Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cruz's 19 Month Update

Cruz turned 19 months old on the 26th.  With each passing month he just gets more and more fun.  He keeps us well entertained and busy all day long.
*   He weighs around 26 pounds
*   He wears 18-24 month clothes, size 4 diapers, and size 5 shoe
*   He eats everything.   We are very thankful that he is not a picky eater and he will eat whatever is fed to
     him.  Recently he has started holding his food in his mouth and won't chew or swallow.  It drives us nuts.
     A few of his favorites are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, McDonald's cheeseburgers, and any fruit. 
     He loves mandarin oranges and for some reason calls them "dooney".  We have no idea where that word
     came from but we hear him ask for it often. 
*   He likes to sleep with a burp cloth that he calls his towel.
*   We love that he can now follow simple commands like "bring me your shoes", "put that in the garbage
     can", "pick up your toys", etc. 
*   He loves to help us around the house.  He likes to hand us the clothes out of the basket when we are
     loading the washer.  He likes to sweep and mop (or at least try to).  He loves to get a wet wipe and go
     around dusting things.  He is a big helper!  I think he gets that cleaning from his daddy, haha.
*  He has a great vocabulary and seems to learn new words everyday.  He repeats many of the words he
    hears us say.  He loves to read books and say the words after us.  He has a pretty good pronunciation
    as well.  He spends time daily next door at our neighbors house so he is learning a lot of Spanish words
*   He loves to curl his tongue under and bite it. 
*   He LOVES music.  As soon as he hears music playing he starts dancing.  We have always sang to him
     since he was born.  Many times I have sung hymns and praise choruses to him.  His new favorite song to
     sing I am not sure of the title but the chorus goes Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know.  Fills my every longing.  Keeps me singing as I go.  Well he loves to sing the Jesus, Jesus, Jesus part and sings it all 
    day long and especially when he goes to sleep.  It melts our hearts to hear him!  He also likes the "Love 
    My Lips" song from Veggie Tales. 
*   He loves shoes and wants to change into a different pair several times throughout the day.  He also loves
     to wear things on his head.
*   He has learned to say many of our neighbors names.  It makes them very happy that he can say their
     name.  His favorites to say are Hans and Yuli.  He calls our neighbor Glenda- Glenny.  He also knows
     the names of their dogs- Shakira, Tookie, and Spikey.
*   He has started telling us when he has pooped. 
*   He is learning to have temper tantrums and testing our limits often.
*   We are trying to change him from two naps a day to one long afternoon nap.  It works well most days
      but there are days that he just cannot make it until after lunch.  He still goes to bed between 7:30- 8:00
      and most days wakes up around 6:30 a.m. 
*    He has learned to crawl out of his bed and that makes trying to get him to go to sleep at night very hard. 
*   He has started giving us kisses.  He especially likes to kiss us when he wakes up in the morning. 
     He can be so sweet at times!
He is as active as any little boy can be.  He is rough, rowdy, and just simply all boy.  We love his personality and watching him grow and develop. Of course we think he is very smart (doesn't every parent).  He is a happy child that seems to adjust well to any and all circumstances. 

Happy 19 month birthday baby boy!
We look forward to seeing what these little hands and feet are going to get in to next.

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