Today you are 21 months old.
I can imagine you much older, like 21 years old, looking back on this list, scrunching your nose, and groaning, “Mom! Really. Did you have to mention poo?” Oh, yes, dear Emily. We loved it all—poo included.
When you feel exasperated by my sentimentality in all of your young adult wisdom, please forgive your old mom, and just remember, she did it all—every minute of every day—out of love for her sweet Emily.
1. You love to sing, especially in the car, and will sing whole songs even though we aren’t sure what the words are.
2. You have intense conversations, full of inflection, that sound like you are speaking in complete sentences even though we aren’t sure what the words are.
3. We have this routine when I pick you up from school where I always read your daily report aloud and clap at the end. Today, your daddy picked you up and you handed him the form and said “READ!”
4. We also practice our ABC’s and numbers in the car. You love to repeat every letter and number after me and you always clap when we get to 10.
5. You love jewelry. You already have your own bracelet and necklace.
6. You love your brother, "DOOO."
7. When you go to get your coat, you get his. When you go to get your computer, you get his.
8. But, you’ve also learned the word “Mine!”
9. And, sometimes you like to show your love by taking care of him, like when you chased him down to wipe his nose.
10. Your “Mommy and Me” dance class has become your “Daddy and Me” class since you seem to behave better when your Daddy takes you.
11. You’ve even learned to curtsy.
12. Daddy is often the preferred parent. Mommy is working on developing a
13. You love “cook-ies.” You had your first cookie on New Year’s Eve and you haven’t missed an opportunity to ask for one yet!
14. You do this cute thing where you scrunch your nose. I think you got that from me although it looks much cuter on you.
15. Your teachers at school love you.
16. You recently started saying “I pee,” which really means, “I pooed.”
17. When you and Drew hug, you will put your head to his and say, “ahhh.”
18. You love you “pud-zuls” or puzzles and make quick work of all of your “For
ages 2+” puzzles.
19. You have started imaginary play, saying “I cook” and sipping your “food” from the spoon before bringing us some to sample.
20. You have learned to say “again.” So now, it’s “More. Again. Please!”
21. You love “wah-ter” and you have really enjoyed using our new water cooler, filling your little plastic cups—over and over and over again. We have “wah-ter,” "wah-ter" everywhere!
Mommy and Daddy