This last year has brought so many changes for you both as a little man and a member of our family . While you've gone from baby to toddler, you've also gone from only child to big brother. You've gone from speaking a couple fragmented words to full on sentences and from living in an apartment to a two-story house with a backyard. You've gone from being a compliant, easy-to-manage child to a lovable-yet-independent and opinionated mischief maker and from flying as a "child in arms" to having your own seat. It's been a year full of changes and adjustments, but as you've done since day one, you've adjusted with flying colors and find a way to thrive — it seems — in every situation.
You continue to love your mommy most at night ("I want mommy, please" I heard over the monitor the other night) and your daddy most during the day (He's the most fun, you know). You also haven't slowed down... and have, in fact, exponentially sped up. Though, I guess, Logan has caused you a few more pauses these days...
But, it's been so beautiful watching you embrace your role as a brother so naturally. It's like you understand what it means to love someone unconditionally, though I know it's not something you directly comprehend. Logan is one of the only things you will take pause for... to hold his hand, to kiss him goodnight. You love him so much and I'm not even sure you know it yet. This has been my favorite thing to watch this year.
You are such a talker. Between talking to us and simply repeating EVERY. LITTLE. THING. we say, you are very rarely quiet for a long period of time. It's gotten me in trouble a couple of times — mostly when we're driving together. Though, I have to admit, it's pretty funny hearing you say "freaking accelerate." (I've tried to tone my verbal road rage down for you.)
I think you're pretty verbal for your age, but, I could also be biased. I just love being surprised every day by the things that come out of your mouth. It's like your words are finally giving you the ability to communicate all that stuff that's been trapped in your little head for so long! Oh, and we've also started the "whas dis" routine, as well as the constant "once more" (as you hold up your little finger). Though, I don't think you comprehend what "once" actually means.
• You like anything that goes... anything you can push (your stroller, your push cars) to anything you can ride on (your Power Wheels). You also like sending cars down your Little People ramp. Most recently, you love watching and learning to operate your dad's remote-control helicopter.
• Balls. You mostly love to throw them (though you mostly just love throwing everything), but also kicking them, rolling them... pretty much anything you can do with them.
• You began a love for trains about a month ago when you saw a bit of Thomas the Train on PBS and have been obsessed ever since. We usually start our days off coming downstairs and watching an DVR'd episode or two of "twains."
|Looking at/riding trains for your birthday.|
• Helping me in the kitchen is something you live for. I measure out the ingredients and let you dump them in, and if I let you, you love to stir everything together or watch the mixer do its work. You also love to steal my think of spatulas and mixing spoons, along with some of my mixing bowls, and pretend.
|Helping me with Thanksgiving dinner.|
• Every day when Daddy gets home from work you beg him to take you to listen to music in his car. He sits you in his passenger seat and pumps the bass up. You love getting to jam out in there.
• Your grandparents are some of your favorite things. You love to Skype with them during dinner on the nights when Daddy is at work in the evening. And, you've been so spoiled this last month as you had two weeks in Minnesota with Nana and Papa, and now are in the middle of a two-week stretch with Grandma and Grandpa.
• You love playing with anyone who will sit and play with you or chase you around. "You come you" is a common phrase around here, especially right after we tell you you have to play by yourself for a little while. It basically means "you come with me" and is often accompanied by you pointing at us. You just want to play all the time!
|Our family of four wouldn't be the same without you!|