My dear Max,
You’ve turned 18 months old today. Oh boy, what a ride it has been! To think that you are only half way through your second year; what a wonderful adventure it will be to watch you grow.
This is a break through month for you. You have accomplished so much. For months now, you have been trying to learn how to flip the light switch or open the automatic garbage can. These sound like simple things for adults, but pushing just the right spot the first time and then switching to a new spot the second time is little hard to grasp for a little toddler like you. But you finally figured it out. All those times that you stood by the light switch feeling, touching, and watching have finally paid off. Now you still love to sit there, but you now have the satisfaction of watching the lights go on and off. The same with the garbage can. Mommy has shown you how to kick the exact spot to open and you have finally done it! You are also draining the battery by opening it 10 thousand times, but at least you are having fun.
It has taken forever, but the two canine teeth that I felt right under your gum have finally poked through. My, what sharp teeth you have. If they come out any longer, it is going to look like vampire teeth, just in time for halloween. You only have a six teeth left and then you’ll have a full set of baby teeth. We can’t wait!
And what do you do with your new sharp teeth? You bite! Yes, you! I am talking to you, Max! Please do remember that you are not a puppy. One night out of nowhere you bit me on the shoulder and it hurt like you wouldn’t believe. I instinctively screamed out in pain. When I turned around to look at you, you gave me your super cute puppy face and pretended nothing had happened. Though, you must have sensed that mommy was mad at you so you went elsewhere to play. Then half an hour later, you climbed up onto the seat behind me, your little arms huged me, your head tilted to one side, and your big inquisitive eyes looked apologetically to implore for my forgiveness. Of course I forgave you, I couldn’t be mad at you for long. I thought you have learned your lesson that day, but two days later you bite A-Pa. Of course A-Pa was a much better parent than I. He only winced, then pick you up and held you in his arms. I know, I got much to learn to be a better parent.
You still don’t talk yet. I know that there are deep thoughts behind your curious eyes, but you certainly have no problem keeping them to yourself. You say “uhhh uhhh” and “ahhh ahhh”, sometimes you even try very hard to say “milk”. The doctor tells me this is normal and you are actually speaking, I just blame it on your dad since he didn’t speak till 2!
You are one stubborn kid! When you were smaller you used to lay face down on the floor when you didn’t get your way. I thought, what else to expect? Both of your parents are stubborn, so of course you would be also. But the bigger you get the more stubborn you become. There’s no diffusing your obsessions when you are knee deep in it. No chocolate, new toys, tickle…etc. You want something and you are obsessed till you get it. Unfortunately you are often obsessed with whatever your brother has, so Ravi had to give up a lot. You even hit him sometimes when you don’t get his toys immediately. I hope this will change because someday you two will be the best friends ever.
The warmth of the summer is fading and made way to this year’s cold and flu season. If last year’s cold and flu season is anything like the one to come, I am expecting to be sick continuously for the next 7 months. So far our family had already went though 1.5 round of illness and this is only the beginning. Of course your daddy and I are expecting to spend all our vacation days on these types of emergencies.
You love to play in bed with brother for hours before falling asleep. Ever since we put two mattresses on the floor side by side, you have been sleeping with your brother in the same “bed” off and on. You both love to play in the dark and rolling and falling onto mommy and daddy, which, after a while, tends to hurt us. Both mommy and daddy have noticed that you’re much more involved in playing with your brother. From biking together to swinging together the two of you are pursuing a lot of fun games that we both hope will take up more of your time (and thereby free up some time for us)!
You still cry like crazy during car ride but we can normally get about 15 – 30 minutes before you start. This usually means we keep all of the trips local. If we do take a long trip, like last weekends’ trip to Walnut, the car ride turns into a disaster. We’re hoping that this is just a phase and you’ll become more comfortable in the car. We’re not ashamed to say that mommy and daddy are sort of dreading the trip up to San Jose for Christmas (5+ hours yikes) and we really would like it if you didn’t cry at the top of your lungs the whole way there (hint hint).
Mommy and Daddy.