You guys. We're so thankful. He's been amazing us for 18 months today. Officially a half birthday at 1.5 years. I'm already thinking about birthday party #2. Surely nothing compared to birthday party #1, but I have a few fun ideas to spice up the middle of a Chicago winter... you know... when I like to birth all of my babies it seems.
Just for kicks, I'll share a list of some of our favorite things about Benjamin at 18 months.
- He climbs up into his high chair (Stokke Tripp Trapp, no straps) and says "bites" when he's hungry
- The wonderful amount of words he's begun speaking over the last few months. His favorites that he says all. the. time. are "car", "bites", "book", "button", "up", "truck"...
- Loves to say the owl sound (hoo hoo) when we ask (or sees one in a book) in the quietest, most sweet voice
- His love for books
- When we say "eye", he squints (see picture above) and then attempts to poke our eyes
- Takes great joy in being in any car (unstrapped) including real cars and his two fake cars
- How he follows commands like going to get his shoes, picking up the cup, placing toys in the basket, etc.
- He's finally coming around to eating-- typical kid fare, but at least he's eating more things!
- How he says "oh" instead of "no" and shakes his head.
- Runs to hug us when we ask for a hug and when we walk in the door and says "up"
- His latest acrobat tricks that will definitely land him in gymnastics this winter
- His incredible dance moves
- How he kisses us goodnight and then says "bye" with a wave
- When he brings me my shoes and puts them on my feet... or brings me his shoes so he can go outside
- Upon telling him it's bathtime, he walks through the house and up the stairs to the bathroom
- How much he loves the new toddler bed we just bought him (not transitioned yet...got a deal!) and jumps on it with glee
- When I tell him we're going to get the mail, gets excited and heads in that direction where he opens and closes the mailbox
- When he shrieks of excitement as he pushes around a kid cart or sits in the attached cozy coupe at the grocery store
- That he taught himself how to open the Goldfish container in the cabinet when he wants a snack
- How tenacious, determined and proud he gets when he accomplishes something he's working at
I will probably come back and add more just because I love this kid so much. He's an absolute light to us and we couldn't be more grateful.
(volume up for this one, it's 7 seconds!)