Dear Nathaniel Thomas,
So, not much new to report this month. Except, um...you are kind of starting to READ!!! But no pressure...I'm not incredibly excited or anything. I'm not one of those freaky parents that desperately want their kids to learn to read at an early age. (I'm a freaky parent for a host of other reasons.) But it is just so thrilling to watch you take these first steps. As a nerd, I love reading more than just about anything. I try to tell myself that as your mother, it is my job to accept you and your future choices & interests, no matter what. But I have to be honest. If you don't end up loving reading, it will be very hard for me to accept. Like a former high school star quarterback whose son would rather pick up his stamp collection than a ball. Or somepin' like that, anyway.
But so far, I think the brainwashing program is going well. Over the past couple of months it has become clear that you know the sounds for pretty much all of the letters. I like to think that I taught you, but really, it was probably your baby-sitter (Sesame Street). You love books and can spend over an hour looking at a stack of them in your crib in the morning. You are very interested in letters and spelling out all of the words you see.
I thought I would try to put this all together and see if you could sound out some simple words. So I started with CAT. And you DID it. You went, "ca, ah, t...CAT!" And you did the same with DOG and BAT too, though I had also drawn a picture beside the word, so I don't know if those two quite count. But I screwed up and was way too obvious in my excitement. This in turn alerted your toddler-sense that you should quit complying immediately. Oh, you two year old, you.
So, I think we are on our way.
Everything else remains about the same. Each day you seem impossibly older. Funny. And so sweet. My new thing over the past few weeks has been to ask you, at the end of each day, what your favorite part of the day has been. I love hearing your answers. They are often about playing with a particular toy or game, or seeing a certain person or going someplace special. After you went back to school following February break, you told me your favorite thing that day was "seeing all of your friends."
The other day you gave me my favorite answer so far. Since I work from home and you are only in school three days a week, I typically take any opportunity that you are occupied to work. So anytime you watch television, I go right to work on the laptop. But the other day, I opted instead to hold you in my lap and watch an episode of Zaboomafoo and it was really nice. It's rare that I can just enjoy holding you, quiet and content, these days. When I asked you what your favorite part of the day was you told me, "Cuddling with mommy and watching Zaboo." It made my heart melt. It was my favorite part too.
I love you more than tongue can tell.