While your sixteenth month was full of new rites of independence, fortunately this was not the “16″ involving car keys. (Or “keeeees!” as you might call them.) That is still a ways off, indeed. Even so, here are a few of the ways you exerted and revealed your growing independence this month, as well as few other important things:
- You had your first “trip” away from home without mom and dad when you stayed a few extra days with Granny Sue and Grandpa Stan at the beginning of the month, and by all accounts you handled it like a champ.
- You still have the one speed (fast!) and have added several more bruises and scrapes to your wound history. I’d like you to learn that if you go slooooower you’ll spend less time getting up off the ground with the wind knocked out of you…and I’ll spend less time having my breath momentarily taken away as I quickly assess whether to rush to your aid or let you be a big boy. (I can’t deny that I love my when my independent boy pouts and says “mama!” with arms open for a hug…but I do love how tough you are!)
- You are a water fiend. The splash park at Stephens Lake is probably your favorite place on earth, and your dad, Toodie and I are still perplexed as to the wonder that is Rachel…who has not only taken you to the same park, but taken you along with her own three-year-old, and been in control enough to document the experience in photos. None of the three of us is capable of anything other than “chase” at this point in time, because all you do, my boy, is RUN. You are fearless as water shoots up from the ground and hits your [thick] feet, protruding belly, sweet cheeks and all over your face. You seem to be a sponge-child, gaining more energy the more time you spend soaking up the water. It’s pretty adorable…and only slightly exhausting.
- You are learning to hold your own on the ground with Velma and Oscar (no, we haven’t let Oscar sit on you yet, but the days are drawing nearer for that milestone!) – Apollo and Zeus have provided much [calmer, mature] practice for your familiarity, and your pups are learning to love you without reckless abandon. It makes me happy.
- Lastly, you had the distinct and bittersweet pleasure of seeing all of your grandparents and great grandparents between this month and last. Your Great-Mamaw June and Great-Pawpaw Chris both passed away this month and it’s been tough. However, looking through the many, many photos of you with each of them taken over the past 16 months has been such a wonderful reminder of how much time you were able to spend with them in your life and how much joy you brought them. And goodness, what a bright spot you have been in the midst of so much sadness in our family as we walk through this hard time together. I hope to tell you many stories in the years to come about your great-grandparents and how amazing they were, and making sure that you get to spend as much time as possible with each of your own wonderful grandparents to develop the same kind of closeness that I enjoyed with mine.