20 Months

July 17, 2011

 Dear Nicky,

You are a little sponge this month.  I can’t believe how fast you’re picking things up.  You’re adding words by the handful, you’re using 2-3 word sentences and you’re even starting to sing songs.  You generally can’t really say all the words in the song but you know the general sounds to make and you get a few of the words here and there.  Your favorites are ABC, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and Ring Around the Rosy.  You love doing the actions with Wheels on the Bus and If You’re Happy And You Know It.  You can recognize and name the letter B, count to 10 (in a garbled sort of way) and you’ve suddenly started rocking at shape sorters and puzzles.  I’m constantly amazed at all your new tricks!

One of your favorite phrases this month is “oh no”.  It comes out whenever you see something slightly amiss like a tipped over traffic cone or an open garage door or a little speck of crumb on the floor.  It’s amazing to hear how you’ve already made so many connections about what is normal: cones should be upright, garage doors should be closed, crumbs should be cleaned up.  How did you learn all these things?  Your little brain must be in constant motion to have learned all these things in only 20 months!

We spent a lot of time on your tricycle this month.  You’ve decided that distance is preferable to independence so you’ve started letting us push you while you scoot along with your little feet.  This new development has allowed us to start taking long family walks in the evening.  I can’t tell you how nice at is for us…a little variety finally!  Hugo (or Ko-yo as you call him) even comes with us, although the block is a bit far and scary for him and I’ve been sure at least once that I’ve lost him for good when he didn’t make it the whole way with us. 

You’re getting a little better at sharing and taking turns this month.  You still have a really tough time with the concept when you’re tired or over excited, but you’re making progress and when you’re successful you’re so proud of yourself.  The other day when we were coming home from playing with one of the neighbors and sharing her trike you proudly announced “I share”.  Yes you did sweetie and that made mommy very happy.  Keep up the good work!

Nicky, lots of people tell me that this age is difficult, but I think it’s never been better.  We’re having so much fun and everything is so much easier now that we’re able to communicate better with each other.  You are a joy to be with and I love how much happiness you bring into our house.

Love you,


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