Jude is 14 months. I stuck him on a luggage scale last week when we dropped Luke at the airport for a business trip to Korea and it read a hefty 10.9kgs (24 lbs).
He has also started climbing, which is way scary. Thankfully we don’t have too many shelves but he gets the idea of the step stool and so I have caught him trying to use it to reach things or climb into the empty bathtub.
Tantrums are tough. I don’t mind at home but when we are out and I pick him up or take him away from something he shouldn’t be playing with – man, oh man, he kicks and screams and is very hard to calm down.
He’s adjusted to his new schedule of one nap a day pretty well. He usually wakes up after 40 mins and lets out a big tired cry and after 5 or so minutes will fall back asleep. He usually manages around 1.5 hours but on a really lucky day 2 hours.
By 5pm he is pretty crabby and it is hard for me to make dinner as he just wants to be picked up or doing something with me. So I have started sticking him onto a shower curtain on the floor with a bowl of flour.
He understands when I ask him to help me with a certain chore and he will go and find the vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, washing machine, etc. For the washing, I like to stick him in the basket of dirty clothes and drag him in it over to the machine.
Jude’s gotten so much better at giving kisses. He used to give us these big sloppy, wet, open mouthed ones and now he closes his lips and we get a sweet little peck. He also loves kissing Fern and his peek-a-boo Elmo book from Aunt Jen and Uncle Rob.
He uses sounds a lot too. ‘Moo’ for cow (and his favorite book), ‘Na na’ for Elmo (from ‘la la la, Elmo’s Song’), ‘na’ for nose, ‘vroom vroom’ for cars, ‘brrrr’ for vacuum and ‘mmm, mmm’ for food he likes.
His favorite toys this month are ones that have an open/close function. He also is really fascinated with fitting things into one another, like in the photo below where he put a ball in a cup then took it out, over and over again. He still gravitates to balls, cars, blocks, and books. Thankfully he has decided we can can read him different stories this month, but he still loves his old favorites. He is also really into finding an object in a book and going back to it over and over – like the apples in ‘Moo’.
I’ve noticed that while he is still super active for the majority of the day, he has begun to have these quiet, relaxed moments where he will lie down in bed or on the ground. It really freaked me out when he first did it as he is usually ‘go, go, go’ until we pop him in his crib. It’s nice though to see him communicating with us when he is tired.
Now that he running around he is demanding a lot more food. I can’t leave the house without a purse full of snacks or else. He stands alongside me while I make him food and begs for a taste. He has also started standing under the fridge and pointing up – especially when he wants a drink of milk.