Thursday, August 5, 2010

18 months

not sure why this sweet little cow pic is at the top of my post, but just ignore it for a few minutes :)
so my baby lucas is 18 months old now. i'm pretty sure that means he is officially growing up. things that prove he is hardly a baby anymore:
•• he talks ALL the time. he learns new words without me even teaching him! a few of his newest words are milk, up/down, light, cow, moo, AMEN (my fav... he is so stinkin sweet when he says it!) caden, lala, mae mae, ken, pool, bath, and many many more. he is putting more words together now as well. his newest thing is to say "hey mama" when he sees me! :)
•• he loves to swim, read, run wild, play with flashlights, cars, basketballs, and all things boy! he also loves dora... not really considered all things boy, but ya know! i think all the sword fights with trace def make up for the dora time! haha.
•• he gets in trouble almost daily for getting into my chapstick. he has a fetish like his mama, what can i say? trace always yells- mama, hurry. wucas has your wipsticks! :) lucas also loves to bring me my phone, the remote controls, and all things he is not supposed to be playing with. he thinks if he looks at me all cute and says "here ya go" then he won't get in trouble! :P
•• there are boo-boos EVERYWHERE on that kid. seriously... it looks like i abuse him. i can't remember the last time he didn't have more than 3 bumps or bruises on his sweet little head! and his legs are scratched and bruised to pieces. the kid goes 90 to nothing wherever he goes. you'd think he kept his eyes closed the way he runs into things!
•• he loves binx, my old cat that lives at my parents house. when we drive up their driveway, he calls out, in this order, "bit-sy, pop pop, CAT- meow!" :) it's so funny b/c he acts like the cat is part of the family. ok, she kinda is!
•• lucas has no fear of water. he walked off the diving board (into uncle josh's arms) at a friends pool the other day, and thought it was hilarious! meanwhile, i was having a heart attack in the shallow end! ALSO, he loves the slides at the kiddie pool at alabama adventure... you know the 3-4 white slides that you have to go around the pool and hike up the stairs to get to? yeah, he takes that little walk by himself, steps down into the waiting area, and slides down with the biggest grin on his face, ALL BY HIMSELF. sometimes he is backwards or sideways, but he loves it! he doesn't wear water wings or anything!! he is SO BIG!
•• he wants to feed himself these days... he loves to use a fork and spoon. sometimes he flat refuses to eat, unless i let him do it by himself. and he loves to HOLD my drink and drink it. yes, that almost always results in a big mess!
•• lucas is sleeping less these days, shorter naps and much less sleep at night. i'm hoping this is a quick phase and my baby who loves to sleep will get back to normal soon! since he and trace share a room now, when he cries, i mean SCREAMS in the middle of the nite, or bright and early at 5 am, he disturbs the whole house, including poor trace who is across the room. this morning, no lie, trace told me "mama, lucas is screaming and it hurts my ears. maybe he needs to learn how to sleep!" ha, i couldn't agree more tracecar!!
•• he is mr. independent. he says "i wanna go" when i get him out of his carseat, which means he doesn't want me to hold him. he wants to be FREE! he doesn't even want me to hold his hand. however, if we are at home, he still wants me to hold him often. and by often i really mean all waking moments. that boy is STILL a mama's boy 100%.
•• speaking of STILL, he is STILL throwing major fits. ya'll, sometimes this sweet boy of mine makes me LOSE MY MIND. i honestly don't remember trace throwing these kind of fits. maybe he did. if that's the case, hopefully i can remember these days later down the road and remember the fun times with lucas and not think "those were the worst days of my LIFE!" seriously. we spank him, use mr. pop, put him in time out, ignore him... we've tried a ton of things, and the kid just throws a worse fit. i am open to suggestions on how to deal with them!! b/c they are getting really old really fast! oh dear lord i hope this stage ends soon. or there may be a (sometimes) sweet boy named lucas up for adoption. LAINE, are you intersted? :) j/k!!!
•• he is growing like a weed. not sure what he weighs/how tall he is, but he goes to the dr in 2 weeks for his well visit and we will find out then. he is wearing size 18-24 month clothes, and has just grown out of his first pair of size 5 new balance shoes. so sad! he still wears a size 4 diaper.
•• and last, getting back to the cute little cow picture, lucas is OBSESSED with cows! he loves them. this is our friend's baby cow (guess that makes him a calf!) charlie. lucas kept going up to the fence while we were swimming and saying "hey cow!" it's adorable. and he loves to say cow- mooo! i bet he would have climbed in the fence with charlie if i would have let him! i love this pic, where he is on his tippy toes to see that sweet cow!
hey cow!

i really can't believe lucas is already 18 months. though he rocked our world a year and a half ago, and it hasn't been the same since, we wouldn't trade it for anything! we love our sweet boy and can't wait to continue watching him grow up! happy (year and a half) birthday little lucas james!


Shalita said...

CUTE post! What a boy you have! He might be a mess sometimes, but he is darn sure cute all the time! I LOVE the cow pictures!

And I think Laine might need just one more little "fit thrower" at her house! : )

Happy 1/2 birthday, Little Lucas!

Dollar General said...

I'm noticing he's in just a diaper!! ha ha! I'm just sayin' - he's cute!

Anonymous said...

Go to for practical advice on handling children. The whole book is right there on the site to read. You may not agree with everything she says about homeschooling your kids or things like that, but the discipline part is spot on.

It has been one of the best things for our family. Our second child starting showing us just how strong-willed he was at about 13 months. We didn't find this book until he was two and by then I was at my wit's end. What a blessing it was. He still has his moments (he's 3 almost 4), but they are few and far between and much easier to deal with for him and us. My youngest is now starting to "test" us and we know better how to handle it. It takes a lot of work, but is so worth it!

One other thing that helps my son who is like yours, is setting up stations around the house with different activities in each one. I set the timer and he rotates between the stations. Some are stations with me, some are alone but still near me so I can nip anything before it even starts. He loves it! I hope this helps. I'll say a prayer for your family tonight.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I meant to say the stations aren't elaborate or anything. It may be play-doh with me, hot wheels in mama's room, books on the couch with me, blocks in the playroom, etc. I just took things we have already and called them stations. New name equals cool to the kids. Sometimes during the summer, the kids would specifically ask me to set up stations for them. I'd set up 6 stations or so and the kids would rotate every 15-20 min. Each kid would be at a different station and the house would be so quiet for 1-2 hours. Loved it! Try it and if you do, post about it. I'd love to know if it works as well with you. As well as the website I mentioned above.