eighteen months

Our sweet toddler is 18 months old!   Tate’s little BOY colors are shining more and more brightly.  He loves climbing, dancing, pushing and moving things; trucks, trains, cars and things that go; digging in the dirt and shoveling sand; and hugging/tackling other kids.   In the mornings, he’s so cuddly and silly and gives sweet kisses.  He proudly attempts new words every day, and is currently working on “candle,” “noodles,” “pumpkin,” “engine,” “mailman,” “oatmeal,” etc.  He loves yelling “mommeeeee!” or “daddeeee!”  when we’re out of sight or when he just wants to hear himself say our names.

At the grocery store, he strongly desires to drive/ride in the “car” cart, and isn’t thrilled if they’re all being used and he’s forced to sit in a regular cart.  He desperately begs “peeeease!” while signing (please) when he sees the balloons all over the store because he just needs one so badly!  He loves to dance and turn in circles to music, and tries to jump but can’t quite get off the ground yet.  He’s getting braver and braver at the playground and will usually go down the slide by himself.  Swinging is another beloved pastime and getting him out of the swing usually triggers a mild tantrum.  From one of our swinging games he’s learned to “count” to three and then say “doh!” (go).  His counting sounds something like “Whhyyyy, yo, whyyy, yo….DOH!”

For a toddler, Tate’s a great eater.  He will try almost everything we give him and will usually eat it – not including green vegetables.  Tonight he ate most of a bowl of vegetarian chili by himself, with a spoon.  (His Elmo spoon).  He’s taking one nap a day which is pretty consistently 2-3 hours long.

Love our little pumpkin so much!


fifteen months

Even though Tate’s almost 16 months, these pictures are from the past month.  When I stopped doing monthly posts I meant to at least keep doing quarterly posts so we can remember what the little man was up to during these times.  Tate is continuing to grow and change at such a rapid pace…we are daily amazed at what he is learning and doing.  He now understands most of what we say to him, can follow instructions (though not always “listen” !) and is more and more savvy at communicating.  He knows quite a few baby signs (more, all done, eat, bubbles, brush teeth, thank you, please, etc) and can also say a bunch of words.  Some of his regulars are mama, dada, ball, hi, bye-bye, night-night, more, cheese, papa, mimi, bubbles, eat….he tries to repeat many words we say to him as well.  He just started walking within the past two weeks and is loving his new skill.  He’s adorable and hilarious as he toddles around with a proud look on his face.

Little stinker is usually up to some kind of antics, including: standing up in the tub and making huge splashes with one leg, dipping his toothbrush in the toilet (happened one time only;), opening cereal boxes and dumping contents on the floor, throwing shoes into the trashcan, eating mud, sand, sticks and rocks, eating paper, eating everything, putting pieces of food on top of his head, searching for belly buttons and tickling bellies, pushing buttons, giving kisses (mmmm!), “pretend” sleeping on his high chair tray (night-night! and then laying his head down), attempting to pick up and move around large and heavy objects, “driving” any type of vehicle or steering wheel he can find while saying “vrooooommmm!”.


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