Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Dear William (23 months)

Dear William,

This month, you and I have been spending a lot of time together!  I am on "summer break" from work, so you and I get to hang out a lot.  You are still going to "play school" on Mondays and Wednesdays, but the rest of the days of the week it is just you and me!  You can be a very demanding boss, but you make up for it by giving me really great kisses or randomly running over to me and knocking me over with the force of your hugs.

You are an expert at naming body parts.  You love to tell me where your ears, eyes, nose, hair, knees, belly, elbows, and teeth, and mouth are.  You have a little doll baby and you like to say, "NOSE" and point to the baby's nose.  Or eyes.  Or whatever.

Did I mention... you still give very good kisses!  The best kisses ever!  I love them!  You like to kiss mommy and daddy, and you like to kiss your toys.  Sometimes you bring a toy over for me to kiss for you.  When you fell and scraped your knee earlier this month, I kissed your boo-boo, and then you puckered up your lips 'cause you wanted a face kiss too.  Cute.

You have become a great imitator.  If I am doing something silly, like walking in a funny way, you find that hilarious and you do the same thing.  If I say a word, you will often repeat it, or at least try to.  Near the end of June, your dad and I were counting out loud and you were repeating the numbers.  Sort of.  Last night I was scolding you for not minding me and I looked at you very sternly with my hand on my hip.  You gave me the exact same look, which was hilarious.

This month your friend E. moved to St. Louis!  You knew him before you were even born because mommy was in yoga class with his mommy.  We are so lucky that E.'s family moved here and that they live so close.  We can walk to his house!  He has such cool toys.  And he is really good about sharing!  He has a car that you can get in and drive.  You did both of these things while we were there playing.  E. pushed you in the car-- that was so nice of him!  Then you ate some of his snacks (without even asking!) and you ran around his house opening and closing doors like you owned the place.  You cried when it was time to leave, but I told you we would play with E. lots more in the days ahead.

We went to PrideFest STL this month.  Unfortunately, you were still napping during the big parade, but we got there later in the afternoon and had time to enjoy ourselves.  You got to see lots of bright colors and hear music.  Everybody there was so happy.  You were happy too.  Some people had their dogs with them and you liked to look at the dogs and say, "DOG. WOOO WOOO."  A lady gave you a firefighter helmet (which was super nice but also I thought kind of odd because isn't that just reinforcing the gender stereotype that little boys want to grow up to be firefighters?  But whatever) and a bracelet, which you wore for a while and then got tired of it so you put it on me.

You are continuing to enjoy going to playgrounds.  We have found a new playground at Lewis Park, and I really like that one a lot because it is smaller and easier for me to keep track of you.  On Tuesday nights sometimes we go to Carondelet Park to watch your dad in a bike race.  Actually, you have no interest in watching him.  You spend most of the whole time trying to walk in the street and screaming at me because I won't let you.  It is kind of awful.  Once I cried.  I don't know why you want to walk in the street so badly.  The other small children there just stand by their mothers and watch the bikes.  It is so frustrating because you won't do that.  The second week we went there, we found a giant playground.  You loved it.  It was super crowded though.  You found a suspension bridge and you ran back and forth across it for like 1/2 an hour.  When it was time to go meet your dad, you screamed at me and kicked me and punched me in the throat all the way.  I'm not sure if we'll be going back.

You ran your first race this month.  It was a quarter mile race, which was part of the big Macklind Mile festival on the 4th of July.  You did really well.  You held onto mommy or daddy's hand and kept a nice and steady pace and ran the whole time.  Most of the kids were bigger than you but you didn't let that bother you.  You just powered through.  There was one little kid who was probably your age or younger, and he was having a really tough time with it.  His parents had to keep picking him up and carrying him, or when they set him down he cried and ran the wrong way.  But you had a big smile on your face and ran in the right direction the whole time.  I was so proud of you.  There were tons of people on the sidelines of the race course all cheering for YOU!  They were ringing cowbells and clapping their hands and saying "You can do it!" and "Great job!"  Your daddy took the iPhone to video you as you crossed the finish line, and mommy held your hand.  We ran cross the finish together and everyone was clapping for you and I was crying I was so happy!  A lady at the finishing line gave you a green ribbon that said PARTICIPANT.  You were great!

Will approaching finish line of Kid's 1/4 mile dash


You threw a huge fit after the race though, one that included throwing yourself down in the middle of a busy street and kicking and screaming.  It was very dangerous.  I have no idea why you were so mad.  You just get that way sometimes.  It was so frustrating.  I thought I would lose my mind.  When we finally got back tot he car and I was putting you in your car seat, you grabbed my iPhone and DELETED the video of you crossing the finish line.  I was so upset I couldn't talk for over an hour.  Your father spent the rest of the day and night trying to recover the deleted video, but he wasn't able to.  That was some sad times.  We shan't speak of it again.

You survived your first bike crash this month.  It was terrifying, but mainly only for me.  The entire family unit was riding from our place to the Missouri Botanical Gardens on a Saturday morning.  You were in the bike trailer hooked to your dad's bike, and I was riding behind you both on Iris 2.  We were on the bike path in Forest Park and there was a lot of congestion, and the next thing I knew, the trailer was on its side.  I said some very horrible words and jumped off my bike while it was still moving and somehow threw it into the grass.  You were totally fine, just a bit shaken up from the excitement.  There was some damage to the trailer that your dad had to spend some time fixing, but eventually we were on our way again.  I maintain that the bike path at Forest Park is the least safe place to ride a bike in St. Louis, honest to God.

You had visits from both of your grandparents this month.  Grandma and Grandpa Scho brought you your own Lucky Red Hat.  You love it, except sometimes you hate it.  Which is the way you feel about most things.  Your Grandma Nan cut your hair for you again!

Other things you have done this month include: enjoying playing with bubbles and going to a neighbor's first birthday party.  You also have started to really enjoy drinking juice, which you call JOOOOOOOSE, and you ask for it when you want it.  If I try to give you milk when you want juice, you are very upset.  And vice versa.  You are definitely making your preferences known, but it is often a very complicated guessing game that relies a lot your mother's intuition.

We finished off your 23rd month with a trip to Indianapolis to visit your friends Mr. E and Miss C.  You also got to see your little friend A.  They are all great!  Poor dear Mr. E wasn't feeling good so he couldn't play too much, but you had such a blast playing with Miss C.  It is hard to believe she is 8 years old now, and it's too bad she lives 2 states away because she would be such a great babysitter.

After we returned from Indianapolis, you went back to play-school and you graduated to the 2-year old room.  I guess in there, you take your own lunch plate over to the sink when you are done with it.  Also, you get to play with markers.  You seem to like it so far.

We are kicking off your 24th month TODAY by flying to Seattle.  Did you know that your mom and pop have been married for TEN WHOLE YEARS?  We spent our honeymoon in the Pacific Northwest, and we decided to celebrate our 10th anniversary by going back there and bringing YOU with us.  I'm sure there will be many stories and pictures to come.

Here are some pictures of you this month:

Lucky red hat

Veggie booty

Bottoms up


Love always,

Your mom

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

DEAR DEAR WILLIAM!!!A VERY HAPPY 23rd month BIRTHDAY!! How exciting that you are going to SEATTLE with mama and daddy!!!! You have traveled many places in the last 23 months!!! Good that mama keeps a blog about them to show you when you get older!!! You are such a special little boy!!! I knew you would BE runnin a RACE one day with mama and daddy, but had no idea it would be BEFORE you were 2~~~ how awesome is that??? We were soo happy to get to visit you recently and see all the new and fun things you are doing!!! We will be anxiously awaiting the report on your trip west!!! have FUN !! Luv you thru and thru!!! grama nan and paw paw rick