Dear Otis 18.5 Months

Dear Otis,

I thought I’d share the latest Otisisms with you this month. You provide constant amusement and amaze us daily.

“Stick!” Who knew stickers could be so much fun?! You are absolutely obsessed with stickers and even do a bit of coloring. We got you your own table and chair and you love to sit at it and create. When you can’t peel the sticker off or it gets stuck on your hand you say “help.” Side note: “stick” can also refer to actual sticks, as in when you remove all of them from the front yard and put them in the bushes. You like a clean, stick-free yard.  Perhaps you’ve inherited a little OCD from me. 😊

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“Eye lie.” Translation = Eli. You love to play with your friend, Eli, and ask for him all the time. You were even flipping through a magazine with your dad and yelled “Eye lie” when you saw a little blonde boy. The good news is that Eye lie works for Allie too. You also likes playing with “Carcar” (a.k.a Carter) and Baby Abby. It’s so much fun to see you interact with other kiddos.

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“Hand!” You hate getting your hands dirty. When you have too much food on them or bark from the playground you reach your hand up to us and say “hand” so that we’ll clean them off for you. You especially love washing your hands in the sink! Not sure how I created a neat freak. You also put your hand up and say “hand” when you want our help going up a hill or up a step. I love walking around the block holding your hand.

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“Dru Pees!” Translation = drum please. We hear this phrase about 10 times a day as you beg to work on your drum solos. You sit on the stool all by yourself now and make use of each drum in the kit.

“Okay.” The Otis sleep saga continues. In January you had a horrible cold that came with a cough that kept waking you up at night. Add to that the fact that you had more teeth coming in and were having nightmares and night terrors, and we had a recipe for no sleep. Your dad and I caved and let you sleep in our bed when you’d wake up in the middle of the night. We endured this for about a month. The problem was that you liked to sleep diagonally and kick us all night. So a few weeks ago we held firm on keeping you in the crib. When you cried I’d come in, hug you, say “you’re okay,” and then I’d sleep on your floor for a little bit. This week when you cried and I came in you’d see me, say “okay,” and collapse back into sleep. Success for now.

“Hey!” You love to play guitar with your dad and somehow the two of you created a goofy little routine. Dad gives you the guitar pick and you do a few quick strums. Then you throw the pick inside the guitar. Dad says “hey” and you reply “hey.” Then you dance to the sound of dad shaking the pick out of the guitar. You request this ritual after each drum performance.

Other favorite activities right now include feeding the duck, playing with bubbles, and looking for ladybugs. You also like to play with dad’s reel to reel machine.

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It’s hard to keep track of all of your new abilities. You can put your block shapes in the correct holes, name all the farm animals and the sounds they make, and put 2 words together (all done, got it, thank you). You’ve learned to ask for help before melting into a tantrum (although tantrums still exist for other reasons). The words are spilling out of you in English and Spanish and sometimes a combo of the two (thank you is tankias). You are becoming a daredevil as you discover that you can climb. Your dad and I worry that a trip to the ER may be in our future. The other day you stood on the recliner, and when I told you I was going to take you off the chair if you didn’t sit on your bottom, you chose to dive off head first. Somehow you were absolutely fine and it was me who had a minor heart attack.

You are a 32.5 inch, 25.5 pound, ball of fun with a 15 tooth-filled smile that graces your face often. We love you so much!!!

Love,

Mom

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