You are fourteen months old now. You have definitely become a toddler since your first birthday. I couldn't, or wouldn't, see it then, but now it's undeniable. You completely stopped crawling three weeks ago and decided to walk. You have not looked back. This has made life very interesting for all of us. You, of course, love your mobility and having both hands free to pester Bill and Beckham, play with the TV remote, walk with your maracas, try to climb on the couch, or attempt to overcome the baby gate that your mother has failed to permanently attach to the doorframe. It has made life more interesting for your daddy and me in that you do not want to be held very much anymore. You practically dive out of my arms to get down on the floor.
Going out of eat has gotten hard again because the growing volume of your voice proclaims your emotions - happy and sad - to everyone around us. You get very excited about eating grapes, grilled cheese sandwiches, and french fries. You're obsessed with your bottle and if you see an empty one sitting out you get very emotional about it.
For the last week you've been putting your pointer finger to use. It's practically on point at all times. Last weekend your pointer finger discovered your nostril. That was an exciting event. This morning you offered me a piece of your cantaloupe and when I ate it right from your little hand you got really tickled. Later you thought it would be fun to feed me a piece of food you were already chewing. I appreciate your giving spirit, but I'll just let you keep that, Son.
This afternoon we were running errands in the car and I put your little sunglasses on you. For the first time in your life you left them on your face more than 2 minutes. In fact, you still had them on when we got home. You were so cute I could hardly drive for wanting to look back at you.
Your mommy and daddy are head over heels in love with you. You bring tons of laughter to our lives every day. For example, we were waiting in line at Fuddrucker's and you were in Daddy's arms. You were whining because you wanted to get down, but a pretty lady walked up behind us and suddenly you made a face that clearly portrayed your intent to captivate her with your good looks and charm. But, honestly, there's no need because you have both your parents completely captivated. We love you so much.