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!
It’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!
These 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!
During 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!
And 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.
We 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!
His 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!
Because 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!
The 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.