Friday, May 20, 2011

Jackson - 20 Months

I've been dreading this one for a while. I was okay telling people Jackson was "11 months old," "14 months old," or even "19 months old." But 20 months? Ugh. Now comes the dreaded answer, "He'll be 2 in September." 2. TWO. What?! From my monthly posts for Jack, it probably seems like I just sulk at every thought of him getting older. Which I do...not...maybe. :) But it's something I can't change, so I'm really trying to embrace it and enjoy each fleeting stage he goes through.

Jackson - you are 20 months old! I think you had another growth spurt because you seem to be so much taller these days. I found an old school picture of your daddy the other day, and you are starting to really look like him. You've always been a mixture, but I think you are definitely going to favor him (excluding your eyes and lips...and mommy's chubby cheeks. But don't worry, they will finally go away when you're about 13, ha!). Your blond hair has started to darken a little bit too. I think you sill stay blond for a while, but it's going to be a little darker than it's been over the last year. Your eyes have also started to change a little, much to your Pop's dismay. They are still blue, but they have some small spots of a grayish-green in them now too, so we're guessing that you'll end up with the same color eyes as me. When we went to the doctor last month, Dr. R. mentioned how muscular your legs were, and I've really started to notice that lately when I look at other kids. Your legs are so strong! Maybe you'll play soccer, or be a runner (just not football, please! haha).

All four of your eye teeth are working on coming through, and that has caused lots of trying days. You haven't had a new tooth in about 4 months, so I wasn't expecting 4 at once. I forgot how rough the teething process can be on you. I love that you're such a happy boy, because it is so obvious when you are not feeling well or when you are hurting.

Your vocabulary is growing so much everyday. You are constantly talking to me using words I didn't even know that you knew! You know basically all your letters, but your favorite things are still your colors and shapes. You LOVE to point out shapes everywhere we go. You also talk about trucks all the time. You have started crying when I come to pick you up from the nursery because you want to stay and play with the trucks, even though you know you have plenty at home to play with.

I think my favorite new thing this month is that you have started wanting to sing songs! We have always tried at home, but it was usually me singing and you just looking at me. But since you moved up to Sunday School, you love to sing all the songs that Grammy and Ms. Becky teach you. They told me that usually, you're the only kid that actually sings and dances, ha! Your favorites are "I'm in the Lord's Army," and "Deep and Wide." You also love to sing "Row, Row Row Your Boat," and "Twinkle, Twinkle." Although I think your love of those songs comes from a Dora episode. Have I mentioned that you are obsessed with Dora? Sheesh. You love Dora and Boots.

We are still struggling with getting you to eat a variety of foods. I'm really trying to introduce you to more things, but you really don't like much. You won't even eat macaroni and cheese, or ice cream! Thankfully, your doctor let me know about veggie burgers, so you eat a lot of those to get veggies into your diet. We're still working on getting you to eat more fruit as well. I think we'll have lots of smoothies this summer.

We only have a couple more weeks watching Logan, so I'm getting excited about all the things we can do this summer. I can't wait to take you swimming. Hopefully you love it even more than you did last year. I got you to stick your face in your bath water the other night, and you thought it was so much fun!

I almost forgot! You went potty in your little potty for the first time! You told me you had to go "poopoo," so I set you on the potty, and we sat, and sat, and sat. For about 20 minutes, but you finally went! I was so proud! You haven't shown much interest since then, so I'm not going to push it, but hopefully it's a start! I really didn't want to get a training potty, because I think I would rather change a dirty diaper than clean out the potty, but you do NOT like sitting on the big potty. And it's a good thing that I am so OCD when it comes to your potty being germ free, because when you're not using it, you wear it as a hat. Seriously. You're such a mess.

You are still the sweetest little boy, and you make me so happy to be your mommy!

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