Thursday, May 7, 2009

14 months

Dear Kensley,

Today you turn 14 months old. This is nearly the amount of time I dated your father before we got married. Can I just say that I think this relationship is going to last? I think we were made for each other! Don't you?

Where do I start? This month has been so eventful. And I'm not even talking major milestones here. Walking? You have mastered it. I honestly don't think you stop from the moment I put you down on the ground. You walk over here, then over there and then back and forth and all around and then back and forth again all while holding on to two objects in your hands. Walking, Schmalking. You are a pro. You have even started walking backwards. Or maybe you are just giving us your best Michael Jackson moonwalk impression. But it is pretty darn good if I do say so myself.

And no new teeth this still have your old 4. But you have started this unneccesary grinding of your teeth and could you please stop that? It is driving your mama crazy, and if there is one thing you dont need right now, it is a crazy mama. At the very least, please wait until you are in high school to drive her crazy (or tell all of your friends your mama is crazy). I don't know how to get you to stop it either. I can hear you on the monitor in the morning GRINDING your teeth and that sound is not unlike nails on a chalkboard. The very thought of the sound of you GRINDING your teeth gives me goosebumps all over. I researched online and all the major sites were telling me that this usually happens at around age three and mostly happens only at night. Well here you are at only 14 months GRINDING away. And you can do it all day long. You overachiever you.

I have a feeling teething is to blame for all that miserable GRINDING because today while we were watching a movie together I looked down and you were eating your own shirt. Or maybe I should say chewing because you CHEWED A HOLE RIGHT THROUGH YOUR SHIRT. And just consider yourself lucky that you have grandma's and an aunt that are probably out right now buying you even more clothes to chew, because heaven help us if you would ever run out of clothes. You are like the Harlow Madden of your Gymboree class. Never been caught in the same outfit twice.

I guess the biggest breakthrough you have had this month is the fact that you have started full blown temper tantrums. I must have missed the memo explaining to me that you are in fact a two year old, because BOY have we had some issues this month with your temper. Your father and I have been walking on eggshells around you lately, and have you seen the size of your mother? It is not easy for a woman of my size to walk on eggshells. Actually, it looks more like smashing eggshells. Your morning routine is the absolute worst. Never in a million years would your father or I walk into your bedroom in the morning and not bring with us a sippy cup full of milk. Oh, have we made that mistake you ask? Have you seen Ace Ventura when he walks out of the room they keep the shark in and his clothes are all ripped to shreds and he exclaims, "DO NOT! GO IN THERE!" Well, let's just say your dad won't be making that mistake again. One day I set you down on the ground to get you your lunch ready and you must really have not wanted to sit on the floor because you slammed your face into the carpet and started kicking your legs and screaming so high and so loud that we have re-named that cry the "Beyonce Scream". Yes, your screams have a name.

I had to walk out of the room because in one moment I felt like laughing at how rediculous it was that you were flipping out over something so small, and in the next moment I wanted to cry right along with you. I can only imagine how frustrating it must be for you to not be able to tell me what you want. If you are thirsty, hungry, tired, cold, hot, scared or any number of other emotions the only way you can get your point across is to cry. I completely understand that. So when you are having these major meltdowns I try to stay as calm as possible, tell you I understand you are frustrated and do my best to desipher what it is you actually need. I am hoping that this will get better as you learn to say more words. Right now your vocabulary is limited to Dadda, Hi, Hey, Hot and a whole lot of singing and grunting. When we go for rides in the car you make the most terrible AAAUUUGHHH noise and your father and I always quote Dumb and Dumber (Boy, do your parents watch a lot of Jim Carrey movies or what?) and say, "Hey! Wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world?" and then you always go AAAAUUUGHHH and we burst out laughing every time.

But let's not focus on the fact that your parents make fun of you for their own amusement. That would be cruel and certainly not something we would do. The truth is, this month has been a lot of fun. When we shake our heads and say yes to you, you shake your head as if you are saying no. I don't know where you learned to shake your head no, it is not something we have done but it cracks us up everytime. Also, if we ask you to flap your arms like a bird you will flap them up and down and run all over. You have eaten your first popsicles, love steamed brocolli and peas, bananas and ice cream. You can pull yourself up to standing just by using your arms to push you up off the floor. This month you stacked blocks on top of each other for the first time.

This month has been an amazing month and like all of the others, this month was even better than the month before it. Because each and every day is better than the day before with you. Every morning that we wake up to your singing, and your big grin I know that it will be better than the day before. Kensley, I have never laughed so hard as I have when I am with you. Seeing this world through your eyes makes it all the more special. And when you take a moment out of your busy day to come give me a hug, and lay your head on my shoulder, I have never felt more loved. It will be these moments that I will keep with me forever. That I will cherish forever. Thank you for them.



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