Yikes, we’re half way from one to two already!! It’s so hard to sum up a boy just filled with life! This last month? Filled with joy. The older Damien gets, the more clearly distinct his personality becomes from Aiden’s. While they were similar in infancy, as time passes they grow more and more different. Damien is more extroverted still, and quite passionate in temper, has a more adventurous palate, and is not afraid – of anything! He’s a rough-and-tumble boy who loves to get messy, to splash and to roll around and have fun. On the flip side, he’s still a mama’s boy, very cuddly, and loves to read and to listen to or to create music – what a sense of rhythm this boy has!
- Wears size 6 shoes, 12-18 pants, 18-24 shirts
- Has been battling a skin rash on his face, from teething? Several doctor visits later, we’re not exactly sure what it is or if the cream(s) we’re using are helping or triggering it to get worse. We’ll see.
- Favourite foods: fried rice, Mexican rice, meatballs, roasted chicken, salmon, toast with cream cheese, fresh fruit smoothies, yam roll sushi, miso soup, Mexican noodle soup, refried black beans, bran cereal, cereal bars, any kind of protein served in a sauce. He’ll try just about anything!
- Foods he dislikes (meaning he’ll only eat them if he has no choice): crackers, hot dogs, pizzas, most cereals, peanut butter / jam. Basically, all the crap food that Aiden wanted to eat at this age. While we introduced food the same way to both kids, Damien has always gravitated to the mixed / flavourful foods while Aiden always preferred more bland foods, getting more picky about things being mixed by this age.
- Can kick a ball
- Can walk all the way tofrom our house to Andrews on 8th (about 3 long blocks) and back. Aiden was 2.5 before he could do this.
- Starting to identify colours. He is most likely to point out red and black – I’d even suggest his favourite colour may be red.
- Can hold a steady beat to a song or just on his own (super concentrated while doing so)
- Can alternate between slow and fast beats
- Can alternate between tapping and clapping in alternation
- Has some clear obsessions
- Loves to be defiant
- Was a dragon for Halloween – photos to come!
- Loves to make animal sounds: moo, meow, roar, hiss, buzz, caw, whoo whoo, ar (for woof; he mimics the sound he hears real dogs make)
- Started to understand manners: can sign “please” and “thank you” with pride
- Can string together two signs (“more” “please”)
- Favourite song: Hey Ho by the Lumineers
- New words: echo, car, bla (black), ra (red), paw, ellow (elbow), Raffi, star, Mommy, whoa, yoo-hoo, papa, troll, hey ho
Today you are 4! Each day I look at you in awe, inspired by the person you’ve become and wondering where my baby has gone and how he grew into the boy I see before me. It seems like yesterday that you turned 3, and yet looking back now you were still so little. Now, at 4, so much change is upon us and I can feel it coming. You talk with joy and anticipation of all the changes the next year will bring, like starting Kindergarten next September.
Still, for now, you are my little boy. We start and end each day with a smile and a cuddle, and that’s just how I want it to stay as long as possible.
You have become your own person this year, bubbling with independence and self-assuredness. You walk into preschool, playgroups and new places with an infectious grin and readiness to make new friends – and you do, wherever you go. It’s hard not to have fun when you are around. Now that you’re back in preschool, I’m all too aware that our time together is coming to a close and I want to be sure we fill up our time with as much downtime together at home as we do with parks and playgroups and special trips.
Whether you have a train, airplane or hot wheels car in hand, you are ready to spin wild tales of adventure endlessly. Almost every day, we spend special time together playing board games, doing crafts or reading books, then we’re off to create adventures of our own as a family.
Though adjusting to your role as big brother has had its challenges, you have been more amazing and gentle and loving than I could have ever imagined. Your bother looks up to you with such wonder and the bubbling excitement he has when first seeing you melts me every time. I love to see you wrestle and tickle and play as only two brothers can.
You’re growing up too fast, my Aiden. Your life moves forward at a pace that’s hard to keep up with. You sign your name to your art with determination and pride, and I hope that no matter what you do in life, you’ll be proud to put your stamp upon it. You make me proud every day.
Aiden, my Aiden, you’ll always be my special boy. I love you more than “everything in all the world”, as we like to tell each other. Today, you are 4. Happy Birthday.
As I mentioned in my last post, Damien spontaneously asked for something that was red last week: he wanted a red hockey stick, not the white one, so he yelled RED! We thought, that must be a fluke, right? There’s no way. He wasn’t even 17 months yet!
“Red, red!” Damien points, at Aiden’s new book today.
Well, I’ve been curious. I listened closely and yes, he’s showing me red everywhere, though sometimes he’s saying “ED”, so I was missing it. Now that I am watching, he’s started showing me colours everywhere. I asked him to find “something red” on a page in a book and he showed me many instances. I’ve done the same for other colours. Red is the only colour he can say, but it’s clearly not the only colour he’s noticed.
Early this week, he saw something pink (though he didn’t say red), then flipped two pages and showed me another one. He wanted me to see that they were the same. He is now doing that with many things, showing me specifically the flowers that are the same colours in books or how there are stars on one toy and how they match the book he’s holding. He’s making connections about shapes and colours and it’s just crazy.
I hadn’t specifically been talking about colours of things, since I was more working towards building up his vocabulary by talking about more general descriptions of things (like the dog is jumping, not the brown dog is jumping). He’s been so excited that I’ve clued in to his interests though!!
At 16 months, Damien’s joy is infectious. He loves life and he knows now how to show it. He is clearly happier in general, less prone to get overwhelmed with places or situations, and much more content when he is at home. He plays more, taking more than just a passing interest in things, and his concentration grows by the day. Just like last month, he has treasured the mild weather and his opportunity to chase around Aiden, collect rocks and splash in puddles.
- Weighs 24lbs (down a bit from all that running!)
- Has 8 teeth
- Began taking only 1 nap at 15.5 months old. After some rough first days, nap lengthened to 2-3 hours. Night is approximately 11-11.5 hours. Early wakings improved.
- Can run, turn in circles, do the twist, and follow many songs and basic commands
- Can walk up and down stairs with the assistance of someone’s hand
- Can stack blocks, but prefers to knock them down
- Loves anything to do with sorting. His favourite toy is a yogurt container with holes for pom poms – he loves to stuff them in and dump them out. Second favourite is the shape sorting cube. Thanks to big brother, he also loves playing with trains (pushing them through tunnels, mostly).
- Began to like stories with longer narrative. Favourite books are Boats, Tugga Tugga Tugboat, books with removable foam pieces
- Learned how to pierce food with a fork and self-feed with a spoon. Can use cup on his own too, though he’s apt to push it away/down when he’s done.
- Favourite foods: quinoa, macaroni and cheese (Burgoo), bacon, pancakes, oatmeal, toast with cream cheese, yogurt, cereal bars, lasagna, noodles, salmon
- Despite his many new words, he is still rare to use them. He has some words he uses a lot, but most are rarely heard or quite mumbled if used again – the first time is always super clear
- Picked up on a gesture I didn’t know I did. It’s turned into his “what happened?” sign.
- New words and phrases: tambrine (tambourine), drum, open, big step, ourtyard (courtyard), alphbet (alphabet), tap tap, dance, iPhone, ada (flag / Canada), jump, ooter (scooter), whee, Hi, yes, thanks, Nala
This month was filled with sunshine and busy days, late nights and early mornings, park visits and even a trip to Whistler. It was a busy month. Damien spent the month exploring his world, now that he’s walking steadily, and is never quite so happy as he is when he’s outside cruising around looking at plants, leaves and rocks.
- Weighs 24.5 lbs
- Has 7 teeth (recently got a bottom tooth)
- Can climb up and down full flights of stairs
- Can stand up from the floor unassisted
- Can stack rings
- Can take his diaper off. Very annoying.
- Took a trip to Whistler for the weekend with friends. Had a fever, but pushed through it. Loved listening to the music at the festival and playing at the beach.
- Favourite toys are his musical instruments: harmonica, whistler, drum, tambourine, cymbals, xylophone – if he can bang it or blow it or shake it, he’s a happy guy!
- Is obsessed with music, but is quite the critic! He will tell you “other song!!” or “different song!!” if you’re not doing what he wants. He does this for both singing as well as music we play on the stereo / phone. We sing 3x a day when nursing as well as throughout the day, so he’s getting tired of some songs
- Which brings us to his first complete sentence: “I don’t want Baby Beluga” (sorry Raffi!) – his obsession with Raffi is waning, though it still calms him down when he’s fussy.
- Loves to do hand motion songs: roly poly, open and shut them, wheels on the bus, zoom zoom, etc
- Favourite foods: yogurt, yam, roasted carrots, soy paper yam roll, banana, strawberries, toast with cream cheese, toast with melted cheese, avocado, anything in a sauce, pasta with meatballs
- Is an atypical toddler: doesn’t love crackers, peanut butter, chicken nuggets or goldfish crackers! Prefers our food (flavour, mixed) to Aiden’s style (bland, separate)
- New words and phrases: cat, ess you (bless you), seeze (sneeze), up, down, music, this one, hi, unary, banana, bicycle, air bag, flower