Education Update

If we haven’t mentioned it enough, we love your school (and you do too). It’s refreshing to know that although Bright Horizons is technically a “day care,” there is a pretty good mix of formalized learning in your daily activities. As the daily email updates inform us (see an example above from this week), you’ve been learning about the alphabet for the last two months.

The last two mornings, I’ve been up with you while Mom has slept in (she’s quite sick from a cold you brought home). We’ve spent some of that time practicing everything from counting to color identification to letter sounds (it’s cool that we alternate our time together between complete nonsense fun and educational endeavors). Man, it was impressive. Today you informed me there were 8 cups in your toy set, while laying them out from smallest to biggest and naming each color relative to the other. Watching your mind work is pretty incredible since it just seems to leap forward even between conversations that are only a day apart. 

I must admit though, I have been nervous that you weren’t retaining your letters as well as I would like. You put most of that anxiety to rest this morning. After a little bit of a reminder, you were able to consistently recognize the letters A, B, C and D amongst full sentences (in The Cat in the Hat, one of your current favorite books). You still can’t come up with words that start with each letter on your own, but you’re repeating them with enough gusto that I think it’s only a matter of time. I bribed you with “magic stickers” to get you to sit and answer my quiz questions, but hey everyone needs incentives, right?

Anyway, I think you’re starting the letter E this week, so I’m sure we’ll have lots of elephant conversations very soon!

Love,

Dad

It was so nice for Dada and Dadi to have had the opportunity to spend a whole week with you from October 1 to October 8, 2014 while your parents were in California for a friend’s wedding. Prior to this visit we had seen you in July, 2014. It was fascinating to see how you are advancing from infancy to pre-school years, not just physically but also mentally, intellectually and socially. What amazes us most is how well disciplined and organized you are even at this young age! You have a big bucket full of toys and you take them out, play with them and, after you are done playing with the toys, you systematically put every piece of toy away in that big “bucket” again without anyone telling you to do so. When Dada and Dadi take you to the neighborhood park, you select the appropriate pair of shoes from about a dozen or so pairs of shoes that you have (for the park you like to wear sneakers). And when we get back from the park, you take off your shoes as soon as we enter the house and put the shoes back in the drawer. You do the same thing with your clothes – you know which clothes to wear when we go out to the park and what clothes to wear when we take you to school etc. No, you are not yet able to wear the clothes yourself - Dadi helps you with that but you are the one who picks the clothes that you want to wear.
Another thing that really amazes us about you is how obedient you are. When your Mom or Dadi tells you that it is time to take a bath, you at once start walking to the bathroom. And same thing when it is time for you to go to bed and your Mom, Dad, Dadi or Dada tells you it is your bedtime, you never resist or argue – you always obey and start walking to your room and start getting your pajamas out of a drawer in your bedroom cabinet. It amazes us because most children your age (2 years) often resist going to sleep and their parents find their toddler’s bedtime to be the hardest to deal with.    
You also communicate quite well for someone your age. While your vocabulary is of course limited at this age, you communicate quite well with your limited vocabulary and with your smile, facial expressions, movements etc. You also have a very good memory and are a fast learner. Dada showed you Gandhijis photo a few times and told you that it was Gandhiji. Every time after that I showed you the photo and asked you who it is you would say, “Gadiji.” You also recognized Taj Mahal after Dada showed you the recent photos that Dadi and Dada took during their recent visit to India. You couldn’t quite say, “Taj Mahal” but you said something like “Taa maham.”   
Last time before this when we saw you was in July. At that time you were having a little hard time eating with your spoon without spilling food but this time we noticed that you are quite comfortable using your spoon without spilling much. You  also hold your cup of drink very well. You are also able to name most of the food items that are in your plate, including many Indian dishes that Dadi makes for you. Most children your age usually want the same food day in and day out but you are an exception. While you do have your favorite dishes, you will eat just about anything that your parents or grandparents give you.
You have a lot of toys and your favorite “toy” is your bunny – not only is it your favorite toy, it is also your “security” object. You keep it with you all the time – in bed, in your trolley when we go out and on the sofa when you are sitting there with Dada. 
Bottom line, you are not a toddler any more. Yes, you still have your toddler appearance but you are growing up quite fast and pretty soon will lose your toddler appearance. As far as I can see you have your full set of baby teeth, you are able to eat and drink on your own (maybe with a little help here and there), you have even begun to walk a little bit like a grown up child, your vocabulary is increasing and your grasp of language is also increasing.  

You are quickly learning how to brush your teeth; while you are obviously still a little too young to learn to use the toilet, wash their hands, get a drink without help, dress yourself independently but it is only a matter of time before you start doing all this on your own.

Like kids your age, you enjoy being silly and make others laugh. One example of this “silliness” is that you have a place on the sofa that you call “my place” and, any time I try to sit there you would come running to the sofa and laughingly screaming, “my place….. my place” and trying to push me away from that spot.

During our entire week with you while your Mom and Dad were away, you only cried once or twice and that too for less than a minute. My dear Roarke, every time I see you, you really make my day! It was an absolutely wonderful week that Dadi and I spent with you last week. Hope to see you again in a couple of weeks.

Love you!

Dada
ZoomInfo
It was so nice for Dada and Dadi to have had the opportunity to spend a whole week with you from October 1 to October 8, 2014 while your parents were in California for a friend’s wedding. Prior to this visit we had seen you in July, 2014. It was fascinating to see how you are advancing from infancy to pre-school years, not just physically but also mentally, intellectually and socially. What amazes us most is how well disciplined and organized you are even at this young age! You have a big bucket full of toys and you take them out, play with them and, after you are done playing with the toys, you systematically put every piece of toy away in that big “bucket” again without anyone telling you to do so. When Dada and Dadi take you to the neighborhood park, you select the appropriate pair of shoes from about a dozen or so pairs of shoes that you have (for the park you like to wear sneakers). And when we get back from the park, you take off your shoes as soon as we enter the house and put the shoes back in the drawer. You do the same thing with your clothes – you know which clothes to wear when we go out to the park and what clothes to wear when we take you to school etc. No, you are not yet able to wear the clothes yourself - Dadi helps you with that but you are the one who picks the clothes that you want to wear.
Another thing that really amazes us about you is how obedient you are. When your Mom or Dadi tells you that it is time to take a bath, you at once start walking to the bathroom. And same thing when it is time for you to go to bed and your Mom, Dad, Dadi or Dada tells you it is your bedtime, you never resist or argue – you always obey and start walking to your room and start getting your pajamas out of a drawer in your bedroom cabinet. It amazes us because most children your age (2 years) often resist going to sleep and their parents find their toddler’s bedtime to be the hardest to deal with.    
You also communicate quite well for someone your age. While your vocabulary is of course limited at this age, you communicate quite well with your limited vocabulary and with your smile, facial expressions, movements etc. You also have a very good memory and are a fast learner. Dada showed you Gandhijis photo a few times and told you that it was Gandhiji. Every time after that I showed you the photo and asked you who it is you would say, “Gadiji.” You also recognized Taj Mahal after Dada showed you the recent photos that Dadi and Dada took during their recent visit to India. You couldn’t quite say, “Taj Mahal” but you said something like “Taa maham.”   
Last time before this when we saw you was in July. At that time you were having a little hard time eating with your spoon without spilling food but this time we noticed that you are quite comfortable using your spoon without spilling much. You  also hold your cup of drink very well. You are also able to name most of the food items that are in your plate, including many Indian dishes that Dadi makes for you. Most children your age usually want the same food day in and day out but you are an exception. While you do have your favorite dishes, you will eat just about anything that your parents or grandparents give you.
You have a lot of toys and your favorite “toy” is your bunny – not only is it your favorite toy, it is also your “security” object. You keep it with you all the time – in bed, in your trolley when we go out and on the sofa when you are sitting there with Dada. 
Bottom line, you are not a toddler any more. Yes, you still have your toddler appearance but you are growing up quite fast and pretty soon will lose your toddler appearance. As far as I can see you have your full set of baby teeth, you are able to eat and drink on your own (maybe with a little help here and there), you have even begun to walk a little bit like a grown up child, your vocabulary is increasing and your grasp of language is also increasing.  

You are quickly learning how to brush your teeth; while you are obviously still a little too young to learn to use the toilet, wash their hands, get a drink without help, dress yourself independently but it is only a matter of time before you start doing all this on your own.

Like kids your age, you enjoy being silly and make others laugh. One example of this “silliness” is that you have a place on the sofa that you call “my place” and, any time I try to sit there you would come running to the sofa and laughingly screaming, “my place….. my place” and trying to push me away from that spot.

During our entire week with you while your Mom and Dad were away, you only cried once or twice and that too for less than a minute. My dear Roarke, every time I see you, you really make my day! It was an absolutely wonderful week that Dadi and I spent with you last week. Hope to see you again in a couple of weeks.

Love you!

Dada
ZoomInfo
It was so nice for Dada and Dadi to have had the opportunity to spend a whole week with you from October 1 to October 8, 2014 while your parents were in California for a friend’s wedding. Prior to this visit we had seen you in July, 2014. It was fascinating to see how you are advancing from infancy to pre-school years, not just physically but also mentally, intellectually and socially. What amazes us most is how well disciplined and organized you are even at this young age! You have a big bucket full of toys and you take them out, play with them and, after you are done playing with the toys, you systematically put every piece of toy away in that big “bucket” again without anyone telling you to do so. When Dada and Dadi take you to the neighborhood park, you select the appropriate pair of shoes from about a dozen or so pairs of shoes that you have (for the park you like to wear sneakers). And when we get back from the park, you take off your shoes as soon as we enter the house and put the shoes back in the drawer. You do the same thing with your clothes – you know which clothes to wear when we go out to the park and what clothes to wear when we take you to school etc. No, you are not yet able to wear the clothes yourself - Dadi helps you with that but you are the one who picks the clothes that you want to wear.
Another thing that really amazes us about you is how obedient you are. When your Mom or Dadi tells you that it is time to take a bath, you at once start walking to the bathroom. And same thing when it is time for you to go to bed and your Mom, Dad, Dadi or Dada tells you it is your bedtime, you never resist or argue – you always obey and start walking to your room and start getting your pajamas out of a drawer in your bedroom cabinet. It amazes us because most children your age (2 years) often resist going to sleep and their parents find their toddler’s bedtime to be the hardest to deal with.    
You also communicate quite well for someone your age. While your vocabulary is of course limited at this age, you communicate quite well with your limited vocabulary and with your smile, facial expressions, movements etc. You also have a very good memory and are a fast learner. Dada showed you Gandhijis photo a few times and told you that it was Gandhiji. Every time after that I showed you the photo and asked you who it is you would say, “Gadiji.” You also recognized Taj Mahal after Dada showed you the recent photos that Dadi and Dada took during their recent visit to India. You couldn’t quite say, “Taj Mahal” but you said something like “Taa maham.”   
Last time before this when we saw you was in July. At that time you were having a little hard time eating with your spoon without spilling food but this time we noticed that you are quite comfortable using your spoon without spilling much. You  also hold your cup of drink very well. You are also able to name most of the food items that are in your plate, including many Indian dishes that Dadi makes for you. Most children your age usually want the same food day in and day out but you are an exception. While you do have your favorite dishes, you will eat just about anything that your parents or grandparents give you.
You have a lot of toys and your favorite “toy” is your bunny – not only is it your favorite toy, it is also your “security” object. You keep it with you all the time – in bed, in your trolley when we go out and on the sofa when you are sitting there with Dada. 
Bottom line, you are not a toddler any more. Yes, you still have your toddler appearance but you are growing up quite fast and pretty soon will lose your toddler appearance. As far as I can see you have your full set of baby teeth, you are able to eat and drink on your own (maybe with a little help here and there), you have even begun to walk a little bit like a grown up child, your vocabulary is increasing and your grasp of language is also increasing.  

You are quickly learning how to brush your teeth; while you are obviously still a little too young to learn to use the toilet, wash their hands, get a drink without help, dress yourself independently but it is only a matter of time before you start doing all this on your own.

Like kids your age, you enjoy being silly and make others laugh. One example of this “silliness” is that you have a place on the sofa that you call “my place” and, any time I try to sit there you would come running to the sofa and laughingly screaming, “my place….. my place” and trying to push me away from that spot.

During our entire week with you while your Mom and Dad were away, you only cried once or twice and that too for less than a minute. My dear Roarke, every time I see you, you really make my day! It was an absolutely wonderful week that Dadi and I spent with you last week. Hope to see you again in a couple of weeks.

Love you!

Dada
ZoomInfo
It was so nice for Dada and Dadi to have had the opportunity to spend a whole week with you from October 1 to October 8, 2014 while your parents were in California for a friend’s wedding. Prior to this visit we had seen you in July, 2014. It was fascinating to see how you are advancing from infancy to pre-school years, not just physically but also mentally, intellectually and socially. What amazes us most is how well disciplined and organized you are even at this young age! You have a big bucket full of toys and you take them out, play with them and, after you are done playing with the toys, you systematically put every piece of toy away in that big “bucket” again without anyone telling you to do so. When Dada and Dadi take you to the neighborhood park, you select the appropriate pair of shoes from about a dozen or so pairs of shoes that you have (for the park you like to wear sneakers). And when we get back from the park, you take off your shoes as soon as we enter the house and put the shoes back in the drawer. You do the same thing with your clothes – you know which clothes to wear when we go out to the park and what clothes to wear when we take you to school etc. No, you are not yet able to wear the clothes yourself - Dadi helps you with that but you are the one who picks the clothes that you want to wear.
Another thing that really amazes us about you is how obedient you are. When your Mom or Dadi tells you that it is time to take a bath, you at once start walking to the bathroom. And same thing when it is time for you to go to bed and your Mom, Dad, Dadi or Dada tells you it is your bedtime, you never resist or argue – you always obey and start walking to your room and start getting your pajamas out of a drawer in your bedroom cabinet. It amazes us because most children your age (2 years) often resist going to sleep and their parents find their toddler’s bedtime to be the hardest to deal with.    
You also communicate quite well for someone your age. While your vocabulary is of course limited at this age, you communicate quite well with your limited vocabulary and with your smile, facial expressions, movements etc. You also have a very good memory and are a fast learner. Dada showed you Gandhijis photo a few times and told you that it was Gandhiji. Every time after that I showed you the photo and asked you who it is you would say, “Gadiji.” You also recognized Taj Mahal after Dada showed you the recent photos that Dadi and Dada took during their recent visit to India. You couldn’t quite say, “Taj Mahal” but you said something like “Taa maham.”   
Last time before this when we saw you was in July. At that time you were having a little hard time eating with your spoon without spilling food but this time we noticed that you are quite comfortable using your spoon without spilling much. You  also hold your cup of drink very well. You are also able to name most of the food items that are in your plate, including many Indian dishes that Dadi makes for you. Most children your age usually want the same food day in and day out but you are an exception. While you do have your favorite dishes, you will eat just about anything that your parents or grandparents give you.
You have a lot of toys and your favorite “toy” is your bunny – not only is it your favorite toy, it is also your “security” object. You keep it with you all the time – in bed, in your trolley when we go out and on the sofa when you are sitting there with Dada. 
Bottom line, you are not a toddler any more. Yes, you still have your toddler appearance but you are growing up quite fast and pretty soon will lose your toddler appearance. As far as I can see you have your full set of baby teeth, you are able to eat and drink on your own (maybe with a little help here and there), you have even begun to walk a little bit like a grown up child, your vocabulary is increasing and your grasp of language is also increasing.  

You are quickly learning how to brush your teeth; while you are obviously still a little too young to learn to use the toilet, wash their hands, get a drink without help, dress yourself independently but it is only a matter of time before you start doing all this on your own.

Like kids your age, you enjoy being silly and make others laugh. One example of this “silliness” is that you have a place on the sofa that you call “my place” and, any time I try to sit there you would come running to the sofa and laughingly screaming, “my place….. my place” and trying to push me away from that spot.

During our entire week with you while your Mom and Dad were away, you only cried once or twice and that too for less than a minute. My dear Roarke, every time I see you, you really make my day! It was an absolutely wonderful week that Dadi and I spent with you last week. Hope to see you again in a couple of weeks.

Love you!

Dada
ZoomInfo
It was so nice for Dada and Dadi to have had the opportunity to spend a whole week with you from October 1 to October 8, 2014 while your parents were in California for a friend’s wedding. Prior to this visit we had seen you in July, 2014. It was fascinating to see how you are advancing from infancy to pre-school years, not just physically but also mentally, intellectually and socially. What amazes us most is how well disciplined and organized you are even at this young age! You have a big bucket full of toys and you take them out, play with them and, after you are done playing with the toys, you systematically put every piece of toy away in that big “bucket” again without anyone telling you to do so. When Dada and Dadi take you to the neighborhood park, you select the appropriate pair of shoes from about a dozen or so pairs of shoes that you have (for the park you like to wear sneakers). And when we get back from the park, you take off your shoes as soon as we enter the house and put the shoes back in the drawer. You do the same thing with your clothes – you know which clothes to wear when we go out to the park and what clothes to wear when we take you to school etc. No, you are not yet able to wear the clothes yourself - Dadi helps you with that but you are the one who picks the clothes that you want to wear.
Another thing that really amazes us about you is how obedient you are. When your Mom or Dadi tells you that it is time to take a bath, you at once start walking to the bathroom. And same thing when it is time for you to go to bed and your Mom, Dad, Dadi or Dada tells you it is your bedtime, you never resist or argue – you always obey and start walking to your room and start getting your pajamas out of a drawer in your bedroom cabinet. It amazes us because most children your age (2 years) often resist going to sleep and their parents find their toddler’s bedtime to be the hardest to deal with.    
You also communicate quite well for someone your age. While your vocabulary is of course limited at this age, you communicate quite well with your limited vocabulary and with your smile, facial expressions, movements etc. You also have a very good memory and are a fast learner. Dada showed you Gandhijis photo a few times and told you that it was Gandhiji. Every time after that I showed you the photo and asked you who it is you would say, “Gadiji.” You also recognized Taj Mahal after Dada showed you the recent photos that Dadi and Dada took during their recent visit to India. You couldn’t quite say, “Taj Mahal” but you said something like “Taa maham.”   
Last time before this when we saw you was in July. At that time you were having a little hard time eating with your spoon without spilling food but this time we noticed that you are quite comfortable using your spoon without spilling much. You  also hold your cup of drink very well. You are also able to name most of the food items that are in your plate, including many Indian dishes that Dadi makes for you. Most children your age usually want the same food day in and day out but you are an exception. While you do have your favorite dishes, you will eat just about anything that your parents or grandparents give you.
You have a lot of toys and your favorite “toy” is your bunny – not only is it your favorite toy, it is also your “security” object. You keep it with you all the time – in bed, in your trolley when we go out and on the sofa when you are sitting there with Dada. 
Bottom line, you are not a toddler any more. Yes, you still have your toddler appearance but you are growing up quite fast and pretty soon will lose your toddler appearance. As far as I can see you have your full set of baby teeth, you are able to eat and drink on your own (maybe with a little help here and there), you have even begun to walk a little bit like a grown up child, your vocabulary is increasing and your grasp of language is also increasing.  

You are quickly learning how to brush your teeth; while you are obviously still a little too young to learn to use the toilet, wash their hands, get a drink without help, dress yourself independently but it is only a matter of time before you start doing all this on your own.

Like kids your age, you enjoy being silly and make others laugh. One example of this “silliness” is that you have a place on the sofa that you call “my place” and, any time I try to sit there you would come running to the sofa and laughingly screaming, “my place….. my place” and trying to push me away from that spot.

During our entire week with you while your Mom and Dad were away, you only cried once or twice and that too for less than a minute. My dear Roarke, every time I see you, you really make my day! It was an absolutely wonderful week that Dadi and I spent with you last week. Hope to see you again in a couple of weeks.

Love you!

Dada
ZoomInfo
It was so nice for Dada and Dadi to have had the opportunity to spend a whole week with you from October 1 to October 8, 2014 while your parents were in California for a friend’s wedding. Prior to this visit we had seen you in July, 2014. It was fascinating to see how you are advancing from infancy to pre-school years, not just physically but also mentally, intellectually and socially. What amazes us most is how well disciplined and organized you are even at this young age! You have a big bucket full of toys and you take them out, play with them and, after you are done playing with the toys, you systematically put every piece of toy away in that big “bucket” again without anyone telling you to do so. When Dada and Dadi take you to the neighborhood park, you select the appropriate pair of shoes from about a dozen or so pairs of shoes that you have (for the park you like to wear sneakers). And when we get back from the park, you take off your shoes as soon as we enter the house and put the shoes back in the drawer. You do the same thing with your clothes – you know which clothes to wear when we go out to the park and what clothes to wear when we take you to school etc. No, you are not yet able to wear the clothes yourself - Dadi helps you with that but you are the one who picks the clothes that you want to wear.
Another thing that really amazes us about you is how obedient you are. When your Mom or Dadi tells you that it is time to take a bath, you at once start walking to the bathroom. And same thing when it is time for you to go to bed and your Mom, Dad, Dadi or Dada tells you it is your bedtime, you never resist or argue – you always obey and start walking to your room and start getting your pajamas out of a drawer in your bedroom cabinet. It amazes us because most children your age (2 years) often resist going to sleep and their parents find their toddler’s bedtime to be the hardest to deal with.    
You also communicate quite well for someone your age. While your vocabulary is of course limited at this age, you communicate quite well with your limited vocabulary and with your smile, facial expressions, movements etc. You also have a very good memory and are a fast learner. Dada showed you Gandhijis photo a few times and told you that it was Gandhiji. Every time after that I showed you the photo and asked you who it is you would say, “Gadiji.” You also recognized Taj Mahal after Dada showed you the recent photos that Dadi and Dada took during their recent visit to India. You couldn’t quite say, “Taj Mahal” but you said something like “Taa maham.”   
Last time before this when we saw you was in July. At that time you were having a little hard time eating with your spoon without spilling food but this time we noticed that you are quite comfortable using your spoon without spilling much. You  also hold your cup of drink very well. You are also able to name most of the food items that are in your plate, including many Indian dishes that Dadi makes for you. Most children your age usually want the same food day in and day out but you are an exception. While you do have your favorite dishes, you will eat just about anything that your parents or grandparents give you.
You have a lot of toys and your favorite “toy” is your bunny – not only is it your favorite toy, it is also your “security” object. You keep it with you all the time – in bed, in your trolley when we go out and on the sofa when you are sitting there with Dada. 
Bottom line, you are not a toddler any more. Yes, you still have your toddler appearance but you are growing up quite fast and pretty soon will lose your toddler appearance. As far as I can see you have your full set of baby teeth, you are able to eat and drink on your own (maybe with a little help here and there), you have even begun to walk a little bit like a grown up child, your vocabulary is increasing and your grasp of language is also increasing.  

You are quickly learning how to brush your teeth; while you are obviously still a little too young to learn to use the toilet, wash their hands, get a drink without help, dress yourself independently but it is only a matter of time before you start doing all this on your own.

Like kids your age, you enjoy being silly and make others laugh. One example of this “silliness” is that you have a place on the sofa that you call “my place” and, any time I try to sit there you would come running to the sofa and laughingly screaming, “my place….. my place” and trying to push me away from that spot.

During our entire week with you while your Mom and Dad were away, you only cried once or twice and that too for less than a minute. My dear Roarke, every time I see you, you really make my day! It was an absolutely wonderful week that Dadi and I spent with you last week. Hope to see you again in a couple of weeks.

Love you!

Dada
ZoomInfo
It was so nice for Dada and Dadi to have had the opportunity to spend a whole week with you from October 1 to October 8, 2014 while your parents were in California for a friend’s wedding. Prior to this visit we had seen you in July, 2014. It was fascinating to see how you are advancing from infancy to pre-school years, not just physically but also mentally, intellectually and socially. What amazes us most is how well disciplined and organized you are even at this young age! You have a big bucket full of toys and you take them out, play with them and, after you are done playing with the toys, you systematically put every piece of toy away in that big “bucket” again without anyone telling you to do so. When Dada and Dadi take you to the neighborhood park, you select the appropriate pair of shoes from about a dozen or so pairs of shoes that you have (for the park you like to wear sneakers). And when we get back from the park, you take off your shoes as soon as we enter the house and put the shoes back in the drawer. You do the same thing with your clothes – you know which clothes to wear when we go out to the park and what clothes to wear when we take you to school etc. No, you are not yet able to wear the clothes yourself - Dadi helps you with that but you are the one who picks the clothes that you want to wear.
Another thing that really amazes us about you is how obedient you are. When your Mom or Dadi tells you that it is time to take a bath, you at once start walking to the bathroom. And same thing when it is time for you to go to bed and your Mom, Dad, Dadi or Dada tells you it is your bedtime, you never resist or argue – you always obey and start walking to your room and start getting your pajamas out of a drawer in your bedroom cabinet. It amazes us because most children your age (2 years) often resist going to sleep and their parents find their toddler’s bedtime to be the hardest to deal with.    
You also communicate quite well for someone your age. While your vocabulary is of course limited at this age, you communicate quite well with your limited vocabulary and with your smile, facial expressions, movements etc. You also have a very good memory and are a fast learner. Dada showed you Gandhijis photo a few times and told you that it was Gandhiji. Every time after that I showed you the photo and asked you who it is you would say, “Gadiji.” You also recognized Taj Mahal after Dada showed you the recent photos that Dadi and Dada took during their recent visit to India. You couldn’t quite say, “Taj Mahal” but you said something like “Taa maham.”   
Last time before this when we saw you was in July. At that time you were having a little hard time eating with your spoon without spilling food but this time we noticed that you are quite comfortable using your spoon without spilling much. You  also hold your cup of drink very well. You are also able to name most of the food items that are in your plate, including many Indian dishes that Dadi makes for you. Most children your age usually want the same food day in and day out but you are an exception. While you do have your favorite dishes, you will eat just about anything that your parents or grandparents give you.
You have a lot of toys and your favorite “toy” is your bunny – not only is it your favorite toy, it is also your “security” object. You keep it with you all the time – in bed, in your trolley when we go out and on the sofa when you are sitting there with Dada. 
Bottom line, you are not a toddler any more. Yes, you still have your toddler appearance but you are growing up quite fast and pretty soon will lose your toddler appearance. As far as I can see you have your full set of baby teeth, you are able to eat and drink on your own (maybe with a little help here and there), you have even begun to walk a little bit like a grown up child, your vocabulary is increasing and your grasp of language is also increasing.  

You are quickly learning how to brush your teeth; while you are obviously still a little too young to learn to use the toilet, wash their hands, get a drink without help, dress yourself independently but it is only a matter of time before you start doing all this on your own.

Like kids your age, you enjoy being silly and make others laugh. One example of this “silliness” is that you have a place on the sofa that you call “my place” and, any time I try to sit there you would come running to the sofa and laughingly screaming, “my place….. my place” and trying to push me away from that spot.

During our entire week with you while your Mom and Dad were away, you only cried once or twice and that too for less than a minute. My dear Roarke, every time I see you, you really make my day! It was an absolutely wonderful week that Dadi and I spent with you last week. Hope to see you again in a couple of weeks.

Love you!

Dada
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It was so nice for Dada and Dadi to have had the opportunity to spend a whole week with you from October 1 to October 8, 2014 while your parents were in California for a friend’s wedding. Prior to this visit we had seen you in July, 2014. It was fascinating to see how you are advancing from infancy to pre-school years, not just physically but also mentally, intellectually and socially. What amazes us most is how well disciplined and organized you are even at this young age! You have a big bucket full of toys and you take them out, play with them and, after you are done playing with the toys, you systematically put every piece of toy away in that big “bucket” again without anyone telling you to do so. When Dada and Dadi take you to the neighborhood park, you select the appropriate pair of shoes from about a dozen or so pairs of shoes that you have (for the park you like to wear sneakers). And when we get back from the park, you take off your shoes as soon as we enter the house and put the shoes back in the drawer. You do the same thing with your clothes – you know which clothes to wear when we go out to the park and what clothes to wear when we take you to school etc. No, you are not yet able to wear the clothes yourself - Dadi helps you with that but you are the one who picks the clothes that you want to wear.
Another thing that really amazes us about you is how obedient you are. When your Mom or Dadi tells you that it is time to take a bath, you at once start walking to the bathroom. And same thing when it is time for you to go to bed and your Mom, Dad, Dadi or Dada tells you it is your bedtime, you never resist or argue – you always obey and start walking to your room and start getting your pajamas out of a drawer in your bedroom cabinet. It amazes us because most children your age (2 years) often resist going to sleep and their parents find their toddler’s bedtime to be the hardest to deal with.    
You also communicate quite well for someone your age. While your vocabulary is of course limited at this age, you communicate quite well with your limited vocabulary and with your smile, facial expressions, movements etc. You also have a very good memory and are a fast learner. Dada showed you Gandhijis photo a few times and told you that it was Gandhiji. Every time after that I showed you the photo and asked you who it is you would say, “Gadiji.” You also recognized Taj Mahal after Dada showed you the recent photos that Dadi and Dada took during their recent visit to India. You couldn’t quite say, “Taj Mahal” but you said something like “Taa maham.”   
Last time before this when we saw you was in July. At that time you were having a little hard time eating with your spoon without spilling food but this time we noticed that you are quite comfortable using your spoon without spilling much. You  also hold your cup of drink very well. You are also able to name most of the food items that are in your plate, including many Indian dishes that Dadi makes for you. Most children your age usually want the same food day in and day out but you are an exception. While you do have your favorite dishes, you will eat just about anything that your parents or grandparents give you.
You have a lot of toys and your favorite “toy” is your bunny – not only is it your favorite toy, it is also your “security” object. You keep it with you all the time – in bed, in your trolley when we go out and on the sofa when you are sitting there with Dada. 
Bottom line, you are not a toddler any more. Yes, you still have your toddler appearance but you are growing up quite fast and pretty soon will lose your toddler appearance. As far as I can see you have your full set of baby teeth, you are able to eat and drink on your own (maybe with a little help here and there), you have even begun to walk a little bit like a grown up child, your vocabulary is increasing and your grasp of language is also increasing.  

You are quickly learning how to brush your teeth; while you are obviously still a little too young to learn to use the toilet, wash their hands, get a drink without help, dress yourself independently but it is only a matter of time before you start doing all this on your own.

Like kids your age, you enjoy being silly and make others laugh. One example of this “silliness” is that you have a place on the sofa that you call “my place” and, any time I try to sit there you would come running to the sofa and laughingly screaming, “my place….. my place” and trying to push me away from that spot.

During our entire week with you while your Mom and Dad were away, you only cried once or twice and that too for less than a minute. My dear Roarke, every time I see you, you really make my day! It was an absolutely wonderful week that Dadi and I spent with you last week. Hope to see you again in a couple of weeks.

Love you!

Dada
ZoomInfo
It was so nice for Dada and Dadi to have had the opportunity to spend a whole week with you from October 1 to October 8, 2014 while your parents were in California for a friend’s wedding. Prior to this visit we had seen you in July, 2014. It was fascinating to see how you are advancing from infancy to pre-school years, not just physically but also mentally, intellectually and socially. What amazes us most is how well disciplined and organized you are even at this young age! You have a big bucket full of toys and you take them out, play with them and, after you are done playing with the toys, you systematically put every piece of toy away in that big “bucket” again without anyone telling you to do so. When Dada and Dadi take you to the neighborhood park, you select the appropriate pair of shoes from about a dozen or so pairs of shoes that you have (for the park you like to wear sneakers). And when we get back from the park, you take off your shoes as soon as we enter the house and put the shoes back in the drawer. You do the same thing with your clothes – you know which clothes to wear when we go out to the park and what clothes to wear when we take you to school etc. No, you are not yet able to wear the clothes yourself - Dadi helps you with that but you are the one who picks the clothes that you want to wear.
Another thing that really amazes us about you is how obedient you are. When your Mom or Dadi tells you that it is time to take a bath, you at once start walking to the bathroom. And same thing when it is time for you to go to bed and your Mom, Dad, Dadi or Dada tells you it is your bedtime, you never resist or argue – you always obey and start walking to your room and start getting your pajamas out of a drawer in your bedroom cabinet. It amazes us because most children your age (2 years) often resist going to sleep and their parents find their toddler’s bedtime to be the hardest to deal with.    
You also communicate quite well for someone your age. While your vocabulary is of course limited at this age, you communicate quite well with your limited vocabulary and with your smile, facial expressions, movements etc. You also have a very good memory and are a fast learner. Dada showed you Gandhijis photo a few times and told you that it was Gandhiji. Every time after that I showed you the photo and asked you who it is you would say, “Gadiji.” You also recognized Taj Mahal after Dada showed you the recent photos that Dadi and Dada took during their recent visit to India. You couldn’t quite say, “Taj Mahal” but you said something like “Taa maham.”   
Last time before this when we saw you was in July. At that time you were having a little hard time eating with your spoon without spilling food but this time we noticed that you are quite comfortable using your spoon without spilling much. You  also hold your cup of drink very well. You are also able to name most of the food items that are in your plate, including many Indian dishes that Dadi makes for you. Most children your age usually want the same food day in and day out but you are an exception. While you do have your favorite dishes, you will eat just about anything that your parents or grandparents give you.
You have a lot of toys and your favorite “toy” is your bunny – not only is it your favorite toy, it is also your “security” object. You keep it with you all the time – in bed, in your trolley when we go out and on the sofa when you are sitting there with Dada. 
Bottom line, you are not a toddler any more. Yes, you still have your toddler appearance but you are growing up quite fast and pretty soon will lose your toddler appearance. As far as I can see you have your full set of baby teeth, you are able to eat and drink on your own (maybe with a little help here and there), you have even begun to walk a little bit like a grown up child, your vocabulary is increasing and your grasp of language is also increasing.  

You are quickly learning how to brush your teeth; while you are obviously still a little too young to learn to use the toilet, wash their hands, get a drink without help, dress yourself independently but it is only a matter of time before you start doing all this on your own.

Like kids your age, you enjoy being silly and make others laugh. One example of this “silliness” is that you have a place on the sofa that you call “my place” and, any time I try to sit there you would come running to the sofa and laughingly screaming, “my place….. my place” and trying to push me away from that spot.

During our entire week with you while your Mom and Dad were away, you only cried once or twice and that too for less than a minute. My dear Roarke, every time I see you, you really make my day! It was an absolutely wonderful week that Dadi and I spent with you last week. Hope to see you again in a couple of weeks.

Love you!

Dada
ZoomInfo

It was so nice for Dada and Dadi to have had the opportunity to spend a whole week with you from October 1 to October 8, 2014 while your parents were in California for a friend’s wedding. Prior to this visit we had seen you in July, 2014. It was fascinating to see how you are advancing from infancy to pre-school years, not just physically but also mentally, intellectually and socially. What amazes us most is how well disciplined and organized you are even at this young age! You have a big bucket full of toys and you take them out, play with them and, after you are done playing with the toys, you systematically put every piece of toy away in that big “bucket” again without anyone telling you to do so. When Dada and Dadi take you to the neighborhood park, you select the appropriate pair of shoes from about a dozen or so pairs of shoes that you have (for the park you like to wear sneakers). And when we get back from the park, you take off your shoes as soon as we enter the house and put the shoes back in the drawer. You do the same thing with your clothes – you know which clothes to wear when we go out to the park and what clothes to wear when we take you to school etc. No, you are not yet able to wear the clothes yourself - Dadi helps you with that but you are the one who picks the clothes that you want to wear.

Another thing that really amazes us about you is how obedient you are. When your Mom or Dadi tells you that it is time to take a bath, you at once start walking to the bathroom. And same thing when it is time for you to go to bed and your Mom, Dad, Dadi or Dada tells you it is your bedtime, you never resist or argue – you always obey and start walking to your room and start getting your pajamas out of a drawer in your bedroom cabinet. It amazes us because most children your age (2 years) often resist going to sleep and their parents find their toddler’s bedtime to be the hardest to deal with.    

You also communicate quite well for someone your age. While your vocabulary is of course limited at this age, you communicate quite well with your limited vocabulary and with your smile, facial expressions, movements etc. You also have a very good memory and are a fast learner. Dada showed you Gandhijis photo a few times and told you that it was Gandhiji. Every time after that I showed you the photo and asked you who it is you would say, “Gadiji.” You also recognized Taj Mahal after Dada showed you the recent photos that Dadi and Dada took during their recent visit to India. You couldn’t quite say, “Taj Mahal” but you said something like “Taa maham.”   

Last time before this when we saw you was in July. At that time you were having a little hard time eating with your spoon without spilling food but this time we noticed that you are quite comfortable using your spoon without spilling much. You  also hold your cup of drink very well. You are also able to name most of the food items that are in your plate, including many Indian dishes that Dadi makes for you. Most children your age usually want the same food day in and day out but you are an exception. While you do have your favorite dishes, you will eat just about anything that your parents or grandparents give you.

You have a lot of toys and your favorite “toy” is your bunny – not only is it your favorite toy, it is also your “security” object. You keep it with you all the time – in bed, in your trolley when we go out and on the sofa when you are sitting there with Dada. 

Bottom line, you are not a toddler any more. Yes, you still have your toddler appearance but you are growing up quite fast and pretty soon will lose your toddler appearance. As far as I can see you have your full set of baby teeth, you are able to eat and drink on your own (maybe with a little help here and there), you have even begun to walk a little bit like a grown up child, your vocabulary is increasing and your grasp of language is also increasing.  

You are quickly learning how to brush your teeth; while you are obviously still a little too young to learn to use the toilet, wash their hands, get a drink without help, dress yourself independently but it is only a matter of time before you start doing all this on your own.

Like kids your age, you enjoy being silly and make others laugh. One example of this “silliness” is that you have a place on the sofa that you call “my place” and, any time I try to sit there you would come running to the sofa and laughingly screaming, “my place….. my place” and trying to push me away from that spot.

During our entire week with you while your Mom and Dad were away, you only cried once or twice and that too for less than a minute. My dear Roarke, every time I see you, you really make my day! It was an absolutely wonderful week that Dadi and I spent with you last week. Hope to see you again in a couple of weeks.

Love you!

Dada

Time to Eat!

Tonight when I told you it was time to eat, this happened. You followed Zella in circles around the whole kitchen giving her one piece of food at a time for around 20 minutes. More than anything, I think she was just really grateful to get your attention, and it sure made you happy. So really it was win win win (because it made me happy too).

Love,
Mom

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First name, named first

Today’s was a pretty cool day. Not just because we’ve been bonding a ton while Mom is out of town on business, but because of what happened this morning while I was changing you. 

This morning, I was explaining to you that my name isn’t Daddy, even though that’s what you call me. I said my name was “Saneel.” Then, you repeated it. It was so cool to hear you say my name for the first time. It was a huge moment. Then we high-rived after. 

I have been feeling the high from that moment since. 

Thanks for being so awesome. 

Love,

Dad

Bye, bye bus. Hello Train!

I’m not sure when it happened, but you’ve gone from being obsessed with buses to loving trains. It’s quite helpful, actually. Now you’re much more willing to get in your stroller for us to head somewhere because we normally take the train (I’ve actually never ridden an NYC bus before). This was taken coming home from the Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy!

And yes, that is a box of raisins in your hand. You know how to negotiate to make sure you chew-chew while you choo-choo!

Love,

Dad

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Tough Enough

Calling you “willful” is a bit of an understatement. You definitely have very strong opinions (like your parents). It can definitely be frustrating at times (your favorite word is “no,” uttered immediately upon hearing a request or idea, even when it’s something you actually want to do*). Still, there are definite positives found in that type of strength, most notably how you deal with challenges. 

When we warn you something is too hot to eat, you say “no” and put steaming heaps of it into your mouth. We can tell it’s too hot based on how you’re chewing, but you always swallow, look at us squarely and say “not hot.” The same is true for the spicy foods you’re always demanding.

I’d say that stubbornness is most useful in how you leverage it to conquer your fears though (well, and being a fashionista). When something scares you or makes you anxious, you keep asking about it until you’re comfortable. In fact, your biggest fear for a long time was DJ Roomba. You’ve been conquering that fear in stages by constantly asking for us to put you in a safe place (like your high chair) and then to turn Roomba on. You just sit and stare intensely as he cirlces below. Some mornings, your first words are “Roomba off,” as though saying it is part of how you overcome. When you seem tentative about something (swimming in the deep end of the pool, petting Baby Max’s dog Derby, etc), you always say “I not scared.”

Hopefully that stubbornness will be channeled to help you achieve the things you want throughout your life. It would certainly make it feel more worthwhile during these younger years!

Love,

Dad

*I’m writing this letter while we are all sitting at the breakfast table eating cereal. Mom stopped to say “I love you” to you (twice) and you replied “no.” OK, that one was kinda funny….

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Daddy Drop

I have a terrible confession: I dropped you on your head. I mean, it couldn’t have been a more direct head drop. I walked in the door (to a house full of guests including Uncle Vaughn) and you greeted me enthusiastically. I picked you up, hugged you, turned you upside down… and boom you went straight down onto you head. It was terrible. You got startled and cried (of course). I eventually put you down for the night, but felt terrible the whole night. I slept terribly I was so stressed about it. 

This morning, I got you up and asked if your head hurt and you said “yes.” You showed me your boo-boo, and you definitely had a mark on your forehead. It was so sad. We kept an eye on things and all your behavior is fine, so please don’t think you were concussed or anything.

It was such a bad moment, springing suddenly from a beautiful one. I’m really sorry about that, love. Just please don’t use this as an excuse for bad grades in the future, k?

Love,

Dad