Israel: Thirty- Three Months


You are 2 and 3/4 (33 months) and I must admit that it makes me very sad. I feel like the clock ticking to your third birthday is just a reminder that change is coming for you. At three years old you will "age out" of early intervention and you will say good-bye to the amazing therapists and teachers at the CP center. I hate thinking about it, and it makes me want time to slow down even more. Speaking of therapy and UCP... you are the poster child for the UCP telethon this year! You're on a billboard and posters and a commercial. I'm so proud of you!

You are a lot of fun right now. You have so many tricks and you are saying a lot of words these days: ow (when you hit yourself), hi (staring at your hand), that, baby, mama, pop/papa, walk/walker, Go!Go!, car, truck, vroom, ball. You're pretty clear at communicating what you want with your large bank of facial expressions and by pointing at what you want. You love listening to music and watching "shows" - Baby Einstein and Elmo. I've tried to introduce Daniel Tiger lately and I think you're going to like it eventually.

you love to open and close the tv cabinet, and turn the channels on the tv!

Stuffed animals and real animals really freak you out still. I recently took you to a local museum that was a personal purgatory for you... basically a taxidermy showcase of animals. You love being outside, watching for cars, taking walks, getting praised, and being silly.

Your favorite place is at the pool, and you love being close to the mushroom that has a waterfall. You've gotten pretty brave and you will scoot until you are neck-deep. You are scooting so fast now and you can take many steps with your walker with help. You recently got new braces for your legs that have cars and trucks on them! You recently figured out how to sit up in your crib, which has brought a newfound entertainment for you when you're trying to avoid falling asleep.

Your favorite picture "S'that" - you're pretty obnoxious about it. You want everyone to acknowledge it and if you're in the room, you're pointing at it. But up close... it totally freaks you out. You like to sit on the couch and point but if we hold you up to it you get scared.

You and Edith are best buds. You crack each other up and get in to trouble together. You're still a sympathetic crier and you will get upset when she gets in to trouble. You two love to scoot around the house together and clap for each other. Whenever I pick you up from daycare you always look over to her side of the car and say "Baby!" when you see her.

One of your favorite things to do is FaceTime your grandparents... you always want to see your Pop and Papa, which makes your grandmas a little jealous! You love to make faces and will copy us when we yawn, smack our lips or pucker our lips and raise our eyebrows. You are the funniest, most expressive kid!

We definitely have had our challenges with you. Sometimes it is hard to take you in public because you can be a little unpredictable. You've also had some health issues this summer and we were worried about your weight gain for a while. A little Pediasure, a feeding clinic, and weekly weigh-ins have helped you and you're back up to 27 pounds!

I'm so thankful for you Israel, aka "The Stack" - you keep us on our toes in the best way. You offer the best cuddles and the most rewarding smiles. You give kisses (mainly to other females and your sister) on request and will pat our arms to show affection. You can make yourself belly laugh by shaking your head fast and you and your sister can get into giggling fits that make me have hope for your future. I'm blessed to be your mom.

Love you,