13 Months Old

And he’s walking!

IMG_4553After weeks and weeks of practice,

IMG_3792He is finally walking  (preferring it over crawling).

IMG_3848We are so excited.

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Not only is it the cutest thing ever to watch this little person waddle around, but it also opens up a whole new world to him – like the playground. So we have been spending a lot of time there lately.

IMG_3724The playground is also great as Jude is a very social boy- he does not have a shy bone in his body and loves, loves new people. He will go right up to them, wave hello, blow kisses, reach for their belongings, etc.

IMG_3720Thankfully Taiwanese adults and children have been super receptive to Jude’s outgoing personality and are often delighted to engage him.

IMG_3722We’ve been getting him out with some of his old buddies too.

IMG_3821Fun for the kids and parents.

IMG_3839Swinging with Dad is great, but swinging solo is even better.

IMG_4246This particular playground also has a huge sandpit – perfect way to spend a morning.

IMG_4257Jude made a new friend at our local playground this month  – she’s his age and very cute.

IMG_4136They had a great time telling jokes,

IMG_4135Scratching each other’s backs,

IMG_4138Jude even attempted a first kiss! So cute…

IMG_4134This past month we celebrated Daddy’s 30th. There was cake, of course.

IMG_4088We also finally bought Jude a new big boy carseat.

IMG_4200And a swim cap, which everyone  (including babies and toddlers) are required to wear in Taiwan, so have been going to the pool at least once a week.

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Being a toddler now, Jude is super interested in everything we do. He loves helping us with chores- watering the plants, putting the groceries away, doing dishes. I always try to get him to help me – even if sometimes the mess he makes is bigger than the one we set out to clean.

IMG_4488Pretend play is also big on a toddler’s list. He loves pretending to clean (his toy vacuum and anything that resembles a rag), pushing his toy cars around the living room making a ‘vroom, vroom’ noise, and of course, talking on the phone. I have seen him starting to talk with his dolls too! It’s really cute.

IMG_3733He is so interested in how we use various items. After watching us several times he usually has the hang of it. And when he wants to know how to use something, he will bring it to us to show him. This past month we’ve made a big deal about him putting on his shoes to go out and taking them off when we get home, so now when I say, ‘We’re going for a walk, go get your shoes on’, he will go and get them and try to put them on. He can also anticipate things, like handing me the house keys when we are in the elevator coming back home.

IMG_4043He has been spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to put things back together – like putting my cards back in my wallet, screwing a lid on a bottle, or building blocks.

IMG_4308He’s also spending a lot of time figuring out eating with forks and spoons. He gets so excited when food actually lands in his mouth via utensil! Just recently he’s mastered the art of holding a popsicle.

IMG_4214We’ve also entered the repetition phase, not only wanting to be shown things over and over, but also wanting to have the same books read over and over. He has two favorites at the moment and we can’t read anything but. He refuses to pay attention to others and goes and grabs, or points to his favorites.

IMG_4271He has sprouted a few new teeth this month – bottom molars. Making for 10 teeth in total!

IMG_4033Sleep wise we’ve had a big change. He’s dropped his morning nap and so we have put him on a new nap schedule – one nap a day from 12-2pm. There is definitely an adjustment period as he was so used to two naps a day at certain times. So by 11:45am he has been practically nodding off before I put him in his crib, and by 6pm, he gets pretty grizzly.

IMG_3983Hopefully another week and he will be used to the new schedule.

IMG_4363His ‘Dada’ obsession is also growing stronger. All day long ‘Dada this, dada that’. He walks around the house pointing at photos of Luke. It is so sweet. He just loves when Luke walks in the door after work and refuses to let Luke out of his sight until he is put to bed by him.

IMG_4208They certainly have a very special relationship.

IMG_4497Of course, we have one too! And even though I’m not as big of a celebrity in Jude’s eyes (I don’t get nearly as many ‘mamas’), I have been getting a lot more hugs, cuddles, and kisses recently.

IMG_4477This little toddler continues to rock our world every, single day!

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