Dear Simon,

Holy moly, 2! When asked how old you are you proudly exclaim, “TWO!”. I love it. And I love you… so much.

What a great month. You learned an incredible amount of words this month – multiple a day, I think. You just bust them out too… My favorite, by far, is “thank you” and “excuse (‘scuse) me”. Maybe you knew them previously but you’re using them in context and so nicely these days. My least favorite new word this month? “MINE!” Sharing is caring, bud. Read More

19 Months

Dear Simon,

This month was awesome  – mainly because you’re awesome, but also because Dad and I were both able to take 2 weeks off over the holidays and spend that time with you. We did all sorts of things that we’ve been wanting to do — the Exploratorium (water table!!), Gather, free swim at the YMCA… we had so much fun with you.

You are getting so big, buddy. It’s unbelievable how much changes month to month. You REALLY want to be independent, especially at mealtime. You also despise hearing someone tell you no, especially when it involves throwing toys. These situations often result in tears, unfortunately. Luckily these tears are short lived and you are easily distracted, but we’re having to say “please tell ___ you’re sorry” quite a bit these days. You get so upset when we get upset with you about something – it’s heartbreaking. Read More

18 Months

Dear Simon,

A year and a half! Amazing, buddy. You are so cool. Everyday I am in awe of what you can do, what you are learning and how quickly you learn. You constantly make us giggle and your laugh is most definitely contagious. You are are so sweet, which I hope you never outgrow.

This month you found your inner whine and I have to admit, you got me a few times. I always knew that I wasn’t a perfect mom, but this month, with the whining, oof… I am glad to say that it’s getting better and I’m really hoping that the bulk of the high pitched complaining was due to a few new teeth at one time. Read More

17 Months.

Dear Simon,

You are awesome. You are exhausting, but so cool – and pretty funny. My favorite days are Fridays when I get to spend the entire day with you. Swimming, lunch, long naps, play time… the best.

You have a TON of energy. Your favorite activity is anything involving movement but you absolutely love to play “chase”. You think it is SO FUNNY to hide behind the living room walls. You also enjoy a good game of “where’s Simon?” and “hide”.

You aren’t talking much but you are trying SO hard. You definitely like to share your opinions and grow fussy when something isn’t quite going your way. When someone gets upset with you your reaction is always a big hug. It’s hard to be upset when hugs are involved. Read More

15 Months on the 6th (WAY BEHIND)

I actually wrote this post AND took pictures on time. Posting them together, however… 22 days late :). Some of these things have already changed (thank goodness) but for sake of documentation, I haven’t edited the post except to add pics. 

Dear Simon,

You are on the move! You are walking everywhere with little fear. You are inquisitive and emphatic, especially with your “no” head shake and wanting to do everything on your own. You want to get into pretty much everything, but you are good about putting things back when asked. Read More