14 Months

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Dear Roman,
It is so much fun spending the days with you. We read, dance, play and explore. 14 months is a really great age for you because your attitude is positive, everything is exciting and you still want to hang out with your parents. Just look at all the amazing things you’ve been doing:

Climbing the stairs- you practice every day- going up and down and up and down. Climbing up the stairs is the easy part, but coming down requires extreme caution and concentration on your part. You slide down on your bottom, stopping at each step to gather your composure before tackling the next one. Finally when you reach the bottom step you get a big smile on your face, stand up and give yourself a round of applause. You deserve it for sure!

Books- pretty much your favorite thing to do when we are at home is pull books off your shelf and hand them to me to read to you. There are little rituals to our story time sessions- you hand me your stuffed owl to hold before you hand me a book and take a seat in my lap. Owl must be present and we always seem to read the same books… over and over and over. Current favorites are pop up books, touch and feel and word books. Favorite picture books are- Penguin Dreams, Double Those Wheels and Knuffle Bunny.

Showing us- the best thing you do is include us in your excitement for something new. It’s like you want us to be apart of your world and your discoveries. The other day we were at preschool together. You were busy exploring the play stations and I was sitting in another section of the classroom. I saw you barreling toward me, full speed ahead with a huge smile on your face. You stopped right in front of me trying hard to contain your sheer excitement, grabbed my arm and started pointing in the other direction. I stood up and followed you to a giant pumpkin that had taken the place of the usual balls in the ball pit. You were beyond thrilled and so was I. You wanted to share your moment with me. Even better- you do this all day long! Every exciting discovery is followed up with you showing your dad and I.

Getting our attention- whenever you see something you are curious about (either at home or when we are out) you will run over to me, lift your arms up and point in the direction of what you want. This happens a lot because you are very curious and want lots of things! But today you took it to the next level. While on a family trip to the grocery store a shiny Mylar balloon caught your eye. You started pointing and babbling and then I felt a little hand on my face pulling it in the direction of the balloon- like LOOK, LOOK, LOOOOOOOOK MOM!!!! Roman, Buddy- I promise I am looking! Must you grab my face too?

Sleeping- all of a sudden (with very little coaching on our part) you did something shocking… you started sleeping. No more waking in the middle of the night to eat! You are in bed by 6:30 every night and you pretty much sleep until 7 the next morning. Every morning we wake up to you playing in your crib- laughing and talking. You’ve also started to only take one nap a day- a 2+ hour one in the afternoon. It’s so big boy of you!

Speaking- you have full conversations of chatter and we have absolutely NO idea what you are saying. We apologize. Some words you are saying or trying to say are- mama, daddy, kitty cat, dog, robot, water, nana, up, owl, eye, hi, duck and bye.

Helper- you are becoming a very good helper and love to be included! I ask you to bring me things all the time- go get a toy, go get a book, etc. I’ll ask you to throw away your diaper or put your clothes in your drawer and you already have jobs you do around the house. Your job is to close the dishwasher door and you do it with complete pride. I’ll be loading dishes and you’ll drop what you are doing and run over to close the door- even though I’m not yet finished. Love the enthusiasm!

Most of all we love you!

Mom and Dad

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