26 months

dear dr. bones,

time keeps marching by. i (mostly) didn’t work for the past few weeks, so i’m finally catching up for a minute before everything starts again in full force new week. i wouldn’t have chosen not to make much money this month(!), but what a gift it has been to be able to enjoy this summer time with my 3 lovelies without the stress of squeezing in all boring working time.

2015 06 29 brother safari

baby’s first safari

you’ve loved having your brothers home and i am dreading the end of the summer this year a little more than usual. i am excited for calum in particular to start kindergarten – and he is too! – but i think you are going to be very sad. i am going to have to think of some extra fun things for us to do those first few weeks in september!

2015 07 03 hugo ii

lion tamer

the beginning of this month was a little bit tough because you had a weird stomach bug – fever and vomiting every couple days for a week straight. it was confusing for me and uncomfortable for you. you were a trooper as usual, though, and whenever you weren’t sleeping or puking it was hard to tell that you were sick at all. lucky for us (although not for him, perhaps), uncle adam happened to visit while you and your brothers (who only ever had fevers and went to be early) were sick and was a big help. plus you all loved getting to spend time with him, too.

2015 06 28 i, weirdo

baby weirdo

you are growing growing growing so much! you eat bre’fast with us most mornings, frequently requesting “sugar ‘minnin'” on your toast. when we were in VT for a long weekend this month i made you toast but we didn’t have cinnamon. i pretend to put some italian spices on your toast in the hope of tricking into eating it anyway. “it b’oken,” you said. “open it.” you don’t miss a thing, smarty.

2015 07 02 frog pond

frog pond

you speak like a “learn to speak ___” computer program. when you are offered something you don’t like (“hugo, would you like a banana?”) you parrot back, “i don’t want it, banana”. if i ask you too many times, that is often followed by, “STOP SAYING”. ok-aaaay.

you like to do silly voices too. you and papa play a game where you yell at each other in deep, gravelly voices, and yours sounds like, “WOOK AT ME, WOOK AT ME.” it is hard for papa to play that game without laughing.

2015 06 27 lighting ii

*~sparklers~*

earlier this month, nearing the end of soccer for the season, i road my bicycle so that nana and grandpa could ride in the car with everyone. i left right before everyone did and when the car got home a few minutes later, out popped calum with a bandage on his head. “what happened?!” i cried, “how was i possibly gone long enough for THAT to happen?!” nana explained that you had thrown a stick at calum’s head. and now there is a scar. sigh. oh, hugo. poor calum. you really need to give your brother a break some time.

2015 07 06 fevered bear

“i not sick”

you desperately want to be old enough to play the iPad. sometimes you sneak and sometimes we let you have a turn – your favorite is a game you call “boordies“, wherein you use your finger to drag a little bird around the screen to interact with graphics and cause silly things to happen. you are so adorable playing it that sometimes i give in and give you short turn. the problem is that you have such an epic tantrum when your turn is over – no matter how long or short – that it’s just not worth it for anyone to let you play. so you’re just going to have to 10 more months, my poor baby.

2015 07 26 h on a boat

baby on a boat

we went to a new spray deck a few times with friends this month and you LOVED it. you love water in every way possible, and this spray deck also has a wading pool, so it was just about your best thing. you were in and out of the water all morning long, it was such a pleasure to watch you go and go.

your song of the month is bad blood (or “death girl” as calum called it once). in no way is the video appropriate for a 2 yr old but sometimes we let your brain rot, i guess, is my only defense. you have started to sing this one sometimes too. you love your favorite songs to much it’s hard not to want to let you listen to them. you often request them in the car and it’s hard to explain that the radio doesn’t work the same way as the computer. technology is a confusing thing.

2015 07 25 friends

friends

you have discovered the rest of our byron barton books. you don’t have a favorite, you usually just like to read them all. you will be into a particular book for a day or so and then you will quickly move onto another one. ah those books are so good, it’s so much fun to see you enjoy them. you are *just* starting to appreciate the occasional sandra boynton as well. you frequently drag books up to me or to papa and slap them down into one of our laps, demanding, “READ DIS.” when papa or i can’t, one of your brothers often volunteers.  i love how much the three of you love books.

2015 06 27 ok

sharing with liam

you pay close attention to everything we are doing and you often have things to say about it. for example, we got a new floor put into the kitchen. while the worker was putting down the cork, he would stop frequently to gently tap it down with a rubber mallet. you were very concerned about this and exclaimed, “don’t hurt it!” we laughed and explained that it was ok but you were not quite convinced.

2015 07 02 hugo candy

silly guy

it’s been so, so hot this month – not bad for summer – so you have been refusing pajamas most nights. it means that we get to see your hilarious new sleeping position – on your belly, bum up, with hands palm up under you, fingers sticking out from under your bum. it’s the most ridiculous and adorable thing.

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brothers

happy 26 months, baby, what a very wonderful summer we are having together!

2015 07 26 twenty-six months

26 months

love,

mama

25 months

dear hugo,

well i did it. i cut your hair this month. and by cut i mean trim. your papa was disappointed that it wasn’t more, even though it was actually a few inches! but i love your long hair! so that’s all i can handle for now.

2015 06 01 trim

baby’s first haircut

you got your stitches out this month too and you didn’t like it. you tell me often, “dr shue huht me.” i try to explain that it was dr costello, but it doesn’t stick. you have a crazy scar like a pirate on your knee now, but it doesn’t seem to bother you. indeed, you are already lifting your feet to glide on your strider!

2015 06 22 balance biker

ready to go

you are learning more and more words. my favorite expression is when you say ok, “oh-kaaaay” like you are so put out. it’s amazing. we also play a tickle game where i ask you if you want “boogie-boogie”. usually you say no at first, and then you ask me if i want “boog-boogie” with a smile and a tilt of your head. who can say no to that? after you’ve tickled me and i giggle, you are usually ready for some boogie-boogie yourself. you also spend a lot of your time yelling at your brother – “don’t DO dat, dayum!” it’s not very nice but it is funny. when i come in from a run you say, “oh, hi, mama! did you go run?” you say “rah pay shoo” with hand motions followed immediately by an “aaaw.” you don’t really understand why people play rock paper shoot but you’re not going to be left out!

2015 05 28 hugo

cool guy

your pennsylvania cousins came to visit this month and you were over the moon. as usual we had a great visit with your aunt and uncle and you enjoyed evenly and liam – you and liam get to be great buddies, in fact – but lillian was by far your favorite thing. everything was about lillian and what was she doing and could you hold her and oh no baby’s crying and does she want this toy? for days after you asked about her. i usually told you she was at home sleeping and you seemed to think that was ok.

2015 06 03 swan boats

swan boats

calum and i took you on the swan boats for your annual birthday trip and this time you were actually awake for it! you loved seeing all of the birds and the water. we walked around the public gardens too and saw the make way for ducklings ducks. although you don’t know the books, you thought they were kind of cool too.

2015 06 05 mah ch'ucks

birthday trucks

we took you out to eat this month for the first time in ages. maybe a year? because you are the worst at meal times. but we thought we might be able to distract you with the aquariums we have there. i’m not sure if they helped or not, but you did great. i’m sure it helped that nana and grandpa were there and you seemed to enjoy the food too. i don’t think we’re ready to make a regular time of it, but it’s nice to know we can go out to eat *sometimes*. your brothers actually weren’t terrible either. what a nice change.

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“i have cool hair”

you continued to receive presents for awhile after your actual birthday, so when packages that came that were not for you, it was a bit of an issue. “HAAAI!” you’d shout, ” DAT’S MY BIR’DAY!” sorry, buddy, it’s actually toilet paper.

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2nd birthday party

you haven’t had an accident in ages and forever now. in fact you have started peeing up outside at least, which is great! you prefer to pee off of the porch or in the fence holes and that’s fine with me. i just need you to pee before nap and bedtime, i’m not too particular. the next big challenge is getting your pants on and off over your big butt, but we have plenty of time for that.

2015 06 06 water race

water race!

you have discovered machines at work and you love it. you have been liking excavation trucks in general for some time, but this is the first time you actually want to sit down and read about them. you especially like the “el-ka-vay-dors” and cranes.

2015 06 14 flowers

flower sniffer

you like the iPad very much too and will often shriek, “DAS MY IPAD” when it gets taken away from you. you are very good and quietly going off and sneaking a turn. you love this one little bird game that i would let you play sometimes if you didn’t throw such a tantrum when your time was up. sorry, baby, no technology for you just yet.

2015 06 02 sticker stealer

“i got deese sdick-ohs”

you’ve moved on from bruno mars to taylor swift, with shake it off being your new favorite video. you sing bits of it to yourself from time to time, and in fact when i transferred you to the bed from the car at nap time one day, you murmured, “people say mmm-mmm” as you rolled over and went to sleep. you slay me, little pop culture lover.

2015 06 26 twenty-five months

25 months

happy 25 months, big kid! what a joy it is seeing you grow!

love,

mama

2 years old

dear hugo,

you did it! you’re two! “um – DO!” you will say with some prompting. sometimes. you are nobody’s monkey.

and it’s great to be two, buddy! you are really your own person these days and don’t let anybody forget it! you have started to throw some epic tantrums, which are incredibly adorable, as you are the third baby and no one is afraid of tantrums anymore (sorry). but it takes a lot to make you well and truly angry and the tantrums are few and far between. and mostly stem from injustices wrought upon you by your older brothers who are honestly just trying not to get in your way. you are busy and wild and always in everyone’s business. and we all try to let you be involved as much as possible, but you are still a huge wrecking ball, so more often than not someone has to be working interference while everyone else is having a good time.

2015 04 27 sticks

collecting sticks for creek throwing

you are extremely put out that you can’t watch movies (wha-wha-while era’s! wug-tewa!). and then way you snuggle into the couch when it’s time for you to go to bed while the big kids get some screen time is so adorable that it’s tempting to let you watch for sure. but papa and i remain firm and this makes you very sad. but you are not totally deprived – you still get a handful of uptown funk viewings a week more than you probably should, so all is not completely lost.

you are always quick to steal a phone and i have found mine disabled for 4 minutes or more more than once. you’ve also chewed off the top lip of my phone cover. i am sure it’s still totally waterproof. little rabbit.

your hair is well below your shoulders now and long enough to wear it in a top knot on top of your head. it’s really my favorite look on you and will be difficult to part with. but now that you are 2 it has been promised that it will happen some day. but not today. not yet.

2015 05 03 mini golfer

mini golf

holding you in my arms now or seeing you stretched out on the bed – you are so long my baby boy! where did all these knees and elbows come from? every day you remind me a little bit more that you are a baby no longer (34.5″, 28 lbs!).

we had a few nights/mornings of bed wetting, when you were so sleepy that you forgot not to pee. i was able to get you quickly to the potty sometimes and then after a few more times, suddenly you got it completely and it hasn’t happened since. i always find potty learning so fascinating – what happens in little brains to make this click or not click? but whatever it was, we are already over it, and you almost never have an accident any more at all – when sleeping or otherwise. you still can’t quite get your pants off by yourself, so you still need help with that, but you are not able to hold it long enough to make it to a grown up who can help you almost every day.

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jumper

you continue to love all kinds of music. one of your new favorites is “i got bills” by lunch money lewis. but somehow you have gotten this song mashed up with “i don’t care i love it” by icona pop (I GOT BILLS – I WUV IT!). you’ve also mangled the words for shake it off -“shake a baff” – into a cross between a dance move and bath time.

you continue to demand to be considered one of the big kids. this includes running up to papa and yelling, “YOU WANNA FIGHT?” before throwing yourself at him.

you have words upon words upon words. there is almost nothing you will try to say now. it’s very cool to hear you participating in conversations. you are also absorbing everything are fascinated by everything. a lot of your day is spent telling or showing or asking us about something, “wookit DIS, mama!” you still say “mmm” for “i want”. as in, “mmm b’eckfiss, mama”.

2015 05 21 stitches

stitches

you’re very polite – you thank me for everything. plus the way you say it is fabulous, “thaaank YOU!” even when we switch sides during nursing you thank me. it’s very silly and sweet.

this month we gave calum a pedal bike that we got from a friend. you immediately determined that therefore the balance bike must be yours. and picked it up and proceeded to ride it. already you can lift up your feet.

you are very concerned about your brothers’ well being. when they get in trouble you always want to know if they are ok. if i am okay. “mama, yo ang-ee?” you ask me.

2015 05 23 top knot ii

top knots

the fun part about 2 is that i can still sometimes get you to do things by telling you not to do them. this is usually for getting you to pee before bed or nap time. i am amazed every time it works.

the other big news for this month is that you got stitches! we were talking to the bus stop and you tripped and hurt your kneed. i thought it was just a scrape, but when we got to the bus stop i saw that your whole pant leg was wet with blood. after some clean up, it seemed to me that there might be some glass that i could not get out, so we went to the pediatrician. he did not see any glass but thought you should have stitches. we went to children’s and oh what an adventure! you were mostly fine during the waiting – running and climbing and jumping as if everything as fine – but then got very sad when anyone touched your knee. first they put some numbing agent on the skin. then later they gave you some versed and a local anesthetic. the dr in the ER got the glass out and sent you for an x-ray. sure enough, there was still another piece of glass. we got that one out too and after another x-ray they stitched you up. children’s was brilliant and had a tv and an ipad for you and all of that really helped. the worst part was not eating for hours and hours. at the end you got a popsicle and a motorcycle (calum too, for waiting so patiently). it was a long day (we left for the pediatrician’s office a few minutes after getting home from the bus stop and got home just in time to pick up your biggest brother) but you really hung in there. i was proud of you both.

2015 05 26 birthday crown iv

two

happy, happy birthday, hugo!

love,

mama

23 months

dear baby bunny,

the biggest news this month is that you’ve stopped wearing diapers. one day you told me you had to poop so we took your diaper off so you could sit on the potty and then there was no going back after that. i started keeping you bum out after that and it took maybe two weeks before you started to get it. i wasn’t in a rush, but it seemed like you were pretty ready, so i though we may as well strike while the iron was hot so to speak. you were your last diaper on the way to grandma and pappy’s for school vacation week and that was it. we did stop 7 times for you to pee on the way home (and 2 times for gas and once for dinner) making the trip take us 11 hours instead of 9 1/2 or so, and that was pretty terrible. but on the other hand, now you’re solid. you still can’t take your pants off by yourself, so we have to keep an eye out for you and you still sometimes have accidents when you don’t tell us soon enough or if no one’s around, but on the whole you’re down with the whole diapers thing. frankly, i’m a bit shocked about the whole thing. i don’t really mind diapers. i can’t believe we’re finished with them forever. just, wow. you are really determined to catch up to everyone around here, kid.

2015 04 05 i found it

i found it!

your words just keep coming and coming. you love to repeat all sounds – from sirens to songs to animal noises to new words. it’s all so much fun for you. we went to a seder celebration with some neighbor friends and you tried to sing some of the songs. you’re a delight.

2015 04 18 baby dancing

baby giggler

you also an awfully polite guy. you say thank you and you’re welcome appropriately almost all the time and it’s still a surprise every time. you certainly didn’t learn manners around here! you also like to tell jokes A LOT, so you will frequently whisper earnestly into my or papa’s ear – making us laugh – and then you cock your head to the side and jut out an elbow and wave the elbow up and down and crow delightedly, “hugo funny!” which of course makes us laugh louder. which was your plan all along.

this month the snow actually melted!! so we have been outside as much as possible. this means you are sleeping better and longer – and also that we all of us are so much happier. everyone missed the sunshine! and the grass!

2015 04 18 hugo belly

hugo belly

your big brother learned how to ride a pedal bike this month – which means you inherited his balance bike. which you picked up and said “my bike!” and then proceeded to ride. listen, i know you watch everything your big brothers do and i know that you are even a little big for your age and very strong, but even your very physically capable older brother couldn’t really figure out the point of balance bikes for ages and AGES and he was well over 2 1/2 when he finally decided the whole bike thing wasn’t a total nuisance. i get it, third babies have a lot of motivation, but my little friend, sometimes you positively astound me. now if i could just get you and calum to ride bikes in the same direction …

2015 04 22 dinosaur guy

dinosaur guy

we went to pennsylvania for gus’ spring break this year and while there we saw a lot of babies (A LOT of babies). you LOVE babies so much. you were so please to hold them and talk to them and watch them and try to play with them. you brought them things and showed them toys and if poor aunt cheley didn’t respond to your cousin lillian’s tears fast enough boy did she hear about it from you. i love how much you love babies – what a sweet and loving cousin you are! and what fun you are going to have when we all get together of the holidays – the crew of you are going to be so much trouble.

2015 04 26 twenty-three months ii

23 months

happy 23 months, lovely.

love,

mama

5 years

dear calum,

this one snuck up on me a little bit. i mean, obviously i knew it was coming. you’ve been talking about your 5th birthday party since about two days after your 4th birthday party. your having a birthday has been on my mind most days for about 11 months. but five. for real, man, that’s getting up there in years.

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april

it was your first really tough one. 3 was hard for your big brother and 4 was considerably better if not easy. but 3 was pretty ok for you. 4, not so much. your stubborn streak really came into its full glory this year. you are almost definitely willing to almost cut off your own nose to spite your face. it’s very trying. you were a pain in the butt. i am proud of your ability not to back down in the face of injustice and that will serve you well in about 20 years but i seriously can’t wait for this developmental phase to move up and out. one night you spent 45 minutes taking 1-2 minute breaks on the basement stairs because you weren’t interested in cleaning up some legos. it was only when i promised you that if you didn’t take this last chance to clean them up i would send you to bed without dinner and you would not get breakfast until you cleaned them up in the morning that you finally relented. and then it took you about 4 minutes to clean up, tops. stubborn.

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may

you have also been working on your whining this year. there are a lot of “but i want..” in your arguments for why you should get to do or have things. it’s trying and wearing. and then you have a breakdown when i still say no. you are having a hard time learning how to say “may i please have” instead of “mama i want.” we talk about how your parents are not your servants and that we don’t wait around all day waiting for your orders, but so far it’s not sinking in.

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june

eating with you is a real trial. you take FOREVER. you do end up eating pretty much everything you are asked – and believe me we give you reasonable, calum-sized proportions – but it takes all damn day. i’ve tried all of the things, snacks, no snacks, with chocolate chips, without, you choose, i choose. it doesn’t matter it all sucks. we’ve just whittled it down to what protein and fruit/vegetables you have to eat and then you can have whatever carbs you want pretty much and often we have to put on a timer to get the last bit finished. i’m not asking for the moon here, but you are exhausting. you will be hungry a lot this coming september, i am certain.

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july

it’s not all narrow misses from being sold to the nearest traveling circus, though. you’re mostly really sweet to your baby brother. you are learning how to get along with your big brother. you took swim lessons this fall and really learned a lot! you started taking speech in october and you’re made huge amounts of progress in articulation and confidence. you learned how to count to 10 all on your own. you are really growing and becoming and funny and interesting person.

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august

you are as big a star wars nerd as anyone in this family now and have even seen most of the movies. you do find them a little scary at times but not too scary to watch. you all have a star wars blaster and there are many imaginary star wars games played in and out of the house.

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september

you’ve started to make your own friends. for the longest time you were just too shy, and i am guessing that your speech may have had something to do with it, but you will even sometimes introduce yourself to other children (usually with prompting, but i think you just need the extra little confidence boost). and you have friends you ask after and work hard at getting together with. for most of the year you liked the idea of seeing these friends more than the reality, but now at just 5 you have started to figure some things out.

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october

like every child with the opportunity, you love the ipad. you especially like tiny thief, a sort of role playing game where you have to solve puzzles to complete quests, but you also like fighting games and sports games and mostly games you can play with gus. you get about an hour or so many days of the week while i work and hugo naps and then about 30 minutes on the weekends. a lot more time than i think is probably best, but i also feel like it’s your last few days of ipad glory before school starts in the fall, so i’m okay with it.

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november

you like card games and board games a lot, and i am sorry that i don’t have more time to play them with you. you especially like sleeping queens and you will play just about any board game that you can. you really enjoy playing and you don’t seem to mind losing – as long as you get to play you really have a good time.

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december

this winter was crazy. after awhile even you were sick of the snow. but for the longest time you really enjoyed climbing and jumping in the snow especially. we really suited up well and you didn’t seem to mind the cold – at least for a long time. it was hard, though, being cooped up inside so much. as soon as spring came and the snow finally melted, we were all so relieved to get back outside again.

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january

your soccer skills really improved this fall. you’re still so small, but you work so hard. you needed papa to be with you a lot at practice, still, but you love to play a lot and you are always so excited to go.

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february

it was hard for you to be left behind this past year when school started. we did a few special things – boston nature center classes, swim classes and speech school – and for the first few weeks your wore your backpack everywhere and all of that helped. and you were so proud that you had so many schools! the winter ruined all of that except for speech school, but i think you are really going to be ready this fall. i can’t believe it is happening so soon!

2015 03 26 five

march

you’ve done so much growing this year (38.5″, 31.5 lbs!), calum! you were a challenge and crazy making, but you were also still a lover and a snuggler too. we’re all so lucky to have you, thanks for being you.

love,

mama

22 months

dear hugo,

the snow is slowly melting and we’ve been getting out of the house more. going to the library and to curtis hall to play in the big open gym space. anywhere we can drive and then be back home again in time for nap. you immediately get a shovel when we get out of the car and begin to push snow around. “shubble?” you ask. some days it’s warm enough that some snow melts and then we stomp in puddles. this is a new favorite thing and it’s nice to have exchanged the snow boots for rain boots, at least some of the time.

you cry when it’s time to go inside. believe me, i am over being stuck inside too.

2015 03 01 snow smash

arboretum adventures

you’ve very busy inside too of course. all the bathroom doors must be kept closed so you don’t constantly flush the toilet. and drag the toilet plunger around (why?!). or take everything out from under the bathroom sink cabinets. you have become very interested in the train set calum asked for for solstice. you can build a track of sorts and you love to run trains on it. it’s amazing to watch you putter back and forth from the coffee table to the train box and back again as you choose and connect tracks and trains.

2015 03 22 cool guy ii

cool guy

you’ve been teaching yourself how to jump too. it’s very very cute but also a bit obnoxious. you jumped into my mouth one afternoon when i was helping you into pants – ouch! and even when it’s not painful, it gets harder to get you in and out of clothes, you can hardly stand still. but it also means you are jumping off of every possible thing you can stand on – mostly just curbs and stairs and the ground so far, but i can see how this could lead to tragedy.

2015 03 14 chocolate bunnies ii

chocolate bunnies

you were tested for lead this month and were fine. i guess that means you mostly don’t put things in your mouth anymore. or perhaps at least not rocks and dirt?

you are talking talking talking so much. you have a lot of words and you are willing to try a lot of words, but the best is when you tilt your head and look us in the eye and unleash a paragraphs worth of babble. you are SO sincere. i always feel bad that i don’t know what you are saying, but it almost always makes someone laugh, and that always pleases you.

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grandpa giggles

you also frequently say, “mamahalpmewidis.” and of course then i have to help you. how can i resist?

i finally installed our new doorbell after months of our old one not working and it is one of your greatest delights. it’s almost impossible to walk in the door with you awake and not pressing it. which, whatever, it’s not that i mind the doorbell pressing but it’s STILL SO COLD PLEASE SHUT THE DOOR ALREADY GUYS.

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i paint?

despite all of this busyness, you are not the best napper right now. i fear we are not quite active enough to wear you out. we need that sunshine to start working double time and soon!

2015 03 26 22 months

22 months

happy 22 months, ladybug.

love,

mama

8 years

dear august,

you are 8 years old now. ohmygoodness. i know i say this every year. i will continue to say this every year. but 8 sounds so big (49″, 55.5 lbs!). you are in second grade now. that is no joke, my friend. it’s not kidding around anymore, you are in school. i know where the time went, i just can’t believe it went so quickly.

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march

but 8 suits you. you like school and you like second grade. you have a great teacher – ms kelley – and good para a good helper. you mostly behave well at school, although it is getting easier to lead you astray into goofing off or into just plain giggles. honestly, i have been waiting for this to happen for 2 whole school years, so i’m not very surprised. we talk about how it’s important to try to stay focused and not to get too distracted and not to be part of the problem. sometimes you try, sometimes you don’t. it’s okay. you are still only 8.

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april

7 was an up and down year for you. a lot of this year, developmentally, is about drawing inward and spending a lot of time thinking about how you have been wronged about the world. which is a pretty amazing thing, actually. but not particularly amusing to live through as parent. oh the injustices you suffered! still i think you came out ahead overall, and we none of us are particularly worse for the wear.

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may

you’ve become much more skilled at soccer this year. you focus more at practice and your coordination – always solid – is improving even more. you enjoyed watching the world cup this past summer very much and even play a FIFA world cup game on the iPad. you get into arguments about who is the best goalie now and who was the best goalie ever. you know stats and names and other things i have no interest or reference to at all. it’s fascinating to see what you absorb.

2014 06 08 morning story

june

you still love your friends. you are still close to lucas and you like to see ezra (and his wii, but also ezra himself, i was relieved to see) and you often report back about your somewhat fluid of best friends at school. they always have an acronym (usually everyone’s first initials) and there is always a theme of some sort, but it tends to be toby and himmer and angelo and jethro. other boys come and go as well. it’s interesting that only toby is in your classroom – i like seeing that you are able to maintain some friendships at school who are not in your room. you like have sleepovers and sleeping over.

2014 07 07 marshfellows

july

like most kids your age, you like eating pizza the most. you like ice cream and cake and think chocolate is ok. you like “classic chips” because i won’t buy you doritos and you will trade the snacks i send you in for the contraband you prefer at school. you will eat most things i feed you these days at dinner and breakfast and with minimal, though, so i don’t mind.

2014 08 28 august

august

you like the beach but only with friends, although you’ve really started to venture into the water more and have finally discovered the fun of sand castles. you enjoyed the very big snows that we had this year, helping with shoveling and scaling snow mounds and jumping off of porches. next year we may get you a snowboard as you’ve been attempting to use the sled in the same way. you are happiest when you are mobile, although you believe you are happiest holding the iPad.

2014 09 21 hay ride

september

you love to play clash of clans, lego star wars, plants vs zombies 2, and many other games with fighting and blasting. you still love star wars and clone wars and you delighted in showing the star wars movies to calum. you like watching the clone wars cartoons and you learned about slugterra from kids at school. calum likes it too.

2014 10 12 brothers

october

you are more into legos this year than you were last year, although you still like board and card games best if you can get someone to play them with you. you like reading a lot as well, and you have been devouring books (how to train your dragon, henry huggins, geronimo stilton) and graphic novels (owlsy, princeless, lunch lady books, the saga of rex, amulet, clone wars adventures and more) alike. you will even graciously read to both of your brothers from time to time and they love that too. sometimes you and i read the same books or graphic novels (sometimes i read things first to make sure they are okay for you) and it’s so fun to talk about the plots and characters with you.

2014 11 16 mirror mirror

november

you choose and make your own lunch in the morning 4 days a week (on fridays you get school pizza) and you and your brother have started choosing a meal about once a week for dinner. sometimes i have you help me make it too, something you find interesting and scary. but you are using a knife regular now and doing more brave things. maybe this summer i will finally get you a chance to start chopping things.

2014 12 07 brothers

december

your teachers remark about how thoughtful and kind you are to others at school and that is so good to hear. you are great with your brothers, but of course they make you crazy too (and you them).

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january

we are very proud of you, august, and we love you so much too. happy 8th birthday!

2015 02 14 birthday gus

february

love,

mama