Twenty One Months!

{Late again.  I'm so sorry buddy!}

Derrick, you are already  TWENTY-ONE months old!  Wow, how time is flying away so quickly that I seriously have a hard time keeping up!!

You haven't been weighed at the doctor's office lately *thank goodness!* but according to our scale at home you have officially FINALLY hit the NINETEEN POUND mark!  You've been hovering right around it for a while, but you've finally made it I think!  You're still wearing size 3 diapers and your 12 months pants won't stay up without a belt.  I'm ready for spring so we can put you in shorts that actually fit you.  The pants thing is rough!  It's high-waters all the way if the pants actually fit in the waist.  And you know we can't have that!

You have become a much better eater lately.  You're a meat and candy kind of guy, but we'll take it!  You love "chick-n" and burgers.  Add in the dip (of any kind) and you're a happy guy!

You love to "Draw paper."  And I love Color Wonder Markers! :)

Ignore your outfit...you had just woken up from your nap so your jeans were off and you "needed" to wear your fireman boots!
Your big thing the last few days is cereal!  You ate a bowl of cereal the other day all by yourself and since then you've been hooked.  You bring the box of Fruit Loops to me and say "noodles, please."  We can't figure out why you call cereal noodles, but...

You think you need a "bork" (fork) for everything you eat.  Sandwiches, pizza, green beans...you name it, you need a "bork" to eat it.  You'll say, "Bork, need it.  Please."

You've finally mastered jumping.  You jump a lot, especially when you're sleepy and trying to stay awake.  You'll jump and jump and jump...

You think anyone who is not at our home or with us is at work.  You'll go through and list all of your cousins and anyone you know and say they're at work.  It's so funny!  It surprises us at how many people you remember though!

You've been talking about Jenny Kate lately.  You'll randomly say, "Jenn-ee Tate.  Work."

You talk mostly in phrases now.  They would be complete sentences (and some are) but you haven't figured out conjunctions and articles yet.  You pretty much have the rest down pat (even showing possession).  The words aren't always in the correct order, but they're there and they form a complete thought.  It's pretty crazy how much you say!

You can count to 10 when you want to.  You often leave out a number here or there, but you mostly have it.  You only do it on your own terms though, never when asked and certainly never for an audience!

You have this new thing for Vanilla Ice.  We watched a marathon of "The Vanilla Ice Project" on DIY one day and Daddy decided to download "Ice Ice Baby" on the computer.  Apparently you two jam to it a good bit when I'm not home and now anytime either of us is at the computer you say, "Ice Baby!"  You LOVE it!  I know, I'm sorry! :)  It does bring back memories, though! :)

You've learned the color red.  However, you call everything red.  You'll point to something red and say, "red," but then you call everything else red too.  I guess technically maybe you don't know the color red, but you do know that red is a color! How about that? :)

When I came home from work the other day you walked up to me and said, "Mama, hug."  Oh, how you have stolen my heart little man!

We read about 15 books every day.  I'm not exaggerating!  You'll bring a stack of three or four books to me and say, "Couch, read."  When we finish all of those books you say, "Nother one" and you'll go get another stack.  This will continue as long as your daddy or I will sit down and read.  Your favorite 'daytime' books are your Moses book and Ted's Red Shed.  We still have the list of books we have to go through at night too.  Inspector Gadget is still top of the list, along with The Little Engine that Could and two animal books.  You'll try to sneak in Itsy Bitsy Spider some nights too.  It literally takes 30 minutes to get you to bed but I don't mind at all.  I love our special time together and I LOVE that you love to read!

You have a memory 100 miles long.  Oh, my, you can remember things!

For some reason when daddy tells you "No," you tell on him.  I'm not sure if you're tattling or if you're upset that he told you no.  Even if he doesn't say "No" but says "Not yet," or something like that, you'll look at me and say, "No.  Daddy, no."  We haven't figured out why you're doing that.

Daddy set up Guitar Hero in the playroom and you ask to "Rock out" almost daily.  I can see the guest bedroom being turned into a sound-proof room in about ten years to support you and your love of music.  Loud music.

You still LOVE to dance!!

Little man, you sure are growing up fast!

Cheeky, you are more and more fun every day.  You keep us laughing all of the time...even when we shouldn't!  We're trying to savor these last few months of you being an only child because soon your little world is going to turn upside down!  We're so excited to see you as a big brother, but we're nervous too.  We don't want anything about you to change!!  You are such a sweet little man (although you do have a rotten side!) and we don't want to lose any of that sweetness.  We couldn't be happier with the little boy you're becoming (although we wouldn't mind if you would slow down a little!) and we love you more than you'll ever know!!   

To the moon and back, Cheeks....

Mama and Daddy

P.S. Anyone who's reading this...don't forget about the pancake breakfast!  Let me know if you want tickets!!  We'd LOVE to have you come out and support Hope for BraveHEARTS!!


  1. Seriously! He couldn't be any more precious. You are such a good mama for documenting his monthly adventures. I love it!

  2. Aww, D's getting to be so smart! And yup, I love color wonder too! They must have been created by a toddler's mom!

  3. Such a cutie!! You'll have to video tape him jamming to Ice Ice Baby to play someday at his high school graduation party. LOL!!