Wednesday, April 15, 2020

26 and 8, month by month

Happy 26 months Reuben


Are a gloriously gorgeous, patient big brother

Amaze me with your kindness, your bravery, your wit, your unconditional love

Try to teach Callum to sign even though he's clearly having none of it right now

Love, love, love, can't get enough of books

Have a quickly developing vocal range and I'm longing for the first vowel sounds

You silently babble consonants and are trying so hard to formulate these sounds

Can stand unsupported for ever increasing moments of time

Happy 8 months Callum


Say "Da da da da da da da" all day long

Make me think that the difference between Callum and Calm is like the breadth of the Grand Canyon

Have 2 scrumptuous little pearly white fangs on the bottom of your mouth and constantly need to chew so I'm guessing more around a hair's breathe around the corner

Are so close to crawling, I just want to scrunch up your knees further and give you that final push and at the same time, keep you as a little baby who can't stray too far

Are getting too old and big for us to be still hanging around watching Reuben in Occupational Therapy and we know the day is soon going to come when we're going to get kicked out

Can cry making me try everything under the sun to calm you down and then when presented with a whole banana, your face changes to utter excitement, your mouth drools, your hands stretch forward and, grabbing the said banana, you stuff it in your mouth, smear your face with it, embed it in the palms of your hand where it's really hand to reach and bingo, a happy smile beams across your face.

Show a complete disinterest in books despite your Mama's love for language.

You love avocado, cheese, watermelon, pineapple and anything else we can sample on Whole Foods Mondays

Love Monday-Wednesday mornings when you get Mama's full attention in Westwood Village whilst Reuben's at school

Posture yourself out of the car seat straps when I open the car door

Are starting to take trips in the orange Bugaboo as a change from baby wearing

Roll all over the house, hard floors, alphabet playmat, wherever

Take several short naps during the day, always in the car, often in the baby carrier, almost never in your crib

Sleep through from 8pm - 7am

Sit and happily play with Reuben

Love the Tigger bouncer more than any other toy and can sometimes be found dancing in your poo, looking down with interest, when prunes cause you to blow out spectacularly

Enjoy snatching Reuben's glasses and then crunching on them if noone's looking (Reuben needs to be more assertive for sure!)

Have never watched real television, but have seen DVDs of Baby Signing Time which sends you to sleep, although when you're doing your night time fussy thing, are pacified with watching Curb your enthusiasm or Seinfeld with Daddy on DVD

And I thought I'd make a note of a sweet song as you were singing the other day, just so I would remember that sweet melody of vowels and consonants:

"Ah da-da-da-da-da-da-da

Ah ba-ba

Laaaa laaaa laaaa

Ah brrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Ah bruuuuuuuff"

How would I ever have remembered this had I not written it down?

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