Saturday, April 17, 2021

Dear Spence... You're 21 Months Old!

 Our sweet and spicy little Spencie...

You are keeping us on our tippy toes. You are quick, smart, and always on the move. You have a smile that makes me weak in the knees and you are lucky that you're so dang cute, because you are a little trouble maker. You are fast on your feet, running down the hallway to unravel another one of your curiosities. You love to be outside and if we have unlocked doors, you will go right out. You are also very snuggly and holding your tiny little body is one of my favorite parts of the day. I hold you for 15-20 minutes before bedtimes and nap and that time is so precious and special to me. Spencer, we are absolutely wild about you. You are truly the best little caboose to our family. We love you so much.

You are wearing all 2T and 24 month clothes now. You fit nicely into size 5 diapers and you wear a size 7 shoe. You eat a lot, sometimes more than all of your siblings combined. You love fruit... all fruit. Most meals we put a rainbow of fruit on your tray and you'll eat every bite (besides the occasional strawberry). You love chicken, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pancakes, Mac and cheese, quesadillas and burgers. We are trying to give you more variety of foods when we can, and you do pretty well trying new things. When you are done eating, we always know because you throw everything on the floor. You love to look at us and make eye contact while you do it, too. 

You love running around and kicking the ball, riding your toys around the house, taking apart your brother's legos, and you almost always have some small toy in your hands. Your favorites are tractors and fire engines and you love to tell us what they are "trac-tor" "fir-tuck". You also say "thank you" (in the cutest voice), "hi", "dada", "baba", "mama", "sissy", "car", and a few other words. You definitely have your own language and tell us sentences, but we can't always understand you. You are, however, pretty good at communicating with us and telling us what you need with your words and with pointing or showing us. Your favorite item is "Pengy" - your penguin, and we often can't find him because you will carry him around the house and leave him places. You love to go to sleep snuggling him and it is adorable. 

You have a very close relationship with your siblings. Tonight, as we were driving home from Gramz & Pop's house, I saw Andie taking bites out of little crackers and sharing with you (she knew you'd have trouble with how big they are). You stuck your cute little hand over to her and she'd put another one in your hand. You'd respond with a little "thank you". I never asked her to do that, she did it all on her own. She also loves to hold you and hug you and snuggle you. You get so much attention from her and your brothers. Nolan will go in your room and sit with you before bed some nights. He loves to play tractors with you and push you around in your cars outside. You and Cody love to cause trouble together and sometimes I will hear you from the other room screaming and laughing together. You love to hide in areas of the house and play together. Seeing you all together gives me a happiness and warmth I have never felt. You all mean so much to me.

You are such a trouble maker, but you are truly my sweet baby boy. You love to be held and I love how much you love us. You are also very crazy about your Pops and Gramz. You aren't a huge fan of going to anyone you're not super familiar with, you know who your people are... but you will wave and say "hi" to everyone. You are my little sidekick for school pick ups and drop offs. You go with the flow. You and I usually go to Target once a week together while your siblings are all in school and we cruise the aisles together and you talk to me about what you see. You are so cute and I really cannot get enough of you, Spence. I am so happy you are my baby. 

I don't know how my baby is getting so big, so fast. I can't believe you are 3 months away from being 2 years old. Ugh, it breaks my heart that time is going so quickly. You are so much fun to watch and experience and our whole family is so smitten over you. 

I hope you always know how much you are loved. You are such a sweet little boy and watching you grow is one of my life's biggest blessings. 

I love you forever, sweet Spence!



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