My sweet, stinky, loveable Monster Boy,
You’re two! Two whole years old, but somehow you seem older. You’re definitely not a baby anymore. Two years isn’t a very long time in the grand scheme of things but it also feels like an eternity. I don’t know what to say that I haven’t said before. Your dad and I can’t get enough of you. We sit together watching you play with whatever your favorite toy of the moment is (lately the Kindle, or one of our phones or those squishy light up koosh balls) and we we your fat cheeks tense up as you grin and giggle because you’ve bopped all the gopher’s heads in the Scout’s ABC game. The way you pur your index finger to your chin and say Hmmmmm when we ask you a question makes me melt. You’re a tiny little person with your own big huge personality. You’re easily excitable and not easily tamed, some of the time. You’re learning so quickly and almost every day you have a new “word”. Despite the lack of speech, you have managed to communicate so well with signing. I never imagined teaching you sign language but now I can’t imagine you not using it.We don’t always see eye to eye on some thing; naps, when to watch t.v., when to come inside. But even though we get upset with each other minutes later you’re at your sweetest, giving me hugs and kisses. I’m not going to lie, the last two years haven’t been easy. But man, they were totally worth the struggle. You’ve taught me a lot and I know you’ve got more in store for me, and I’m ready. I’m ready to take on two. I’m ready to watch you grow and learn and be the feisty, magical, monster boy that you are.I’m going to miss taking these monthly photos. You are simply the best thing that has ever happened to me and your dad. I love our little family and I love that you made us a family. I love you, WE love you.Happy second birthday little boy.Read Max’s Birth Story here. Read about Max’s first birthday here.
I feel like this last month has produced some significant things in the world of Max. Mainly in the form of speech. He had an evaluation with the people at Clackamas County Early Intervention early in the month. At the follow up appointment we learned that he’s totally fine in all places of growth (fine motor skills, reception, etc.) except for speech. Obviously. His score was so low that he qualified for in home speech therapy until the age of three. He had his first appointment with Teacher Jeff on Tuesday and I think both Max and I learned a few things. I learned the way children develop speech and some techniques to get Max to make certain sounds. After his appointment he was saying “ball” without being prompted. And he still is. Rob and I are both really excited, of course. He now has a small vocabulary consisting of following words:Eat, Yeah, Ball, Mama, and Dada. And Ew, as in “Ew, that’s gross. And of course there’s the animal sounds and cars and trains and airplanes.This last month Max has spent a lot of time with some little friends. We’ve visited the Zoo and Children’s Museum and parks with Judah, and we visited Quinn at his house for a playdate in his super sweet playroom. I’ve noticed a pattern of Max eating all of his friends snacks when we visit with them. Seriously, he always wants Judah’s carrots but won’t actually eat them, he’s more of a cooked carrot kind of guy. At least he tries, right? Also, I think spending time with kids his age who are talking is also helping him speak.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Some of my favorite photos from the last month, all taken on the iPhone. I’m making myself carry around my DSLR more often instead of relying on the phone, which takes fine enough photos. I just like my camera better.Max has a favorite movie. You know what it is? Dumbo. The kid loooooooves Dumbo. Of course he’s always watching Elmo’s World and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but Dumbo is special. For the first time, while he was watching Dumbo, I saw him laughing at the part of the movie where Dumbo’s mom is tickling him and Dumbo hides behind her leg. He understood that it was funny, and that blew my mind. He’s learning! This is one of those parenting moments that only you feel excited by and other people are all Okaaaaaaay.
Look at this boy. This boy climbs on everything, is still terrorizing the dogs and generally being crazy. He keeps us on our toes, especially in parking lots where he likes to bolt when you’re abou to pick him up to put him in the car. Those are special moments. That and when we’re outside playing and it’s time to come in it’s like I’ve threatened to kill his puppy. Good gravy this kid is dramatic.
Remember when he was a wee little baby and he wouldn’t cuddle with me? Well that’s all changed. Every morning he and I sit on the couch and watch Curious George together. He’ll either climb into my lap or nestle under my arm and rest his head on me and it’s the very greatest thing. I still wish he lay down and take a damn nap with me though.
I’m getting super excited for this guy’s second birthday.
In less than a month I will take the last monthly photo and write the last monthly post for Max. A part of my heart is breaking, but the rest is bursting with the fiercest love for this kid.
This is about how well our photo shoots go now. That last one sums up how I feel about the whole thing.
So 22 months, huh? This is the big time toddler big leagues. Some days go swimmingly, with hardly an outburst. And most days are up and down, good and bad, right and wrong and a lot of questioning of my parenting skills. It’s rough, you guys. But not impossible, because look! We’re all still alive! And that’s the most important thing, right?
Ok, moving on.
Big things this month: A word! A real word! He says “Yeah”. Please know that this was not one taught on purpose, he just happened to pick it up. Sometimes we ask him a question just so we can hear him say yeah. Another big thing: Croup. He got croup and it was awful. The barking coughing sound coming over the monitor was horrific and reminded me of that commercial about smoking around babies (Who thinks that’s even kind of OK?). Another big thing: Max witnessed his first Presidential Inauguration. I made him watch it. One day he’ll thank me. Final big thing: First haircut. This was BIG. Every day I look at him and I think “Why didn’t we do this sooner?”. SO. CUTE. Oh yeah! He also gave me a black eye!
We also visited the Aquarium, the zoo and had a visit from his cousin Asher.So close to 2. Somebody hold me.
I swear this kid has grown 6 inches in the last few weeks. HE’S SO TALL. He’s easily grabbing his cup off of the kitchen counter and off the top of the yellow hutch. I don’t even have to roll up all of his pants anymore! We’re calling his first word: Eat. Or Eeeaa, rather. The “T” isn’t quite there yet. But when he’s hungry he signs eat and says “Eeea, eeea, eeea! We’ve also been working on animal sounds with him. So far he knows cow, dog, cat (the most adorable one, by far.), pig and we’re introducing bird. Such a smart boy I tell you.December was a busy month for the Max, with mine and Rob’s birthdays and Christmas and visitors. I think his favorite was having his Aunt Katrina in town. I swear those two have had a connection since he was in the womb. Christmas was great and he got some super fun toys like a train set! Oh boy does he love that train set. And his Brobee hat. I find it so ironic that the kid loves hats so much considering his aversion after all the helmet stuff.The boy has also been sick. He and Rob had the cold that’s been going around and now it’s turning into a chest thing. I’ll be calling his doctor tomorrow to see what can be done about this nasty cough and hoarse little voice of his.He’s still quite a handful, especially in public, and he and I still struggle sometimes to meet in the middle, but we’re doing alright. He’s so fun to be around and to play with. I just love this guy.