11 Months

Dear Hamish,
Well, here we are my boy.  It has been a busy month.  Grandad and Nana came to visit on August 19th and then on the 22nd we had a party to warm our house.  Many friends and family members came to say hello to our new digs including:  Grandad and Nana, Granny and Grandpa, Great Aunt Judy and Great Uncle Russ, Judy and Reg Terry, Uncle Marc and Aunti Kanetta, Uncle Brad, Aunti Ros and Sloane, Kim, Rich, Lily, Sophie, Rosemary and Charlotte, Erin, Christine, Elise and Daniella … there were so many more.  Too many to name.  Your Dad made amazing food and I made two cakes – a Lightning McQueen Cake for your brother and a Guinness Chocolate cake to celebrate your Dad’s and my 5th wedding anniversary.  With so many people and so much amazing food, our house was truly warmed.
This month, you have been busy on the milestone path.  You, my sneaky sneaky boy are very amusing.  You have definitely learned what “No touching” means and are very unabashed about testing the boundaries.  You have a smile that is flirtatious, cunning & devilish.  And, with this smile you extend your little arm, spread out your fingers and attempt to touch that which is out of bounds.  But, each time you hear us day “Don’t touch!” you withdraw your hand until you believe we are not looking.  After multiple attempts to fondle whatever goody is in front of you, you eventually give up and move on taking your mischievous smile with you.
Sneaky sneaky boy
Sneaky sneaky boy

The art of crawling.  Did you know that there are apparently 6 different types of crawling?  The belly crawl (a.k.a commando), The Classic crawl, The Bear crawl, The Crab crawl, The Leapfrog crawl and the Roll.  You, my dear lad, have embraced three of these crawls.  You started off with the belly crawl which served you well for sometime.  Then, you moved to both the Classic crawl (using arms and legs in a rhythmic alternating fashion) and the Bear crawl (all fours, arms and legs like sticks).  You’ve become quite speedy and can even bring things with you.  Perhaps one of the most motivating sights for you is the open door to your brother’s room.  Corbin has been quite clear that his room is off limits to you.  Apparently, he doesn’t like the way you take apart his rail layouts.  So, we generally try to respect this and while he has to share with you everywhere else, his room is sacred.  However, when you beeline it down the hall to his open door only to have that door closed before you reach your destination, you are very disappointed indeed.  In fact, you hate it when any doors are closed on you.  There are usually tears.  Perhaps you will grow up to be a person who seeks opportunities.


The Bear Crawl
The Bear Crawl
Disappointment
Disappointment

September 1st was your first day of day care.  You didn’t hesitate for a moment.  I handed you to Deb and you wiggled and tried to shimmy down her torso to get to the toy room.  Now, you have been to daycare eight times and today when I dropped you off I put you down in the front foyer and watched as you Bear crawled your way to the toy room never looking back only forward.   This month you have been eating more and more finger foods.  Just like Corbin, you love blackberries.  You also love cut up pieces of watermelon, apricot and nectarine.  In fact, you love food and seem to be keen on trying anything at least once.  We’ve taken to calling you Hoover Hamish just because your enthusiasm is unmatched in the 4 and under category.  It is becoming more and more evident that you will look up to your brother.  I think you already do.  Anything Corbin does you are interested, which is probably why you like his room so much.  Sometimes Corbin plays with cars on the kitchen floor.  The other day, I turned around to see both of you, on your bellies, cars in hand racing on the linoleum.

You are not only getting around fast, but you are pulling up on everything.  My guess is that you will be walking – or close to it – by the next monthly post.  But, perhaps one of the most significant milestones – perhaps bigger for me than for you – is that you have been sleeping through the night since September 29th.  I feel much more rested and have more energy for writing and organizing our house.  And for this, my dear boy, I thank you.  What follows is a bit of a review of the month.

xoxo

Mama.

First Day of Day Care
First Day of Day Care
Blackberries
First Blackberries
Anything you can do, I can attempt
Anything you can do, I can attempt
Hoover Hamish
Hoover Hamish
New fun and games
New fun and games
A Day at the Fair
A Day at the Fair
All through the night...
All through the night...