Archive for December, 2008

Mr. Independent

December 30, 2008


Dear Roman,
Your curiosity and desire for independence are taking over. This new found need for autonomy is leading to big changes in our daily routine.

You have been spending your mornings hanging out in your crib.  It took us a couple days to realize you weren’t sleeping in, but enjoying some alone time. Your dad went in to check on you and found you sitting with your back toward the door playing and mumbling with your animals. When you wake at 7:30 AM each morning instead of crying now you’ll play with cat, elephant, panda, monkey, gorilla, bunny, chicken, monster and blanket until after 9AM!

You are independently playing throughout the day too. You’ll go into another room and sit down with a toy or book and play for a couple minutes before you summon one of us to come and check out what you’ve been playing with. You love to include us in what you’ve discovered and we like being included!

Your parents seem to always be holding you back these days. We won’t let you climb on top of a table or we won’t let you play with an expensive camera- even though you are really good at climbing and the camera looks like the best toy ever! Sometimes our “interfering” leads to you getting really upset- chubby hands clasp the sides of your face, head throws back and tears pour down as though your life is coming to a complete end. Then as quickly as the waterworks began the whole ordeal is over and you are off exploring something else.

For an already independent kid this new phase is keeping your parents on our toes. We are trying our best to come up with ways for you to feel empowered and minimize your frustration. Hang in there Roman, we are all in this together!


Your parents.


Christmas Morning

December 25, 2008

15 Months Old

December 18, 2008


Dear Roman,
We’re right in the middle of the holiday season as you are in the middle of your 15 month of life. We’ve been busy with decorating, shopping, baking and celebrating. Then it started to snow… and snow… and snow… a lot! The unexpected white out was a nice reminder for me to pause just for a minute and write down all the things you’ve been doing this month. So here it goes:

DANCE PARTIES- you are completely into music and dancing. at any given moment you will get an urge to break out a move- or spin- as you prefer. Sometimes if you aren’t near a music maker you’ll just dance to the song in your head. the best is when you insist your dad and i join you which usually means stopping everything we are doing at that very instant. we really don’t mind.

COMEDIAN- you have just caught on that you do things that make us laugh and that you have the ability to be funny. so if you unintentionally do something that makes me laugh you’ll try to do it again and again. Plus you like to be in on the joke even if you don’t get the punch line- lots of “fake” laughing coming from you when you hear someone laugh.

CLIMBING- over the last few weeks you have had the urge to climb. First it was the stairs- you climbed up and down all day long. Then it was turning books or bins into step stools. But the Everest of all climbs happened the other day when I walked into the living room and saw you standing in the middle of the coffee table- huge smile on your face and hands clapping with pride.

BOOKS- I know I write this all the time, but you really love books. Definitely flipping through books (with the exception of running) is the activity you do the most each day. Many of our afternoons are spent at the University Bookstore in their charming childrens department. You like to look through Touch and Feel books all by yourself. A good one will get shared with a stuffed animal- you’ll run and get a stuffed animal, carry it back to the book and shove the furry face into the page. I think this is your not so subtle attempt to share your enjoyment with your stuffed friends. At home we’ll play a game that goes like this- I recite a line or two from a familiar book and you run and get the book I am reciting from off your shelf and bring it back to me. Titles you can identify in our game: Knuffle Bunny, Penguin Dreams, I am a Bunny, Brown Bear, Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, New Socks.
Current list of favorite books this month are: I am a Bunny, Zoo-ology, Goodnight Gorilla, various Touch and Feels and/or Pop Ups.

PRESCHOOL- You continue to love school and everyone there, especially a particular teacher. You are having a love affair with a tall, thin, brunette named Miss. Lainie. I think the feeling is mutual because she constantly interacts with you. She’ll read you a book, dance with you during music time or tickle you while you sit comfortably in her lap. For me there’s nothing better than to watch you feel so comfortable with another adult. My fingers are crossed that you continue to have such amazing teachers throughout your life.

OPINIONS- You are growing up and getting opinions about everything. Probably nothing compared to what is to come, but this new milestone is pretty entertaining. Of course like all milestones there are pluses and minuses.  For example- Your dad and I try to include you in decision making and encourage you to state your opinion by asking you to make choices. A simple this or that question- should we pick the green one or the red one? Or we’ll ask a yes or no question- Roman is it lunch time? You adore being included and we love watching your decisiveness. Sometimes you decide that you’d prefer to take the stairs yourself instead of being carried or you want to turn off the lights instead of me flipping them. These are the plus moments. The minuses are when you really don’t want to stop what you are doing for a diaper change or you absolutely do not want to eat a vegetable or you aren’t ready to leave the toy store- in these situations we have to give you lots of warning and reminders that we understand your opinion even if you aren’t getting your way. Like everything about you, the pluses are far outweighing the minuses!

We love you!

November Photos

December 7, 2008


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December 2, 2008


Pretty much the sweetest thing ever- your cousin Alec leaning in to give you a kiss from across the coffee table. And totally unrelated, but equally sweet…

This afternoon you and I made fudge. I put on the Christmas music, gave you a set of bowls to play with and started bringing the ingredients to a boil. Caught up in the moment I didn’t notice that you completely abandoned me. The fudge instructions demanded I stir “constantly and vigorously” for 5 minutes. What to do? Just as I was about to go looking, a blur that I call YOU whizzed by me with your hands full of crayons. Seeing I was busy, you decided to seize the moment and put crayons to hardwoods- working the floor like you were Pollack. NOT THE FLOORS!!!! Stirring with one hand I tried to get your attention with my other. Instead I knocked over an open bag of chocolates that poured across the floor. I scrambled to pick up the morsels as you abandoned your crayons to check out the scene. Never tasting a chocolate chip before it’s like you just inherently knew that what covered the floor was something delicious. You became a human vacuum and I was no match. The look on your face as you tasted a chocolate chip for the first time- pure joy- made me stop and smile. I joined you on the kitchen floor all covered in chocolate.  You sat in my lap and I let you lick a fudge covered spoon. For that moment I put aside the usual food rules- no sugar, no chocolate- and we sat together taking licks.