Stories of


August 30, 2022

Summer Time Fun!

By Casey and Mike

It’s been a busy summer for the Matters! Oliver, you are just over 18-months-old. You have grown so much and have definitely changed into a toddler/little kid right before our eyes! It’s been so fun to watch you grow and get to know your sweet personality.

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You have a fascination with learning how things work. Those little gears in your head start spinning like crazy and you get in some kind of trance that stops you in your tracks. Like when you pour your sippy cup over to watch the water/milk stream out, how you tinker with out Apple Watches when we’re changing your diaper, when you sift sand through a slotted spoon, or open/close a clasp or buckle over and over and over again. Your mind is full of magic!

This characteristic that you’ve developed reminds mom so much of your namesake, great grandpa Oliver Younger who loved to tinker and build things.

We’ve been spending a lot of time outside letting you explore parks, the MN Zoo, playing in the pool/sandbox, and more. But the biggest adventure right now is that you’re done with the crib! You started to lean over the rail just too far and, while away from home, have climbed out of the pack n play. So we took the crib down and put your mattress on the floor with all your pillows and blankets!

While it felt a little too early at times, you just love it so much! You run to your bed as soon as you come home and the blankets/pillows get moved on and off and on and off and on and….

Our new bedtime routine is to put PJs on and “brush toofers” where you rush into the bathroom to grab your step stool and dad helps you up. You love rinsing the toothbrush under the water. You more so chew on the toothbrush instead of brushing but you get the idea and you love to pack your step stool back up when you’re done! Then we cuddle on the couch for two episodes of Bluey before it’s time to run into your big boy bed and read a couple of books.

The first two nights with your floor bed, you would rush to the door when we were leaving and start crying for us on the other side. That was pretty hard for us. But now when we finish the books, we say goodnight, have a few smoochie kisses, and you snuggle in while we sneak out. It’s so darling and you’re so grown up!