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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Love Letter, Month 27

Dear Kate,

You are 27 months old today. It's been a topsy-turvy month for you. I'm sad to say that I've had a lot of medical turmoil going on for the past 2 weeks and you, my perceptive bunny, know that something is up. You are clingier, more anxious and have been taking your dollies to the doctor because "they are sick". Amazingly, you have garnered all of this information without me directly talking to you about it. What I want you to know is that no matter what happens in the next few weeks, months and years, I LOVE YOU and am doing everything in my power to watch you grow and thrive and live to be an old lady like I hope to be in 40-50 years.

You started out the month lining things up but that seems to have quieted down in the past week or so.
 
Instead, you are lining up objects only so that you can count them. Items like your cereal for example.
Although you still have your nice-nasty moments when you don't like your hands to be dirty, you are more willing to dig in the dirt or splash in the rain than you were last month.

 
The on-going road construction in our neighborhood has been a great source of afternoon entertainment and you can name all of the equipment from the backhoe to the dumptruck to the bulldozer.
You also seem to get great enjoyment out of decorating your face...with chalk
 with cupcake icing as we helped Ms. Jessica celebrate her birthday

or with stickers.
You celebrated your third Easter and you were much more excited about it this year. Every morning and every night you would ask me if the Easter Bunny had come yet. You even woke up a few times in the middle of the night to ask me if he had hidden eggs yet. Cute...but not at 2am.

The day before Easter finally arrived and we invited Ms. Jen, Mr. David and Zadie up to help decorate eggs. You happily plopped into Ms. Jen's lap to heat shrink some designs onto our eggs.
(I love that you are really starting to not just recognize, but enjoy, your friends and their families. You can pretty much name all of your friend's mamas by name. You will run to them, give big hugs and sit in their laps during our Thursday playgroup.)

You loved looking for eggs in the front yard but were quite disappointed when the egg you bit into turned out to be one of the shrink-wrapped eggs.
After picking up a few other "real" eggs and discovering yet more egg (and no toys) were inside
you quickly became a champ at finding the plastic eggs. You found this bracelet and quickly put it on as you exhaled, "OOOOH!"
You were simply over-the-moon when you opened one of the plastic eggs to reveal a gorilla. You promptly exclaimed, "It's Goodnight Gorilla!!" and kept a tight grip on him for the rest of the day...
 until...OMG, you lost him. I never thought I would be the person going to Target on Easter night to buy another plastic gorilla and...I wasn't. I sent your father. Because THE WORLD HAD COME TO AN END as your wailing through dinner, toothbrushing, bathtime, storytime and bedtime about that $%#@!#$#$% gorilla went on endlessly. When you woke up the next day the first words out of your mouth were, "Where's Goodnight Gorilla? Did he come back from hiding?" (I may have fibbed just a bit by telling you he was hiding and then fell asleep as in...Why don't you go to sleep too and then you can both wake up in the morning together and laugh about how silly the gorilla was to fall asleep in the middle of hide-and-seek). I'm really going to miss it when you are not so gullible.

Your daddy went back to the store as soon as they opened and Praise Be!, found a replacement and brought it back to much rejoicing by us all. As it turns out, the original Goodnight Gorilla was hiding after all...underneath Daddy's computer bag where someone (KATE) hid him in the first place. So now we have twin gorillas which you have, amazingly, willingly shared with Lucy.

This one episode notwithstanding, your memory usually amazes me. You normally remember where every toy was left, what conversations took place, and events that happened. A recent conversation with Dr. Ettner was about Babar. I had to tell him that we did not have any Babar books yet and that was why he was getting the blank look. Not two weeks later, quite by coincidence as I had not mentioned it to anyone, your Yia Yia and Pappou sent a Babar book to us. When I told you the title of the book, Babar's Book of Color, you said, "Did Dr. Ett'er give me that book?!"

Speaking of Dr. Ettner, you had a well-baby checkup again this month. Here are your stats:
Weight: 26.5lbs in a diaper
Height: 34.5" recumbent length
Head: 45cm

You are growing up my love. I find it one of the most enjoyable and amazing things I've ever had the good fortune to experience.
Love,
Mama

4 comments:

Nancy said...

So how did you explain the gorilla "cloning" itself??
Love from Nana

Nancy said...

So how did you explain gorilla "cloning" himself??
Love from Nana

Jodie said...

Beautiful baby girl and is growing up WAY too fast. ;)

Elizabeth said...

Kate is growing up way too fast! She sounds like a wonderful little girl and sooo much fun. Very clever as well!

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