Dearest little Hudson,
May was your 21st month and, oh, was it lovely. You are doing and saying so many cute things these days....I try so very hard to remember every little memory. Your personality shines so brightly to all who come in contact with you. You are so cheerful and happy much of the time; it's hard not to smile when you are around.
The weather has been so warm and beautiful this past month, and you absolutely love enjoying the great outdoors. You have become quite fond of playing with the water hose (just like your Daddy did as a little guy!) and you know exactly how to turn it on when you are ready for a squirt of cool water on your hands. You still love wagon rides in the cool of the evening, and when I fly past you on my pink bicycle, ringing my bell, you smile so big and say "Mama!". You get so happy when your dogs, Lulu and Kota, give you lots of attention. This weekend, we caught you propped against Kota as she laid on her side. When we asked you if you were loving Kota, you got so excited and turned to her and smiled, then gave us a huge giggle.
You talk and sing all of the time. When we are out and about, you are always singing E-I-E-I-Oooooo. If not that, you've started to sing your ABC's...although it sounds a bit like this ABC...FG....JK...OPpppp...S!....UVvvvv.....andZ! It's awfully cute. You also sing the last word of each line of your favorite tv show theme songs. It's always surprising to hear you chime in when the Fresh Beat Band or DJ Lance Rock sing. And perhaps the cutest thing of all, you LOVE "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars. You sing along whenever you hear it, and even shake your head "no" when he says the words: "Today I don't feel like doing anything." I can't wait to get it on video, because it really is the sweetest thing.
Once again, your vocabulary has grown by leaps and bounds! Your favorite words right now are no and help. Whenever we ask you something, and you aren't too sure about it, or simply don't want to do whatever we are asking, you calmly reply "no" in a very sweet voice: "Hudson, are you ready to go to bed?" "no" "Do you want to eat?" "no". You are quite the opinionated little guy. We aren't really sure how or why you learned the word "help" and the correct context in which to use the word, but you know exactly when to say it. When you are in your carseat and we get out of the car (in order to unbuckle you) you say "HELP!" (which sounds a bit like "heyalp") as loud as you can, and repetitively for the few seconds it takes us to get the back car door open. When you are walking down steps and need a little assistance, you say "Help! Help!" You always seem to know the perfect situation in which to call for help. You still repeat any word or short phrase that we ask you to say. I took you to the doctor for a sinus infection and as we patiently waited for her to come in the room, you sat in my lap and watched all the little computerized fish and sea creatures swim across the computer screen. You saw "doldins" (dolphins), "ish" (fish), "sharks", "diver", "worm" and lots more. When the doctor came in, she asked you what you saw on her computer screen, and you said "octopus!". Here are some more cute things you do:
-When asked what does a pirate say? You say "aaaarrgh!" and bend your little arm. You like "pipates."
-When asked what an elephant does? You hold you hand at your nose, and flay your fingers out like a trunk and say "woooooo".
-When asked what a lion says? You put you hands up like claws and say "rarrrr"
-You neigh for a horse, meow for a cat, woof for a dog, "eee-eee-eee" for a monkey
-You remember some specific phrases from your favorite books, so when I spot you "reading" them on you own, you will say what you remember.
-You have grown very interested in "haaaat!" (hats). Whenever you find one around the house, you put it on and run around in it. The other day, you found your winter crocheted monkey hat, and ran through the house wearing just your hat and diaper. Your daddy surprised you with your very first little Alabama hat, and you've been happily wearing it everywhere.
-You watch for the "mellman" (mailman) every morning. You love when the "big truck" (garbage truck) comes by, and last week as you stood very still and waved at the truck from the front yard, the friendly garbage man tooted his loud horn for you. It startled you just a bit, but made you happy, too.
-You like to show off your muscles, by flexing your arms and saying "grrrrr". What a strong boy you are!
-You pose and say "cheese" when I take you picture.
-You are a good helper! You love to "awaaay" (throw away trash) and you even like to wipe up messes on the table.
-You talk a lot about your grandparents and extended family members.
-You love to go for a "wide!" (ride) and "shide! (outside). You like to go to "Tocket" (Target) and look around.
-You love anything to do with water, which you pronounce as "waka-wak". Your favorite time is "baaaaath!" time.
Another month rolls by, and as always, you continue to amaze me and bring me so much joy. I have so much fun with you every day...I'm one lucky Mama to have you as a son. I love you with every inch of my heart.
Hugs and Kisses,