Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Letter to My Sweet Joseph

You are the best big brother to baby John. You love him so much and are very helpful to mommy. You make me so proud. We get so many comments from people about what a sweet, friendly boy you are. You are so easygoing and make friends very easily. Whenever we're somewhere with kids around you just walk right up to the kids and start playing with them.
You especially enjoy playing ball with daddy - basketball, soccer, football it doesn't matter to you as long as a ball is involved you love it! You've also started talking a LOT lately. You repeat everything you hear and it's adorable. You use your words to try and comfort you little brother. And you give him hugs and kisses to show him how much you love him. You also give me lots of hugs and kisses - it's so sweet and melts my heart!
You've recently taken up building as a hobby, and you're pretty good at it. You do tend to get upset when your towers fall, though. You huff and puff and whimper for a bit until I remind you that everything is ok and you start building again.
You have also recently begun to be fascinated with buckles. You really enjoy buckling John's carseat when he's not in it (and sometimes when he is), and you're very good at buckling yourself in to your booster seat (especially when you're hungry and want to eat!).
You are very much a toddler now. You can count to 10 all by yourself, but you often forget "5" and you (almost) never count on command. You love to sing your "CC's" (ABC's) but it's only recognizable to daddy and me so far (unless we point out what you're doing to someone else). And just today you asked me to sing "i-o"(Old MacDonald) after hearing it on Sesame Street. Speaking of Sesame Street - you LOVE that show. You love it a lot, and you learn a lot from it, too! It's so sweet hearing you try to count along with the characters and repeat new (and old!) words that you recognize on "see see seet".
I can't believe you're almost 21 months old now. It's been so much fun watching you grow and learn. And, although it's been challenging at times, I'm so thankful that God gave you to us! You've taught me so much about love and patience and dying to self - thank you! I look forward to continuing to watch you grow and learn. I love you!


Alyse Fischer said...

So sweet! :) And that tower Joseph has out of legos is so tall!! Very impressive

Betsy said...

You're not kidding, Alyse! Once he realized he couldn't reach the top to add more he took some of them down, added to the top and added the whole stack!!! I couldn't believe it. So smart, that kid :)

Julie said...

Yesterday at dinner I was telling Brennan about our visit with you guys and he (again) launched into a little speech about how much he likes Joseph -- about how good he is and easy to care for, and how, when we had him overnight, Joseph was, "No extra work to have here -- none at all!" It was really sweet. :)