Friday was one of those days you want to hold in your heart forever. One of those days with little expectations that turns out to be terrific. I have been feeling so crummy lately that Luke and I have hardly been anywhere fun. I was so glad I was able to get out in the sun and enjoy spending time with Luke and also with our friends.
We had play date today and met at the Great Park for free carousel rides and some running around on the playground. You could tell Luke generally enjoyed being outside and with his friends. So much so that he cried when we were leaving even though I told him we were just going to drive to lunch and still see his friends.
We had lunch at Chick-Fil-A and because it wasn't busy I let Luke go in the play place all by himself. To my surprise he climbed right on up the hamster tubes like he's done it 1000 times before (he hasn't). A few other big kids were playing and I was so nervous that one of them was going to push him down the slide and he wouldn't know what to do. To my surprise, he stayed away from the slide and decided to climb down the way he went up. A small healthy dose of fear... Good enough for me. I was so proud of him, and proud of me for letting him do it all by himself.
Which leads me to the fact that this is the last month before Luke's officially two. It's a happy/sad kind of situation. I'm sad because he's not a baby anymore. But the age he's at is so fun. He's learning and exploring and trying to do things on his own. And I need to let him. Because come September, he's no longer the baby in our house. And that's ok.
To My Sweet Luke,
It's hard to believe another month has already past. Next month you are turning 2! And you will tell that to anyone who asks how old you are. I want to correct you and say almost 2 but that would only be true for one more month.
Your vocabulary is ever expanding and you now use a few sentences, even if they are very short ones. "Go outside" (said to the dog). "Gonna chase you" (as you run after me with the broom). "I'm coming" (pretty self-explanatory). We were playing with Mickey Mouse stickers the other day and you were able to name all the characters. I couldn't believe it because I had never heard you say any of their names before, besides "mouse". When I asked you who your favorite was, you said "Don-awd" (Donald).
Your most favorite thing to do right now is play blocks and trucks. Poppa bought you some new Duplo blocks and you will sit and build for an eternity. You ask for "Auntie" alot since Auntie Jo has been over so much playing with you while mommy doesn't feel well. When you put your blocks away, you make sure every single one is completely separate from another. No putting away half built projects. What can I say? You are neat and orderly like your momma!
Every time we get in the car you either ask me if we are going to "church" or "shopping." I'm not sure what that says about mom's habits. Haha You know a few colors and one shape, "cicle" (circle). For awhile there, everything was "yellow" but now yellow is yellow and everything else is "black." Progress!
You might just be the most polite almost 2 year old I know. "Thank you" is said everytime someone hands you something. Even strangers! "Pease" (please) is also a frequently used word which makes mommy so proud! Manners are very important!
We are going to give potty training a go next week - I think you are ready. I guess we will see. You no longer drink out of sippys - just cups like a big boy. I think maybe, just maybe we might need to give your hair a bit of a trim before your party next month. It's definitely growing, just not evenly.
I'm completely amazed at least once a day by the crazy smart things you do. Even though you are turning 2 so soon, you will always be the person who made me a mommy and my very first baby. Daddy and I love you so much little boy!