Oh sweet Lucas,
How time has flown?! We can't believe you are over 1 1/2 years old!!! It just doesn't seem real. In a huge way, we want time to slow down, but you are just too much fun. You are growing and learning faster than we can think and you just amaze us:)
We can't even count how many words you know! We tried one day and we got over a hundred and we forgot so many! It's just mind-blowing. You are putting sentences together, you point to what you want and actually say the word instead of just grunting and whining, and you are starting to use some manners, which is amazing. You say "more, please" and "thank you" and your little voice is just so cute. We love it:)
You are really tall. A lot of your 12-18 month shirts are getting too short! You take after Momma though with your short legs. Your 12-18 month jeans are just right now:) You are still a little finicky about your meals though. If you eat a good lunch, you won't eat a good dinner. If you don't eat a good lunch, you eat a great dinner! That isn't always the case, though. Some days we can't feed you enough! You still love cookies, teddy grahams, fruit snacks and fig newtons for snacks. You will always eat chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes, turkey, applesauce, yogurt and bananas too. You have also learned to love mandarin oranges and pineapples. If you see french fries or chips first, you won't eat anything else!!! We had a rough time at Applebees because of this very thing. From then on, we decided to not order fries or to just have our waitress bring them out later on during the meal:) Oh the things we will do to make you happy!!!
You are still sleeping great. Going to bed at 7:30p and waking up at 7:30a (sometimes 8a)!! You don't sleep well in a pack 'n play anymore, but you are just getting bigger so I'm sure it's not near as comfortable. We're with ya, though, we sleep much better in our own bed too:)
You absolutely loved the sand!!!!!!! You would just sit in it and pick some up with your hands and pour it all over you:) It was awesome. We were a little worried about it, but you took to it like a champ!
You did great in the car, too. You watched a lot of "Mickey Mouse" and we practiced words in your 100 book, but we were surprised to see you knew most of them already:)
You had so much fun with cousin Colt while we were there! You guys would just stare at each other and laugh at each other and follow each other around:) I couldn't quit taking pictures!!
You even kissed each other:) Well, Colt kissed you! But you definitely kissed back! It's just so sweet your love for each other. I can't wait to watch it grow:)
Some other highlights of our trip were:
flying a kite!
licking the cinnamon roll spoon with Noah!
reading books with Nana and Owen!
and just being with family:)
You made our trip so special and wonderful! We hope to take many with you just like that one!
At the end of our trip, we did something extra fun when we stayed the night with your Great-Uncle Greg, Great-Aunt Debby, cousin Melissa;) We even got to see cousins Kim and Steve! You had a great time:) We don't get to see them very often, so we take any chance we can!
We had such a great time with you, and we always have a great time with you! We hope you know just how much fun you make our life. You give us meaning and purpose and we thank you for that!
These past few weeks since Florida have been extra crazy. Mommy and Daddy got new jobs, so we moved out of the house we brought you home to and moved in with Mimi and Poppy for now. We were sad to leave our friends and the little friends you have, but we think this is best for now. We are doing this for you because we are constantly thinking of your future. We want it to be bright and good and we think this is a step in the right direction. You are adjusting beautifully. You love Poppy (because he gives you lots of marshmallows) and you love cuddling with Mimi. You are also doing great at your new sitter, Mrs. Kelly. You are drawing, coloring, painting and doing lots of playing outside. You are also taking great naps (on mats and sometimes without your paci!). So proud of you:)
You are such a good boy and so easy:) We pray constantly for your continued obedience and continued easy-going personality. You are the bright part of our day and we just love you to pieces!!
We thank God everyday for giving us you!!
All our love,
Mommy and Daddy