Monday, May 21, 2012

Stafford's 21 Month Update

Dear Stafford,

You are 21 months old.  It is hard to believe that the next time I write an update about you it will be your second birthday!  It is still fascinating to me to watch you grow and change.  You are a bundle of energy and already seem so big to me! (until I remember that I still have to change your diapers!)

You are still wearing size 4 diapers and your 18-24 month clothes.  Some of them have started to get small because you are tall and have long arms.  You weight around 30 pounds.  This was a lot of weight for Mommy to lug up and down the stairs while Daddy was gone so we are extra glad to have his help!

You were SO excited to have your Daddy come home.  We met him at the airport and you knew who he was right away.  You are very concerned in the mornings when he isn't here and Mommy has to remind you that he has gone to work.

Your vocabulary has exploded in the last few months.  Some of your new words are all the strawberry, truck, thank you, right back, bubble, bigbee (bus), airplane, train, choo choo, slide, mountain, tunnel, cheese and firetruck.  You are really into all things transportation.  When we drive here we often see the water, trains, trucks, buses and boats.  You point them all out.  You also understand when we are leaving the house and going in a certain direction that we will see the water.  You love going under "tunnels"--which is basically anything that is over the interstate or roads.

One of your newest tricks is counting to 10.  You always start at 2 but you can count to 10 and recognize all of the numbers from 2-9.  Sometimes you mix up 9 and 6.  You like to play a number game on my phone and you play it whenever you can.

We have tried doing art projects but you are still putting things in your mouth.  This includes dog food--yuck!  If you see your dot markers you yell, "coloring!!" until I hide them again.  In addition to eating art supplies you are also really into the potty.  You call it them pobby.  You also like to open it up and stick things in it.  We are working very hard to break that habit!

You are still a great sleeper.  You usually sleep from 8-7:30.  When you wake up you stand up in your crib and yell, "Hi!! Hi!!" until we come and get you.  You climbed out of your crib once but haven't tried it again.  I'm hoping you forgot how to do this!!

You are still a great eater.  Your favorite foods are blueberries, blackberries, yogurt, cheese, asparagus and peas.

Your favorite toys to play with are trucks.  You love matchbox cars and really any form of transportation.  When you hear an airplane or helicopter outside you always crane your neck to see it.  You also really like animals.  You want to read your Bright Baby animal book every night.  My favorite animal noises you make are the snake, donkey, elephant and chicken.  I need to try to get all of these on video.  The cow still says "boo" at our house too.

You've been taking swimming lessons and you seem to love the water.  We can really see the progress you are making from week to week.  I can't wait to take you to the pool this summer.

You are obsessed with our friend Ali and every time I tell you we are going somewhere you say "Ali?" followed by "Baby?" which is what you call her little girl.  You also usually ask if we will see "Valvalval" your great aunt.  You also love riding in our SUV and when I turn the car on you yell out "truck!!".

You still aren't sure what to do with your baby brother.  So far you don't seem to mind him so much but don't like me holding him too often.  I'm excited to see you become closer in the next few years.

The hardest part about the last 3 months has been your growing independence.  I know that eventually this will be a good thing but right now it is very difficult.  This is why people say parenting is hard!  You have started throwing things when you don't get your way and you also sit down on the ground if you don't want to walk the direction we are headed.  We want to make sure we are doing a good job disciplining you but it is hard.  Regardless we love you so much.

I know there have to be things I'm leaving out.  I am just so amazed at how much you pick up each day!  Your Daddy and I love you so very much and we can't believe we'll be wishing you a happy birthday in just three short months!!

Love,
Mama & Daddy

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