This month you journeyed to Colombo, Sri Lanka with mama to see the sights and visit a friend while daddy was away for your uncle Toby's bachelor party. I was a little nervous at first taking you so far away, worried how I would manage your active little self in the plane and in a new country by myself, but you were great and together we did just fine. We saw Buddist Temples, Victoria Park, the Old and New Parliments in Colombo, the crazy street markets and the even crazier driving. You experienced shopping at Odels & lunch at Bay Leaf (which used to be called Paradise Road when daddy lived there).
You should know that when the soldiers, with big guns and stern faces, stopped our car at each of the check points throughout Colombo, their tough exterier melted away when they saw your beautiful face smiling at them from the car seat. You drew so much attention! Anytime we arrived at the house, the people who work for Nik would vie to be the first to the car so they could get the coveted position to carry you inside. You brought them so much pleasure with your generous smiles. You even gave Marla one of your bear hugs and it brought a tear to her eye.
You still love your karaoke machine. It's the one toy that has captured your attention for more than five minutes. And today was a first; you held the microphone to me so I could sing into it as well! You would hold the microphone to my mouth, then back to yours for a note or two, then back to mine and so forth. Only you love my tone deaf voice. (Or were you were laughing at how bad I sing?) Speaking of singing, your favorite song right now is "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." Any time I sing this, you join in singing with me. As soon as you recognize the tune you join in with brrrrrrrrrrrs, eeeeeeeeehhhs, aaaaaaaaaahhs, blaaaaaaahs and daaaaaaaaaas. Could it be that you have uncle Jay's musical gene?
You love bathtime every night, greeting the tub and flowing water with swinging arms and legs, and eager eyes. And you like to lead peek-a-boo by pulling your blanket over your face and then pulling it back down again to hear us say "peek-a-boo" while you giggle. You prefer to eat your food straight from the bowl rather than the spoon. Daddy taught you this when he discovered how much more efficient it is than using the spoon, which you would rather just play with. When you get frustrated, you communicate this loud and clear. You make little fists, purse your lips together, open your eyes wide and let out a grunt that turns your face red!
You are very active and curious, and getting more so by day. I can hardly keep up! I had put you in the middle of the big bed after getting you ready for your bath one day last week, and I looked away for a second only to look back and see you rolling over the edge of the bed! I can't believe it, but I caught you before you reached the ground...just by a hair though. Still, it gave both you and me quite the scare. I find myself laying awake worrying about what kind of trouble you'll get into now that you are all over the place. You definitely prefer cell phones, silverware, electrical cords and TV remotes over any cool toy (even your karaoke machine!).
Every now and then you like to squint your eyes, when you want to see the world just a little differently. In years to come you will learn that you don't need to squint your eyes to see the world differently, instead the more you open your eyes the more you see the world differently.
Your daddy and I love you very much.