One-and-a-half!

I cannot believe that we are already halfway through this year of being ONE! Months?? We don’t even reference these things anymore! He is a one-and-a-half year old, and saying that means plenty to most people we talk with 🙂 Here are a few things I’m loving about our one-and-a-half year old..

+Loves books, bikes and music so so much (you’ve got moves kid..)
+A really good listener and when we instruct him, his eyes get as big as saucers.. sometimes I bust up laughing!
+Luke is my protector! If James teases me or tickles me, he’ll totally get aggressive with him 🙂 We have to help him so he knows it’s not okay to attack daddy 😉
+Mornings are the best, even though I don’t love the wake up calls, waking up to “mama mama mama mama” in a cute voice, definitely helps
+Huge sense of humor.. it’s so hilarious to discover what he thinks is funny. Specifically “yucky” or words said with an accent are winners 🙂
+We went through a phase of too many “no’s” in his everyday talk, so we practiced “no thank you” and “no please” to give him a response if he really wants to say “no” and his version is adorable. He does it in the softest, sweetest voice. I’ve never been so happy to hear a polite no!
+Loves the beach and our walks.. really anything to do with water. He cries when we leave and when bathtime is over.
+He also cries when it’s time to be done playing basketball. Although those are full on breakdowns.

Overall, we feel so blessed with a child who truly desires to listen to us and learn. He has his days, and we have ours. I feel like there have been plenty of mistakes I’ve made in this short year and half. Times when I’ve corrected him too harshly, and only known because of his little face staring back in confusion and sadness. Those are the times I am humbled (and then use baby sign language and words to apologize.. don’t think he quite gets it yet, so big hugs and kisses suffice:). Then there are times I am totally floored at his defiance, in the middle of the line at Costco with a hundred things in our cart, yippeeeee 🙂

But giggles on our bed at the end of the day cover those other humbling moments. Spitty kisses out of the blue when we’re sitting together, hands grabbing my face and everything. Sad moments when only the love of James or I have the ability to put him at peace. Listening to the monitor at night and Luke saying “mama” and “dada” in his dreams 🙂 Those certainly outshine it all. I never thought of this with all of these parenting moments but love really covers all the things we mess up, the Bible don’t lie.. For all our faults personally as parents, we get overwhelmed in the love of this adventure. Luke shows us a whole lot of love we don’t deserve, and I hope that I am doing the same. We love you our little one-and-a-half year old!

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