Declan, today you are 16 months old! You are growing up so fast and are, of course, still bigger than most everyone else your age. Daddy says you are going to be a defensive tackle with the build you have, lol. Your current size makes dressing you a bit difficult at times because things are either way too big or way too small. Carter's, Target and The Children's Place need to get on the ball and realize some kid are going to weigh in at 2T/3T, but their height will be around the 24 months range. Due to this fitting issue all of your pants drag the ground. The simplicity of one size fits all kiddo ranges is no longer working for us. This was not an issue over the summer because you were always wearing shorts, but now that it is cooling off we are going to have to get creative with some hemming.
It has been such an exciting time lately with all you are learning! My absolute favorite thing is that you love to sing songs with us. The "ABC's" are still your favorite and you love when we sing this in your room and point at all the letters on your wall. You make it pretty clearly saying A-G and then trail off until it is time for you to yell "ella mm no p" as loud as you can. Sometimes you keep singing with us after that, but most of the time you consider that the end of the song. Other hits are "Old McDonald" with you providing all of the e-i-e-i-o's and a few animal sounds, as well as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," "Ring Around the Rosies" and "Itsy Bitsy Spider" complete with all of the hand motions.
On top of singing, you are becoming more and more vocal as a whole. Your favorite word is Wade, and by favorite we mean that you call for him about 1,000x a day, but you have only said Fia a handful of times. You count to three and then yell "GO!" but really only "three" and "go" are easily understood when you say them, but we know what you are trying to get at with the attempts at "one" and "two". You say mommy, daddy, and Jake, which you say just like I do when I am trying to get daddy to hurry up and do something, lol. Poor Daddy!
This is how you currently say each of your grandparent's names:
CeeCee = TeeTee
Papi = Puppy, but sometimes Pahpeee
MawMaw = Mamna
PawPaw = also Puppy
Nanny= Nanny (you said it so well the other day!)
Pappy = Pappy, but more often you say Puppy
Additional favorite words are: shoes, yum, mine, up, cup, baby,
uh oh, bye, ouch, and pish (aka fish).
uh oh, bye, ouch, and pish (aka fish).
Speaking of shoes being one of your favorite words to say, I should probably point out that you really like your shoes. You find them around the house and bring them all to one spot and then shove one or two in our faces until we put them back on your feet. I always thought kids were supposed to hate their shoes and take them off, but you want them on most of the time. As soon as you get a pair on, you promptly remind us that we are then supposed to take you outside. :)
You still love playing in pools, fountains, the shower and pretty much anywhere else water can be found (like the dog bowl). You blow kisses when we say "I love you," wave at everyone we meet and give the best hugs. You love both of your sweet little cousins and have a blast each time you get together to play with one of them. Luckily, all three of you are very energetic so they are not phased at all by how big you are and how rough you play at times....we still keep a close watch just in case you get a bit too rough.
It is remarkable how much you have changed just since your birthday. There are still times when you really want to snuggle, but it is usually just at bedtime these days. You have become so independent and always want to show that you are able to feed yourself (with a spoon!) and hold your own drink even though it is just a cup with a straw. We make a lot of messes this way, but your puppy brother and sister are always glad to help you clean it up.
We love you!
Mommy and Daddy