almost everything. it’s pretty amazing kiddo, even as it is a tiny bit heartbreaking to see you move up and on so fast. just wow, buddy.

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sometimes calum sneaks in for late night snuggles

you continue to love books, and this month it seems to be “what makes a rainbow” in particular. a book where a little bunny asks all his bug and animal friends about what makes a rainbow and they each tell him another color. i don’t know what exactly appeals to you about the book, but you are drawn to it over and over again, asking “what makes a rainbow, little bunny?”

it was halloween at the beginning of this month and you think dressing up and getting free candy is pretty neat. you love being outside in the dark and you even like wearing your costume.

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you told everyone you were a clone trooper

i didn’t know what to expect from daylight savings, but it didn’t seem to affect you much at all. i guess that’s good but it means mama and papa didn’t get any fabled extra hour of sleep at all, and that’s no fun. the getting darker earlier means we are out in the dark more, though, which means you get to see your friend the moon more often. “oh!” you will stop and point and gasp with delight, “dere’s dah moon!” since i like being outside at night too, it’s fun to have an extra reason to take you with me.

in fact, i have needed to feed the neighbors’ cat quite a few times this month and you have come with me. it takes twice as long when you go with me, but it’s a nice way to get you out of the house for a little walk after dinner, for you to see the moon, and for both of us to get a little bit of extra fresh air. you are extra talkative on these walks, maybe because you are tickled to be outside in the dark, and you make feeding the cat extra cute. we talk about the things we see (the moon, dogs, sometimes different neighbors, the colors of the cars we pass) and the things on your mind (which could be just about anything). you like to walk on walls and curbs that we pass and to jump on and off of steps (one of the reasons it takes us so long). at one point on the walk we pass a wild apple tree from which you like to kick fallen apples into the street. we will be really sad when that tree is out of apples.

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you can’t find me!

you had a cold this month that started off with a fever. your brothers had various minor illnesses as well, including some wild hives on August that ended up being related to the strep he and Calum (but not you) had. it’s that time of year again. sigh.

you are learning how to get your pants on and off when you have to use the potty (when you have to pyoop, as you say it). it’s tricky getting them back on, but depending on the pants, sometimes you are actually able to do it. nothing is easier than going totally without, though, so that is the option you most frequently choose (and who can blame you, really).

 

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so big so fast

you have started yelling after you ask for something nicely but are denied: “mama can i have mahnahs, please?”

“in a minute, i am a cooking dinner.”

“MAMA! I! WANT! MAHNAHS! RIGHT! NOW! OK!”

luckily you are the third baby so this is more adorable than it would have been in the first brother. also, surprise, it doesn’t get you what you want.

you have started detouring into the front yard to sit on the gas meter whenever we arrive home and are all going into the house. it’s mildly annoying, since you are really two small to be left outside unattended and since you used to just go right up the stairs with everyone. at the same time it is hilarious and adorable.

 

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special spot

i use my glasses all of the time now for reading a book or using the computer, so frequently when we go up to nurse for your nap i take them with me. because you are the best, you also want to bring your own umglasses and book (or “computer”), which means i have been nursing you in shades a lot lately. i always forget and then i look down to see if you are asleep and instead see you in sunglasses. it is funny every time.

you enjoyed thanksgiving this month, too, although the concept of cooking food all day and then eating is still a bit out there for you. you ate some of the dinner but mostly you were just delighted to have your grandparents and uncle adam here (we missed aunt nita this year!). it was beautiful weather, so we were able to get around boston a little bit too, which you always enjoy (riding the train!).

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dinnertime

weirdly you have revealed to us this month that you don’t like peanut butter. you have picked nuts out of things for awhile but it seems you don’t like them smashed, either. you will eat sunflower butter, though, which is good, but you will reject a peanut butter sandwich immediately upon learning what it is without trying it. this doesn’t seem to extend to peanut butter cookies, though, which means you are not a total weirdo.

you still like to watch trucks and you will stop whatever activity you are doing to rush to see the garbage or recycling truck out of the front windows. you will point out excavators and front loaders and cranes when we see them out and about and you still like books with pictures of the same. in fact, you chose a “things that go” richard scarry book from the library recently and then had a total breakdown when gus was reading it. i feel like we need to work some more on sharing, but it WAS pretty adorable. you really liked that book.

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coloring

you are getting into drawing – probably because calum is drawing more things at home these days and you like to do all things that the brothers do – and you will frequently ask papa or me to draw something for you. often it is “draw mama and papa” and i will draw stick figures (one with curls, one with a beard) and then you will scribble over them and report, “i draw mama papa inna shower.” or occasionally, “inna rain.” ok, weirdo.

happy 2 1/2 years, big kid!

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30 months

love,

mama

29 months

dear hugo,

it’s autumn now and beautiful. autumn is usually beautiful here but this year has been especially pleasant, for the most part warm/warmish and sunny/sunnyish and generally very lovely all around. enough so that when we have dark and dreary days – it is fall, after all – i feel very indignant about them. the cold is coming for sure, but not just yet.

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baby’s first great pumpkin

we’ve been really enjoying our fall, too, with awesome playground time (finally finally i have figured out it is the tot lot) and library hour and the zoo and even sometimes the little sprouts (we have missed so many little sprouts gatherings. mostly due to sickness. nothing major but always just enough not to be able to go). you are a delight at the zoo – everything is new and exciting to you and so we have been trying to go as frequently as possible. after a few tries we finally saw the new lions and you were quite thrilled. it is really neat to see two of them at once, although they don’t roar nearly enough (christopher was always good of a roar or three). you really enjoy story hour and sing the songs a lot. we call it “popcorn kernel” now, since that is your favorite song. but you also like “this is the way we wash” and “here’s a cup” and “big big big”.

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fall gear

your molars started to come in this month and that was no fun. you weren’t more cranky, which was nice, but you didn’t sleep or eat as well as you usually do. it’s nice to know that we are almost finished with the terrible teeth, though, as the 6 yr molars don’t really seem to have the same kind of impact. i’ve also noticed that your 1 yr molars are a little spotty – it looks like your enamel might be following in your middle brother’s footsteps – so we have been doing some extra brushing these days too.

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truck drivin’

you have become very particular about things in the way the 2 yr olds often are. you don’t like to be called nicknames of any sort – they aren’t your real name after all – and you will correct me if i call you anything like “buddy” or “little bear” (“i not little bear! i hugo!”). you do still respond to baby, and i’m not sure whether you’re just used to being called that or if you still believe yourself to be a baby or the baby. either way, it’s nice to be able to call you something besides hugo sometimes. you also feel very specific about the order of things, more so than even your brothers were, and it’s very cute. let’s say your brothers want to play the pushee game with you (a very stupid game where all of you sit on the big arm chair in the living room and try to push each other off of it) and you want to play with them BUT you are also hungry for a bit of a snack. if they ask you to play you will emphatically say “NO” but in fact what you mean is “yes, of course, but after i have this snack.”  and i understand – you don’t have the words to express all of that yet – but it makes for what seem like very surprising choices at times.

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i hot dog with seitan and ketchup

along those same lines, you also have embraced the toddler independence more fervently than either of the other two. perhaps this is because you have two older siblings who can do things that you feel very strongly that you should also be able to do things yourself. you can do a very surprising number of things by yourself as well, including getting your pants off (and a little bit on) by yourself, getting some of your shoes on (and almost all of them off), getting your coat off and putting it away, getting in and out of the car, etc. it’s lucky that you are the one who decided to do so many things BY MYSELF as with the other two at school we almost never have to be anywhere at a specific time in the morning. at least after we drop the brothers off at school. the afternoon is tougher, with the picking up, and sometimes i have to put you in the car seat myself and that can be very sad. but we are working on getting out the door in time for you to take your time anyway.

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city kid

we biked to school one morning this month. you loved it, we all did, until it started to rain. we haven’t biked since! but not because of the rain, just timing. it’s tricky with having errands to run and needing to drive or places to be and the bike not working for the ride home (if you fall asleep on the bike, your whole nap is ruined because i can’t transfer you without waking you). but when we do get to ride, it’s really quite nice.

2015 10 10 afgahni scarf ii

scarf from auntie diver

you’re also becoming quite the jokester, understanding plays on words and making up funny things yourself. we were walking to meet your papa and brothers at soccer one afternoon and the wind was blowing and blowing. i was saying, “baby it’s windy” from one of our favorite books and then i said, “ooh, it’s too real” from one of our current favorite songs, and then you said, “ooh, it’s too windy!” and we both laughed. clever baby.

2015 10 26 twenty nine months

29 months

happy 29 months, my love! you get bigger and bigger every day!

love,

mama