To my little men,
Well, I’m a little late on your monthly letter since you chose this past weekend to catch a cold and then pass it on to me, Daddy and Uncle Kevin, who’s visiting from Detroit. Since I finally managed to stop sniffling this morning and you two are actually napping without coughing, I thought I’d finally get this out there. It is unreal that you are 16 months old already; I’m flabbergasted as to where the time is going so very quickly.
It really hit me the other night when Eli suddenly woke up screaming and nothing I tried worked to calm you down (diaper change, water, nightlight, etc). Finally, I just sat down with you in my arms and rocked you back to sleep, noticing as I did so, that you no longer curl up on just one arm – you’re getting so big!. At that moment I suddenly realized that while you two are still my baby boys, you’re really no longer babies. I stayed there longer than I had to, reminiscing about how many times I’ve held and rocked both of you and wondering how many more times I’ll get the chance.
Most days, I love that you are turning into little boys. There’s a lot more chaos during playtime (you both like taking the pillows off the couch and insist on taking every single book and toy out of the baskets to place in other corners of the room), but you also really play now! We zoom cars around on the floor, read books back to back until my voice is hoarse, play tag (which is really me chasing two screeching and giggling little ones around) and build tunnels with the couch cushions (which you LOVE crawling back and forth through and hiding in).
It’s not that the days are super easy, but we’ve definitely set a great routine and you both are becoming a little more patient. As in, our trips to the grocery store rarely elicit a screamfest anymore.
We go to the zoo, to playgrounds, to the library and running all over the neighborhood and you both do so well out and about, which makes me want to take you guys out more often!
Oliver, my monkey boy, you are walking now! Wherever we are, whatever you’re doing, you are almost always up on two feet now instead of crawling around on all fours. In fact, I think you take great pleasure in standing up in the middle of the room and walking over to the couch, or me, or the toy basket. However, you also now recognize what the phrase “diaper change” means and will practically run away from me the second I say it. You love when I chase you around the living room and giggle like mad when I hop like a rabbit. I think that’s what you want to learn how to do next! You are also constantly babbling and carry on these very strange conversations that your dad and I try to decipher. Sometimes you really sound like you’re saying things – when Daddy asked one day if you pooped, you spouted out something like “Da, I poo. Ya.” which just set us off laughing really hard. Still no consistent words yet besides the basic Dada and Mama, but we swear you said your name the other day when someone asked you. It came out as “O-wi-er”, but was so close we counted it!
Eli, my little scamp, you are such a bucket of laughs! Every day you figure out how to get into some mischief and definitely keep me on my toes. If I disappear into the kitchen to cook lunch and take too long bringing it out, you take all the small toys near you and chuck them outside the play fence to get my attention. You are still a little wobbly, but practice standing on your own a lot – mostly in the bathtub, which gives me a heart attack every time and I can’t decide whether to cheer you on for standing or tell you to sit down immediately! I’ll also say that you have taken your first steps this past week, but only want to do it when no one is looking. As soon as you realize one of us is watching, you immediately sit down or grab the nearest piece of furniture. I’ve only seen you take a few steps twice and again, you sat down and started laughing as soon as you realized I was watching! You chatter away to yourself, Oliver, your Dad, me and every toy in the living room ALL day long. Also no consistent words coming from you, but man you love ‘talking’. I swear you have your own language going on, we just have no idea how to translate it!
This month has been pretty relaxed, which is wonderful after our crazy summer, but I’m already looking forward to fall-time events (pumpkin patch, here we come!). Soon we’ll be on to Halloween, then Thanksgiving and soon Christmas. Somehow they seem somewhat far off, but I imagine I’ll feel like they came too quickly once they’re over. That’s how I feel every month with you two. I think the days go by so slowly (though we always manage to fill them with something!) and yet it feels like the weeks go by at lighting speed.
I know I say I can’t wait for you two to do things like run, talk, climb, read, etc, but don’t let me miss out on all the sweet moments now, ok?
I love you always,