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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Happy 21 months!

Dear Chase and Ryder,

Well it is apparent, time is not slowing down for anything. In fact, it continues to pass by even quicker. Neither of you are slowing down either, in fact you are just getting quicker as well. It is amazing how a few short weeks, sometimes days, can allow for so many changes.
Chase, you often speak in simple sentences, offering up a "me no like," or a "Chase's turn" as often as possible. You continue to repeat everything we say and have slowly been forcing us to learn a language that has pleas and commands in just a few words. "seeeeeek" with the long, emphasized E, is your way of asking us to play hide and seek, which is me hiding behind an object and then jumping out. You insist on things being repeated, endlessly. The turtle on Barney gets a "more turtle" before he is even off the screen, and here I am rewinding for the umpteenth time. "more monkey," more tractors, more cranes, more construction, most of which I couldn't reproduce if I wanted to. I, unfortunately, have yet to hear more peas or more kisses (though salad and tickles have made the list.)
Ryder, you have begun to use more words, though some things I am still trying to figure out. Ryder, I have not fully learned your language yet. I believe pip is crib and i know hiyan is hide and seek but that was not an easy thing to learn. Be patient with us my boy, we will figure it all out together. You have, however, started using the word "puter" an improvement from the previous title "fwa." Interestingly, and it may or may not be a coincidence, but since you started using words you seem to pick up the guitar less. Is it that you can only focus on one thing at a time? Was the guitar your way of getting out the frustration of words? Who knows. Much to our delight you have both added an almost regular thank you into your vocabulary. It is not perfectly consistent, but what ever is? You both say it, along with please, and that is really great!!
Chase, you can also count to ten, which you do randomly, but often enough that we know you can. Ryder, I am pretty sure you can as well, but in your little Ryder way you have not really let on that you are able to. But, you chime in when you feel like it, giving us the sense that you can.
You continue to teethe, which means hands in mouths and shirts full of drool. Chase you are getting a lot of teeth at once here, which makes sense since you had so few before. Ryder, you are getting what you have left the four teeth (2 top, 2 bottom) to the left and right of your four middle teeth.
You have been peeing on the potty on random occasion. The great celebration that becomes of each successful pee is not motivation enough to keep doing it. Ryder, you still prefer to pee on the floor, a habit daddy and I are trying to break. Chase, for a while there you were not very comfortable sitting on the potty. You always sat down all stiff, almost as if there were pins on the seat. I knew you would never pee so tensed up so I told you simply to relax. You looked at me, doe-eyed, and repeated, "relax!." which made me laugh. I said, "that's right buddy, just relax there." I handed you your step stool with the Chase puzzle, I said, "relax, do your puzzle." You grinned, "relax!" you said, then started playing with the pieces. Amazingly, you did relax, enjoyed sitting there for a few moments despite the fact that you never peed. You will often use the word relax now, whether it is when you sit on the potty, or when we ask you too. (
We celebrated Aunt Carri's birthday this month, and also Madden's first birthday. We practiced singing happy birthday before both events and you are slowly learning to fill in the right name at the right time. Your version of the song is something like...."happy, you, carri" or "happy, you, madden." All of these birthday's meant a lot of cake. You were happy about that.
We got you both new shoes this month. And, thank goodness we did. Not my proudest parenting moment, but your shoes were so small Ryder you have a bruise on your toe. I am so sorry. I figured it was time, but did not realize the extent. I should have listened when Chase said "too tight."
You do still love Barney, and school buses, and tractors. One of the first things you ask for in the morning is Barney and we often watch it in bed while mommy gets ready. Every time someone comes to visit, Mom-Mom Jill, Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop, their greeting is often "Barney." I suppose you are hoping they will allow you to watch after daddy and I have said no.
You have the cutest thing you do. Before drinking you will click you cup and say cheers. It is hilarious. You do it with each other and with mommy and daddy.
We sing songs all day long. When we are playing, at dinner time, whenever. I sing more nursery rhymes than I actually know, so sometimes I make them up. You do not seem to mind and lately you have requested songs. Your favorites for the time being are "Hello" from Miss Marilyn's music class, Raindrops both on your head and the Barney song, unfortunately I do not know the words to raindrops on your head, and you also like the 5 Monkeys in a tree (teasing mr. alligator.) You ask for this by saying SNAP (like the alligator does) and clapping your hands real loud.
We took you for your first Hibachi experience at our favorite local restaurant (Oishi.) We were very excited for this outing. We had talked about it a long time and only decided you were ready after friends with kids the same age said they had been and the kids loved it. On the drive we talked it up...the silly hat, the food cooked right in front, the noise, the flames. We called it a show and we were all excited. Strapped into your seats you were seemingly excited. The table next to us had begun and you were watching with close eye. Your eyes opened wide when the fire rose, and after you both exclaimed "more hot." The chef played drums with his knives and you liked it and then they sang happy birthday which made you light up. Suddenly, there was a short silence followed by a startling bang of the spatula on the grill which made an ear piercing noise. Chase you jumped out of your seat in absolute hysterics and were unable to be calmed. We had to leave the restaurant, you proclaiming "no show, too loud, no show too loud" over and over. Unfortunately, Ryder really enjoyed it and was saying "moy show, moy show." We will have to take Ryder on a separate occasion. Chase, you still, a few days later, say no show, no show. I guess we are not surprised. You have always had a tendency to get startled by things. The vacuum cleaner used to send you jumping, as did the coffee grinder. You have gotten used to both of those things, as I suppose you will the hibachi show. We will try again, just not anytime too soon.
Chase, you are extremely observant, as you have been since day one. You notice everything that goes on around you and can talk about it at a later time. I am often amazed at what you remember.
You love to say hello and goodbye to everyone...and to everything. Chase in particular will say goodbye to every toy in the room, goodbye to Barney, goodbye to whatever he sees. It's cute.
Mom-mom and pop-pop got you your wagon. This was a belated 1st birthday gift presented to you as the weather is beginning to break. You absolutely love it! It is fun to take you for rides in it even when you claim "more fast, more fast."
You both love to "drive." This is what we call sitting in the front seat of the car (engine off) playing with the wheel and the dashboard. This all started because in order to not have you running in parking lots I would put you in the car and then strap you into your seats one at a time. As a result you have learned to "drive" and want to do it every time we get in the car. Sometimes I let you...other times I do not. It is cute to watch, especially how excited you get. This, I am sure, is practice to what is to come in 14 years.
Yes, it has been a fun month and we are looking forward to the warmer weather that is approaching.

"Please, can we drive?"

You continue to delight not only us, but everyone who knows you. You continue to develop your sense of humor and it is fun to see how silly you can actually be. You are in to everything, all of the time, but we are getting used to it!!! We continue to be so very proud of you, and we love you, every day, beyond measure.

I love you,

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