17 Months Old

This month flew by. I remember when we found out we were pregnant and calculated how old Jude would be – 17 months – it sounded so big and so far away! And now here we are, Jude’s 17 months and a big brother!

IMG_7746Our blue-eyed little man has had a pretty good month.

IMG_7286We played and played for most of it.

IMG_7433Jude has continued to want to be involved in everything we are doing.

IMG_7482Doing the dishes were a big hit this month,

IMG_7889And anytime I have a bowl out mixing or something on the stove he has to be alongside me watching.

IMG_8217His curiosity and enthusiasm for cooking prompted me to get him his own kitchen. I was lucky enough to find this great Ikea one second hand.

IMG_7756It’s been his go to toy. He will get his toy pot out, throw plastic food in and mix away! He’s been really into feeding all stuffed animals and little people figurines. He will place them on the counter and offer them a drink or a pretend food and even makes a noise like they are drinking or eating and says ‘mmm’ after. Cute!

IMG_7790Our friends with older toddlers say the play kitchen and play food in their homes continue to be big hits so its a great addition to our collection.

IMG_7527Jude had  a lot of solo time with Dad on the weekends this month as I have needed the breaks.

IMG_7302These two can be quite the comedy act – always playing some kind of game. If not chasing each other around the living room, they are most likely dancing together. Jude will demand that Luke picks him up and points to the stereo for him to turn on music. It’s adorable to watch him imitate Luke’s dance moves!

IMG_7355The cooler weather has made bike rides possible again.

IMG_7568Luke took Jude all around one afternoon, which included a stop at the sandpit.

IMG_1952During the week Luke coming home is always a big event. Jude will hang out by the door in anticipation of his arrival. He runs up to him and sweeps his arms around his neck. Often Luke ends up engaged in some kind of game before he can even get his tie off!

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IMG_7917We managed to check out a few new playspaces this month. The one below is the newest free government funded playroom right in our neighborhood.

IMG_7720Jude loved the pretend BBQ area,

IMG_7741Disco sticker room,

IMG_7734And prism mirror.

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IMG_7728We visited another government playroom a little further away one morning.

IMG_8106This one had great puzzles.

IMG_8116We had a few friend play dates, too.

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IMG_7961And if I can’t think of anything else, and we just need to get out, I would take him down the street to the Xinyi Sports Center for some playtime and a snack. We usually hang out in this little reading area to eat our snack. Jude loves all the attention (and especially food) he gets from the seniors.

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IMG_7787We have had a lot of battles around controlling media consumption lately. TVs, iPhones, and iPads are everywhere and of course any toddler would want to play with these incredible light shows. We don’t have normal TV, just Roku, linked through to Youtube. So I will let him watch a Sesame Street episode here and there. I use an egg time to keep track of time (although he usually loses interest before it goes off). Also, my friend told me about guided access for Apple devices. It is amazing and also allows me to have some control over what he accesses on the screen and for how long! I have had to take him to a few pregnancy check-ups and there is no way I could have made it through those appointments with out such a handy distraction!

IMG_7320His fine motor skills are pretty incredible – he continues to surprise me with how well he can manipulate objects. He can turn the water taps on and off now too! This, combined with his discovery that the step stool can by moved around is dangerous!

IMG_7444Because of his fancy finger skills I thought it was a good time to try out playing trains. He can make them go ‘vroom vroom’ around but doesn’t quite yet get the concept of the track. So we push them around on the furniture or floor. He absolutly loves when I trail the trains over his body!

IMG_7667Besides the kitchen he also got another fun toy this month – a water/sand table. It’s amazing how something as simple as pouring water can provide so much entertainment!

IMG_7404The non-stop ‘talking’ has continued. I love it! It is such a cute stage. Our conversations are starting to become more fluid, I can ask a question and he will give me an answer. A few weeks back I started asked him how he was and he said ‘good!’ with such enthusiasm.

IMG_8279The three of us play this fun game where we make a fort under a big blanket. Jude goes nuts for it – we sit under it and he babbles away to us, waving is arms around and giggling.

IMG_8334Two more teeth (bottom canines) making their way through his mouth. Not long until he has his full set of baby teeth!

IMG_8031Towards the end of the month he got a bit sick with a cough and a cold.

IMG_7974I can always tell when he is starting to get sick as he is grumpy,  super tired,

IMG_7864And wants heaps of cuddles.

IMG_7285We had some special treats to make him feel better – like McDonalds and lots of popsicles.

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IMG_7827It took a wee while to recover but he did so just in time to meet his brother.

IMG_7924 I’m so excited to watch as Jude and Toby get to know each other. It’s going to be a big adjustment for all of us but I think Jude will embrace his new role as big brother.

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