If I could just crawl into your brain to get glimpse of how those wheels are churning through your head, I'd have an idea of the incredible joy with which you embrace the world. Everyday brings new discovery and experiences that inspire 'ooohs' and 'wows'. Something as mundane as opening up my purse, emptying all of the cabinets, watching birds swoop or trees bend to the call of the wind is as magical as when I mysteriously produce a cookie from behind your ear.
This month it has been astonishing to see how quickly your verbal skills have accelerated. From simple mama, baba, and dada you've branched off to more, hot, bubble, flower but still your favorite word is 'wow' because that is impression of the world around you. The biggest kick that we get is when you show that you understand what we are saying. Like when I tell you that there is a truck outside and you immediately sputter, 'Vrooooom, vrooom'. Or when I say we have to put on our jackets because it is cold and you respond, 'brrrrrrr'. The best was when daddy looked into your eyes tenderly and told you, "I love you Alex," and you responded by grabbing his face for a kiss. Now if that is not love, I don't know what is.
There's also the numerous hazards in our house that we have told you are off limits such as electric outlets, cords and shelves. After weeks of telling you 'no' you are approaching these items gingerly and without any prompting you shake your head 'no' - a note to yourself - before you back out towards the other direction. It's quite cute to see a nascent form of responsibility and decision-making.
You are also showing more of your personality with strong likes and dislikes.
In terms of food, your favorite cuisine seems to be Mexican as you can't seem to get enough tacos and burritos. Most people are impressed when they hear that you can finish an entire burrito yourself. Your other favorite is Mario Batali's bolognese ragu which is essentially a fancy version of pasta and meat sauce that takes way too long to make. Strong dislikes? Jarred baby food. To my chagrin you never took to the convenience of the jarred chicken, turkey and beans. But it might as well be I wouldn't want to eat that stuff either.
It will be too soon before you will be singing this song to me and then choosing music that I'll never has heard of. But until then this will be our song.