I haven’t stopped to mention all the new things Jack has been up to in a while. He’s growing SO FAST! It seems that he’s getting smarter by the day.
Some of the words he has now include (but are not limited to):
Hi!: Which started out as “Hi-ya!” and has now become just “Hi!”
Bye: He will say “Bu-Bye!” constantly around the house or in the van. I think he likes how it sounds
Bus: This was one of his first words. But until this weekend, it was just “buu”. Now he has added the s at the end.
Shoe: It sounds like “tschoo” And he can also match up his shoes. I ask him to go get his shoes, he’ll bring me one shoe. When I ask him to get the other one, he picks out the matching shoe every time. This is only impressive because all of his shoes are just thrown in a pile, so he really has to dig to find the other one.
Woof: this was another first word, but it still sounds like “fuff Fuff!”
Free: Just yesterday I pulled him out of his high chair and said “You’re Free!” Now he’s saying “Fee!” all over the place.
Amen: At dinner time each night, we hold each other’s hands and say grace. Jack will grab my hand and sit patiently until Daddy’s done saying his prayer. Rick always ends the same way, so Jack figured out when to shout “AY-MEEEE!” It’s so adorable.
Choo-Choo: he loves everything that has to do with Choo-Choo trains. He says “Choo Choooooo” and something like “chgga chgga”
He LOVES books. I mean LOOOOOVES books! I think he’d let me read to him every minute of every day. He has definite favorites, and he’s learned how to ask for them. Two books that I love the way he asks for are Goodnight Moon and Clickety Clack. He’ll say “Hushhhh” for Goodnight Moon or a sound like he’s clearing his throat for Clickety Clack. (he must not get the K sound yet)
He has become a very stubborn boy. (Though, I guess I saw that back when he was stubborn about not going to sleep all those times!) He is mostly obedient, but he does like to test the limits with most things. When I say “Don’t do that,” it’s must sound like an invitation to “see how far you can go before Mom says NO again".
(Like here, where I told him NOT to get into the bag of charcoal. You can see that he just heard the invitation)
And he is a MY-BYSELF kind of kid. When my sister was little, she would say, “No! I do my-byself!” That has stuck with our family to this day. Jack definitely doesn’t want anyone’s help when he’s determined to do something on his own.
I can’t believe he’s already 16 months old. Even though this second year isn’t nearly as fast as the first year, it’s still going by so quickly. He seems to know more or do something new every day. He is a total blessing to our family, and I can’t wait to see what he does next! (maybe it will go to sleep without a fight – a mom can hope!)
*oh, and by the way, for anyone who is interested, we’re no longer breastfeeding. He was completely weaned after my Mommy Retreat. All went well!