This year has been one full of large leaps of independence. In the past week or two Roman has been perfecting his shoehorning technique and all of a sudden he is completely able to take his shoes on and off himself, getting annoyed when I try to rush him by helping the process. "I doo it!" he'll scream if I try to interfere. So I don't. I've learned to step back and allow him the freedom and independence that comes with growing up.