Joel

Joel,

In some ways your are totally different from your sister. For instance, tonight I laid you down in your crib with a couple of binkies and a sippy cup of water, turned on your birds and left. And you went to sleep. This amazes me. Alyssa wouldn’t go down that easily. We’d have to rock her to sleep and then to carefully put her down without waking her.

But in some ways you are just like your sister. Maybe all kids are this way, but we can’t keep you away from the TV buttons! You change channels or flip the TV on and off.

You’re walking now. I think the “official” day was last Saturday, but you’ve been walking for a while now. You still crawl when you need to get somewhere really fast, but you’re quite good at walking too.

I can’t tell if you like hats or not. Or maybe it’s that you like other people’s hats. Whenever your mom and I try to put a hat on you, you immediately take it off. But later you’ll slap on Mommy’s cap or one of Alyssa’s hats and play peek-a-boo.

Tonight you and Alyssa were playing on a chair and you would stand up and look away. Then you would lean over to look at Alyssa and start laughing! I don’t know why. Crazy kid!

You really love your sister at this point in your life. And she really loves you. I hope it continues, but I’m not holding my breath.

You still haven’t learned any signs. Your sister knew “more” and “all done”, but all you know how to do is shake your head “no”. And sometimes we encourage you to and we all laugh.

You’re good at closing doors, but not opening them. 🙂 You’ll shut yourself in a room and then start bawling.

Not that this is unusual, but I came home from work and you gave me a big old smile and bounced a little. Quite heartwarming.

Joel eating jam

Love,
Dad