You have started naming your toys and pretend characters. It’s wonderful. Here are your most recent names for your dear rubber skeletons. Denda – the two green skeletons Creepy – the three orange skeletons Wubly – a purple one YouMe – another purple one Crumbs Muffin — the black one
Yesterday, we talked about geckos for 15 minutes. No, we weren’t trying to save 15% on car insurance; you were trying to make sense of them to calm your fears.
It all started when we were leaving your Nana and Papa’s house after Easter dinner. You and Nana were discussing geckos on the way to the car.
This sent you into a tailspin of questions in the car on the way home.
Are the geckos at our house?
Are the geckos at their (Nana and Papa) house?
What are the geckos doing?
Will the geckos be at our house when we get home? Will they? WILL THEY?
There were more; I wish I would have written them down.
We explained how geckos are nice and helpful and help us by eating the buggies. We explained that gecko families live outside, and we don’t know their schedule so we can’t predict when they will or will not be at our house.
We talked about them half of the ride home until we turned up the music loud to distract you with your favorite kitty songs.
When we got home, your dad opened your car door and got you out of the car. You screamed, cried, and grabbed the handle in the car as he was pulling you out. You pulled yourself back in the car, terrified. We had to work to get you out of the car and into the house. Thankfully the porch was gecko-free when we got home.
It took 5 minutes or so at home before you calmed down.
This morning, you sang us a song called “I love geckos.”
Yoshi’s Stories Transcribed
from the prompt, “Tell me a story.”
3.5 years old
“The kitty was funny and it sleeped and then it woked up and played at the friends and she got up and got closer and then the doggy said woof woof and that’s happy and got closer to kitty’s room. The end!”
“And they tooked the light home so they can wake up. And last night they waked up and they had a great time. The end!”
“It’s called the kitty on the doggy boat. The doggy boat is fun and wee! wee! here it goes!”
“A jellyfish did lots kings (“things”) today. The end!”
“The dinosaur says ‘rawr rawr rawr!’ and it kicks everybody. Then it fell and put a bandaid on. He gets tired.”
Here’s some random stuff about you right now.
You talk all the time, but what’s new there? You have always been a talk-all-the-timer. It wears us down a little, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Right now, you are going through a period of trying to understand the world. You ask question after question about everything we do, because you are trying to understand not only what we are doing but why and what will happen next. You are trying to connect things together. It’s fun watching your mind put the pieces together in a way we haven’t seen before. You have always been such a thoughtful girl, even when you were a baby. We could see you figuring out the world by the way you looked at everything so seriously and intensely.
You also have your opinions about how we should answer each question or respond to each statement we make. Most of the time, you ask a question followed immediately by “say okay?” Sometimes we don’t hear the request and ask to to repeat. You then say “say okay?” “say okay?” “say okay?” instead of repeating the original response. Also, you want me to respond in specific ways. If I say “yes,” you will say “say, ‘of course you can’.” Or, if I saw “of course you can,” you say “say, ‘you certainly may’.” I never know which response you want. Sometimes you tell me exactly what to say in a conversation like “I will ask you what we are having for lunch, and you will say macaroni pizza.”
Your favorite thing in the whole world is for me or your dad to play with you in your room. This involves each of us being a character (usually a stuff animal or a figurine). The characters have conversations with each other and go on outings together. They usually discuss their names, go on a car ride (making sure to buckle the buckles), and go to the park and swing. The storyline usually involves one of the characters falling and hurting themselves, and a new doctor character comes in and gives medicine, band-aids, and cream to save the day.
You love to dance without your clothes. Every night after you take off your clothes but before you put on jammies, you insist on dancing nude. It’s hilarious. You have a “bottom dance” and a “snake dance.” I’m hoping this isn’t indicative of a future career. You also enjoy doing these dances in front of the mirror. I’m going to show this letter to your future partner some day, and you will be embarrassed. (Dear Yoshi’s significant other if you are reading this, please ask me to show you the videos. I’ve got them.)
You just started writing your name and getting very creative with your drawing. Recently, you drew a pirate with a band-aid, a dinosaur with one leg, and a doggie cloud with long boogers.
You have the best imagination. Most of your play involves new stories and scenarios that you or your toys are acting out.
You love a good poop joke, fart joke, or booger joke.
You’ve started talking in funny voices. It’s really cute.
Your favorite food is pizza.
Your favorite toys are your stuffed animals (especially kitties), your Littlest Pet Shop figurines, and your Busytown figurines.
Your favorite shows are Winnie the Pooh, Busytown Mysteries, and the Busy World of Richard Scarry. You still love the Grinch, which we all still call Boosh.
You also love to pretend to be your sister. You crawl around with her, like to be held like her, etc.
I think I have talked about your nighttime routine in a letter to you before, but you now have a nightstand. On the nightstand must be water and two toys to “watch you.” You sleep with two stuffed animals, and you pick two toys to sit on the nightstand. The things that watch you don’t necessarily need eyes for the watching. The other night a spoon and a toy doctor tool watched you sleep. Usually, these are toys you aren’t quite ready to part with, but ones we won’t allow in bed with you.
Right now, your favorite songs are Row Row Row Your Boat and “Mommy Song” which is Ingrid Michaelson’s You and I.
You have a bunch of little friends at day care and in our playgroup. You love love love them and get very excited about seeing them.
We read your first chapter book recently. We read a chapter a night of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You really liked it. When we finished the book, we had a little chocolate Wonka party. You, your dad, and I watched the movie, drank hot chocolate, and ate popcorn and chocolate. We started reading Charlotte’s Web next, but we haven’t gotten into it as much as the first. I think the individual chapters aren’t as engaging.
You are funny, smart, sweet, stubborn, creative, beautiful, quirky, shy, busy, and talkative. I could go on forever about you, but I’ll stop for now.
Love your face,
Here’s some random things about you at 8.5 months.
You LOVE to eat. Seriously love. It took us a while to get your interested in food, but once you got into it you never looked back. You quickly realized that purees were no good and that feeding yourself finger food is where it’s at. You’ve eaten the following finger foods: cheerios, bread/rolls, tortillas, pasta, pancakes, crackers, several types of beans, apple, banana, avocado, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut and acorn squash, persimmon, zucchini, chicken, turkey, ham, eggs, strawberries, blueberries, scones, shredded cheddar cheese, peaches, mandarin oranges, pears, yogurt melts, baby puffs, and mashed potatoes. You love just about all food we have given you with the exception of the zucchini, mashed potatoes, and black beans. You seem most excited about bananas, carrots, green beans, persimmon, cheddar, and chicken. You are still nursing like a champ!
You are a busy, grabby, kicky, bouncy, busy little girl. We had to start strapping you to the changing table because you couldn’t lay still long enough to change your diaper. It’s like wrestling a pig. Changing your diaper takes about three times as long as it should. When being held, you like to lunge at things.
You love to crawl, and you are just starting to pull to stand. You can pull up on low things and are working on pulling to stand on higher things like the couch and coffee table. You don’t really understand standing just yet. One foot is usually turned upside down somehow. You’ll figure it out soon! You have also just figured out that you have the ability to visit other rooms. We have introduced baby gates into our house because of this!
You have two teeth on bottom and one tooth has broken through barely on top. There are two others also making their way in on the top. They have really been bothering you the last few days.
You laugh and smile so easily. I can get you to laugh more in a day than your sister did in her first year probably. We find you just as delightful as you find the world!
You just started dancing. When music is played, you start bouncing. When your favorite song comes on, Ingrid Michaelson’s You and I, you start bouncing, waving your arms, and squealing. That song used to be the only thing that would calm you down, but you don’t cry much anymore. Now, we put it on to make you and your sister smile.
Your favorite toys are anything new really, that you have never seen before. You also like sticks of any kind (you take after your sister there; she also loves sticks), and rubber animals to chew on, balls. You like anything you can put in your mouth and are less interesting in the noisy electronic toys. You also love your sister’s little figurines. We have to watch you with those, since they can become a choking hazard.
You are sleeping much better than you used to, thankfully. You sleep from about 8pm to about 5:30am, then you go to sleep until 8-9:30am. You take two naps, one in the late morning and one in the late afternoon.
I am still your favorite. Me picking you up will usually solve all problems. Me walking by you when someone else is holding you makes you cry. If I am going to leave the room, I have to wait until you aren’t looking at me, or you will start to cry.
You LOVE your sister. You like to play with her, and often you think she is playing with you when she is not. It keeps you entertained. She loves you too. She likes to pretend she is you, and she crawls around with you. We catch her giving you little hugs while playing. It’s very sweet. I hope you grow up to love eachother as much as you do now.
I’m guessing you weigh around 22-23 lbs. You are in 18month clothes.
You were an owl for Halloween. You didn’t really like your costume, so it didn’t stay on long.
Okay, that’s all I got right now. You’re an awesome baby.