Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Happy 21 Months Luke!

I missed writing your 20 month post! You turned 20 months old during Focal Point, and we left for Paraguay the next week. With all of that going on, by the time I had time to really write your post, you were almost 21 months, and it was hard to distinguish the months. Sadly, I never even brought my real camera out this month, so cell phone pics will have to do. With all that, here's your 21 month post!

You continue to be a busy, busy little boy. You love to run and play with your siblings (especially Ella). Sometimes you and Troy don't get along well - but I'm hopeful this will change over time. I think most of the time when you don't get along it has more to do with you still being little and not understanding what's going on. And, though you like to play with your siblings, I think I can see some of my personality coming out in you - in that I like to have my down time, and don't have to constantly be surrounded by others. There have been a few times lately when, especially if you are tired, you'll find a spot to sit by yourself.

You say lots and lots of things, and continue to add more Spanish words to your vocabulary. There are times when you come up to us looking very serious and say something (sometimes you say it over and over) that we can't understand. I wonder what is going on in that head of yours! You also continue to love singing and dancing. Some of your favorite songs right now are "Read Your Bible and Pray Everyday," "My God is so Big," and "In the Beginning." You also sing along with "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" that the kids' stuffed frog plays.

Although you are by far our pickiest eater at this age, you've done really well with the food in Paraguay. I was a little worried that you wouldn't eat much here, but it has been quite the opposite. Plus, we can get yogurt at the grocery store and I think you might live on yogurt if we let you. Several mornings you have eaten 4 or 5 containers of yogurt for breakfast! You've continued to do a good job using your utensils, and you even do a good job eating cereal (with milk) with a spoon. You look so BIG when you are eating your cereal.

You've also been showing off how big you are when you play at the playground here at our place in Paraguay. It didn't take you long to become brave enough to climb up the brown ladder, and slide down the slide by yourself. You've also really been enjoying the swings.

For a little while now you've done a good job repeating after us to "say" a prayer. But lately you've also been saying things you think we need to pray for while someone else is praying. You often start hollering "Gigi! Pop-pa!" during the prayer. Sometimes you also point out everyone in the room during the prayer as well which is very precious.

You continue to be quite stubborn and opinionated. You definitely know how to get your point across if you do or, more often, don't like something. This seems to really happen a lot when you are playing with your siblings. You are at a transitional (and tricky) age when it comes to playing with your siblings because you don't understand the concept of sharing, but you are needing to learn about it (not fun for you!).

I wrote about it in our Paraguay update as well, but you took quite a fall this past month from your highchair. You busted your lip, chipped your top two teeth, and your bottom teeth went through the skin right below your bottom lip. It has been about three weeks since you injured yourself, and you are healing really well. I'm actually shocked at how well you've healed to this point.

Luke playing with frog

Luke climbing at playground

Signs you do: more, finished, thank you, hungry, thirsty, please, sleepy, bath

Body parts you can identify: nose, ears, mouth, eyes, tongue, teeth, hair, face, hands, feet, belly (You can also identify many body parts by their Spanish name)

Animal noises you make: cow, duck, dog (I think you can do more, but I didn't take good note. . . .)

Favorite foods: Yogurt, chicken (especially chicken nuggets/strips), nutrigrain bars, donuts, mac and cheese, and foods you get to eat with a fork

Favorite activities/toys: Books, balls, little figurines (like Mickey Mouse), cars, buckle stuffed lion. You love to "put things in things" as well as throwing. You also love to play chase with the other kids. You also enjoy shutting doors and drawers. You also love to play peek-a-boo! You really love singing as well! One of your favorite things to do is to "wrestle" with your dad and siblings.

Words you say: I cannot keep up with the words you say anymore! You say so many things (in English and Spanish)!

Luke @ 19 months
Ella @ 21 months
Troy @ 21 months