14 Months Old

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).

IMG_4902Jude didn’t spend long walking and now he is running everywhere.

IMG_4704He is a tornado and whips through our house tearing through drawers, shelves, etc.

IMG_4694He 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.

IMG_5282These faces are coming more and more frequently:

IMG_4693Tantrums 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.

IMG_4760But thankfully there are still more of these faces throughout the day.

IMG_4654He’s just being a toddler trying to make sense of the world and doesn’t quite understand why he can’t play in the trash can at the park with the cigarette disposal on top…

IMG_4800He’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.

IMG_5239By 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.

IMG_4958So messy but so worth it. It can keep him entertained for a whole hour.

IMG_4977The messes he makes are big but he is still very big on the whole clean up process.

IMG_4832He 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.

IMG_5149He loves watching the clothes spin around and round. Thank goodness our machine has a control lock as he also likes twisting the knob and pushing the buttons.

IMG_4990He is really into the toilets lately – opening and closing the lids, flushing them and of course, cleaning them. He knows that Mommy gets pretty angry when he tries to stick something down it.

IMG_4905Jude’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.

IMG_4910He’s getting more cuddly with his soft toys, like his gorgeous lamb from Grandma Elizabeth. He will walk around the house hugging it.

IMG_5293Of course his favorite cuddly toy is still Dad. He has quite a few words but ‘Dada’ is what he likes to say on repeat all day. It is certainly his happy word.

IMG_4914He 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.

IMG_5191His 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’.

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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.

IMG_4871Now 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.

IMG_4513His hair was getting in eyes quite badly and so we decided it was time to give him his first haircut.

IMG_5097It was not an easy job but I managed to clip the back and his bangs while he brushed his teeth with my electric toothbrush (one of his favorite things).

IMG_5098 We both tried durian for the first time this month and both promptly spit it out. Yuck.

IMG_5111On the teeth count he is up to 12! His top molars have appeared. So we’ve had lots and lots of drool.

IMG_4917Our darling little boy is growing up so fast.

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One response

  1. I always look forward to seeing these and today’s are super cute as always!! This time around, I feel extra lucky knowing that I almost wasn’t able to see Jude’s wee face again.. Keep growing Jude – can’t wait to see you in person! Graci xx

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