Our babies are growing so fast, it is hard to keep up with them. Jared is now 2 ½ years old and Luke is one year old. They had a doctor’s visit at the end of January. I discovered that Jared had gained 2 ½ inches in height in the past six months but hadn’t gained a single ounce in weight. He basically weighed the same amount that he did this summer. He is nearly 37 inches tall, but only weighs 26 lbs.
It didn’t help that his body had to fight two different stomach flu attacks. His first one was in mid-December and lasted until about Christmas time. He was better for a few days when a really strong stomach flu hit him a week after New Year’s. He was throwing up all of his food for a few days and his mom got concerned enough to take him to the doctor to get antibiotics.
February has been a better month for him. According to our bathroom scale, Jared has gained back the weight he lost while he was sick and hit a new record of 29 lbs on Sunday.
We are still struggling to potty train him. Jared is not interested in using his potty and does not let us know he needs to relieve himself until after he has done so…in his diaper.
In other areas, we are seeing lots of progress. Jared is officially finished with bottle feeding and uses his sippy cups to drink all of his fluids. His vocabulary continues to grow in both English and Spanish (although he prefers English when his parents are around). He has learned to count (for the most part) to about 14. Sometimes he’ll say “One, two, three…nine!” Then he tries to fill in the numbers in between.
Luke has gone from crawler to…climber. He’s not confident to take those first walking steps on his own, but he will stand up and pull himself along furniture. Anything that he can lean on, he will use to push himself across the room. He has learned how to climb up on a tall couch and climb off without hurting himself. I’ve seen him climb up on Jared’s “big boy” bed and climb off without any assistance.
Once I saw him push a stool across the kitchen floor until he reached the stove. He proceeded to climb up on the stool so that he could reach the knobs on the front of the stove. His favorite button is the light switch to turn the light on in our stove. Of course, I took him off the stool before he started turning on any burners on our stove.
At this point, I’m sure it will only be a short time before Luke starts walking. In the meantime, he is learning how to talk. Most of his talk is just babble right now. He knows who each of his family members are. Stephen is “Da-da,” Cristina is “Ma-ma,” and Jared is “Ba-ba.” He is always full of curiosity to discover things that are within his reach. This means more and more things have to be moved OUT of his reach.
One of Luke’s favorite places to be is in front of our bookshelf. The bottom shelf contains puzzles and musical toys for both boys. The second shelf (still in Luke’s reach) now contains only the books that Luke is allowed to play with. Basically, those are the books that Luke can’t shred to pieces. Luke enjoys reaching up into his second shelf and pulling down the books that he can look at. I’ll often find him sitting in front of the book shelf with his puzzles, toys and books piled all around him.
The third bookshelf is out of Luke’s reach, but is now within Jared’s reach. We put all of Jared’s books up there that Luke could easy destroy if he was allowed to get to them. By the time Luke gets tall enough to reach Jared’s shelf, we hope that he’ll be able to take care of the books as well as Jared does.
I still have not weaned Luke completely, but he is learning to eat “big people” food. He loves having small pieces of cheese or meat that he can put into his own mouth. He’s gotten into the habit of fussing at being spoon fed. I think he’s catching up with Jared in being able to feed himself. Jared is still in the process of learning how to hold his own spoon and fork while he eats.
We are proud of our boys progress and enjoy watching them play and interact with each other.