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25 Things I Love About You

25 Things I Love About You

January 9, 2007

or mostly love about you, as you turn 25 months old.

1) Your cheeks that have dimples I could get lost in.

2) That you love your monster (dum-dum shoes) shoes and insist on wearing them every single day.

3) That when you wear the monster shoes you growl and kick people. When I scold you you look at me exasperated, hold your arm out, palm facing skyward and say, “No, mama. Dum-dum shoes.” Oh yes, obviously it is the shoes at fault, not you. How silly of me.

4) The way you imitate you father snoring.

5) Whenever I am cooking, or at the counters preparing some sort of food, you grab your chair and carry it over to where I am. “My do. My do,” you scream. Even though you usually have no idea what exactly I am doing.

6) The way you adore your siblings and call for your oldest brother as soon as you wake up. Sometimes you even call for him in the middle of the night and I have to admit that at such times I have selfishly thought that I should put your crib in his room.

7) When you do come into our bed in the middle of the night, the way you will pat my cheek until you fall asleep. If I roll over and put my back to you, you will say, “Mama?” every few minutes checking to see if I am still there waiting on your every whim.

8) They way you say “Otay” in a pathetic little voice whenever we ask you to please NOT do something, like color on the walls, or empty out all the spices from their little jars. Not that it actually means you will stop doing whatever it was.

9) They way you emphatically deny you did anything wrong, even when caught in the act. You have decided that going into your sister’s bedroom and tossing every single thing that you can lift down the stairs is the most fun way to spend your time. I have caught you standing on the tops of the stairs, her shoes and books in your hands, and you will yell, “No, mama. No my do.” as you throw them.

10) You can’t help but dance whenever you hear music. You are enthusiastic enough to make up for your lack of rythmn and a dance style that can only be described as the toddler version of the white man’s overbite.

Happy 2nd Birthday

11) The way you can sing along to the jingles in commercials.

12) When you are in bed with us and your father starts snoring really loudly, you kick him as hard as you can by bringing both your legs up in the air and bringing them down on his stomach. Your father doesn’t find it quite as endearing as I do. But then again I don’t find his snoring endearing.

13) You snuggle your face into the crook of my neck and pat my back with your hand when I carry you up to bed at night. It almost feels like you are comforting me and reassuring me that you will will still be here in the morning.

14) You bring out a side in your older brothers that might not be as apparent if it were not for you. The way your 12 yr old brother dotes on you and plays with you unprompted tells me that I am doing something right. His constant eye rolling and attitude sometimes lead me to believe otherwise. Every night you two brush your teeth together, with you standing on the toilet lid leaning over the sink. Your oldest brother doesn’t let anyone brush their teeth in the bathroom with him, other than you. That is how special you are to him. Only you are allowed to jump on his bed too, or touch his toys, or even look at him some days.

15) Every night after all your siblings have gone to bed, you run around like a madman while your father and I sit on the couch. You throw balls at us which we “catch”– meaning we mostly swat them across the room in self defense while saying things like, “I’m getting old.” or “Why is energy wasted on kids who have nothing productive to do with it?” or “Is it bedtime yet?” And you just run around laughing like it is the best game ever.

16) Every single day you walk into the kitchen table. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I would think that at this point you would realize that the table is there permanently , but no. I have wondered if all the head banging has damaged your brain.

17) The way you undo the child proof locks on the kitchen cabinets to get what you want out of them… and then relock the cabinets when you are done.

18) You gallop around the room when you are excited.

19)You scream “Towel!” when you are taking a bath and water splashes in the vicinity of your face, my face, or our next door neighbor’s face. Then I must dry your face off, quickly, because you don’t like having your face covered even for a few seconds. For this reason putting shirts on you becomes a battle of wills, me pulling the a shirt down and you trying to tear it off your head. I usually win.

20)Whenever I run on my treadmill you throw toys at me to see them zoom off the the back of the treadmill and into the wall. As long as you don’t throw heavy wooden toys or hit me in the head, I am mostly fine with it.


21) You refuse to let anyone near your head with scissors. You violently shake your head back and forth and scream. Unless it is your 3 yr old sister. I am slightly offended that you have more faith in her hair cutting ability than in mine.

22)If we are all going to sit down to watch something on television together, you run into the room screaming, “My spot! My spot!” and woe to anyone who is sitting in the place you have deemed your spot. The person will be faced with a choice… give up the spot on the couch or listen to you scream “My spot!” for the duration of the show punctuated by you running over and turning the tv off.

23) That we can celebrate your birthday a month late and you don’t mind at all. And that you are thrilled when you older siblings make and decorate your birthday cake all on their own.

The kind of party favors you end up with when your sister "helps" you pick them out 24) That you love the Disney princesses and agree with your sister that those are the party accessories you should have. Though I have a suspicion that had there been Thomas the Tank Engine party stuff we may have had a brawl right there in the aisle of the store.

25) That you are mine.

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  1. Toni says:

    What a wonderful post! Cute little guy!

  2. Novaks8 says:

    amazing to watch him grow up.

    He is a handsome little guy!

  3. The Wooden Porch says:

    He’s a beautiful child! Aren’t they fun to enjoy? (Most of the time… ;-) Mine are playing well together this morning.

  4. Erika says:

    what a great post chris Bravo :D

  5. Lilly says:

    Thank-you for sharing Miles with us. He is a cute little love bug.

  6. liz says:

    So delicious!

  7. Carola says:

    Thanks for sharing, that was really beautiful.

  8. Kellie says:

    As usual…beautifully written. Such an adorable little boy. I want to put him in my pocket and bring him to Target with me and buy him stuff!

  9. Ang says:

    I love the shirtless birthday pics - that’s how we eat cake at our house too - if you are under five! The grownups remain fullt clothed.
    And the list…beautiful.

  10. Caren says:

    Can I have him? Pretty please? I love the treadmill one. Think I could use that to free up a treadmill at the gym?

  11. Susan says:

    You are so blessed, as is he.

  12. Sara says:

    Great post, Chris.

  13. Mir says:

    Heheheheh. That is one awesome kid.

  14. Tricia says:

    Lovely! Makes me feel good about mine…

  15. Mary W says:

    I am in love with number 12. My three year old kicks his snoring dad too.

  16. Emily says:

    Such a cutie pie! Thank you for reminding me to take the time to appreciate all the sweet little things about my sweet little ones too!

  17. J. Fergie says:

    Definitely a Perfect Post contender! Happy 25th Birthday.

  18. Amy says:

    When my little guy was born (after having 4 girls ahead of him), he was cranky thing. I didn’t see what was so great about having boys.

    Now I do and I can’t believe how totally in love I am with him and he’s only 18 mths. Grae does a lot of the same things as Miles. What a sweet boy you have there.

  19. Keri says:

    Chris - I dont know if I have ever commented. I found you via Mom To the Screaming masses. Love your blog - you are an excellent writer. I love this post. Brought a huge smile to my face.

  20. Xangelle says:

    Ahhh! So Sweet! Little kids are just so cute at this stage.

  21. Jen says:

    Number 14 … That same thing happens in our house between my oldest (age 11-only girl with 3 brothers)and her 2 year old brother. I could just melt watching them interact some days.

    Lovely post!

  22. Woman with Kids says:

    What a great post. I miss my boys being little and lovely and not being big and teenagerish. I’m going to go cuddle with the dog.

  23. peepnroosmom says:

    Miles has got the best dimples in the world. Happy 25 months, little guy!

  24. Cathy C says:


  25. Jess says:

    He is so sweet. Sounds like your boys have a wonderful bond.

  26. Kristen says:

    How utterly gorgeous! I love all your posts, but this one takes the cake. Happy birthday, Miles!

  27. Regina says:

    I do enjoy these tributes, but I wonder - what about your other kids? Do you ever do some for them?

  28. Anna says:

    I love when you write about your baby, always very heartfelt :)

  29. Joy H says:

    I love how you appreciate the little things in him. Awesome.

    He is delicious!

  30. Playdate Susan says:

    That was hysterical. It makes me want to buy a plane ticket and come visit you.

    I am entirely serious.

  31. Tammy says:

    This is totally priceless! Enjoy, I did!
    Mine are 16 & 13, where did the time go?

  32. Heather says:

    Such a sweetie.. I cant believe how fast he has grown. I laughed at loud at the

    “I have caught you standing on the tops of the stairs, her shoes and books in your hands, and you will yell, “No, mama. No my do.” as you throw them. “

  33. Danielle says:

    This is my favorite age of all. They are learning so much everyday and their love of life is infectious. I love the snuggles, kisses and skip-steps.

  34. Fun Playdates says:

    Cute photos! I especially love the black and white one! I love taking photos of my kids but I never tried photographing them in black and white. Hmmm… I should…

  35. Kelly says:

    so precious!

    and such a sagittarius baby!

  36. Kristen says:

    This is such a sweet, sweet post. Wow… hold him tight… they grow up so fast!

  37. Rae says:

    Awwww… I love him too now! What a sweetie, and your love just oozes out of the words. I especially like the parts about Miles and your oldest’s relationship and the princess-themed birthday. :)

  38. Becca says:

    So sweet!! I absolutely love toddlers for all of those reasons. What a sweet little boy he is.

  39. Chris says:

    Oh gosh Chris, I love these posts you do for him. Love it! Don’t you think it is so much different with the youngest? I mean, if my oldest had pulled out every last tampon I owned and destroyed them all, while I was having you know what, I think I would have had a heart attack. My youngest does it and we laugh for days. (Though not before I made a mad dash to the store to buy more tampons. I had to buy $50 worth of groceries so I wouldn’t look draw attention to myself.)

    btw, my baby turned three a couple of weeks ago. I posted about the not-so-cute things he has been saying the past few weeks. He is a little more creative than his brothers ever were.

    Once again, great post!

  40. briana says:

    What an incredibly sweet post. Made me want to go into the next room and wake up my sleeping toddler and give him a snuggle right this minute. But then again, I’m not totally crazy, so I refrained.

  41. Maliavale says:

    Aww! Love him, and this.

  42. Kris says:

    Happy birthday beautiful Miles!

    Also, happy delurking week, Chris. :)

  43. Meg says:

    Awwww, he’s so funny!

  44. Miss Peach says:

    Happy Birthday Buddy! He’s too cute, really, for his own good! What a sweetheart.

  45. Pam says:

    What a beautiful post. I am so jealous that I don’t write things like this for my children.

  46. Roxann says:

    It brought tears to my eyes reading this! I wish I had had the forethought (and talent) to journal about my kids. I think they could be even better that having video. You are truly blessed.

  47. Kim says:

    “Regina says:

    I do enjoy these tributes, but I wonder - what about your other kids? Do you ever do some for them?”

    I’ve often wondered the same thing, Regina. Beautiful post, nonetheless.

  48. Michelle says:

    Love how you chronicle Miles’ life!

    How is the resolution working for your dh?? lol..

  49. ann-marie says:

    such a great post. it makes me want to do this when david and i have children some day.

    your photos make the posts even better. nice photography!

  50. Maddy says:

    Yet another beautiful post.

  51. TB says:

    Adorable! I don’t know how a little guy can be so cute. :)

  52. dcrmom says:

    Wow! Love that B&W picture on the top!!

  53. Kelly says:

    “I do enjoy these tributes, but I wonder - what about your other kids? Do you ever do some for them?”

    Of course she does, but their ages are counted in years now and Miles’ age is still counted in months. Not to mention the older ones can read and probably would die of embarrassment to have stuff written about them.

  54. rachel says:

    I want to take him home with me!

    except we don’t have a treadmill. he might get bored!

  55. Dorian says:

    Awww, what a great post. I have a Miles too, he’s 8. I think I’ll go give him a big hug (even though he’ll fight me tooth a nail if I even dare, lol).

  56. CaliforniaGrammy says:

    Again, little Miles is fortunate to be a member of your family. Great post, Chris.

  57. khristalee says:

    Isn’t it nice when a boy can like princesses too? My girl loooves trucks, and Diego, and boys already! (And all the girly things too) Your son is beautiful, I am still learning tho’ being so new, who’s who. Are you just the most amazing person I’ve ever come across? 7 kids, blogs, photos, HOMESCHOOLING!! wow, I am in awe.