I'm late as usual, but it's become par for the course. Our carefree summer has passed us by and we're getting into a rhythm around here. You are such a little toddler now - babbling and running and wanting to be SO independent yet wanting to be touching us all the time, too! Your smile lights up a room and when you say "CHEESE" with your big toothy grin, it could turn the darkest day around!
Your appetite is still strong, though you have slowed down a little bit. You love "memeal" for breakfast most days, lunch meat/cheese/brocolli/fruit/crackers for lunch, and whatever we are having for dinner. You don't drink as much milk as you probably should some days - but other days you down it. You love ice water, too. You weighed in at 21 pounds, 11 ounces at your well-check last week, and you were 31.25 inches. All of your percentiles were between 30-50%, so no worries. You did well with your shots minus a few screams and tears. Your pediatrician is somewhat concerned about all the ear infections you get, so we may have tubes in the future, but we'll evaluate that in the months to come.
You are still a fairly good sleeper - although you have been harder to get to sleep at night lately. You go down about 8:30 and sleep until anywhere between 8:30-10:00 on most mornings. Since Brenna started preschool, we have to be out the door by 8:45 on Tues/Thurs, so most of the time I have to wake you up on those mornings and put you straight in the car in your pjs! Those days are fun though because you and I get to come back here together and eat breakfast and play. It does really seem like you enjoy the time without your sister stealing the attention (or your toys). Some mornings we go to the Y, and although you almost always cry when I leave you, you cheer up quickly and play. You go down for a nap anywhere between 1:30-2:00 and sleep anywhere from 2-4 hours. And you're a belly sleeper almost 100% of the time!
You adore being outside. You get mad anytime we bring you in from playing outside. You've gotten brave and go down the slide when we sit you at the top of it. I think you could play in your sandbox for hours. You still love all sorts of balls and cars and anything you can use as a bat. You almost always sneeze when you go out into the sun. And mosquitoes still love you! You have a million bug bites, bumps, scratches, and bruises all over your legs - and I'm sure you will for years to come.
You use the signs for more, all done, and please frequently. You now say "mo, mo" to accompany the "more" sign and I hear that at least a thousand times each day. You have started stringing together more random syllables and sounds and it sometimes sounds like you are really irritated about something and trying to tell us about it. You like to be held and you love to crawl into our laps to read books. You like to dance anytime you hear music and you love to sing into your pretend microphone. I hope you got your Daddy's musical talent! You don't particularly love riding in shopping carts, holding hands when walking, or taking baths. Something happened with bathtime and it became a nightmare - but you're slowly warming up to them again.
You got to see my side of the family at Brady's birthday party in August and you got to see Daddy's side of the family at a family reunion a few weeks ago. Everybody is enamored with you and cannot believe how fast you are growing. There are so many people that adore you - and I am at the top of that list!
I love you, Spud!