Hugh has learned how to "say" no...with a constant shake of his head. "Can you come here?" Shake the head. "Want some milk?" Shake the head. "Kisses for Mama?" Shake the head...very vehemently. And then there is the confusion of no..."Want a Gummy Vite?" Shake the head, while signing please...this means yes. We are teaching him the head nod...it is a difficult thing for him...who would have thought? He does more of a body nod than a head nod. Always learning...and for now, always no.
It has been a good week...a constant learning experience with Hugh. Last week at the zoo, Hugh fell from the top of stairs from a play slide (about four feet)...you know when you can see it coming, but you can't stop it...it was one of those moments. It was a total bummer and Hugh was so sad, but he got over and went right back to that slide. We pray for God to protect our little guy...we know we can't keep him in a bubble 24/7 (even though, Jake would probably really like that). Then earlier this week while I was cleaning the bathroom (yes, it was a Monday...always clean bathrooms on Mondays...OCD...just a little bit), Hugh was having some independent play time (which could mean a million different things)...on this day it meant playing with the lotion (which of course brought to mind..."It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again"...don't worry, I didn't bring out the hose). He made me laugh looking very innocent in a very guilty way. And then (on the same day) after grocery shopping, he decided it would be a good idea to pull a carton of eggs out of the fridge...ah, the joys. So, it made for a fun Monday!
What else is new with Hugh? Well, he has been holding his bottle...some of the time...when he feels like it (so, I know half of your are thinking, "Really, at sixteen months...what an accomplishment...my baby started holding her bottle at four months." It was difficult to teach him to hold his bottle when his arms were pinned for the majority of his life for feedings...kidding...but not really. And the others are thinking, "Really, sixteen months and still getting a bottle?" Yep, still getting a bottle...whatever to make my life easier...no judgement). He is definitely running all over the place now. Crazy energy all the time. He still loves being outside and is normally always carrying a rock or shovel with him...very boy. No new words...big shock there. He still loves books and can sit for hours if you'll sit there and read to him (have learned it is better to just bring a whole big stack of books so you don't get stuck reading the same book over and over again). We are also seeing God's faithfulness in Hugh's obedience...we know it is a life long process, but God is so faithful in the little things (like holding hands) and we are so thankful. Hugh's new thing...when you ask him to come to you, he starts taking steps backwards with a big smile on his face...normally, I don't have the same smile...bummer for him...we are working on it. He also has a new look..."No you didn't just do that to me." We get the "look" a lot. We love this boy and are so thankful for our time with him.
And the baby is still cooking...things look good. We are so thankful for this little life growing inside me...God is so faithful. Yep, still sick...but I KNOW it will get better and have plenty of people to remind me that it can't last more than forty weeks...good to know. We hope you all are doing well!