Here he is again!
It’s been a big month for this big brother.
He spent a lot of time adjusting to our newest family member.
There were a lot of tough times – lots of tears from both boys.
Jude is so interested in Toby and I know he already cares so deeply for him as he is always asking about where he is if he is napping, or helps me out with diaper changes and inserting the pacifier!
But he seems to get overwhelmed with feelings of jealousy when I am having to spend a of time with Toby – to feed him or settle him. Slowly, things are getting better. Toby is getting more settled and Jude is starting to realize Mommy can hug two boys at once (and even pick them up!).
This age is a tough one as he can’t yet verbalize his feelings to me so will instead do something naughty to get my attention.
But Jude has actually been getting a ton of one-on-one time with Mom. When our nanny comes over he gets to go everywhere with me.
Despite the tantrums and naughty behavior, Luke and I both agree this age is also pretty awesome.
He talks and talks and talks non-stop. It’s still non-sensical but we are getting lots of words. He will repeat any words we give him and is doing it more and more without being prompted.
He woke up the other day and was sitting in bed with Toby and I and started pointing to Toby’s body parts and saying: ‘eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hands’. It was so clear too!
He is also very clear with what he wants and when he’s finished eating will promptly say ‘done!’.
He has been so good about sticking to (and even enforcing) our daily routine despite all the changes. A few times this month he has gone into his room and stood by his crib awaiting nap time after lunch.
He goes between wanting to be fiercely independent of us and desperately needing us. I especially see this when we are outside at the playground.
It’s modeling season and he’s been busy.
He had three jobs in November and several more lined up for December.
The shoots can be hard work – getting a toddler to pose is not possible so you have to get them to play on the set. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
The outcome always depends on the crew we work with as well as the props. If the camera man and crew are fun and responsive – Jude will be right into it. And its even better if he can freely explore the props.
Working with his friends is also a good way to guarantee great photos.
The shoots are usually only 2 hours but can feel like an eternity!
Jude always sleeps super well after a shoot!
Jude has had a lot of good time with Dad this month, too.
We all love the weekends when Dad is around to hang out. I especially love the extra pair of hands.
Trains are Jude’s new favorite thing to play. They keep these two busy for hours!
I sometimes have a hard time believing he is only 19 months old – it amazes me how much personality he has already.
Life with Jude certainly keeps getting better and better.