To our Golden Boy,
These days our time is spent like this:
6:30 AM You wake up and talk to yourself, batting me and daddy in the face as your try to wake us. 7:00 AM I wake up with you (during the week and daddy gets up in the weekend) and we go out to the living room to play. 8:00 AM We both take a nap. 9:00 AM You wake up and we play around the house. 11:00 AM We take Tobi for a walk and you fall asleep in the carrier. 12:00 PM We head out for the day and go to playgroup, music class, Gymboree, lunch with our mommy and baby friends, park, errands, hang with grandma, etc. 3:00 PM You take a nap. 5:00 PM Begin bedtime routine of dinner, bath, crazy play, and rockabye.
We always seem to have something fun to do every day and I love having you as my constant companion. What I love most is that now when I reach for you, you reach for me. Seeing you lift your arms up to me asking to be picked up or watching you lean out of someone else's arms with your arms outstretched towards me, melts my heart every time. It's almost as if you're actually saying "mommy, mommy".
You are very inquisitive and are all over the place these days! You want to be everywhere at once. You're not crawling per se, but you are literally leaping (like a little frog) in different directions (and face planting). You haven't rolled over very much (5 times total), but you're moving in every direction. If we are holding you, you will lean over trying to get onto the ground. If you're sitting on the ground, you will leap towards something across the room. It's getting harder to get things done around the house now because I can't take my hands off of you. You are definitely a rough and tumble kind of kid, curious about everything and willing to take risks to explore those curiosities. Nothing holds your interest for very long because you always seem to discover something newer and more exciting after a few moments. You want to touch, feel, rip, shred, pull, and eat everything in sight (I'm starting to think of you as my little demolition expert). We have to warn people to not let you grab their faces and hair because you will hold on and not let go. You like to pinch and grab our cheeks, noses, chins, or really anywhere on our faces, and I can't get your nails short enough where they don't feel like sharpened claws. Grandma calls you the wild child. I left you with her one time when I went to run down the store and she looked like she had been through a tornado - her hair was astray, her glasses crooked, and she was exhausted.
You love being outside during the day and as the weather gets nicer, I can't wait to spend more and more of our time together enjoying and exploring the outdoors. Sometimes when you fall asleep in the carrier, I spend the entire time sitting outside as you nap which always results in your longest naps. I've often considered putting you to sleep outside because the fresh air seems to extend your naps by an hour, but haven't quite figured that out since you're too curious about everything around you to fall asleep in the midst of it all. We spend a lot of time at the park because swinging is one of your favorite things to do. Although you hated the baby "swing" that we got when you were first born, you absolutely love being in the swings at the park whether its the small swing on your own or you're cuddled on mommy's lap in the big swing.
The two newest things you are doing are sucking your thumb and sucking in your bottom lip. You are also constantly talking and discovering new sounds each day. You say mama and baba...no dada yet, but he practices with you every single day. Every day brings something new! Soon you'll be a walking, talking little boy.
Close to bedtime, you get into this crazy, wired state (am I waiting until you're overtired?) where you giggle, laugh, squeal, and leap all over the bed. Your daddy will rush home from work each night, praying that he doesn't miss the wild child. And even if we're reading a book or starting to rockabye, daddy can't resist starting a game of peek-a-boo and getting you rewired so he can elicit that electric smile that melts our hearts.
Life with you is bliss. Pure bliss.
Mommy + Daddy
You don't love:
Tummy time Apples (or at least the tart one we tried to force feed you) Naps Being away from mommy The car seat