Diederick Dale: 21 Months

This picture is great because it has two of Deeder’s loves in one snap. Doggies and art. A few weeks ago we bought him a pack of Crayola markers and a big notebook to draw in. Paintings is such a messy event and he eats crayons like candy so I thought this might be a nice alternative and it’s worked so well. He doesn’t say “color” or “draw” instead, he asks for the markers and coloring paper by pointing to where they’re stored and saying “Boo! boo, Ma!” I assume that “boo” equals “blue” anyway, I really enjoy watching him color. He’s extremely attentive to what he’s doing–each mark to the paper is quite purposeful and when he’s done he stands back and sighs as if saying to him self, “See? You did it again, a wonderful masterpiece!” Then he closes the notebook and puts away the pens. I’d like to be able to tell you that he recaps them, but that isn’t true. He puts the lids in the storage container then the pen. This means that I later fish them out and do the recapping. Oh well. We’ll learn.

This month has been a month of rain and mud, and now in this last week the sunshine has been joined with heavenly warmth that sings the return of spring. It’s so nice to not have to go through the hassle of bundling to go out and constantly worrying about falling on the ice. As you can see though, Deeder still is falling (note the red mark on the side of his face). Now though the falls aren’t from ice, they’re from tripping over his own feet as he often runs faster than he can really handle!
His favorite outdoor play thing is the snow shovel owned by our landlady. I’m looking into buying him a trike, I betcha he’ll still go for the shovel. The thing is, that shovel will probably be stored away soon and he wont have anything. Children are supposed to enjoy trikes, right? He could do that.

Other than the shovel for outdoor play Deeder has discovered last years hanging baskets. Last month they were covered in up to two feet of heavy white coldness, under the deepest of snow drifts. He found them behind the house and with much effort carried them around front to the parking lot where he enjoys digging through them. Why I let him I don’t know, other than that he doesn’t have much else to play with. And that I’m taken back to the days of my youth in which my sibs and I enjoyed digging in the mud. Heh. Yeah.

About a year ago my monthly updates on my little lad would mainly feature what he’d been eating lately, sleep patterns and perhaps new teeth. Now though my world revolves around the stage that is transition between baby and independent boy, something big and tough. It’s called crying-for-no-good-reason. Or at least (at best) a reason hard to reach. Sometimes, too often for my liking, all that pacifies the tears is a snuggle with Teddy and half an hour plugged in to Shrek (or in Deeder language, “Ek”).

With my whole heart I miss the days when Deeder was comforted by a snuggle with Mommy, the days when he’d fall asleep nursing just crawl up into my lap when playing or reading stories had gotten old. He does love me, and we have good times together, but I’m just not everything anymore.

Deeder finally owns some trucks! Daddy’s been wanting to find him some for awhile now. The last time we were in Target they had a great selection of John Deere stuff marked ages “1 1/2 and up” and so we got him something. A 20pc. farm set, complete with tractors, animals and fences. He’s very careful with all the peices and proudly calls them his “Tucks”. He also has a snowplow and dump truck that Daddy found at WalMart. They’re plastic so I let Deeder play with them in the bathtub sometimes, he thinks that’s pretty great. I really do enjoy watching Deeder play with his things, the focus and attention how consumed he is aware of little else around him. Is that a sign that he’ll be an early reader or good at school? I hope so!

In diet and sleep news–since no baby update is complete without it–I’m happy to report that this has been a good month in both areas. My son sleeps from 7:30pm to 7am and generally eats whatever we are having at our family meal times. His favorite breakfast foods have been scrampled eggs on toast (with cheese on top), blueberry muffins, or oatmeal with honey. We also snack a lot between meals too, probably because I’m pregnant and always hungry!
Deeder has woken around 2am quite a few times this month, as if he too is waiting up for Daddy to get home. Once he’s seen Darren and had a little drink he falls right back to sleep.

All in all, a good month, just one marked by a bit of emotional struggles. I’m really realizing that these are there aren’t many days left that it’ll be just Deeder and I. It’s exciting to have Carly on the way but I’m sad too that our special times where it’s just the two of us are nearly done. I’m sad too that I don’t have the strength or energy to go on any special outings. Deeder’s a wonderful kid, aside from little emotional outrages here and there he is content to be flexible with my limitations.

This morning we’re going to Paula’s Playgroup. Of course I’ll bring my camera along! Afterwards we hope to hook up with Abi and Jen for a little play date at the park. Thanks for reading. :)

4 Responses to “Diederick Dale: 21 Months”

  1. Wendy says:

    Happy 21 months Deeder! I wanted to write “little Deeder”, but he’s not so little anymore. Isn’t it so fun to watch him begin to play and pretend?

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  2. Marylin says:

    aww 21 months already! It’s amazing how the time flies isn’t it?

    I know what you mean about feeling excited about Carly’s arrival but sad at the thought of losing just you and Deeder time. All I can say is enjoy it while you can, but don’t feel guilty because within a week of having his little sister around he’ll have forgotten what life is like without her! :)

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  3. Gramma Momma says:

    Thanks for the nice long post, the peek into your interesting life with the little guy. :) Tired me can’t think of the nice long sentence I wanted to type, so I’ll catch you tomorrow!

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  4. what amazing adventures Deeder has my little guys won’t sit stil to watch any video – consider it a blessing LOL Deeder does.
    I love his tucks – grandpa just got a new John Deere ride on mower and the boys loved it.

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