JJ: 18 mos, 27 days
Weight: ~32 lbs.
Height: ~ 35 in.
Words JJ says:
boobies (that's right, boobies.)
Bobcat (he only said this one for a day, but he said it a bunch in context)
Animal Noises he can say:
Signs JJ knows:
tired (he made up his own sign for this.)
JJ understands so much of what we say, he constantly amazes me! I just know that one day the switch will flip, and he'll be spouting out all of the words he's been storing up. He doesn't have a very large spoken vocabulary yet, but that doesn't mean he isn't vocal. The little guy is constantly "talking".
He loves to read, and will bring you a book, climb into your lap (or up on the couch), and wait for the fun to begin. And will repeat this until you've read every book in the house! He imitates the hand gestures that I make for some of the books, which makes me feel awesome that he's been paying such close attention to story time!
Right now he is obsessed with the sky, and all things "up". He can hear a plane or helicopter better than me! And he won't rest until he actually spots it--it's not enough to hear it. Thankfully the trees oblige by losing their leaves and revealing the magic of the sky. He also loves seeing trucks (big ones, especially!), cars, buses. "OH WOW!" "Whassat?"
JJ is a good eater. He has his favorite foods--beans, chicken, avocado, gummis, applesauce, yogurt, oatmeal, berries, cream of wheat, to name a few--but he'll at least try what's on his plate. The other day he ate a whole bowl of butternut squash curry soup that I made. His dexterity with a spoon is improving for sure, and he's starting using a fork too.
JJ is very independent in a lot of ways. He's good at playing by himself and pointing to pictures in his books. He flips through his alphabet cards all the time. It looks like he's studying for his chemistry final--so cute! He gets his own snacks, and is good about bringing me his bib when he's ready for breakfast, lunch or dinner. He is getting better at climbing the stairs "big boy style" (standing up, instead of crawling). He walks on his own pretty much everywhere we go, unless we're going for a really long walk. If that's the case, he starts out walking and, once he's tired, gets in the stroller to relax.
The thing I am most proud of about JJ is just how sweet he is. He can always learn more vocabulary or get potty trained later. But being good-natured is a life-long journey that starts at birth, and he is well on his way! He loves giving hugs! A few times he's been playing with friends, and you can see he gets overwhelmed with happiness and goes and hugs them like crazy! Sometimes it's well-received. Other times his enthusiasm is a bit startling. He shares his smile with everyone, and loves waving at passers-by. And he is so affectionate with his family--you rarely have to beg for some JJ lovin'.
That's all I'll share for now, since I can't think of much else. And now, for some pictures!
"Going, going, gone. YUM!"