A YEAR AND A HALF ALREADY?!?!
There's no way I was even going to bother with the little "18 months old" sign. But the gator still made it in!
It's exciting (and just a little sad at the same time) that we really have a little boy now and not a little baby anymore. Joseph keeps growing and changing right before our very eyes, just like he's supposed to. He's starting to run and is getting good at climbing more and more, walking sideways and backwards and spinning in circles too. We've started a weekly Gymboree class to keep him busy and wear him out, and we'll start swimming lessons in about 2 weeks.
Our biggest change has been in speech and language development. He was (well, IS) such a typical boy and is slow on the talking, but there's been a verbal explosion going on over the past 2 weeks or so. He's got about 10 or 15 words, including his favorite "NO," and some fun new ones like meow, ball, eat, and even ribbit. He's also really catching on with this sign language thing, which is more fun that anything else. He signs "more," "eat," "milk," "water," "all done," and "sleep." But of course now he says the word while he's signing it too! Papa has been a quick study on the signing as well ;)
The other big change was from 2 naps to 1 most days. The big constants in our lives are the 6am wake up call and the hearty appetite that Joe Joe has. He'll still eat anything in sight (he had Beef Bourguignon for dinner last night, with the mushrooms and all). And I still won't give him a cookie.
Although I try to ban TV, I let Joseph watch videos of himself on our laptop and his friends on their blogs, which he gets so excited about. He also loves to knock down and dump out anything in site. Naturally he's still into music, water play, and books.
The big challenges: he says "no" to everything, it's a wrestling match every time we have to change a diaper or put on his pants, he thinks hitting you in the face is hysterical, and he nearly kills himself every 2 seconds tripping, falling, and trying to do stuff he can't quite master yet. And he charges like a bull to grab the camera out of your hands, so I think I've actually deleted more pictures than I've taken in the past 3 months! I pray these are the worst things we have to encounter, because as such, life is GOOD!