Monday, May 21, 2012

A Letter to James (May 2012)

James, you are two years and 3 months old.

I think it is safe to say you are definitely not a baby anymore.  You are a full-blown toddler.

You continue to amaze me and frustrate me on a daily basis.  Life is so fun (and tiring) with you.  I cannot wait to see what the future days, months and years hold for you.

Here is a little update on what you have been up to:

You are still TALKING up a storm.  I have lost track of how many words you can say in a sentence now, but it is somewhere around 9-10 words.  People are always impressed with how well you can communicate at this age.  I think you get the talking gene from me!

You are very ACTIVE.  You love to run.  You love to play. You have also been taking soccer lessons at daycare and you seem to love it.  You tell us about the goals you scored! 

You love to be OUTSIDE.  You always want to play outside now.  After I pick you up from daycare, you like to play out front with all your trucks or color in the driveway.  We also now have a playscape in the backyard and you love to climb up and go down the slide.  Or you like to play in the sandbox and then take the sand up with you on the slide.  Or you like to swing.  You also like to help Daddy water his plants in the backyard.

You do not like SLEEP.  Not sure what happened, but you cry now pretty much every time we mention a nap or nighty-night time.  You tell us “I no go night-night” at least several times a day.  We got you a toddler pillow and that seems to help a little, but you still whine when it is finally time to turn out the lights and get in bed.

You love MICKEY MOUSE.  You request to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at least a few times a day.  We usually let you watch an episode in the AM while you finish waking up and eat your breakfast.  I like Disney shows because they at least teach some kind of educational component (shapes, colors, numbers, etc) and you do seem to be learning from them. 

You still love to run around NAKED.  You run around naked in the house before and after baths and you like to run around the backyard naked after some pool time.  One weekend, we had the kid pool out and you were running around and ended up peeing in the grass and you and Daddy were both so proud.  You kept telling me “I pee in the grass mommy!”  Did I mention you also peed on the couch one night and was proud of yourself until I yelled at you?  Oh – the life of having a little boy!

You love to READ.  We read several books every night before you go to bed.  Your most recent favorite ones are Give A Mouse A Cookie (which was one of my favorites growing up), Good Night Charleston (sent from Paw-Paw & KK) and Dr. Seuss Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb.

You like to BRUSH you teeth.  A big reason for this is because of your singing toothbrush (thanks Uncle G-Mo and Aunt April!).  You like to tell us that your toothbrush sings and ours do not.  You even dance around now while you brush your teeth.  It is the cutest thing.

You end up at the DOCTOR a lot.  Just last weekend you got bitten by a spider, which required an Urgent-Care visit over the weekend to get antibiotics.  You have also had the flu, strep throat, hand foot & mouth disease, multiple ear infections, Nursemaid’s Elbow, allergic reaction to antibiotics – all in your short two years!

You (sometimes) like to EAT.  You still drink a good amount of whole milk each day and you still love your Cheerios (honey or regular)!  You also like chex cereal, granola bars, mac n cheese, string cheese, bananas, fried rice, edamame, peanut butter & honey sandwiches, cookies and crackers.

You are still STUBBORN.  You like to do things on your own now and get mad if we try to help you.  If you get in trouble, you put your head down and stick out your bottom lip.  You also cry and sometimes you hit or kick things.  We are trying to work on your anger and hopefully it will get better with time.

You love BRANDY.  You like to call her “pretty girl” and give her big hugs.  You even help me feed her, by getting her bowl for me. 

You like to build a CASTLE out of blankets and pillows on the couch.  You will put all your toys in there and hide out from us.  Sometimes you even invite us in.

You finally like your PICTURE taken.  That is, as long as I show you the picture immediately after I take it!  You will now smile and say “cheese” when I have the camera out, but then you always run up and ask to see it.

You are going to be a BIG BROTHER.  Yep, a new Baby McDermott is on the way – scheduled to arrive early November.  Sometimes you will tell us you want a brother, but then five minutes later you decide you want a sister instead.  Whatever you get, I am excited to see you turn into the role of big brother.  I know you will do great!

We love you SO much little man and are so proud of you!