...has a TON of hair. He's in desperate need of a haircut but I'm kind of loving the crazy, tousled look. My little blondie.
...is extremely sensitive. When you tell him, "No!" he bursts into tears and runs to you for a hug or puts himself in time-out.
...still loves to dance. He really enjoys Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes and Itsy Bitsy Spider. Once we finish each song he applauds wildly.
...loves to give kisses...and not just on the mouth. Our knees and forearms tend to be his main targets. He'd had some issues in the past with biting - it was rarely due to frustration but was his response when he got really excited. Now that he has perfected the kiss, we get tons of them (instead of bites - hooray)! So do all of the animals in the books. :)
...enjoyed swim lessons! He loved diving off the side of the pool as well as floating on his back. He was the first to applaud for his friends when they did a good job.
...has his first tan line. Jude is PALE so I put twice as much sunscreen on him as his sister. He managed to get a bit of color from the swim lessons, which I hope will serve as a base tan while we're in Florida this month!
...lives life at 120%. He is a bull in a china shop. He doesn't understand why you would walk somewhere when you could run. Or why you would whisper when you could yell. I think this is why he is such a fantastic sleeper - he's exhausted by the end of the day. He is either really happy (75% of the time) or quite sad (25% of the time).
...is absolutely fascinated with cars and trucks. When he wakes up in the morning he loves to run to our window and name all of the cars and trucks outside.
...is (currently) a lefty. He uses both hands but has better accuracy when he's using his left hand.
...loves to play with his sister. It is amazing watching their friendship grow. They don't fight (something I know will change) and love being near one another. Oftentimes I find them facing different directions and doing their own thing but their backs or arms are touching. The bond is incredible.
...is more independent than ever these days. She no longer wants to hold my hand as she walks down the stairs. If I try to hold it she will shake her head no and not move until I let go.
...aims to please but does not really care about discipline. She rarely goes to time-out but when she does she looks positively bored. She wants us to know she couldn't care less. Scary.
...is great at adapting to new situations. She does not need as much attention as Jude and plays independently quite well. They both loved to "dance" on Poppy's feet but when it was Jude's turn she stood close by and mimicked the dancing (bouncing up and down).
...loves Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes and Itsy Bitsy Spider. She is such a performer. Once the song starts she'll run to whatever spot is front and center of the group. Her favorite part is "Down came the rain and washed the spider out." She spends the majority of the song impersonating a flood. So dramatic.
...continues to amaze me with her analytical skills. She will stand back and analyze something until she's completely figured it out and then make her move. As she and her brother get older my hope is he can help her be a little more spontaneous and she can help him think before he leaps.
...has her dad's ability to tan and is working on a nice summer glow. Pair it with her pink pedicure (her first) and she is ready for the beach!
...loved swim lessons and did really well. She always applauded when her friends learned a new trick.
...really enjoys puzzles and will complete the same one four or five times before moving on to something else. Her favorite is the animal puzzle - she mimics almost all of the sounds. Her impressions of a dog (woof woof) and angry sheep (baaaah!!!!) are my favorite.
...loves to twirl, dance, shake it, and "jump." When you tell her to jump she squats as low as she can and then stands up quickly. Her feet never leave the ground.
...is very social but would rather be with her brother than anyone else. I am so grateful they have one another!
Love you both so very much! Love - Mama