Two years ago our lives were changed forever and we couldn't be more grateful. This boy......he is funny and strong willed and smart and particular and loving and oh so sweet. Most days I can hardly believe that he's mine. We feel so incredibly blessed to have had him in our lives for the past two years. I remember life without him, but I like it a whole lot better now that he's ours. Luke has begun to develop such a distinct little personality. We absolutely love the part he plays in our family. He has become super attached to Tim and often cries when he leaves. He adores his baby sister - the first thing he want to do in the morning is go and find her. He gets so excited when he gets to spend time with the big kids, following them around and showing off his greatest treasures. For me, there is no better part in the day than when I walk in and can hear him yelling mama. He is talking more, in addition to mama, dada, and of course ball, he says moon, more, no, mine. I can't wait to see more of his personality as his communication improves. He definitely knows what he wants, whether it's food, toys, shoes, a particular story, etc. We have had more than a few melt downs when I either couldn't figure out exactly what he wanted or just wouldn't give it to him.
Luke has become a little more diverse in what he will eat: apples, fish, figs, yogurt, but often still has to be coaxed to eat and sadly gets way too many of his calories from Cliff bars and pretzels. Our toy basket has taken over the corner of our living room - at least half of all the toys he has are balls, and still gets excited over ever new one he gets. He goes to sleep with at least one ball, as well as his blankies, sheepie, fire truck, stuffed elephant and whatever other toy caught his eye at bedtime. If he does wake up in the middle of the night, it is usually because he can't find one of his toys in the dark. He still goes to bed quite well, but at nap time, it often takes him an hour or more before he actually goes to sleep. he doesnt cry and usually you can hear him in there babbling or singing. One of my favorite things is that Luke has started to sing - he does his own version of Twinkle Twinkle and Old MacDonald.
Luke probably spends more time than he should watching Curious George but he just loves him so much. It's not all TV, we also spend plenty of time reading books about George, he also really loves alphabet books and anything with animals. He constantly surprises me with how much he knows and can learn already. He can distinguish most colors and find or point out items if you tell him which color. He has started to make connections between objects, he got a little plastic frog and then went throughout the house gathering all the books with frogs and any other frog toys. He's at the stage where I feel like almost every day brings something new for him to learn and enjoy.
Some of the more recent happenings....
I gave in to pressure and took Luke for his second official hair cut. He did much better this time, thanks to the airplane, a balloon, and several suckers. It's cute and the girl did a great job, but I kind of miss the shaggy.
Don't worry, it's still long enough to be wild.
We bought this jumper when Luke was four or five months old. He used it some, but never really loved it. Ever since we got it out for Ruby, Luke has decided that he now likes it. He climbs on it to "play" with her and when she's not in it, he gets in and starts jumping.
Whenever it is Ruby's turn to play in the jumper, Luke always makes sure she has
plenty of balls to keep her entertained.
Maybe not the very best photo of the two of us, but man this mama loves her boy.
He still really loves his sheepie, he sleeps with him and makes sure he gets a
drink and a little bit of lunch.
Luke absolutely loves to be outside. He likes you to say Ready, Set, Go and he takes off running. We spend a lot of time going on walks and playing in the yard. When he is inside, he has me pull up the blinds so he can stand by the window and look out, I guess just to remind him what he is missing.