I am so late on this, but it has to be in the books...sorry! :)


I know I say this every month...well, in reality probably every day, but I cannot BELIEVE that you are already FIFTEEN MONTHS old!!  We have had such a busy last few weeks and you have been right in on the action.  Actually, you're most of the action.  You keep us on our toes, that's for sure!

Here's a little snippet of what you've been up to...

You weigh right around 17 1/2 pounds and are around 31 inches long (sometimes those quick doctor's office length measurements aren't the most accurate).  You wear 6-9 month pants and 12 month shirts.  You're still wearing a size 3 diaper and have moved up to size 3 shoes.

You talk all the time.  Most of it we can't understand but we are very curious about what you're trying to tell us.  I'm sure it's funny.  You said, "Mama, touch" a few weeks ago.  I was SO excited!  A subject and a verb...that's a whole sentence!! :)

You are a huge fan of brushing your teeth.  You would do it for hours if we would keep refilling your toothbrush.  You like to brush your hair too.  You're such a big boy!

Just when we were looking to discontinue speech (feeding therapy), you became a non-eater.  You are not a picky eater, you're just not a swallower.  You gladly put food into your mouth and chew, then just before swallowing you spit it out.  I guess it's your secret to staying your slim 17.5 pounds.  You still get the joy of the taste but none of the calories. 

You have become quite obsessed with a few things:

stairs, brooms,

balls and water.

You get frustrated easily when you can't move something or get something to work.  You try to lug that big 'bear' around and get really annoyed and start grunting when you can't get him on the couch or across the room.  It's funny.  To us anyway.

You can catch a ball.  It has to be a good throw and you have to be paying attention (which is hard for you to do), but you can catch!

You love using your fork.  You're pretty good at it and only want help if you can't get the food on yourself.  You won't let us feed you at all anymore, spoon or fork.  It's messy and slow, but you don't really eat anyway, so I guess it's not that big of a deal when you spill the food off before it gets to your mouth. :)
You are a cleaner!  You enjoy wiping your face and the table or the floor, whatever is nearby when you're cleaning your face.  You have also learned to pick up your toys when we ask you.  I mean, you don't clean your room or anything, but you'll help pick up toys.  When I start singing "The Clean-up Song" you know what to do.  You're proud and so am I!  If only it would last.....

Your love of water has carried over to the toilet. 

You know where to go when we tell you to go to time-out.  This is probably not a good thing, but it is an accomplishment none the less. ;)

Over the past few weeks you have grown up so much.  You enjoy doing things yourself and aren't very interested in us helping you with things you are able to do on your own.  It's so amazing to watch you learn and grow everyday.  You are such a blessing to both of us, and we love you more than you'll ever know.  

To the moon and back, Cheeks!!

Mama and Dada



  1. Your little man is getting SO BIG! Too cute for words still though. Looking forward to playing next weekend!

  2. As always, we thoroughly enjoy D's updates. He is too cute for words! This month's favorite? - His worried little face under mom's confession of his love of toilet water. Priceless! And had us all laughing out loud! Evan and Brycen happen to think that Derrick is totally hysterical (and so does their mom :)

    Keep those updates coming! They provide us with such entertainment!

  3. Derrick,

    Happy 15 months! You are such a sweet, precious boy and you have a mommy who loves you so much!!! I'm sure you know that, though!


  4. Cute update Shannon! I love the pics!

    What happened to your DISQUS?

  5. Happy 15 months big boy! :) He is so adorable! He is doing so much! I always use Derrick as my gauge for what Aly might be doing in a few months (since they are about 4 months apart)~ looks like we're going to be very busy very soon. ;)