Our little guy is now sixteen months! Wow, sixteen months...unreal! He has gotten so big over the last month and heavy...Heavy Hugh for sure...breaking my back. Not sure how you moms do it carrying around your five year olds...forget about it. He got over another cold...I feel like he has a cold ALL the time (Jake reminded me that his last cold was a month ago...just seems like forever). He also has some words (when he feels like it)...Dada (first and always), Mama, and then his versions of bye-bye, all done (he said this one before Mama...shocker), up, and hi. We keep asking him to say different words (ET phone home)...we'll see what we can get. It is crazy to think he could really be talking in six months...and then he'll never stop! He is still obsessed with books and we actually hide some from him...never thought we would do this, but it gets to be overwhelming and he likes to read/sing the same books over and over and over...so, being the good parents we are, we just hide them. His obsession with books is matched by his obsession with being outside. Seriously, he would live outside. He just loves to run all around...playing with rocks, picking flowers (destroying them...whatever), licking water off the dirty ground (if dogs can do it, why can't Hugh?), playing in the mud...basically anything dirty. He has a blast and we love to watch him have fun. I already know that I will be lounging in the baby pool all summer while Hugh plays outside...I'll most likely be the melting whale. He is getting so tough...falling off bikes, kids running over his fingers...and not shedding a tear...such a big boy! We think he is the cutest boy ever (I guess we are a little biased) and so sweet. We continue to see his personality grow more and more. We see some stubbornness come out in him (all from Jake for sure) and we just want to be sure we are faithful in how we parent this little boy. Parenting is hard work (and we only have one right now!), but we know God is faithful...we see it in everything we do. So, we pray (and pray and pray) for wisdom in everything we do...we know we can't do it alone. Praise God for our sweet family!
And baby update...still going well...will finish week fourteen this week. We got to hear the heartbeat today...love that sound. It took some time for Dr. M to find the heartbeat (which always feel like thirty minutes when it is really only thirty seconds), but he found it and it was very strong (160...no, doesn't make me think one way or another...Hugh's heart rate was all over the board). We were glad to hear it and it relieved some worry (for me...I still struggle and am working through it...if it is not one thing, it is another...pregnancy really can bring out the worry in me...I just need to stop talking at the doctor or going to one I guess). We are supposed to have our big ultrasound next month, but I think we'll wait (not finding out what we are having)...no rush. So, everything is great...and now I just have morning sickness, the all day sickness has ended! Praise God for the little things!
Also, we are going to start working on Hugh's new room...I'll post pictures (we are still a couple months out...need to find bunk beds).
We hope everyone is doing well. We thank you all for your prayers!