You are 16 months old now! I can hardly believe its been this long since I brought you home, a tiny baby not even seven pounds. The nostalgic mom in me wants you to be my baby boy forever. I often look into your eyes and hope to still find that little boy, but now when you stare back with such a determined and uncompromised look, I know that the little boy has vanished. In his place, you are a confident and curious boy, ready to take on the world.
You’ve got teeth! How incredible it is to suddenly find that you have a molar in all four corners of your mouth! That brings your total teeth count to 12. You are becoming an adventurous eater. You are willing to try anything and definitely not shy about showing how you feel about it. There’s often sounds of “splat” as your rejected food items get banished to the floor, accompanied by your humored laugh as you sensed mommy getting angry. Sometimes you even pretend to not have done it on purpose, you say “ooh” and looking around for it before you getting back to other victims on your tray. But you are fair. You are always willing to try the same thing again, and also drop them to the floor again.
Never in a million years would I have guessed that you would be a bully. You are a small kid, even compared to kids of your same age. You must not have taken your size into consideration, as you bully some of your older classmates and sometimes even your brother. A toy that you want to play with is always yours, no matter who is playing with it. So you have no problem taking it from a bigger kid. When you don’t get your way, you cry with real big tears, like the world owes you everything.
One of the most important changes in the last month was that you have finally transitioned to sleeping with daddy. By doing so, mommy can finally wean you off of breast feeding. The first two weeks was very tough for daddy, as you woke up every hour and cried, so daddy would get up and rock and sing you back to sleep each time. Now that you are more used to daddy sleeping with you, you two have bonded. You guys play games and laugh before you go to bed, and daddy even got a system down to get you back to sleep each night.
Words from daddy:
It has been an adventure sleeping with you and you are so much more capable than a month ago. I rarely have to sing you to sleep these days. These days you will wholeheartedly try to fall asleep all by yourself. You’ll toss and turn all over the beds and slowly gradually fall of to sleep. I am also impressed by your bravery. If you don’t see daddy, you’ll get up and try the door first (and follow me to the bathroom) instead of just simply crying. At 5 am, you used to wake me up much to early, but you’re getting better. These days you’ll sleep till 6am. I am impressed with the range of emotions and games you’re willing to play. You like to hide things and then search for them. First you’ll pretend you don’t know anything and give us that those upturned hands with a quizzical expression, but then you’ll ‘find’ the thing real quickly and smile.
You and I are starting to ‘hang out’ together. We spent an hour a couple of nights ago shooting basketball in the backyard by ourselves and you don’t mind for going out for walks with Daddy. We have read a couple of books together and I see that occurring on a more regular basis.
You are popular in school. The other kids like to hang out with you and the other parents know Max by name. It’s kind of surprising for Mom and Dad because we know some of the other kids can say more words than you and are taller than you and whatever else. You still seem to have become popular despite these setbacks.
You are fiercely independent and brave. When we go to the daycare, you’ll walk hand in hand with Daddy holding your own lunchbox. Once we arrive it’s off to color, eat a snack, or whatever else without a single look back! And my how you love to color. You immediately go to the coloring paper at school and you’ve been playing with markers and crayons at home almost daily. We think you’ve finally stopped eating them, but Mommy and Daddy still pay attention in the off chance that you might.
As Mom has stated earlier, you are a fighter. You’ve fought with Mom and Dad about riding in cars, about sleeping with Daddy, and over toys with your brother. While you do cry if you lose, losing hasn’t stopped or diminished your fighting spirit. Both Mommy and Daddy find this side of you so at odds with your nature. You are the most laid back self assured little boy we know. You don’t have wild mood swings or wake up in a bad moods or anything else. But you will fight! And once the fight is over the crying complete you’re back to smiling and laughing. All in the blink of an eye. Daddy suspects that the only reason you cry when fighting is because it’s such an effective tactic when dealing with Mommy and Daddy. Daddy just wants you know that I’m on to you and your wily tricks!!
You are a late speaker, maybe in this aspect you are very much your daddy’s baby. The legend has it that your daddy only began to talk at the age of two. At 15 months you are following your daddy’s foot step. All you could say are are “ma” and ‘ball”, for your to most favorite thing/person (;-)) in the world. But in the last week or so you have added “more” to your vocal vocabulary. Yesterday was your grandma’s birthday. When we sang her happy birthday, your eyes light up. For the rest of the night, you kept saying “more”, signaling that you want us to sing it to you again. We must have repeated that song like 30 times, but it was so worth it. Each time we sang it to you, you giggled and clapped your hands with such excitement. You bring so much love and happiness to our family.
My dear Max, you are becoming more independent each day. It is hard to accept that mommy isn’t the only thing in your world anymore. But no matter what happens, please remember your mommy and daddy are here for you (except when you’re picking on your bigger brother)!
Mommy and Daddy