I'm a few days late writing you this letter as you were 26 months last Wednesday, but I had to get this letter in because of all the gosh darn cute things you are doing lately. I'm putting it down in a list again because that sure is easy and we like easy right now:
-You've been going to the babysitters for a month and a half now and I am so proud of how you've handled it. I think your social personality is a blessing for this very time in our lives. You did have a hard time at first, but you went to the babysitters anyway. You are so brave. Dad has to reassure you that I will be there to pick you up, and when I walk through the door, you say "Yep Mama pick me up!". The babysitter, Mariane, just loves you. And I know why. It's not hard to love you and your sweet, caring, fun personality. When we leave you say, "Goodbye Babysitter, Good day!" So sweet.
-You sing along in the car to Lion King, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, and Jungle Book. Your memory is amazing. My favorite thing is when we sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" together before bedtime. Your sweet little voice melts me.
-Speaking of memory, I'll say a word once and you'll pick it up and use it right off the bat. Or you'll remember a promise we made to you the day before. Or you'll remember something scary in a movie and leave the room when it's close. Or you remember people we've met and their names. Or you remember what toy they were playing with, what car they showed up in, and what way they went. I can't fool you.
-When you go down for bed we have to list off the fun things we did that day. You do it in a sort of sing-song way and after your list is done, you exclaim, "Good day!" My days are now remembered as fun because of your sweet little reminder at night.
-When you kiss my cheeks you grab my face with both hands and force me to turn my cheek to you. Then you really do kiss it, kissing noises and all, and force my face the other to kiss my other cheek. Such love!
-Your walk is not a walk--it's like a side step, skip, backwards, waltz. And it takes forever to get anywhere.
-Funny things you are saying:
"Allllright" when moving on from activity to activity
"Few mo minutes, time a nap" with your hands up trying to mimic what I've been doing to get you mentally ready for nap time.
"Give me hug Mama" which is all the time. And your hugs are so intense and sincere. You truly needs hugs like 6 times a day.
"Snack-a-milk?" which means you want your milk and fishy crackers next to you when you play. I think you ask me that all day even during mealtimes. Hungry boy!
"Follow me Mama!" when you want me out of bed or out of the kitchen to play with you
"Look at you!" when you do something new or brave
"giberish I be riiiight back." and then you'll leave, but come back seconds later, "Oh there he is!"
I'm reading all kinds of childhood/parenting books right now because I can't give you too much structure. Everything has to be fun, full of love, and exciting. To be honest, this exhausts me by the end of each day making every diaper change, or nap time, or going inside "fun". We do a lot of races. And we sing a lot of songs. But guess what? It's working. I am glad that I am getting to know you, your personality, your motivations, your outlook on life, and what life means for you. I know you're only 2 but it starts so young! I want to parent the best I can which means letting you be you. And I just love you; my crazy, active, joyful, exhuberant, happy little boy. You're going to be the best older brother.
Loves loves loves,