...has become obsessed with crawling into tiny spaces. Only problem? He is not tiny. However, he always finds a way to fit. Lately the gigantic caterpillar joins him. There is a 95% chance he needs help getting out.
...is picking up more and more words. For 20 blissful months neither Jude nor Sloane uttered the word "no." They would adamantly shake their head but "no" wasn't a part of their vocabulary. Within the last few weeks, they both learned the word and it's become Jude's favorite. And it's never a simple, "No." It's "no, no, no."
...traveled by plane (first time) to the beach (first time)! He had fun on the plane and adored the beach. He was a little timid when he first saw the ocean, but before long he was walking right in the water and running victory laps in the sand. He loved to destroy dad's sand castles and throw sand into the ocean.
...picked up a beautiful tan while we were there! Jude has always been extremely pale so we were expecting him to burn. Instead, he came back each day blonder and tanner. He now looks like a little surfer dude and I do a double-take every time I see him.
...still has the best, most contagious laugh on the planet.
...hears the following at least 100 times a day: "Soft hands," "Be gentle," and "Don't hurt your sister." He is so strong and has no clue that his hugs and face grabs HURT.
...is so very sensitive. He's especially sensitive when Sloane gets in trouble. He's already her protective older brother and I love it.
...has started sliding downstairs on his belly (feet first) and is so fast. I think he's been spending too much time with his caterpillar.
...loves to wave and say goodbye to everyone he sees (grocery shopping is always fun). When he's done playing with you he says goodbye and waves before he walks off. Thanks Jude.
...has picked up a new skill: jumping! She doesn't get both feet off the ground every time but we've caught her doing it correctly several times and she is SO proud of herself.
...traveled by plane (first time) to the beach (first time)! She really enjoyed building sand castles with dad. Her favorite part of the pool was the noodle ("noo-nal") and the tiles that tell you the depth of the pool. I can't tell you how many times one of us recited, "Four feet six inches. No diving." to Sloane. She would carefully point at each number and letter.
...is possibly tanner than her dad. Fellow vacationers commented on her pretty glow. Her hair is quite a bit lighter and you can no longer see her eyebrows.
...has quite the vocabulary these days! She says a ton of words but you have to listen carefully because she doesn't always say them correctly. For example, hippo is consistently "popo," etc.
...is officially addicted to the iPhone. She knows how to take pictures, swipe the screen, enter my passcode (it's the same 4 numbers), and select one of the two kid apps we put on the phone. She also thinks it's fun to open my text messages and text my friends.
...will randomly decide that someone needs a huge hug so she will stop what she is doing and run full force into your arms. It's precious unless you aren't ready for it. Then it's a little scary.
...gave my mom her new nickname. She's always gone by Gramsie, but none of the grandkids are able to pronounce it. Last week Sloane started calling my mom Gaga. Done. Move over, Lady Gaga.
....does something positively adorable every 14 seconds. I can't keep up with her cuteness. If you say, "Let me see you smile," she turns her head and gives the most obnoxious grin you can imagine. Closed eyes, scrunched nose, open mouth. It will not attract future suitors so Michael especially loves it.
...loves to point to her belly button and then lift up your shirt to show you your belly button (which is not at all embarrassing).
My cup overflows! Love - Mama