Where do I start? It’s been so long since I’ve written you a letter. Not to worry, we’ve been documenting your life in other ways with our camera and phones, on video and jotting down the hilarious things you say in your “quotable” book.
I guess the first thing to say is You’re so BIG! And you’re a big brother! It wasn’t until we took Foster home that I realized just how big you’ve grown. Your hands and feet (all normal sized) seemed huge compared to Foster’s little fingers and toes. You are such a good big brother. You often say you need to “check on Foster” because that’s what I say sometimes. Or if I say “it’s ok buddy” to him, you say it too. You’ve been helpful in bringing him a soother, or a blanket, or picking up a toy for him. You have the odd bout of jealousy, but for the most part you’ve adjusted well to having a little brother.
You have continued to amaze your dad and I with your language and comprehension skills. Your vocabulary is outstanding and you’re just a little sponge and you’re so inquisitive. Always asking me “why?” and “what’s that, mom?” or one of your favourite things to say for a while was “What’s that noise?”. You don’t miss much!
Last fall we welcomed Nana and Poppa home from their time in London. It was so great to see them – the last time they’d seen you in person you weren’t walking yet, and then you were not only walking but talking and understood the concept of “almost”. As in, I would say “Harry, are you finished your yogurt?” and you would respond correctly with “Almost”. So cute.
We spent our Christmas vacation in Nova Scotia. It was a fun family holiday. You hadn’t quite figured out the Christmas present part of Christmas so it was a wonderful innocent Christmas with you. You loved opening your stocking. We probably could’ve stopped there, but of course, you had a few more presents to open. You enjoyed helping everyone else open their gifts. The unwrapping was the most fun for you! Grandma at the Lake started teaching you some more colours while we visited using the Crayola box as a guide. So at the tender age of 20 months you could identify the colours Apricot and Turquoise.
We had lots of snow this past winter so we got out and played in it a bunch. Your little legs wrapped in snow pants and boots made it tough for you to get around, but you liked to ride in the sleigh. In January you also started learning your ABCs at daycare and could recite them pretty well with just a little help. Within a couple of weeks you had it down. Your dad and I were so proud of you.
In February Dad and I took a little trip away to rest and rev up for the arrival of your brother, so that meant you got to hang out with Nana and Poppa. They spoiled you, of course.
In March we celebrated your second birthday. We went to a reptile show and you absolutely loved it! You got to meet Shuffles the tortoise, Buttercup the python, and even held a tarantula! You were totally in your element. In every picture we have of that day you were the kid closest to the animals. You still talk about Shuffles. You’re our little David Suzuki. You love animals great and small and are so curious about nature. You and Papa talk about birds and he takes you on tours of his garden. It is so adorable to hear you recognize birds like cardinals, blue jays and woodpeckers. Grandma at the lake sent you a gardening kit and you loved to watch your pumpkin seeds grow.
And March was of course, also, our last month as a family of three. We celebrated Easter with Grandma and Grampy, Nana and Poppa, Uncle Jason and Aunt Megan and Marie for dinner on Saturday night. The next morning I was in labour.
We managed to find our way as a family of four through the Spring and really hit our stride as the weather warmed up. I had so much fun being off on maternity leave with you this summer because we could get out and take advantage of the beautiful weather. Luckily your little brother was happy to tag along so you could do your two-year old thing.
As I mentioned, your speaking skills are really great, and you catch on quickly learning to say “I” instead of “me”, and repeating big words like hippopotamus, and piliated. One thing that’s really cute that I want to remember is that you go through little phases where you seem to have a catch phrase. In March you loved to say “You’re my best friend”. It was so awesome to hear you say that I was your best friend, only to turn around and hear you telling daddy he was too. It got to the point that if someone wasn’t your best friend, that was bad news!
Other “catch phrases” have been:
Great job! (or Great job everyone!) One day I pulled into the driveway at daycare and you said “Great job, mommy! Good turning.” I’m glad you approve of my driving skills.
Yeah. Oh well.
Does that make sense?
Is that a good idea?
Right, mom? or Right, dad?
Wednesday (everything happened on Wednesday)
Oh my gosh.
I’d like to but…
And then, there’s the roaring. You growl and/or roar when you’re upset. Sometimes you roar at someone, sometimes you just roar if you’re getting some anger out. Apparently your dad and grampy did this as kids. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
There’s so much I want to tell you and to remember, but there’s just not a great way to tell the story so first, I’ll promise to write more often, and now I’ll just list random awesome stuff about you.
You learned the alphabet, and the sounds the letters make, so now we’re teaching you to sound out the words so you can read.
You’ve mastered counting to ten as well. You can even count to five in Spanish.
You love to watch Dora and Diego (hence the Spanish).
You have moved into your big-boy room, and are doing a great job.
You’re potty trained, too.
You love chocolate anything and say it choco-late (like late for dinner)
You say computer like Q-pinter and banana like babana. I don’t know why these words trouble you when you can say much more complicated words.
You say Ta-dawn instead of Ta-dah!
You make up words just to be silly. You rhyme with other words to be silly, too.
You love books, and are really into puzzles right now.
My favourite part of my day is our drive home from daycare when we talk about your day and you blabber on about the day or anything you see. You say some really awesome stuff. It’s so great to get to see the world through your eyes.
You’re a great little swimmer. You can jump in the pool from the deck with your water wings on and pop up and swim to mom or dad. When you go under you call this going under the sea.
Your favourite breakfast has evolved from “sugar brown” (oatmeal) to Cheerios and milk to peanut butter and jam toast.
You’re into dinosaurs.
You think your dad is pretty great.
Mostly I want you to know that you’re sweet and kind, loving and so clever. You continue to surprise us every day. I can’t believe how lucky I am that I get to be your mom – and some days – your best friend.