Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dear Callan: month 22

Dear Callan-
Guess what, this letter is weeks late! You turned 22 months old (on the 22nd of last month), which means that you're two months away from being two and about a month away from being a big brother. This month has flown by (just like last month -or you know, the last 22 of them).

You are getting bigger and bigger every day and seeing you with smaller kids just reinforces this fact. You love babies and want to hold and kiss them, which is so sweet. This past month you got to meet your cousin Noah, mama's friends' baby Nate and Ellis' new sister, Rosie. You take an interest in the babies and love being around them. You're going to be such a great, gentle big brother.

You've got lots of words in your repertoire and you've got lots of opinions that you're not afraid to share. In fact, your new method of communication mostly involves you pointing, yelling and stomping your feet. Especially when you're not getting what you want fast enough. We're trying to teach you to "ask nicely" and to stop whining/stomping, but I'm not sure you're really getting it although your stomping will then include a bunch of "please"s -both verbal and signed (just for reinforcement). You still aren't stringing a whole lot of words together, but you've got a pretty decent vocabulary, so I'm not worried. I'm sure one day you're going to figure it all out and then there will be no stopping you.

As you approach your second birthday we're thinking more seriously of potty training you. You've been sitting on the potty for awhile now with Adelia, and it's part of your routine, but when we ask you on the weekends if you want to go and sit on it, we usually get a firm no. You like to sit on it when someone else is in the bathroom, but you're using it more for a seat than an actual potty. Somehow though Adelia gets you to use it...

Speaking of Adelia, you do a lot of things for Adelia that you DO NOT do for mama or dada. One of which is sleep in your bed. Somehow for naps she has figured out how to get you to get yourself to your room, shut the door and lie in your bed to nap. I hear that it is not without complaint (there's a good amount of crying/yelling), but somehow you do it. But at night for bedtime, you have become a TERRIBLE sleeper. Maybe it was because mama was so smug at the smooth transition we had from crib to toddler bed, but I guess you needed to prove us wrong. It's been over a month and the first 3 weeks were amazing. I put you in bed and you stayed there. You might wake up at night, but you got yourself back to sleep (in bed). This past week? Well that's another story... you wake up at night and immediately run out of your room and into ours. You want to sleep in our bed with us and you wake up 2-3 times a night -meaning mama has to wake up 2-3 times a night to get you back into bed. The other thing is that you used to sleep until 7 or 8. This past week we've been lucky if we make it to 6. I love seeing you in the morning before I go to work, but it makes getting ready for work awfully hard, especially when your dada is out of town. I'm tempted to lock you in your room, but I'm kind of nervous about how that will go down. I would love to get this sleep situation cleared up before baby girl G arrives, but I'm also aware that the days of this individualized attention are numbered. Maybe you can figure it out on your own?
It's a good thing you're so stinking cute.

You are totally obsessed with airplanes and lucky for you, we got to take another flight this month to visit everyone out in Boston. We spent lots of quality time with family and mama and dada got to catch up with some friends.

We've gotten a bunch of snow this year, both in Chicago and in Boston. There was a giant snowstorm that delayed our trip when we went to go visit nana and papa in Boston, but it meant there was lots of snow for you to play in - you got to build your first snowman in Boston and you had so much fun getting pulled around in a sled.

Munchkin, we've only got a few weeks left before the newest munchkin arrives, but even for all the bumps in the road (tantrums, sleep, etc), we've had such a good month together.

Happy 22 months.


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