Saturday, April 20, 2013

Luke: 21 Months!

(somebody refuses to wear their monthly sticker these days!)

Lukey balukey! Another month has come and gone in the blink of an eye. The thought that "The days are long but the years are short" goes through my head daily. And truth is, sometimes the days feel short too. You are growing up and are becoming quite the little boy. Humorous, witty, mischievous, thoughtful, kind and oh so fun. 

You are getting taller; I can tell by the length of some of your pants. You still weigh between 31-32 pounds, but you're thinning out and losing some of that baby fat (excuse me while I tear up). We've been to a couple doctors this month. All last week, you had what we think was a fever virus with temps above 104 for almost 6 days! Yesterday, we went for your regular 6 month ENT checkup and found out that in addition to your poor allergies, you have a sinus infection. We left with SIX prescriptions to clear that up and for ongoing preventatives. This Dallas weather is kind to no one. 

Almost overnight, your vocabulary exploded. You repeat almost everything I say, can point out things in your 100 words books, say please and thank you without being prompted and say simple sentences with no problems. Some new words and phrases that you say often are kitchen, couch, cracker, helper, "hold you, mommy", vacuum, sweep, mop, "I help", "I drive", doctor, outside and pool/swim. 

This month, we changed your crib into a toddler bed. You've done amazingly well with it and love to climb up in your bed and pretend to go "night-night" or read books or play with your stuffed animals. I'm glad we made the transition early and I'm even happier that you seem to have adjusted to it seamlessly. You're growing up! 

After school each day and once we get home, you usually insist on driving the car. So I park, turn the car off and you climb into the front seat and pretend to drive. You love playing in the front seat and would stay in there for hours if we let you. We've had lots of time for long walks, trips to the park, and playing in the backyard. You love being outside and to get you inside, we often have to drag you kicking and screaming.

When we aren't at home playing, 9 times out of 10, we are at the country club playing and hanging out with friends. You have so many precious friends there and you just love to be there putt-putting, eating or trying to steal a golf cart. I'm excited for the pools to open so we can spend more time out there with friends!

This month, we've done so, so much (that's a theme for our family, I think!). We've gone to Waco, to Houston, to birthday parties and wedding showers and to crawfish boils!

The weekend of the 21st, we went to Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Purple Cow. There weren't a lot of people there, so you got quite a bit of time with the Easter Bunny. You loved him (from a distance) and were so fascinated by a huge bunny!

On Easter weekend, we drove to Waco to meet your newest cousin, Jackson. He was born Thursday afternoon, so we woke up early Friday and drove down there to meet him and see your cousins and grandparents. You loved him and kept kissing him. You were able to play with Jordyn and Julianne for a few minutes - and then we were off to Houston for Easter! 

We spent Friday afternoon playing in MC's backyard, grilling, and having quality time with the Gillens and Nana and Papa. Saturday, we had a huge egg hunt (which you slept through) with all of Mommy's side of the family and a bunch of the Gillens. Sunday, we woke up to find our Easter treats and more eggs! Although we didn't make it church this year, we celebrated the birth of our Risen Savior knowing we worship a living King 365 days a year.

Two weekends ago, I came up to your school early to watch Mr. David with you. I've heard some rumors you were quite the dancer and I had to see it for myself. It was quite the show and you are quite the mover and shaker! After Mr. David, we joined our friends for Demo Day on the driving range and had a fun evening chasing you!  I think you and Kaki spent half the time feeding each other M&Ms. The next day, we went to a crawfish boil - you played so hard! By the time we got home, you had a 102 fever and little did we know, we were in for quite a long week!


After a long, long week of high temps and zero energy, we ramped up for a fun weekend. We went to a fabulous garden party for our sweet friend, then we hosted a wedding shower for Becca and Justin and topped the weekend off with a trip to the park. You had to so much fun with Becca, Chelsea and Justin that you've been asking for Becca or Chelsea all week.

This week, you've helped Daddy plant new grass, you've gone to swim lessons and you've had picture day at school. We're looking at another busy weekend packed with activities and fun, and I know you're going to have a blast.

Luke, I can't tell you this enough - I am so so thankful that God gave me you to raise. You bring so much joy and light to my life that no one else but you could! You make everything so much fun and your little giggles and smiles make my day, every day. I'm looking forward to another month of fun activities, sweet snuggles and hearing the precious sound of you yelling "Mommy!" over and over again.

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Hi! I'm Molly. I've been living, working and playing in Dallas since 2005. I love my Jesus, my husband Jon, and my precious sons Luke and Hunter. I have a deep love for Park Cities Baptist Church, Texas Country music, floating the river, backyard barbecues, crawfish boils, decorating, gift wrapping, gift giving, shopping, Etsy, all things monogrammed, cooking, traveling with my friends to great places, being Southern through and through, wine, football season, and the Texas Longhorns. I hope you'll enjoy reading my Letters to Luke.

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