A week ago Addie was just figuring out how to army crawl around the living room and sit herself up. This morning, I went in to get her from her crib and she was standing up just as cool as can be. Amazing was a difference a week makes at this age!
September 6, 2013
Now that Addie is a little bigger and more mobile (army crawling at 8 months, and real crawling over our weekend visit to Winona over labor day, and immediately thereafter pulling up on EVERYTHING she can), she and Pat have developed some intense playing routine that get her laughing so hard she yaks. Very ladylike. And totally heartwarming.
August 21, 2013
Tonight Milo called me into his room an hour or so after we had put him to bed. He had been quiet up to that point, so I’m not sure if he was asleep and woke up, or just never fell asleep. When I went in there, he sat up in bed and held up three fingers and said:
“Mommy I have three things I need to tell you. (holds up one finger) First I need you to turn on my little light. Second, I want to tell you where hedgehogs live. Third, hmmmm. Hmmm. I don’t remember. Oh! I think I probably wanted you to check and make sure there isn’t pee in my potty.”
After making sure there wasn’t pee in the potty, he was just ready to go back to sleep. I never did find out where hedgehogs live.
August 7, 2013
Our boy turned three years old at the beginning of June, but it still seemed important to check in on who this little guy and just how much he has grown.
The literal “grown” update.
Height: 38.12″ = 65th percentile
Weight: 31lbs 2oz = 43rd precentile
So he has grown, but he is moving more towards the middle of the spectrum. He used to always show up in the 90% for height and the 20% for weight, but as he grows he is slowing down on height and catching up with weight. We will feel pretty confident that he will be taller than me in no time. When I look at him standing next to his dad I just see a smaller version of Pat’s body with blonde hair. Their posture – their thin frame – their long long legs. It is a little like looking into the future.
In a more abstract sense, the last year has seen Milo grow from mostly a biggish baby into something that I can’t even legitimately refer to as a toddler. He doesn’t toddle, he runs. There is hardly any baby left. He is boney and angular; he has ideas that he can articulate so very well; he feels things so very deeply (SO MANY FEELINGS!). He is so wonderful to his baby sister (though he often suggests that it is time to put her to bed if she is fussy at all). He asks politely for nearly everything (“Mommy, would you like to play with me?” “May I please have a cup of milk”), except for all those times he whiiiiiinnnnneeeesssss for what he wants. He is getting better at following directions, though sometimes it is like watching the small battle inside his head play out when he knows he isn’t suppose to do something and JUST.CAN’T.STOP himself.
Emotional development is a rough road. We saw it with friends of ours as their children became “threenagers” but I’m not sure we were entirely prepared for the sudden onslaught of attitude and occasional defiance. While he was a needy baby, Milo has never really been a prickly kid. These days he can waffle from such extreme joy and happiness to such extreme sadness. It is tough to watch him try to figure out how to deal with these feelings and to try to figure out the best ways to help him along the way, but also great to see him start to work out empathy and some of those more challenging feelings (aren’t we all trying to figure out how to work through those?!). For all the world he is still just the sweetest kid.
One of the most wonderful parts of this age is the talking. He is observant and so full of thoughts and questions. Many times he’ll bring up something that happened months ago and ask more about it. It is as if he finds these memories from times he was younger and didn’t understand as much, but now wants to put them into context with things he understand today. And he loves to collect definitions of things – wants to know what words mean and try out using them (this is wonderful except when his terrible mother drops an F-bomb after catching a small and pointy elbow in the eye during a tickle-attack). His speech changes so quickly now too – even in the last month it seems to have cleaned up so much. I remember lamenting when a friend’s adorable two-year old son started to lose some of that baby-talk and being near broken-hearted to find one day that he simply spoke like a kid. That is exactly where we are with Milo now, only I feel more excited than sad. We can talk to this kid! We can understand the world through him! And sometimes it doesn’t make a ton of sense, but is amazing all the same. Take this particular oration from a few months ago. We were asking him about what he will do when he gets bigger and he said
“…Cut a branch and put it on the floor and put it in the snow and melt it. I’m going to drive and go to the mall and drive to my work and when I’m done I’ll get money and put it in a pig. I will buy a coin with my money. I will buy a light bulb. I will buy a massager like Grandma’s*, but with a blue button instead of pink. Mine will be different than yours. And I will live with a girl and bring some plants and she will bring some plants too and it will be my garden. And I will have gum while I walk and I will eat it.”
There are so many crazy things going on there – we never have gum! The money thing is because we had been talking about piggy banks and jobs and saving, and
*Just to be clear – Grandma Viki has one of these little handheld neck massagers at her house and if you press the button it buzzes around on the floor – Milo thinks it is awesome.
I have loved reading the yearly interviews that have been floating around the Pinterest/Blog world, so I did one with Milo a few days ago. I think it would be so cool to be able to coerce him into doing these each year, even is it if just to humor his poor old mom in 15 years. To set the stage, we sat together on the patio couch while Addie was napping, drinking milk and eating graham crackers. I asked him the questions, and he gave me his answers. Anything in (parentheses) is my commentating (I love to commentate). These answers were given in early July 2013.
- What is your favorite color? Lellow!!
- What is your favorite toy? Blocks
- What is your favorite thing to eat? Snacks! Drink? Chocolate milk
- What is your favorite TV show? Thomas (which is weird, because we so rarely watch this. The thing he always wants to watch is those damn LeapFrog alphabet, number, and shape episode with Scout).
- What is your favorite outfit to wear? T-shirts
- Where do we live? St. Paul, America
- What are your favorite animals? Deer, BIG deer! And Hippopotamus – a BIG one! (He is only recently interested in deer – specifically fauns, so I’m not sure why it is a BIG deer. No idea where the hippo thing came from!)
- What does Mommy do for work? She does stuff. She goes to college. (So close!)
- What does Daddy do for work? Works downstairs on his computer. (Right on!)
- What is your favorite book? The singing Thomas book. ALL the books! (He does like the Thomas song book, but also it was sitting on the table so I think he just saw it and said that. He really likes reading the Gnome book with Dad.)
- What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play with a ball. Look at a map. (The kid loves maps. He recently told me a new rug of ours was a map because it had geometric lines on it).
- Who is your best friend? Aarav (they love each other.)
- What do you want to be when you grow up? A grown up. I want to cook stuff and drive the car.
- What’s your favorite game to play? Hi-Ho da Cherri-O!
- What do you like to take to bed with you? Big Brother and my fishy blanket (big brother is a little beanie puppy).
- What’s your favorite thing to do with Mommy? Play!
- What’s your favorite thing to do with Daddy? Play with blocks!
- What’s your favorite treat? Cupcake
- What is your favorite movie? Thomas (seriously, we only watched Thomas movies a couple of times).
- If you could go anywhere, where would you want to go? I would like to go the movie show. (We’ve done this once).
- What makes you happy? When I follow directions. Going to the store. (Store and restaurant are interchangeable to him, so I’m sure what this means.)
- What makes you sad? When I don’t get a snack or anything.
- What makes you scared? I don’t know. I’m not scared of anything, but I am scared of fires because they burn me! (???)
- What is your favorite sport? Basketball Athlete? Jimely Butters (Jeremy Butler), Bron le James (Lebron James)
- What’s your favorite flavor of ice-cream? Chocolate (my son folks)
- What did you want for your birthday? A grabber, brown sprinkley cupcakes.
- What do you like to learn about? Trying to be nice to my baby sister
- What is your favorite holiday? Christmas!
- Where do you like to go? To the ice cream store!
- What should we do tomorrow? Play and go to the store (the ice cream store) to see what flavors we want!
We love this little boy so much. I love to play with him and listen to what he has to say and watch him figure out the world around him. I love to make him laugh and hug him when he is sad. I selfishly love it when he tells me I’m his favorite grown-up and I love to see him light up when I tell him he is my favorite little boy. We will be his #1 fan as long as he will let us.
August 7, 2013
Don’t you just want to eat her right up?
July 24, 2013
I once again find myself more than month out from the last post, and with a handful in the hopper that I just can’t finish up. What am I waiting for? Why do they all need to be epic? Isn’t done better than perfect?
Ah life, you move so fast. We’ve spent so much time away from home lately that HOME is starting to feel like the vacation. Fear not – these munchkins are well and truly living it up this summer. And they love each other so much. Nothing makes Addie smile and laugh like Milo, and he he takes care of her in ways that make my little heart sing. Today they both woke up from their naps right around the same time – Milo first and then Addie. So I sent Milo into her room to “check on her.” I was watching on the monitor and as soon as she can see him through the crib slats she just lights up and starts kicking like a crazy person. Milo talks to her “Good Morning Baby Addie? Did you have a good nap? Let’s change your diaper.” And when he opens the main diapering drawer and finds all the diaper gone, he goes into the lower drawer that holds the stock and RE-STOCKS THE MAIN DRAWER. All the while, “Uh-oh, you are out of diapers, Baby Addie. Don’t worry, I’ll get more.” He would reach over the rails and hold her little hand. She would coo and squawk at him. He tried to give her a pacifier she had dropped on the floor. She reached for him every chance she got.
She is wild, he is wild. No one sleeps great right now. In fact last night we had out first Milo wake up that involved crying and talk of monsters. We let Sonnie-puppy sleep on his floor and that seemed to make everything alright. We find over and over that a cuddle, be it with dogs, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, whatever, seems to fix most problems in this house. I know it won’t always, but for right now, I’ll take it.