To Jack at 18 months

Our dear Little Guy,

20140518-131730.jpgWhile some mothers manage a monthly update or a weekly photo series chronicling their kids’ growth, your parents have fallen into the “every 6 months or so” timeline. Sorry, bubs. It’s the best we can do given the circumstances. ūüôā

We’re just learning to decode the words you’ve probably been saying for a while. Your favorite words start with B: baba, ball, bowl, book, Big Bird, baby,¬†cup (“bup”). You also say uh-oh, mama, dada, nana, papa, outside (“owshy”), truck (“guck”), stick (“dtick”), dog (“arf”), and please (“weash”). When you run into the wall or the ottoman on your tricycle, I say “Bonk!” and you say, “Monk!”¬†You also have the sign language for more, please, thank you, and Jesus.¬†We hope your increasing vocabulary allows you to express yourself in ways we can understand. You are often tossed about in a sea of really strong feelings, and when communicating is hard, we always offer hugs.

20140518-131805.jpgYou are also adapting pretty well to your baby sister. You are usually gentle and try to help us¬†by fetching¬†blankets, diapers, and toys. Sometimes you are even willing to part with your precious ba-ba/milk. Grace does not understand how generous that is for you. You like to kiss her¬†on her head and sometimes ask to hold/hug her.¬†When she¬†is asleep in our room, you tiptoe toward our door with your finger over your mouth, whispering, “hushhh.”
What a little boy you’re becoming: climbing everything, exploring outside, digging in the dirt, running up and down the halls of our building. We’re delighted by¬†your expressions, exclamations, and gesticulations. It’s fun to watch you make connections between items and their use. You know that keys go in the door, diapers go in the pail, dirty clothes go in the laundry basket, and trash goes in the garbage can. Occasionally, you get confused and I find toys in the diaper pail.¬†You can identify¬†your eyes, ears, teeth, sometimes nose and belly button.¬†You’ve peed¬†in your potty chair a couple times, though it’s merely¬†a passing interest.
20140518-131817.jpgYou still aren’t quite sleeping through the night yet. In fact, your sister might sleep better than you do! You still nap twice a day, and have started indicating when you’re ready¬†to nap. You ask for a baba in front of the fridge, pick up your blankie, march to your room, and wait to be lifted into your crib. Then you point to the humidifier and space heater to turn them on.
You continue to be a true extrovert, Jack‚ÄĒit’s rather disarming! You trot right up to neighbors, who give you a surprised smile and a¬†hello. You have multiple best friends, wave to strangers on your runs with daddy, and ask for¬†high-fives in the halls at church. Speaking of church, you are well-known and well-loved there, such that you throw your hands up in glee when we drive into the parking lot. We are thankful that you are so comfortable at CPC, seeing as you spend a LOT of time there.
20140518-131716.jpgBefore bed, we say¬†the Lord’s Prayer and the Jesus Creed (Matthew 22:37-40) together:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.

We love when you do the actions with us! We pray together every day, because we all have one Savior, Jesus, who loves you very much. We so look forward to the day that finally sinks in for you.

Keep growing, learning, exploring and loving people. We are proud of you, son!

Mama and Dada

One thought on “To Jack at 18 months

  1. crumpledmap says:

    Reblogged this on crumpledmap and commented:
    The importance of The Little Guy.

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