23 Months

Dear Simon,

What a month! You are growing and changing at lightening speed and I swear that I turn around for one minute and you have new words, new “tricks”, and you’ve grown an inch. You really want to know what everything is and you are very much trying to figure out everything’s place in your world.

You are testing limits a bit more than you were, which I assume is about figuring it all out. If, for example, we ask you not to use your drum sticks on the wall you say, “here?” and point to the door. I say, “no, the drum or the carpet”. You say, “no? here?” and point to the window. I say, “no, the drum or the carpet”. You say “no? here?”…and this could go on for several minutes, multiple times a day with only slight variances.

A few really fun things have come on this month. I think my absolute favorite is that you very confidently finish sentences in books. Even some that we only read occasionally. I am amazed at how much you recall and every time you finish a sentence it makes my heart bounce.

You have developed a serious fascination with bugs. There was a lady bug at school a few weeks ago and since you met the ladybug you are continually on the lookout for and talking about bugs. The good news is that it slows you down a bit when we’re outside… the bad news is – bugs. You think that the ants on the sidewalk are the coolest. There’s a fine line between teaching you to be nice and respectful to the ants and me really wanting nothing to do with said ants. Hoping this newfound interest is short-lived.

You are really big into helping around the house, with whatever your dad and I ask for help with. It’s super cute and although it makes me nervous when you try to take our dishes out of the dishwasher, I do appreciate you being an excellent cutting board putter awayer. You are also a master at putting recycling in the bin.

You graduated from mini 2 at swimming and you’re starting mini 3. I am super excited for you because I know you’re going to love your new class and instructor. I am glad that I no longer have to get in the pool every time, but I am also a little sad that swimming lessons were a special time just for us and now that dedicated time each week will not be just us.

You are such a smart, sweet kid, Simon. You make your dad and I laugh all of the time. It’s so awesome to see your personality shining through. Tonight I said, “Simon, where should we go out to dinner?” and you replied, “Somewhere!”.

I love you, noodle.

Keep wondering, keep exploring. Please leave the bugs outside.

xx. mommy

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