My sweet little Hudson,
Your eighteenth month has definitely been one of the best ones yet. Your personality becomes bigger and brighter every day, and just when I think I couldn't be more astonished with the little things you do, you go and surprise me, over and over again. Your Dad and I couldn't have asked for a gentler, kinder, sweeter, happier toddler. You are truly our beautiful angel. Instead of getting all mushy, at the end of this important milestone month (a whole year and a half!), I thought that I might just list a few of my favorite things about you......
-I love that you are very willing to give me a squeeze whenever I ask for a hug....even if it's 207 times in one day.
-I love that you are learning to repeat just about any word or action. All of your words aren't always perfectly clear, but you sure do work hard at expanding your vocabulary.
-I love that you are MaMa & DaDa's little helper. You like to help unload the dishwasher. You like to try to sweep. When you take things off of a shelf (especially shelves you aren't supposed to be touching) you most always put things back.
-I love that you curl you top lip under your teeth when your nose runs....until somebody wipes it for you.
-I love that you talk about Mama and Dada all day long. Mama? Dada. MamaDada.
-I love that you love music. and dancing. And you're never afraid to break it down, and give a little wiggle. Anywhere, anytime.
-I love that you feel so passionate about "Choo-Choo's". If there is one thing that you love to talk about it's choo-choo's. You play trains in the bathtub, and in the floor, and sometimes you even sneak one to bed. Most times, we can find you pushing Thomas around, while you say: "chugachugachugachuga-ChooChoo!".
-I love that you mimick the little things that we do, like blowing on hot food or brushing hair, or knocking on doors.
-I love that you never fail to entertain us. After church one Sunday we went out to lunch, and as you ate your noodles, you held one in between your fingers. You were rolling it around, and getting ready to eat it. But before that noodle made it's way to your mouth, you had accidentally flicked it, and it was airborne. It sailed over our table, past your Dad's head, and straight into the booth behind us, narrowly missing the lady seated there. As she tried her hardest to figure out where the flying food fragment had come from, your Dad and I did everything we could not to burst out laughing. All the while, you just sat staring at your hand, wondering what happened to that noodle.
-I love that you answer your Chuck the Talking Truck. Every time he says "Bye." I hear you say "Bye!"
-I love that you love to go for rides in the car. Whether they're long rides, or short ones, you are always a happy camper.
-I love that books are your favorite thing. You love to be read to, and you love to "read" to yourself. Some of your favorites this month have been, "That's Not My Kitten", "A Cuddle For Little Duck", "Goodnight Moon", and many more. You love your "Baby's Beginner Bible." Today, you flipped through the pages, and found what you were looking for, and began to clap your hands. When your Dad and I checked to see what the page said, it was a bible verse that you have, no doubt, heard us read many times before: "Clap your hands, shout to God with joy."- Psalm 47:1. I think it is safe to say, it's your first favorite Bible Verse.
-I love that when you see your DaDa or I laughing, you throw your head back and laugh, too.
-I love that you were able to give up your bottle this month. After a couple of long, sad days with a bit of crying and screaming, you finally made the transition to a cup. What a big boy! And it doesn't bother me one bit that you still refer to your cup as "ba-ba".
-I love that you have learned to tickle. Your sweet hands are so cute, little fingers moving quickly. And you always say "tickle tickle tickle".
-I love that you love bath time and brushing your teeth. Two of your very favorites parts of the day, for sure.
-I love that you love animals. You have finally figured out that Lulu isn't alone out there in the backyard, and you now regularly call out to our other sweet dog, Kota...although it sounds more like "KoKa". You also love to be around your grandparents' dogs. You get so excited when Martha & Gig's dog Betsy plays with you, and you talk about "Pay-pee", Gennie & Grandad's dog, Pacey, all the time.
-I love that you are the best little sleeper. For the past 2 months you have been content with our "Night-Night" routine of laying you in your crib at 8:30. You almost never fuss, and by the time we get to the monitor to check on you, you are sound asleep. And DaDa loves it that you are waking up around 7:45 or 8:00 am, just in time to see him before he's off to work.
You do so many amazing things. Thank you for being YOU, Hudson. We are so blessed to have you as our son.
I love you forever & ever,
p.s. This month you became a local celebrity (ha!) when your picture was in the newspaper!
Here are a few pictures of you from your wonderful 18th month!