29 Months

April 17, 2012

Dear Nicky,

This month was all about fun, fun, fun, fun! As always, you live life at full tilt. You run. A LOT. You ride your scooter. You swim. You want stories read to you. You chase us. Most weekend days we’re out of the house by 9 to play outside and then back at it again as soon as you’re up from nap. And when you crash, you crash at full speed too. I don’t know what I’m going to do when you stop taking your 3 hour afternoon nap. I feel like I need that full 3 hours to recuperate from the whirlwind that you make as you run around the house. The beginning of this month you were like a little angel. It was such a great reprieve from the ups and downs of being two. The second half of the month was back to normal, by which I mean that ANYTHING and EVERYTHING can cause crying, whining, shouting or all of the above. It’s exhausting, but at least we had those beautiful two weeks there to recharge our batteries.

You love to have things tidy. You think cleaning up your toys is almost as fun as playing with them (which is not to say that you always put away your toys, but you do a really good job most of the time – our house is still a wreck, but it would be much worse if you weren’t so organized). We recently put together some toy storage in your bedroom and got all of your toys out of the living room. What a relief! Now everything has its little bin and you’re so good at putting everything away where it belongs. You think it’s hilarious when you find a lego in the train bin (“That doesn’t go there!!”) and you immediately put it away where it belongs. Without any guidance from us, you started clearing your plate when you’re done eating.

You took a giant step toward being a big boy this month: you stopped using bottles. Daddy and I had been pretty worried how we were going to take away that crutch because you were SO addicted, but luckily you lead the charge and just went a few nights without asking for one. After that it was easier; we just told you bottles are for babies and now you go to sleep with a water sippy cup. You’ve also substituted bringing books and toys into bed, but you’re still such a good sleeper that I don’t mind you having those with you. I love coming in to tuck you in and finding you reading a book in the absolute dark as though you could see anything. I’m always amazed that sometimes it takes you up to an hour to fall asleep but we almost never hear anything over the monitor while you’re waiting to doze off. Except if one of your pacifiers falls out of the crib and then we hear “I want my nother fire….” That habit is the next one we’ll break, so my advice to you is to enjoy it while it lasts.

I can always count on you to cheer me after a hard day at work either by cracking up at something silly, or saying something adorable, or being sweet to your sister or by giving me an unexpected hug and kiss. Or all of the above. You are such a joy to be around.

I love you,

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