Donovan has now discovered that asking for books is the perfect way to put off naptime, bedtime, and the easiest way to get a lazy mama out of bed in the morning. He loves the Christmas Parade book, with the drumming elephant, all the llama board books, and books about dinosaurs and dogs.
Donovan is nearly 20 months, and he seems so grown up!! He’s talking a lot, playing games that are much more complicated, and having more ideas of his own that he can share. And he’s big! We can go to the indoor playgrounds and he can do basically everything on his own.
He knows nearly all the letters. He sometimes has trouble with E and F, but he seems to have down the other ones that gave him trouble, like the I, T and J. I have trouble telling if he’s saying M and N right, but I think he knows them, it’s just hard to tell what he’s saying with those two. He has favorites though, he loves the O (he points it out everywhere we go and asks to read that book the most often.) and he loves the W. It’s really cute hearing him say W. =)
He says I wuv you a lot now. He even says it first =) And he always gives Daddy hugs, kisses, and waves bye-bye when Daddy goes to work. He looks forward to home hugs just as much as Serenity now, and asks for “higher!!”
He and Serenity are playing together really well too. The other day Serenity was pretending to be a rabbit. She’d collected carrots and buried the in her burrow under the covers, and then she started shouting “Baby Bunny! Baby Bunny!” Donovan called from the other room “I coming Sis!” And they played together in their burrow for a long time! He even shut the door, and they didn’t invite us to play! =)
He is starting to be able to do crafts. He plays play-doh when Serenity does, although he doesn’t have quite her play-doh attention span yet. I think he likes coloring more. He doesn’t always say the colors right, but he often does, so I’m not sure if he doesn’t really know them or just doesn’t really care about answering Mama’s questions. He seems to prefer purple.
He asks for books all day long now, which I absolutely love. He especially likes dinosaur books, and elephants. We went to the zoo and he asked about elephants the entire time, and was very happy when we got to them. =) He also watched the lions for a long time. It was funny, first Donovan wandered away, then Serenity asked for more lions, and then Serenity wandered away, and Donovan said “More lions!” We had Papa with us at the zoo, which was SO nice. When I took them to the zoo by myself, Donovan decided he didn’t want the stroller, and that he would prefer to walk the opposite direction from Serenity and me whenever possible. The look on his face was pure mischief. I said that day if I ever got a leash for a child, I think it would be him. =) I think he’s starting to get better about holding my hand already. He definitely thinks he should be allowed to walk whenever he wants now though.
He loved it when Alli visited us. He calls all big girls Alli now, and can’t be convinced to call them anything else. He does the same thing with Barrett. All cool boys he wants to play with are Barrett.
When he gives kisses these days he makes the cutest fish face. And he gives lots of kisses! And hugs, and snuggles. And when he does, he almost always says “awwww.” =) And so do we. He loves the moment every day when Serenity wakes up to play with him. He says “Hi Sis!” and if she doesn’t respond fast enough, he says for her, “Hi brother!” (Sounds like budder)