Anyway, I've been meaning to do an update on what Brooks has been up to since he hit the 18 month mark. Sadly, he's almost at the 21 month mark and I am just now getting it done! I've been writing down a few of the things he's been doing so I won't forget, and here is just a overview of the past few months.
Much to Daddy's enjoyment, Brooks absolutely loves football. Anytime he sees it on TV or a player or football on a poster or anywhere, he yells out 'football!!!!' then proceeds to say just as loudly, 'TOUCHDOWN!!!' It's been a lot of fun. Here's my little Nebraska fan :)
Brooks' other favorite things to watch on TV include Curious George, Sesame Street, and Super Why. He also loves to watch Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right. I know he likes Wheel of Fortune because of the letters, but he also loves to watch the wheel spin (same with price is right).
Brooks will pretty much repeat anything and everything you say (sometimes this can be good or bad!) For a couple of months now he has been repeating the alphabet back to us as we say it. I keep meaning to get it on video because it's so cute! He recognizes every letter of the alphabet and proceeds to yell them out when he sees one somewhere. About a month ago, he was obsessed with the letter X. Anywhere he saw one (including the tops of the screws on his slide) he would say, x, x, x, x, until you acknowledged that you saw it to. Brooks will also repeat numbers up to 19. He struggles with 4 and 14, but he's getting better with them. He also loves colors and to point out what color things are (like the wrapping paper at Christmas). I think his favorite color is blue because that's the one he comments on the most, but green and brown are up there to!
Brooks' favorite toy is still probably the iPod. He loves to play a word spelling game (First Words Deluxe) and will sit and play it just about every morning while he watches Sesame Street and I take a shower and get a few other things done to start the day. It's also a life saver for trips in the car! He used to do really well playing it during church so that both Blake and I could stay for the whole sermon, but now he doesn't like to play with the sound off, so that hasn't worked the past few Sundays! While Brooks may play his spelling and book reading apps, he does still really like Angry Birds, Insect Smash, and bowling. At least they are not all just games that he plays!! And Blake's not much better with the iPad....two peas in a pod if you ask me!
Veggie Tales is still a favorite of Brooks'. He still goes to bed every night with his Jr. Asparagus. He doesn't lay there and make it sing to him as much as he used to, but it's still a must have to hug. These pictures are from when we were painting his room and putting him in the crib was the only way to keep him out of the paint! (We do not allow the iPod in bed otherwise!)
Other toys that Brooks loves to play with include his slide, Thomas trains, and cars. He got a large car mat with a picture of an Ace store in the middle for Christmas, and he loves driving everything to 'Ace'. Pretty fun!
Brooks also loves to go to Ace and see Daddy at work just about everyday. He loves seeing things in the store, especially when all the Christmas stuff was out. He loves to smell the candle warmer scents and play with paint stir sticks. Getting to go to the bank to get cookies is still a must when we go to the store. On Monday we forgot it was MLK day and Blake walked Brooks over to the bank to find it was closed. Brooks was soooo sad. I've never seen him act genuinely sad over something like that! He'll usually get mad and throw a tantrum or something, but this time he just sat quietly on Daddy's lap in his office and didn't say anything with a blank sad stare on his face. Luckily they were open the next day and everything was better!
Brooks still struggles with nap time too. If he goes to his crib, I'm lucky to get 30 min out of him. Since I have been so tired lately with being pregnant, I've gotten him into the habit of sleeping on one side of the couch while I sleep on the other. I can get him to sleep for 1 1/2 to 2 hours this way. He loves it, but I know it can't last forever this way! He also must have his blue blanket and Ace bear for nap. (Ace bear is a bear we got at the last Ace show...he wears a red Ace shirt...so cute!)
Brooks is still a really picky eater, and has a very limited menu that he will eat. He loves rice mixed with peas and carrots and shredded cheese on top, chicken nuggets or fingers with fries, green beans, corn, bread (plain, no butter or jam), peaches, pears, apples, oranges, grapes, cucumbers, bananas (sometimes), yogurt, nutrigrain bars, pop tarts, bunny graham crackers, goldfish, veggie straws, and certain cookies. Seriously, that is about his entire range of food. Hopefully this gets better sooner than later, but at least for the most part his love of fruits and vegetables is not a problem!
At least he's willing to share :)
As much as Brooks is still a mama's boy, he has started to really get excited when Daddy comes home. It's been fun to see their relationship grow and get stronger. Hopefully this means Brooks will adjust well to less mommy when the new baby comes, but we're still a little worried he'll be in pretty serious shock!
One of Brooks' favorite new books is the voice recorded Charlie Brown Christmas book Blake's parents got him for Christmas. It has voice recordings from his Great Grandparents on the Lambert and Burgess side, as well as Grandma and Papa. He loves when the kids all sing at the end! Brooks loves to get under Daddy's blanket with him to read. So cute!