Friday, July 10, 2015

Happy 22 Months Luke!

Wow, so close to two years old! You seem so big to me. You are getting difficult to pick up (for me) because you are so thick and strong. I'm not sure how much you weigh these days, but I'm not sure there is much difference in your weight and Troy's weight. You two are built so differently!

You are really coordinated for your age, with both your fine motor and gross motor skills. You do amazingly well with your fork and spoon, but also with just about anything where you need to use your hands. I've been meaning to write about it for at least a couple of months now, but you've been jumping (both feet off the ground and landing with both feet) for a couple of months now, and you LOVE to jump. We've also noticed that you do a few things that we call "gymnastic" moves at times. You hold yourself up with your arms in a way that reminds us of gymnastics, and one day you almost vaulted off of daddy (not sure you were intending to do that, but you did!).

Your speech continues to develop as well, and your communication gets better every day. We've been working on encouraging you to use your words more when you get frustrated instead of just crying and fussing about it. At night you love to yell "night night" to each member of the family (sometimes over and over again) from your bed, and wait for a response. If you don't get a response, you get louder with your "night night!"

You are generally getting better at listening and obeying, though you still have a lot to learn. You definitely have a better understanding when we ask you to do something, and it seems like you are doing a better job of following instructions. You can also be quite defiant at times when you want to do what you want to do, but we are also working on that. :)

You've really been enjoying playing games on the ipad, and you've been doing a great job putting puzzles together on the ipad. You've probably been getting to play on the ipad a little more than you would be if we were back in Texas, but with small spaces, and rain I'm glad that you enjoy playing on it.

On Monday and Wednesday afternoons you don't get a nap because we are teaching English using the Bible during that time. On Mondays we usually walk down and eat dinner after our English lessons. You've fallen asleep on the walk several times, and have even stayed asleep during dinner. I'm thankful that you are able to rest even though you aren't in your bed.

You also started giving kisses this month, but just like giving out high fives *you* have to be in the mood to give them out. You are so different from Ella and Troy in that way: they'd give out high fives or kisses to anyone who asked. 

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 @ 21 months
Troy @ 22 months
Ella @ 22 months