Max, You Are 15 Months Old Today!

My dear Max,

Another month flew by and suddenly you have turned 15 months old.  Everyday, mommy keeps telling herself that the next milestone is quite a ways down the line, forgets how fickle time is, mommy blinked and suddenly we are here.  Like magic!  Mommy will make sure no more blinking is permitted in the future.

You have become so capable!  In the last month, you’ve integrated yourself into your new class, and now it is fun for you to go and play with your friends all day.  You don’t cry anymore when mommy or daddy drop you off at your class.  Though you still cling to us but a gentle nudge is all it takes to get you to walk toward your favorite person or toy.  When we come to pick you up later in the day, you seem to have enjoyed yourself.  Often you will have a sticker on your shirt and a big smile on your face.  Such an artist you have become!  Mommy and daddy often take home piles of your original pieces and now they are displayed all over our living room, as if it is a shrine to your creativity.

The days finally warmed up and summer is officially here.  Mommy and daddy have looked forward to this time so we can take you and Ravi to the beach.  So once our weekend schedule cleared up, we hopped to the sandy beaches.  The best spot?  Three blocks away from your school!  Easy parking and closest from home.  You love the sand, the sun, the water, and most of all, all the sand toys.  You and Ravi fought over the shovels and buckets, even though there are three times as many than your hands can ever hold.  You are still scared of the water and much prefer to hang out on the sand, so mommy carried buckets of water to you.  You are so fascinated by the sand.  You feel it, pet it, and even taste it.  We had so much fun and didn’t want to leave until dinner time came, so we’ve promised to come back again next weekend. 

You have always been a cautious little kid.  Every new thing you attempt, you go slowly and carefully.  Your favorite thing to practice in the last few months has been going up and down stairs.  There’s one 4 inch step going from our home to the backyard.  When going down that step unaided, you’ve always place your hand on the floor to steady yourself.  Last night, you skipped that step and successfully stepped down without any support.  You started by inching close to the edge and mentally preparing yourself for that big step, but you ended up doing it all by yourself! 

Don’t let anyone say that you never help out in this household.  You have been mommy’s alarm clock for the last few weeks and mommy appreciates that very much, though your daddy would appreciate a snooze button more.  For about two weeks straight in the last month, you have been consistently waking up at 6:30AM.  The first thing you would do is to cry with your eyes closed and didn’t stop till mommy struggles to her feet to pick you up.  Getting up early allowed mommy and daddy to work little longer each day and saved up half a day to take your cousins to see a movie.  But suddenly this week, you are back to your old self.  Getting up at 7AM and sometimes 8AM, so no more working longer days for mommy and daddy. 

My dear Maxie, mommy and daddy watch you grow with so much pride.  It is like honey to our hearts to see you becoming so handsome and capable.  More than anything we want to enable you to be better than ourselves and I believe that someday you will.  You have such an adventurous spirit and insatiable curiosity that I am sure you will be a wonderful sight to see.  You love to climb up to places you are forbidden to you and to reach for things that you have no business touching.  Mommy always watches you, from a distance on the edge of her seat and holds herself back from dashing to your rescue, while assessing if any real danger is imminent.  Mommy understands that what you need is not having us to holding you back. Instead you need us to give you space and opportunities to reach your goals.  Sometimes to love means stepping back, no matter how helpless we feel.  But please know that we will always be here, that we love you so very much!

Forever yours with love,

 Mommy and Daddy.