This boy is learning new words daily and really talking in mini sentences now. He is constantly asking 'mama what you doing' or 'what I doing' and he beams at any response. Much of his language is still all his own, but I know nearly every word and he quickly becomes frustrated when he is misunderstood. He chatters non stop, mostly focusing on choo choo trains and butterflies. He will stay up for over an hour after he's tucked into bed, talking to himself and his growing collection of animal companions.
He is full of energy and opinions in the last few weeks. He often makes demands for the day's activities in the morning, 'I go see animals' tops the list. I try not to give in every time, but generally the kid's got some good ideas. At the park he is jumping and climbing and running more than ever, although he is still cautious and I can trust him to respect his limits. Unfortunately I can't trust him to 'stop' when told and I find myself chasing him, wild with giggles, far more often than I'd like. I have to step up the discipline there, working on that one.
He doesn't seem to understand that he will soon be a big brother. We tell him that there is a baby in mommy's belly but he smiles and says, 'nooo'. It's a pretty wild concept, so his disbelief makes sense. When I point out how my belly has grown, he says 'mama too fat'... I don't even know where he picked up the word, but luckily it makes me laugh more than it offends.
Although he doesn't realize that he will soon have a new little playmate, he is already so helpful and much more independent by the day. He climbs in and out of his stroller, helps with the baking, brings his plate to the counter, and runs to get my sandals and lay them by my feet to slip on, it's too adorable.
Lately he refuses to nap in his crib at least once a week. On those days I shelf all my responsibilities and hold him in my arms as he drifts to sleep with his head on my shoulder. He is so smart, and such a big boy, but he is also still so tiny and very much my baby.
I look forward to watching him grow with his new little sister, I can already see how he will be a great teacher and friend. Still, it's difficult to imagine that soon I won't have the luxury of responding to his every move, question, and breath with my full attention. I know that it's all a natural part of his getting older as well as our family changing, but I find myself clinging to these moments where this boy is still my only child, my only baby. With daddy he usually likes to walk everywhere like a big boy, but with mama it's 'up up!'. So I carry him to the mailbox, or lift him up the stairs... because for now, I can.
While he can be wild, he remains a sensitive boy. He is the only one in his little class who doesn't like to go up and select a song, he never wants to be the center of attention, and when he's overtired and cranky, he asks for a time out (which just means a few minutes alone in his crib to calm down- which he actually likes!). He's such a funny and unique toddler. It's been my privilege to share every day of the last two and a half years with this beautiful child.