Sunday, August 15, 2010
Oh Matthew, you have been so sweet and endearing lately. So few crabbies and so much cuteness. I thought this day might never come, but here you are! Daddy and I just sit and watch your darling silliness then look at each other and sigh that we wish we could keep you so little. You make silly squeaks and bounce up and down whenever you feel “watched”. You know it will bring laughs. And if something drops or spills, you’ll get a mournful look and say ‘Ohhhhh”. If you get hurt, it’s a mournful “Owwwww” along with a presentation of the offended body part for kisses.
You’re starting to talk so much – you’ll try so much more than you used to. I think your first sentence was “Bye bye Daddy”, but “More tic tac” runs a close second. (Whenever Isaac and Abby get a piece of gum, I let you have a tic tac so you don’t feel left out.) Just this morning I said “All gone” and you repeated me exactly. And you just babble too – very unlike the other kids. You’ll just talk and talk and talk – sounding like you’re trying to say something but I have no idea what. You’ll read books to yourself that way too. Speaking of which, you have been bringing me books several times a day now and sitting while I read them to you – your favorite is currently Eric Carle’s “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”.
We went camping at Center Lake a couple times last month and you did great! I think we wore you out so much that you just went right to sleep in the tent every time and slept through the whole night! You really loved the lake, which is such a change for you. I had to really watch you because you’d just start walking into the water, deeper and deeper, without really any concern for your own wellbeing. Dirt, sticks, rocks, sand, water – you have really embraced everything outdoors and I love watching you explore. You even picked a pretty little flower and brought it to me the other day – you learn so much by imitating your big brother and sister!
You are really a master of fine motor skills. I am very impressed by your ability to scribble (staying on the paper), build block towers, feed yourself with utensils, even pour water back and forth between containers. At this point you’re a little bowlegged, so you trip a lot when you try to run, but when it comes to using your hands to push buttons, open and close things, etc., you are really good!
You’re still very determined, of course. Generally you do seem to want to please, but when I have to correct you, you often repay me by hitting. Our biggest problem is (ironically) our newly fenced back yard. One gate doesn’t have a latch on it yet and you have made it your mission in life to get out the gate while my back is turned. So I can’t really let you outside without me like I did with Abby at this age. Though as long as we have some water activity going – kiddie pool, sprinkler, water balloons, slip n slide or even just buckets of water – you are quite happy to stay in the yard!
You’ve grown very attached to your little blue waffle-weave blankie. One of my favorite parts of the day is when you voluntarily lay your head on my shoulder and clutch your blankie as I sing before bed:
Your name is Matthew, Matthew
Jesus loves you
Yes, He died just for you and He is risen too
Jesus loves you yes He does, Matthew