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.

2015 10 02 great pumpkin iii

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”.

2015 10 03 stylin

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.

2015 10 11 truck driving

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.

2015 10 14 hot dog with ketchup and seitan

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.

2015 10 17 city kid

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!



28 months

dear hugo,

i was worried what the back to school transition would be like for you. i knew it would be a little rough for your biggest brother and i hope the excitement of your bigger brother would smooth this transition (and it did) but i didn’t know what to expect from you. i’m not nearly as exciting as your older siblings and there are only so many times going to the playground can be interesting in one week (at least for me, anyway) and so i was worried that you would be bored (and that i would be too). but on the afternoon of the second full day that both brothers had been in school, i was trying to get you to get ready to go pick your siblings up and you weren’t ready to go. i said, “come on, we have go to get your brothers!” and you said, “no, dere’s no more brudders!” so. yeah. you seem to be doing just fine.

2015 08 27 excavators

papa chose these shirts for you

we do have some things we do together – on mondays we meet a group at the arboretum and on tuesdays we go to story hour at the library. the monday group is fine, it’s a great excuse to get out into nature, but somehow we have missed every other week since it’s started. the tuesday activity, though, is your favorite. miss rachel usually reads two books and we sing a couple of little songs and then there is an activity or a craft. story hour has never been a thing for either of your other two brothers. we tried one or two, but it was never something they could get into. everyone is so busy. you are so busy. but somehow you really connect here and you really love the songs. you like singing “this is the way we wash our hands” and “popcorn kernel” and lately “here’s a cup.” you even do the crafts (your brother have no use for crafts). it’s been really fun to watch you enjoy it so much. i have to admit i wasn’t looking forward to story hour at all but now i love going with you.

2015 09 06 chocolate donut


you talk all the time and you say the most adorable toddler things. like both your brothers (and toddlers everywhere) you say fantastic things like “keerry you” when you want to be picked up and “give water me” when you are thirsty, but also “g’boon” (balloon), “g’bito” (burrito) and “g’nana” (banana). “kai pease have mahnahs?” which in the middle of the night just sounds like a bunch of half formed sounds, heavy on the vowels. you say “yep” and “nope” and sometimes even “actually, no thank you.” who ARE you, little person?

2015 09 01 h in the sand

second-to-last beach of the season

we went to pennsylvania this month to celebrate the wedding of our good friend ryan and you had a blast. it was a beautiful warm day on saturday, the one full day we were there, and you played your heart out. we actually went swimming a few times and you were so brave and bold and never wanted to get out of the water. we played soccer and stick fighting and there was a playground and lots of babies (dolls) and we even roasted marshmallows. it was a fun, unexpected outing and we all had a really great time seeing old and new friends.

2015 09 26 friends

your buddy

you love love reading books. some of your favorites are green hat blue hat (oops and big oops), trucks, trains (several different books about), boats, and planes and almost anything  with pictures of animals. you have a few with kids and babies that you also like and you like to point to the pictures and tell me what you see or have me ask you if you can find (where is the apple? the bunny? the kid laughing?). and of course books (with pictures) about star wars. you don’t quite like stories yet, but it’s still oh so fun to sit and look at books with you.

you have started to learn colors out of nowhere and you know a tiny bit of counting too. who is teaching you these things, anyway?

2015 09 02 sleeping brothers

calum has been sneaking into bed in the middle of the night

you are also big into imagination games – you giggle so much pretending to do things together. “mama, eat dis strah-ber’y” you tell me and we pretend to pick the fruit out of the book and eat it. “can i drink yo coffee?” and you pretend to drink from a block. or a magnatile. you and papa play a game where you take turns pretending to sleep while the other tries to wake you up. you could play that one for ages.

2015 09 19 tractor trailers

a little ride around the bend

you are so busy that you haven’t been able to settle down to sleep at a decent hour in ages. part of it is your age – you are getting closer and closer to dropping your nap, even though you still desperately need one. but you still need about three hours of sleep in the middle of the day, which pushes your bedtime way back until 9 or after many nights. also your 2 yr molars are coming in. and you’ve had a cold this month. and you’re talking SO MUCH. it’s all keeping you up too late. but you are so cute at night and a good snuggler and you and papa and read a lot of books this way together, so there are worse sleep issues to have for now. i’d like a closer to 8 o’clock bedtime for you, but daylight savings is coming soon and eventually you won’t have this cold anymore and your molars will be in. it will all change soon enough anyway. so instead your papa and i just enjoy a little time with you being up and silly and sweet.

2015 09 26 twenty eight months

28 months

happy 28 months, my dear sweet toddler.



27 months

dear chicken,

the last month of summer. well no one can see we didn’t try to wring every last drop of fun out of it, that’s for sure!

2015 07 27 buddies

buddies in VT

we began the month in virginia with nana and grandpa. you of course (we all of course) had a fantastic time. although the change in schedule gets to you over time, you did a great job with naps and bedtimes overall. and you are a fantastic traveler, just like your brothers. this year at the end of the visit we drove up to pennsylvania for a reunion with grandpa’s family. even with the extra driving you and your brothers were great, just great.

2015 08 02 goofy grandpa

goofy grandpa

i rode in the front seat this time on our trip, with you behind the driver seat so the front seat passenger could pass you things as necessary. it actually worked out ok. you were a bit put out that you couldn’t have mahnah’s whenever you wanted, and in fact a few times you yelled quite a bit about it (STOP DRIVING! MAHNAHS RIGHT NOW). it was a little tough and we did stop once or twice to nurse. but honestly, that wasn’t too bad. we could usually time it so that everyone could have a bathroom break and/or to get gas, and we all could stretch our legs from time to time. plus you are still only a wee guy, 10+ hours in the car is long any way you look at it. but i can’t say i’m going to miss those lean-over-the-car seat-to-nurse days at all.

2015 08 03 hugo with a mustache

has he got a deal for you

we didn’t go to the beach as much this summer but we DID finally make it to revere beach for the sand castle contest! it was pretty neat. you enjoyed the sand castles a lot and you really like the ocean too. it’s very exciting and scary to run in and then have a wave get you. you spent a lot of time running into and out of the water, screeching with glee/terror. it was pretty adorable. the one day we went to a beach with a lot of tide pools, though, and you didn’t like that as much, although i think mostly you were hungry and not afraid of things. it was really neat and we hope to go again next year.

2015 08 03 gift and thrifters

hanging with nana

you are big and know all of the things all of the other kids know. you know all of the star wars characters already (you can name them on the box of the star wars graham crackers that we buy) and you even know which ones are supposed to fight each other, as evidenced by the fighting games you play with your brothers’ star wars figures. i suppose it is sort of appalling how deeply steeped you are in all of this silliness at such a young age, but it’s also pretty amazing and entertaining. i am in awe, really, of how devoted you are to all things brothers, and how much they work to include you in most things. so if you are a two year old who already knows more things about star wars than a lot of grownups, i am more than okay with that.

2015 08 04 chickens ii


you have started to resist going up to bed to nurse. it’s a little obnoxious but not worth battling over. for many naps and bedtimes we have been nursing you to sleep on the couch and then transferring. it’s inconvenient, sure, but at this point in my life i really will do just about anything to make sure the sleeping happens, so you win this round for sure. i also know that all things will pass, and so i am able not to get too terribly hung up on it. still, it will be nice when we can just go to bed when it’s time to sleep ohmygoodness.

2015 08 23 cousins


you like to do many things – you play so much more with toys and games and things than before. you have really started to understand that certain things have functions that can be manipulated for good times. one thing in particular you really enjoy going is “pay ma’na’tiles” with anyone who will sit down with you. you and calum in particularly like to build magnatile cubes with soldiers inside. i’m not really sure what the ultimate goal is, but you seem to want to build as many cubes as possible and them smash them. actually, that probably IS the ultimate goal. but it’s pretty amazing to see you do what is actually a fairly complex task with relatively little difficulty.

2015 08 08 nap with baby

baby snuggles

you’re a very loving guy. you like giving big hugs and kisses and you like to check in to see how people are feeling and you like cheering people on. sometimes i let you press some buttons for me when i am playing one of my silly games on the iPad. if i seem to have done well on one of the games, you will often turn to me with a big grin and a hand up and shout, “NI JAH’ GIMME FI’!” so of course i have to give you a high five, even if i’ve only just  transitioned from the opening screen to the main menu.

2015 08 08 family on a rock


you have learned that my and papa’s phones take photos and you have joined your brothers in occasionally demanding “tay pi’shur me!” when you think you are doing something cool. the problem is that you usually get so excited that you can’t hold still, so it’s a difficult request to actually fulfill. it’s difficult even to sneak a photo anymore because you immediately notice and demand to see it. it’s hard to explain that there is no photo to see if you don’t be quite and let us take it first.

2015 08 07 hugo qb

steelers’ new starting quarterback

my cousin (you call her g’elise) and her son tristan came to visit us for a week this summer. you LOVED it. poor tristan could not understand why you had to follow him around ALL. THE. TIME. but boy did you really like having ANOTHER big kid in the house. he is a really sweet guy and your big brothers really had a nice visit with him too.

2015 08 23 hugo on a cat

i got cat

we’re still nursing a decent amount but you are getting more patient about it – often when you wake up before i am upstairs for my bedtime i have to pee before i come into nurse. when you were smaller you would be so angry, but now you wait without complaint, sometimes even calling out, “oh – you need pee? ok”. you are a stinker but you are also a love.

2015 08 26 twenty seven months

27 months

happy 27 months, you amazing 2 yr old. i can’t believe how lucky we are to have you in our lives!



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


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


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.

2015 07 03 on a rock ii


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

2015 07 26 twenty-six months

26 months



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.

2015 06 16 colorful kids

“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.

2015 05 31 happy birthday to hugo

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!



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.

2015 05 15 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


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


happy, happy birthday, hugo!



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.