Today you are 40 months old!
This past month has been all about trains for you.
On November 16, we took the train downtown for the Festival of Lights, where we saw fireworks and you ate part of a cupcake.
Soon it was time for Thanksgiving.
We stayed in St. Louis, and we had so much fun. We had a long 4-day weekend to spend with each other, and we loved every minute of it. First, we got up early on Thanksgiving morning and took the train to the parade downtown. We saw marching bands and lots of floats and some large inflatable things and also Jackie Joyner-Kersee. You were not as interested in the parade as I was, so you spent most of your time running around the plaza with your daddy.
Then we headed back home and I made us all a very lovely Thanksgiving dinner. You were excited about the cornbread and peas.
The fun didn't stop there.
The next day we went to the Museum of Transportation. You and your dad had so much fun. I was freezing while we looked at the trains, but I did enjoy the gift shop.
We also went to the Missouri Botanical Garden "Gardenland Express" exhibit and saw more model trains.
The next weekend we went and got a Christmas tree. You were very excited about putting the star on top, and you helped with all the ornaments.
You have been very interested in helping out this month. You bake me pretend cakes and then feed them to me. You insist on doing everything on your own, like brush your teeth and put on your socks. You even helped me do some research for a book chapter I am writing on howler monkey infant development.
You've still been having a lot of trouble going to sleep. You never want to go to bed. You cry and ask me to stay with you and tell me that you want to cuddle. When we finally get you to sleep, you will wake up in a few hours and join us in our bed. The other night I woke up to see you standing at my bedside, and you very politely said, "EXCUSE ME." You asked to come into the bed and I said of course. One other time, you were sleeping in bed with me while your daddy was still up working late (we've all been working late a lot this month), and when daddy finally came to bed you announced, "I'M HERE, DADDY."
It has been a great month, William. I especially enjoyed the time I got to spend with you around Thanksgiving. In fact, those days were some of my most favorite days in my whole life. We should have days like that more often.
Looking forward to many more adventures with you,