Fred, today you are 20 months old. Twenty months seems like a long times (especially when I consider that I haven’t slept for 8 hours straight in 20 months), but at the same time, it’s weird to think you haven’t already been here.
You are a pure delight to your dad and me. We both miss you like crazy when we are apart, and you light up our days with your personality. At night, you sleep between us, and we stare at you in wonder that this little boy gets to live with us.
You love water – swimming, baths, showers, puddles, and buckets of water outside. It doesn’t matter. You can play in water for hours.
You are very coordinated – whether it’s eating cereal with a spoon, kicking a soccer ball, throwing a tennis ball, or holding your crayon correctly for “colora.” Your language develops every day. You have new words each day and repeat everything we say.
You love the music at church. You sing along, and when it’s quiet, you yell “Amen.” It cracks us up. You love playing harmonica and piano with daddy while he plays guitar too. You make song requests at night when I sing to you. You ask for “Row Row” and “ABCs” most often.
Dude. Let’s talk about your obsession with shoes. It’s the first thing on your mind when you wake up, and at night, you have to put all the shoes “night night.” Your first sentence was “shoes on,” and your first three word sentence was “blue shoes on.” You change your shoes multiple times a day, throw a fit if we don’t comply with the request, and try on our shoes all the time. You notice whether people are wearing shoes in books, and sometimes you insist that daddy and I change our shoes.
You LOVE playing outside, and you love watching the animals. You held a bunny this past week. You are learning to be gentle with the smaller animals, and you love to chase the goats.
Most importantly, you just make your dad and me so very happy. We feel so privileged to watch you grow and get to know you. You are like us in many ways, and in other ways you are just your own Fred. We are so excited to get to know you more every day. We love you so very much.