Thursday, September 27, 2012

18 months

By the time we got to pictures with daddy, he was "all done!" haha.

Dear Thomas,

Happy 18 months, little one! I can't believe you are already to another half-birthday! Where does the time go?  I know I say it every time, but the last few months have been SO fun with you. You are growing into such a little boy and growing out of being a baby.  Regardless of how old you are, you will always be our baby, our first-born, our son!

Boy, have we had so much fun together this summer!  You recently enjoyed art for the first time- participating in finger painting, coloring and play-doh {that you only tried to eat a few times}.  We also took some sidewalk chalk outside, which is still a favorite and always gets all over you {and me!}!  You absolutely adore being outside these days and often walk to the back door asking to go out, rain or shine.  You enjoy playing on the lawn, with friends, climbing our steps over and over again, the playground and walks.  

You've started chatting SO much more these last few months and I couldn't be happier!  Most of the time I have no idea what in the world you are saying, but you jibber jabber as though it's very important and with your gestures I can usually figure it out.  Something about the way we've been home together all this time, I've learned what you want and are thinking many times before you even ask.  You still use some of your signs, but many times you try to say the words as you sign.  I'm so proud of how big you are getting, little bean!

There are definitely times that you surprise us though with your actions and words that make us bust out laughing.  You love to be a little ham and are more than happy to play to the approval of the "crowd" {which usually consists of your daddy and I while we are trying to finish dinner and you are practicing jumping or running or something silly that you want us to see.}  You definitely keep us giggling. The other day in Target, you could hear a baby crying and without seeing it, you said, "baby!  wahhh!" and rubbed your eyes like we do for the babies on the bus.  I laughed so hard! 

Physically, you are a climber and have just started to really want to go down stairs holding onto the railing rather than going backwards.  The other day when we were playing outside, you practiced this a million times on our stoop.  You also love to climb up on the chair in the living room by the window to see what is happening outside.  From there, you point and talk and always want me to come see what's going on.  You've also been trying to jump, but can't quite figure out how to get both feet off the ground at once.  It's so adorable to watch!

Your favorite toys are still vehicles of all kinds or anything with wheels and you still LOVE to read.  In the mornings, you have come to expect some reading time with me and if you don't get it, you will pick a book and back yourself into my lap until I succumb.  I love reading to you while we cuddle and I love that you love to read!  You also spend 30-45 minutes everyday in your crib by yourself so Mama can get a shower with a big basket of books and you spend most of the time just sitting their "reading" to yourself.  Your current favorites are How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? and Llama Llama Misses Mama. When we read the llama book, you always get really excited on the page where Mama Llama comes back to pick up her son and I always tell you that I'll always come back just like that when I leave you at the gym or church or Bible study.  We've read these books SO many times that I am about to hide them because I'm not sure how many more times I can sanely read them! :)

Speaking of picking you up, this summer we had a really brief month or so where you cried when we left you places.  We're thankful it was short-lived because it broke our hearts that you wanted us and we weren't there.  You seem to be back to your happy self and willing to go play with new toys and friends when we drop you off.  Sometimes on Sundays, you can be found clamoring at the door waiting to get picked up with all the other little rascals and sometimes {like this past sunday} you are happily playing with the unused toys while everyone else waits at the door. Smart boy! That way you don't have to share! :)

As far as eating goes, you have grown leaps and bounds in trying new things this summer. We decided at the beginning of the summer to only offer you what we were eating for dinner.  We felt like you could finally eat almost everything we could and we wanted you to learn to like and try new things.  Plus, making different things is exhausting for this Mama!  I always give you something for lunch that I know you really like and I put at least something on your plate each night that you enjoy {usually fruit or beans}.  For the first couple weeks, you really only ate those things and then signed "all done," but recently you've begun to try so many new things.  You are much more willing to eat or at least try what's in front of you, which makes us very proud!

Right now, you have almost 12 teeth. I say almost because your right molars on top and bottom are both only halfway through.  They sure are taking their time!  It's been months since they started the process of eruption, but they don't seem to be bothering you much anymore which is nice.  You aren't a huge fan of us brushing your teeth, but you usually tolerate it fairly well when we sing the ABCs.  Speaking of things that effect teeth, we finally completely dropped the paci as of yesterday!  You loved that thing, but gradually lessoning the time you were allowed to have it {only in the crib} AND poking a hole in it seemed to be the trick.  Last night I just put you down without it since you didn't seem to be looking for it.  I thought for sure you would scream a couple minutes later, but you went to sleep and slept all night just fine!  WAY less painful than I was anticipating!  After that, we just decided not to bring it back out so today you napped paci-free AND without a fuss {you switched to one nap around 16 months}.  You are still living up to the "chill" personality you had as a newborn. I'm so proud of you!  I honestly thought it was going to come to a screaming battle, but God was so good to us to give you peace and comfort without it.  We'll see if you replace it with a lovey or blanket at some point. 

Besides vehicles and books, you LOVE to play games of all kinds with us- peek-a-boo, hiding games, chasing games and anything else we come up with.  You are so playful!  You also love to copy everything that we do.  I mean EVERYTHING.  You try to put the keys in the door just like us, put on our shoes, copy the things we say, show your "muscles" just like daddy- everything!  We are learning that we have to be really careful now with what you see.  The other day, your dad jokingly {and lightly} slapped me on the leg and you followed suit with your own "hit."  YIKES!  You really are watching everything!

I could probably write a book on you, sweet bean, but I'll finish up just saying how thankful we are that Lord entrusted you to us!  The time we've had has been so sweet, such a learning process for us and yet so wonderful.  We look forward to many years ahead with you!  We pray daily for you- that God would capture your heart at an early age and that you would have the desire to follow and obey him.  Out of all the great things we hope for you, that's what we want most! 

I love you so much, sweet Thomas, and can't believe you are already halfway through the year to two.  Slow things down a bit, ok?



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