Little Man's birthday snuck up on me so fast that I completely forgot to blog about it either here or on the ninemonthsof blog!! Shame, mummy, shame!
I'm not really one to blog much about Little Man's development, because quite frankly I cannot keep up! But I do really love the "letters" some parents write for the children on their birthdays and I feel like this is as good a place as any to write one so I have it saved somewhere (and how could I not want to let you all know how very much I love this beautiful boy of mine?) So, here goes...
I cannot believe that it has been two whole years since you were born. It feels like no time at all, and yet it also feels like you have been in our lives for so much longer. Daddy and I were just talking the other day about how much harder everything feels now we're a family, and yet our lives are so much more complete with you in them that we wouldn't change any of it for the world. Throughout even our darkest moments, your beautiful smile and generous spirit has shone through and kept us going. Thank you!
You never fail to amaze me with the things you know and all the things you can now do. A year ago you were only just finding you feet and now it seems like you're running through life at such an excited pace and we're struggling to keep up!
You absolutely love your numbers (you can count to 40 in English and 10 in German all on your own) and you spot them everywhere: number plates, house numbers, road signs... you even see them on the bottom of toys and boxes, people's t-shirts and on the supermarket shelves. You shout them out so excitedly and the ladies at nursery think it is so sweet and funny. They "boast" about you to the staff in the other rooms because they think you are so clever, especially as you also know all your letters (both the names and phonic sounds) and can spell your own name already.
This feels like a whole world away from where we were just a few short months ago. You used to go to a childminder while mummy worked, but we had to swap you to the nursery when the childminder told us you had "failed" to settle after 6 months and she couldn't cope with the stress of you being so unsettled any longer. Mummy and daddy felt so cross because she made us believe you weren't developing as you should emotionally and socially and we really worried about you for a while.
But you settled in at nursery like a champ, you didn't want to leave even after your first visit, and whilst we had a few tears during your "transition period" you were kissing and cuddling and flirting with the staff within a month of starting there! They all love you very much and you are finally receiving the care that you deserve. (Mummy and daddy are very sorry we left you with the childminder for so long when it obviously wasn't the right place for you at all)
You cannot wait to go out the front door when we say "let's go to nursery" and you happily say goodbye to mummy and go to find "daddy's car" in the car park so he can take you. You love to press the "button" on the door bell and then say "hello" to the "fishies" and give them a little fishy face before going through to your room, taking your shoes off and joining all your friends. You carry around the trains with you every day, pushing them down the slide and just keeping a close eye on them until we come to pick you up and then you say "night night Thomas" as we leave.
You eat loads on nursery days having "first breakfast" at home with us, "second breakfast" at nursery, snack, lunch, snack and dinner at nursery and then you come home begging us for "breakfast" whilst we cook our dinner - you're a funny boy!
Your favourite phrases at the moment are, "Well done, good boy!" (which you tell yourself, and us, whenever you've managed to do something you were struggling with), "See soon" (see you soon) and "later". You know all your colours and like reciting the days of the week too. And you sing your very own (very good) versions of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", "Wind the Bobbin Up", "Baa Baa Black Sheep", and "1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive". You also love helping mummy make the "bong" noises and actions the mouse makes in all 4 verses of "Hickory Dickory Dock" and are just learning the actions to "Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes". And we must not forget that you love singing the "Alphabet Song" and the counting song from the Numtums.
Talking of Numtums, you absolutely adore playing the games on the CBeebies website. Every time you see the computer or laptop you shout "Numtums" and get cross if we can't play the games. You also love to play "Nummers" where mummy has to write out the numbers in a random order and you tell her what they are. You have been able to do this with the number 1-10 since about 18 months of age, but now you are starting to recognise all the numbers up to 30. Mama really cannot keep up...
You have your favourite books too. You are starting to try to dance to the actions in Barnyard Dance, and you love shouting "Whooooops" when we read "Captain Yellowbelly". We have to read "Charie and Yoya" (Charlie and Lola) whenever you see the book, and you love any books with Thomas or "Bob de Builyer" (Bob the Builder) in. In fact you love reading me the book about the "Fat 'Troller" (Fat Controller), turning each page and giving me your own version "Fat 'troller... Thomas... bla bla... Oh dear!" You also read "Where's Spot" to me the other day when I was having my wound redressed... "Door, no... Clock, no... Piano... no, Stairs... Lion... RAAAAARH!" It was so beautiful! And you always say "The End" when you finish a story. Daddy's favourite books however are the Dr Seuss ones and the next door neighbour recently told mummy that they can hear daddy reading them to you at night as he gets so excited (and loud).
You like to watch "tv", but you have very specific tastes. You'd sit for hours watching Numtums, Alphablocks, Numberjacks, Chuggington, Show Me Show Me, Baby Jake, or Thomas and Friends, and are even starting to have a go at joining in with Tree Fu Tom's magic spells. But you really lose interest in most other shows. Unless it is one of mummy and daddy's sci-fi programmes, in which case you love to make all the "whoosh" and "pyew, pyew, pyew" noises that the spaceships make. You particularly love the starting sequence to Star Trek: The Next Generation and the noises that R2D2 makes in Star Wars. Talking of films, you will happily watch Cars, Cars 2 (or "2 car" as you call it) and you adore "Wall-E" and his friend "Efa"... but you really don't like any other films at all.
It's not all about TV though, you love playing with your toys and have a fantastic imagination! Cars, trains and helicopters are your favourite. You have a new fire engine you proudly show me every day, a helicopter that you whizz around the room, and more cars and trains than I can count. And you're very good as 'stashing' them in all sorts of places so that even when I think I have tidied them all away before bedtime you can still find one to play with!
You love your animals too. You know the names and sounds of so many. Off the top of my head you know: lion, monkey (your monkey noise is so cute, "oooh oooh ahhh ahhh"), elephant, giraffe (you think a giraffe says "raff, raff, raff!"), tiger, dinosaur (you also think a crocodile is a dinosaur), zebra (though you say zee-bra instead of zeh-bra), dog, cat, mouse, fish, rabbit, butterfly, caterpillar, ladybird, horse, sheep, cow, pig, duck, chicken, frog ("ribbit, croak, croak, croak"), turkey, snake... I am sure there are twice this many which I am forgetting!
You love having crayons and pens to draw with, and you particularly like 'writing' over things we have written, doing your own version of your name "Oh, sssss, Cuh, ahhh, rerr". You haven't drawn on my walls in several months now, so I think we are safely past that stage... phew.
You love exploring anything and everything, you want to know how it all works. You'll press any buttons you can find, no matter what they are, and if there is a screw holding something together you are fascinated by it. You also love drains and soil and stones and all the wonderful things to explore in our back garden, and it's even more exciting when we go walking in the woods and you can run around. We haven't quite reached the stage yet of looking for fairies and dragons and listening to the trees whispering stories and seeing what amazing things we can find in nature, but I do believe this will come over the next year and I am so very excited.
You are an absolute joy to be around and even though you still refuse to go to bed at a decent time and sleep through the night (apart from a few blessed nights last month) we are getting there. You love your "bath" and as soon as we go near the bottom of the stairs you look at us with big pleading eyes and ask for one. Mostly you have baths with daddy now, but sometimes mummy comes with you instead. You're in your own room now, you enjoy having bedtime stories and listening to music playing as you try to go to sleep, but you just struggle to turn off that busy mind of yours and actually fall asleep. You just want to keep going and going and sometimes we have to lay for hours with you until sleep finds you. It is hard and tiring but I keep reminding myself that one day soon you will no longer want or need this and then I shall miss it!
You are growing up so fast and when I look at you I see a little boy now rather than a baby or a toddler. You will, of course, always be my 'baby boy' but you are growing into such a darling little boy and I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life parenting you. Mummy couldn't have asked for a sweeter, more generous little boy and she thanks you so much for choosing her and daddy to be your parents!
Keep growing in your own special way, my darling.
Love mummy xx