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Jude: 20 Months



Hey tornado! You are already 20 months and are finding ways to make yourself seem older and older each day. You are so attentive to what your brother is doing that you continue to pick up on things so fast! Slow down buddy, there is NO rush!

In the past few months you have discovered how to climb out of your crib. We caught you a couple times stuck on the crib railing screaming because you got yourself up there and couldn't figure out which way to come down. And yes, we left you there and took video and photographed it before helping you down. A few days after seeing you stuck for the first time, I was doing something in the kitchen in the morning and it sounded like Zane was up playing before it was time to get up. As I walked closer to the bedroom door I saw your little feet underneath and it was shocked. I opened the door to see you grinning from ear to ear so happy that you had done it all on your own. Somehow you have only crawled out of the crib a handful of times and are pretty content on staying in it for now.

You are still climbing up, down and around everything you can. You are determined to get up on the top bunk and it scares me to death. You just want up there so you can throw all the stuffed animals down. We know you'll figure out how to get up there eventually but for now I'll keep my fingers crossed that it stops at just climbing on the toy chest.

You and Zane are precious together right now. It's like you've hit the sweet spot of playing together. It's usually some kind of chasing/running game, jumping on Mommy and Daddy's bed or wrestling and laughing. Occasionally it will be more subdued with trains and cars. My favorite part has been your recent snuggle times. The two of you will sit on the couch together to watch a cartoon and Zane will wrap his arm around you and you snuggle into him. You two are melting me! Of course there's still the screaming from you when Zane takes toys away from you or Zane screaming because you're pulling his hair but the majority of the time you two are pretty content together. I think you're going to miss having your brother around so much when he heads to school next week.

You are talking soooo much now! Everyday there's new words spilling out and phrases that make us all laugh. You can repeat pretty much anything, even it sounds kind of funny, and you are slowly understanding the idea of please and thank you. You like to be ornery already and have been calling me Daddy to get me to come tease you and tell you my name is Mommy. You also do this when I ask for a kiss, saying no and then waiting for me to attack you with kisses.

There are three things I can think of that you are obsessed with right now. The first is Nemo. Every fish is Nemo or Dory, everything you want to watch is Nemo and the one book you want to read over and over is Nemo. Bubbles are your other obsession. You have pretty much cleared us of any bubbles that we have had sitting in the garage since Zane was born. You walk into the garage and say "BUBBLES," start picking things up and running for outside. The majority of the time you spill them completely but occasionally you get a few bubbles out or end up being covered in them. And your third obsession - puppies! Oh my, do you ever love dogs. You refuse to call Luna by her name and instead say "PUPPY" all the time. You can tell her to get into her cage and she listens to you. You cuddle with her, grab things you know she'll chase you for and are looking for her first thing when we walk in the door. Because of Luna, anytime you see a dog you get so excited. We're trying to teach you that you can't just go up to any dog but that will take some time to sink in.

There are so many things that I have wanted to capture in a photo that you have been doing. However, the second you see one of us with the camera you come sprinting towards us, wanting to see the back of the camera. I have so many blurry photos of you with your big head right in the lens! Can you at least let me capture your cuteness for once!?

Your emotions are all over the place right now as you try to figure them out and when you get mad, you get mad! You look to anything near you to throw, pull down or spill. Time outs have been in full affect but you need constant reminders right now. At least you are a happy little man when you are dancing. You spin and spin until you get dizzy and then fall down or hit the wall. It is hilarious to watch and you giggle along with us.

The lake was a blast with you this summer and towards the end of summer you finally would walk on the beach un-assisted. You must not have liked the way that the sand felt on your feet but after figuring out how to make piles of sand you got used to it. You loved swimming and boat rides were usually with you in the front giving PaPa a thumbs up when he went fast and made your hair blow.

We are finding it hard to do any kind of work when you are around. I guess you are trying to tell us something! You love the laptop and want to type away on it. We have learned not to leave it open or you'll be sending all sorts of emails or shutting it down. We still forget though and can tell from the other room when you are on it because you start talking a mile a minute while you type.

We are about ready to enter a whole new schedule and phase of life for our family as Zane heads to kindergarten. Daddy and Mommy will have some more one-on-one time with you and I have to say we're really looking forward to it. I feel like you haven't gotten a lot of that and it will be fun to be with you and let you explore on your own with us. The other night after we tucked you both in, Daddy closed the door to say how cute you are right now. Your personality is just bursting out of you and we want to bottle up your adorableness and keep it forever close.

We love you crazy, little man!

Mommy & Daddy


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