Another month (plus some!) has passed us by. You have really, really changed recently. You are developing such a little personality and it's fun to watch. Some of your favorite things these days are - screaming/shrieking (especially in the gym at the Y where you can get a good echo), your Daddy (you prefer him almost all the time - how rude!), There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly book (still obsessed with it), Legos, climbing up on the toybox, smiling as big as you can on command (cutest thing ever), bouncing balls, being outside (even though the mosquitos love you), swinging, playing "drums" with anything you can find, dancing, jumping (with my help), toilets (yep, gross), playing on Bren's new bed, laying with your head on my shoulder when you're tired, begging for food, pacis, bringing me shoes (yours, mine, it doesn't matter), blowing kisses, and trying to ride the tricycle.
You have lots of words now - Mama, Dada, Ma (Maggie), something I can't even figure out how to type for "Bren", paa (paci), imagine that (from your favorite book), moooo (when asked what a cow says), bu (ball, book, balloon), all du (all done), mmmmmm (this means GIVE ME YOUR FOOD!), ca (cracker), Na (Nanie and/or Neena, when we try to get you to say either), ha (hat), burp (also from your favorite book), hi, and bye (complete with waves). You love to get attention from people we see when out and about. And you go absolute nuts anytime with Facetime or Skype with anybody - you run to the computer and hog the screen the whole time. You still don't love it when I leave you at church or child watch, but you always seem fine by the time I come back. There is a young boy at church named Luke who helps in your class and you have been totally attached to him since Bible School. You always calm down when he's around and cry when he leaves.
We took you guys to the zoo on July 27 and had a blast. You loved seeing the animals and handled missing your nap pretty well, too. You spent 3 nights at Neena and Pa Bill's while Daddy worked and Mommy had a weekend away with friends. You did great there and everybody just ate you up! You cut your top right tooth while you were there (August 3) and your 4th is going to pop through any day! You did get an ear infection the next week but a prescription cleared that up pretty quickly. You are sleeping great most nights from about 8:45 PM - 9:00 or 10:00 AM. You usually nap from about 1:30-4:30ish every day. I sometimes even lay you down still somewhat awake at night and you still go to sleep really well most nights, as long as you have pacis nearby. You sleep on your belly most of the time.
You nursed for the last time on July 27. You handled the transition without a hitch. You drink whole milk throughout the day, and you love ice water in your sippy, too. You eat almost anything we give you - except you aren't a huge fan of eggs. You have a sweet tooth for sure. Your still pretty small but your belly sure gets big after you eat! You wear mostly 12m clothes with some 12-18 month tops/shorts that are a little big mixed in. You wear size 4 diapers. Oh, and you get some serious diaper rash, but that's probably not something you'll care about when reading this in years to come. :)
You're fun and feisty and high-maintenance and cute-as-a-button. I am so happy to be your Mama!
Love you, stinker' Spud!