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

 

 

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9

dear august,

this year you turned 9 years old. your last single digit year of your life. wow. two years away from middle school (didn’t you just start kindergarten?). halfway out of the house (weren’t you just born?). i can hardly believe we’re here already. if you could just please slow things down.

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being 8 was a pretty good year for us. rather pleasant, in fact, for the first time in a great long time (oh, since you were 2 i would say). it’s not that you have been awful forever, but your other ages were very challenging in ways that 8 was not, and it was nice to enjoy you more often than otherwise this past year. whatever it is about 8, it seemed to be a break for you from always coming up against everything else going on, and that made it generally more endurable for everyone around you. of course you had your bad days, we all, do, but overall, 8 was pretty mild as far as growing pains go.

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april

you started your first season of travel team this past fall and you loved it. your team was not particularly good. in fact, i think it would be fair to say that some of your teammates were in fact quite terrible, significantly impacting your team’s record. you were very philosophical about this and really seemed to grasp that while it is definitely fun to win, the most important part at this point is to have fun and to give everyone a turn to play. while you certainly wished that some of your teammates were a little more skilled, you didn’t ever begrudge them the same opportunities to be on the field that you had, even if it might mean a better chance of a win.

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may

you enjoy playing goalie and you do pretty well, although eventually you really would prefer to get out there and in on the action. you are a bit, as papa calls you (and as we have heard you call yourself), “uncoachable” – meaning that once on the field, you tend to do what makes the most sense to you, not what someone may be advising from the side. if ever there was a league to thrive like this, you have found it. and a good thing, too, as it has fostered a strong confident and creative streak in you, that you can really see when you play. you are brave and strong and go after the ball as if you know exactly what will happen once you get to it. and sometimes that is even true! i don’t watch you play much – partly scheduling from needing a break – but every time i see you play i am more impressed than the last time. you’re getting better and better by leaps and bounds, growing into yourself as a player and into your passion for the game.

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june

you seem to still like school. you remain fairly quiet and reserved, which makes your teacher crazy, and she spent a good portion of the year trying to get to know you. you were very tolerant of this, if not enthused by her interest, and eventually rewarded her with a soccer story or too and she was thrilled. you enjoy the kids at your school (mostly max, angelo, rye, and jethro) and enjoy meeting up with kids after school on the play area (you often play this game that involves throwing a kickball against the side of the school and trying to catch it. it doesn’t sound very exciting but you and many kids on the playground love it). you still want me to come to school events and be your chaperone and of course i go every time i possibly can. some of the kids are already mortified by their parents and i’ll take your wanting me around as long as possible.

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july

you still love hanging out with lucas and eamon and anand and euan. you love seeing graham when we get together with those friends and you occasionally still see old friends (like simi or ezra) around the neighborhood. you love playing soccer with friends the most, but you’ve all also started inventing complicated-seeming games of tag and catch and other things that involved rock-papers-scissors and healers and referees and i don’t know what else. but when we get together with friends, all you children sneak away somewhere and are not seen until we demand you come and eat something (and even then you straggle). if you have conflicts, you seem to work them out with each other fairly easily. you are all very different from each other these days, but because of time and familiarity have forged ways for meeting in the middle quite happily. it’s lovely to see you with these old, old friends.

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august

you love soccer, but you also love reading. you occasionally will write up complicated programs? stories? flow charts? something on paper that you and calum will discussion in great detail. you still don’t love crafts, but will consent to doing the occasional art project here or there, particularly if it involves star wars. you still love star wars, the dragons of berk, and occasionally slugterra. you complain about having to watch wild kratts when it is calum’s night to choose but you watch it (and enjoy it) anyway. you love playing games on the iPad, including clash of clans and lego star wars, but these days you play a lot of fifa and occasionally madden football and a few other sports games here and there. you will play wii all day when you can get it and are impatiently waiting for the discussion about whether or not the family can purchase our own once hugo turns 4. you like riding your bike and playing on the playground, although some days you are just as likely to walk around talking with lucas as you to play an active game.

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september

you love reading books and would read at every meal if we left you. your favorites are graphic novels but you like chapter books too. mostly you like fantasy and sci-fi – wizards, magic, jedi, dragon, zombies etc, but you will read just about anything i bring home if it’s new. you will re-read also, if there is nothing else. we’ve hard to start roaming far afield from our little library, since you’ve read just about everything there. you bring home your scholastic book order forms with your desires circled and i do my best to order them from the library for you.

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october

although you would prefer not to be, you are helpful around the house. you put your clothes away, put your dishes away, help unload the dishwasher when asked, clean almost the entire downstairs bathroom by yourself, make your own lunch, help clean up after your brother(s), and carry the laundry up and/or downstairs for me. you can be trusted – mostly – to keep an eye on hugo in the backyard and are good at walking calum home from the bus safely. you can go the the playground with calum or by yourself and you can walk around the block to get a ball that’s been accidentally kicked over the fence into our diagonally-adjacent neighbor’s yard.

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november

this year you’ve gotten really into music as well. we got an old iPhone 4 for you and you are allowed to listen to spotify on it (and use it to take weirdo photos/vidoes of your brothers). you love listening to minecraft pop song parodies and making spotify playlists. there have been many an evening papa tried to listen to spotify on his own phone on the way home from work only to find that you’d already commandeered it.

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december

although you have a lot of conflict with calum, you love your brothers and they love you. they make you crazy but you also are always organizing them into some kind of activity – usually football in your room in the winter and then some kind of sports game in the backyard. hugo often foils your plans by being 2 but calum is almost always willing. it’s tough when you fight, but more often than not, you seem to at least try go get along. when you want to be rid of them, you will bury your nose in a book, which is infuriating to calum. but big brothers need a break sometimes too.

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january

it’s been a busy but wonderful year. i’m so proud of how you are growing. happy 9th birthday.

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nine

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.

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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.

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29 months

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

love,

mama

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

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.

love,

mama