Don’t those look like delicious raspberries?
Too bad they’re not actually raspberries… they’re unripe blackberries. Joshua likes to pick and squish raspberries, so when he grabbed a berry from the blackberry bush I thought that was what he was going to do. Instead, he decided that after days of squishing berries he was ready to eat one. He’ll probably never eat one again!
Later that day, while visiting my family’s farm, we went for a wagon ride and picked some sweet corn and peaches. I hoped a sweet, juicy peach would make up for the unripe blackberry incident.
To my surprise, Joshua ate half of that very big peach, skin and all! He loved it!
Joshua is turning 17 months old this week. I still can’t really believe how big he’s gotten! He wears a size 3 to 4 T, and weighs in at over 30 lbs. Time really does move more quickly when you’re a parent.
Joshua’s vocabulary has expanded, and I want to list out all of his words to have on record. (In semi-order of appearance)
- what’s that? (wassat?)
- uh-oh (or uh-whoa)
- bock bock bock
Joshua also knows that he can grab people’s hands and lead them where he wants to go. I can tell he wants to communicate with us more, and it must be so frustrating to not have the words to do so. He gets upset when we don’t understand, or also when we don’t do exactly what he wants. I can see the “terrible” twos coming on, but for the most part I’m doing my best to understand why he acts the way he does, out of being tired, hot, overwhelmed, etc. I’m also trying to treat him with respect, understanding and compassion, especially when he’s having a hard time. It’s not always easy!
Joshua loves books, especially The Big Red Barn, Moo, Baa, La La La, anything with tractors or farm animals, and Goodnight Moon. He loves to watch “Thomas the Train” on TV and we try to play outside every day, especially with rocks, dirt and sand. Joshua is a fearless climber and keeps me on my toes. He loves to be chased, climb the stairs, and play peek-a-boo.
Joshua is such a fun-loving boy. We’ve had lots of good times this summer playing at the beach, in the pool, on the farm, at Ed’s parents’ house, in our play room, and outside in the driveway. I am thoroughly enjoying staying home for the summer, and I’m completely exhausted at the end of the day. I crash into bed knowing that Joshua will have me up early the next morning, since he has never wasted time by sleeping in. His days are full of fun and excitement.