Today you are 16 months old! This has been one of the fastest months ever. I feel like I just started saying you were 15 months old and now you’re done with that.
You are such a little boy now. What little was left of the baby has officially vanished. You walk, you run, you dance, you talk and do all these other cool things that are just so very grown up. The other day you crawled to get under something and it looked so strange because it’s been so long (2 months!) since you crawled for mobility that I had completely forgotten what it looked like.
You have continued to blossom in terms of language this month. You still prefer to call me dad, but you also say kitty, hi, go, yea, please, all done and are even combining some 2 word phrases (all done is really all one word to you, I think) primarily just hi dad and hi kitty, but still. Whenever we ask you a question, you say yea, even if you don’t mean it. Tonight alone you said yes to wanting to go to bed, liking broccoli, smelling like poop (you didn’t really) and a half a dozen other things. I just love when you say it and it makes me want to ask you questions all day long.
Your other favorite thing to do is fake sneeze. All day long. If anyone around you coughs your sneezes, you must immediately fake sneeze. At first it was pitifully unconvincing, but you’ve improved and regularly trick strangers into saying bless you. Okay fine, we say bless you every time too.
You are trying to put clothes on whenever you find them, but you haven’t quite worked out the kinks of just how to do that yet. You can figure out that you need to stand on/in your shoes, but yesterday you were trying to put my (clean) underwear on as socks, so I think we still have a little work to do.
Your likes this month include: Dad, mom, grandparents, Aunt Claire, Addie, the kitties, especially their tails, bike rides, eating with a fork, your pups, water fountains, cookies, graham crackers, Peekaboo Barn, ketchup (unquestionably your favorite food) and Glen your monkey blanket (you refer to him exclusively as “ga-gog”).
Your dislikes this month include: showers, haircuts, hair spray (being sprayed around you, not on you), molars (we all hate them, if we’re being honest), vaccinations, being carried when you want to walk, not being allowed to walk freely in parking lots and traffic (we’re the worst parents ever), when we take the remote control away from you.
A few weeks ago I watched an old movie, in which they played the song Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) by John Lennon and I found myself immediately in tears because it captured so much of how I feel about you. There’s one particular part that was just perfect,
“Out on the ocean sailing away,
I can hardly wait,
To see you to come of age,
But I guess we’ll both,
Just have to be patient,
Yes it’s a long way to go,
But in the meantime,
Before you cross the street,
Take my hand,
Life is just what happens to you,
While your busy making other plans,
Each day I watch you grow right before my very eyes. I can’t wait to see what incredible things you will accomplish, simply by being you, but I also want to savor every little second of this time. I don’t want to let a day pass where I haven’t stored a memory away for forever of something you did, of a word you said, or a dance you did, because this, being your mother, spending my life with you, is the best thing I’ve ever done and I never want to forget any part of it.
There are parts of toddlerhood that are challenging for all of us and come with the territory, but by all indications, you are a very easy toddler. But there are other parts, the snuggles, the wanting to be a part of whatever we’re doing, the enthusiasm for everything, that are just so easy and wonderful. You will sometimes walk up to me and kiss me, out of nowhere, and I just melt into a little puddle. You are just the best little person, the most easy going little boy and the loveliest little soul on this earth. I am grateful each and every day to have you in my life.
We love you so very much, Elijah. And we cannot wait to see what next month brings.