Precious Little Jack! We can't get enough of this boy. If I could only describe him in one word it would be: ENTHUSIASTIC. He loves life and feels emotions with his whole body. I haven't been able to capture it in a picture but when he gets excited about something (sees a dog, finds a good toy, has a delicious bite) he clenches his fists and his whole body gets rigid, toes curled, and he makes an excited squeal/grunt. He must do this like 12 times a day.
In pursuit of his decided hug-victim: Cat Stockton, fresh from the bath. He followed him around like that for like two whole minutes haha til he finally got the hug he was looking for.
Jack has held on to his morning nap MONTHS longer than the other kids - they were down to just an afternoon nap by the time they were one, and Jack is almost 18 months and still naps twice a day usually. If he doesn't nap in the morning he is sooooo tired by the afternoon - I've found him passed out around the house multiple times.
He can communicate surprisingly well with gestures, eye contact, and words that are mostly variations on the "ba!" sound. It takes a trained ear to tell the difference between "ba" ("milk") and "ba!" (bite). He "says": bubble, hug, milk, bite, mama, ball, book, david, elmo, all done, clap, wave, PopPop, stockton, outside, car, up, water, and lots more. It is really really fun to experience his development and growth - Stockton was on his own developmental path and we kind of forgot what the "normal" toddler is able to do with communication, so we are continually surprised and delighted with all of Jack's social skills.
|he has refused to sit in the high chair for|
months, wanting to join us at the big table
|fixing the vacuum with PopPop|
|loves the barn set ("mooooo"|
and "quack!" are his favorites)
(cue clenchy body grin of excitement)
|we LOVE this happy happy boy|