Teeth: 8 but possibly a few more on their way
Health: You got an awful stomach bug right when we got back from Holland. You got sick a few times, but had a nasty spell of diarrhea for almost two weeks! You have been amazingly healthy otherwise!
Social: We have been outside as much as possible, so you have seen lots of new faces. We went to Sarah/Katrin's one night to visit and have been having our usual weekly dinners with Grandpa. We've been laying low since our trip, though, so you've had lots of family time.
Toys: Tupperware band parties have become the norm before dinner. You still love your old toys, standings up on stuff and you are still putting everything in your mouth. We are planning on getting lots of outdoors stuff and your birthday is coming up, so we will see you get then!
Sleep: We have been trying to get you on a schedule of naps at 9:30 and 1:30, but you just don't sleep long, especially at day care. We are lucky if we get 40 minutes out of you! You have your last bottle at 7:00 pm and go right down. We did have to do some sleep training last weekend in order to stop your 4:30 am wake ups...now you are sleeping right until 6:00 am!
Food: You love mandarin oranges, applesauce, yogurt, pears and corn. We have given you so many things to try, and you either spit them out immediately or chew, chew, chew then spit them out (apples). I'm not sure if you like the taste, but not the texture, or what, but it's still a work in progress. We have transitioned to bottles only in the morning and before bed, so you are using your sippy cup a lot more.
You love to play with balls. You "throw" them back to us and we clap like crazy, which makes you clap like crazy and smile from ear-to-ear. It's one of our favorite things to do after dinner...
When you don't want something, you push it away (well, more like throw your arms around until there's nothing in front of you). We are working on sign language for "all done" which sort of resembles you throwing your arms around like crazy, so it works, but I do think you're getting the hang of it!
You can climb all the way up the stairs and have explored climbing back down...you finally succumbed to going hands first, which didn't work so well! (Luckily, I was right there to catch you, but geez...let's try another way next time!) You have also learned to scoot off the couch or a chair backwards. I am extremely impressed with this self-taught skill!
One of our new favorite games is to crawl and have you chase us. We have to keep looking back to let you know we are still playing, and you crack up instantly! Gosh, I love interacting with you!
You LOVE being outside. The grass. The beach. Anything! You love the breeze and the sun and all of the things to look at.
You think it's hilarious when I fake cough after you really cough. So you fake cough so I'll fake cough again. I love it.
You love to crawl up to your bookcase, pull yourself up and continue to pull every book off the shelves onto the floor. Then you move onto your toy box and leave your books for me to put back.
If we are eating something and you want it, you throw a fit when we won't give it to you.
You have learned how to open and close doors. This is kind of scary.
Here you are, baby...our little man on the move who makes getting pictures almost impossible. I love you more than words could ever say. You are challenging, but when you look at me with those moon eyes and give me your one-dimpled smile, my heart literally beats faster and I thank the Lord that he chose you for us. You are amazing. I love you.
Oh, yes...you have discovered "yourself."
Look at that hair!!! We refuse to cut it...
Mommy & Daddy