Sunday, July 15, 2018


Dearest little Goosey,
You are TWO! And there's so much two-ness going on. You are talking up a storm, playing pretend all the time, getting yourself dressed, taking off your own diaper, requesting specific food (GACAMOLE!!!), tickling people (particularly that one morning at 6 am where you told me you were going to wake your sister up by tickling her, then did it), and generally marching to the beat of your own drummer.

You are a daredevil and love to use the couch, the table and the top bunk as launching pads. When we ask you to get down, you ignore us. Flat out, total, completely unacknowledging that we're talking to you at all. It's amazing. And terrifying. Though you follow almost every scrape, tumble and scratch with an immediate "I ok!"

this is you showing off your first black eye-you got it running right into a table corner. At high speed. After being told several times NOT to run where we were. For the next week, all you would say about it was "eye better!"

 Dressed up and sitting on the arm of the couch

 Up on a "balance beam" walking to the playground

 Using the Citibike docks as a climbing structure

You have the classic adorable toddler speak, referring to yourself as "me" and making negatives as "no." For example, "Me no want that."

Today, you came inside with your boots on. "Mama HELP!" "Do you want help taking your boots off?" "Yeah....tank oo" "Hey, Goosey, can you put those boots by the door?" "No, I can't. Mama do it"

taking a selfie

This is 20 minutes past bedtime 

 You're very into your goggles

 Cutting your own toenails

 This is what you put on to take out the garbage

 you LOVE playing in water. 


BUDDA. Easily in your top 10 favorite foods. You like to eat it with a knife

You sing all the time, humming while nursing, signing to me and everyone when you wake up, any time you drop something you start signing "clean up" and associate swimming with the songs we sing in the pool. 

You bring so much joy and laughter and fun and love to our house, little Goose. We are grateful every day that you chose us

Thursday, May 10, 2018

23 Months!

Dearest Goose,
Gah, the cuteness is at an all time level high! It's unreal. Your personality is SO funny and defined. You are a master staller, asking for "5 minutes" before doing anything. Getting dressed, changing a diaper, going to the park, leaving the park, brushing your teeth, etc etc. The only time you want your diaper changed is when you poop, and then you immediately find your grownup and demand a diaper change. You love to climb and be up high-on the counters, any playstructure, the kitchen table-but hate going fast-"all done bike!" "NO ZOOM" when you're in the stroller, that time they had to stop the ride at Coney Island to let you off....

doin' dishes up high 

toy kitchens are for babies!

Having a ball until the ride started....

You do not like to be dirty, refusing to put your feet in sand if you're barefoot or in sandals. You are taking a nature play class and every time you get paint or mud or dirt on your hands you demand "soap wash."  We have you signed up for nature preschool in the park next fall and I'm a little nervous about how that's going to go!

washing your hands while everyone else plays with mud

Your vocabulary continues to explode, now including sentences and re-tellings of the day. I can actually get some information about what you did with your babysitter later in the day. It's quite cool! You are also a reliable source of information about who caused what mess and if you ate a specific something. And you SING. It's amazing. You sometimes wake up with songs in your head and start signing before you even get out of bed, that has to be my absolute favorite way to wake up. You sing Moana songs, Twinkly Twinkle and have just started your ABCs: ABAJGGG, Elmo Elmo Sing with me! See what I mean about cuteness level high!?

You have also been very opinionated about your clothes and shoes lately. You like sweaters with hoods and always are happy if you have pockets.

Party dress! Hood!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

22 Months old!

Dearest little Goose,
Twenty two months has seen an explosion of motor skills, including jumping (which is your favorite way to go down stairs and exit anything with the slightest height) and mastering of your sashay (which is your favorite way to move, period).

you're going to jump off this step stool any minute!

We've also had an exponential explosion of words (I know I say that every month and every month it's true!) and a lot of little sentences. You sleep with an Elmo and Minnie Mouse doll and when you woke up a few days ago, we couldn't find Minnie. So you kept calling all over the apartment: "Miiii Mouse!! Arrre Choo!?" (Translation: Oh, Minnie Mouse! Where are you?) You know the words to numerous songs and sing along to the Moana soundtrack, Vered songs, Annie (which you call Anna) and the American childhood canon. You told our super that your beloved babysitter has a tattoo on her butt (it's on her hip, but you love to tease her). You relay stories of the day: mama! poop! shoe! yuck! (I stepped in dog shit. It made an impression).  And everything is met with WHY!?  And when we answer, you often nod solemnly and say "ohhhh"

We're seeing so much of your personality shine through and it's super fun to watch. You are just as stubborn as everyone else in your family and want to do things your way, on your own time.  For example, you're really not into sitting in your high chair at meals. You prefer to stand on the foot rest and eat, or sit in a grown up chair. Last night you stood on your seat rest, putting you up higher than we were comfortable with. Daddy told you sternly to get down. You replied, just as sternly, NO.  Okay, then, it's clear who's boss in this family!

You always want to be part of the action, whatever that is. You rely on your vast network of step stools and are always trying to reach higher.

Mama, I really need whatever is up here. 

Some more of you this month:

this about sums everything up perfectly

Friday, March 9, 2018

21 months old!

Me dearest goose,
Oh, man, are you amazing!  The words are coming and coming; this morning you pointed to a picture of an orangutan and said "monkey." I had no idea you knew about monkeys! You also tell stories about events, recalling details with words and gestures. For example, we went to Family Swim a couple of weeks ago and you will keep telling people about it: "pool! goggles! hat! backpack! noodle! bubbles!"  Yep, we went to the pool, you and your sister wore goggles and swim caps. You got a flotation backpack and she got two pool noodles. And you both blew bubbles in the water!  You will also tell us who did things for you. So if Daddy says, "you got dressed!" you will say "mama!" meaning I helped you get dressed.

You are also stringing words together. Waiting at the bus stop: "where bus?" Getting ready to leave in the morning: "I do shoes!" (and you do!) And, of course, "more chocolate, please!"

en route to the pool. You were very excited and wanted to wear your gear 

Speaking of getting dressed, you are very opinionated about what you wear. Sometimes we have to change your outfit a few times before leaving the house because you discover something better. Sometimes you simply layer on more and more items. You are also into accessorizing, particularly with headbands. Also of extreme interest are grown ups' shoes and anything ballet themed.

watching big sister's dance class, reeeeally wanting to participate

 this is my scarf!

when I exercise at home, you do, too. In my workout gear.

arabesque at your ballet class!

You are very curious about everything in the world, asking "why" constantly. Often you will ask why and we will answer you and  you will nod your head and say "oh" as in "oh, right, that makes sense." You are also just starting the why why why's where you'll ask why, then why again and again. You are moving around int he world, little goose, and finding your footing in it. It's so much fun to watch!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

20 months old!

Dear Goose,
Life at 20 months is pretty great. You are a such a competent communicator! So many words these days, and the beginnings of phrases. You are also recognizing familiar images, like the Y logo, Elmo and Minnie Mouse ("meemus!") When we're at the Y, sometimes I'll by you a snack from the vending machine and you choose between Pirate Booty and pretzels very clearly.

You are very particular about accessories and what you want to wear each day. Sometimes you bring me overalls ("jingles!") and sometimes specific pants. You looove wearing your boots and often wear them even if the weather doesn't require them. Sometimes you put them on with your PJ's (you have about a 50% correct foot rating) and wear them in the house.

You continue to eat with gusto. You don't have much of a sweet tooth, though you do love chocolate. You prefer your oatmeal with butter and cinnamon, like spicy sausage better than regular hamburger, love guacamole over plain avocado and request hummus by saying "hummus! spoon!"

eating hummus with a spoon!

Your motor skills continue to blow me away. You are trying to scoot when the weather permits, you hang from the monkey bars for 15 seconds at a time, then want to do it again and again, you climb up climbing structures and LOVE to dance. You mimic your sister's ballet moves all the time: twirling, arabesqueing, tondu! You always want to wear ballet slippers and even like reading books about ballet. You call it "balbay".  You also have quite the fitness repertoire! Squats, lunges, rows, planks, pushups and running in place-you do it all! 

 And, in a completely unexpected twist, you are potty training yourself! You still wear diapers all the time out of the house, but you pee and poop on the potty at least once a day. Sometimes you say POTTY and we'll help you get your clothes off, sometimes you're already running around naked and will just go. But we've started having you sit on the potty before bed every night just for fun and it's been pretty great. Your diapers don't overflow overnight and you feel very proud of yourself!

 potty AND boots! What could be better?

Just in case someone takes me swimming right now, I'm ready!

You love having your family all together and will often ask for the family members who are still away. When you're with your sitter, you'll begin asking for mama. When I come home, you ask for "Ayla" and once we pick her up, you start requesting Dadu.  You are super snuggly and sweet and love to be read to and held. You have started running to your sitter and hugging her legs as soon as you see her, then doing the same for everyone in the family. Your uncle Ross was visiting last week and  you were completely enamored of him, giving him lots of hugs and requesting to be in his lap as often as possible. 

You love to laugh and make people laugh. You love to sing and will often sing to yourself when you're in the stroller. Elmo's Song is a big favorite, but also Twinkle Twinkle and the Itsy Bitsy Spider. You bring so much joy into our home and the world, little goose, we just love you so much

Friday, December 22, 2017

19 Months Old!

Dearest Goose,
You are now 19 months old and the words keep coming! Lately you're obsessed with "WahDoo" aka water, and request it all the time. Particularly when you don't want to do something, like go to sleep or leave someplace you're playing. The stalling techniques are amazing, you're a pro already. Also high on your list of favorites is KEEEEEYS! You love to play with MY keys, only the real deal sets are acceptable. I even have work keys that I let you play with and you're not into them, only the super important ones will do. You like to put keys into any hole they'll fit in, especially on the subway or bus. You like the carry them around and get upset if we try to take them for safekeeping. And if you need your hands free, you'll carry them in your mouth

You continue to be very busy, arranging things just so, the way you want them. Another favorite activity is taking extra pump parts and building a pump/bottle combination (100% accurately, even with the filter!) and then turning on the breast pump and pretending to pump. Suuuper cute and funny. You also think that most things are better OUT of the box they came in, like granola bars, envelopes and tea bags.

building the pump and bottle

taking a break after making sure the tea bags are all out of the box

You are also a competent climber these days, taking yourself up the climbing structures and various apparatus at the playground. You climb WAY higher than you are tall, sweet goose, you're SO strong

You also like to climb up to reach things in the house. A common sight is you running from place to place with a step stool, ready to get yourself closer to whatever action is going on

gotta get the spare keys!

gotta go through the remote control basket!

You feed yourself these days and hummus is high on your list of favorites. But you've also added some new things like guacamole, vegetable korma and popcorn. You still love broccoli and cauliflower but have cooled on the sausages and cheese. And you are obsessed with apples, calling every fruit that remotely resembles an apple APPLE and requesting them all the time. You don't really eat them all that much, but you love talking about them.

hummus and a spoon: perfection

You have also started brushing your teeth, which you LOVE. You yell "teeeeeth!" and grab your toothbrush and follow your sister around the house. All of your teeth have come in except your second molars, so we're hoping for a little teething reprieve. 

The big news of the past week is that you now LOVE going to child watch at the Y. Up until now, you would cry and cry even going in the room and now, BOOM, you're super into it. They have great toys and you settle in and barely say bye bye to me. It's so great to see you so much more interacting with the world and enjoying it. We really have so much fun!