I love love love this age. It is so much fun! Ephraim is really starting to communicate. He has a lot of "words" and speaks a language that only Stephen and I can begin to understand. He has words for daddy, mommy, no, fish, bird, food, banana, cheese, milk, cereal, water, tubby, dog, duck, horse, baby, bye, ball, shoe, batman, blue's clues, cars, more, please, and probably more that I can't think of right now. The only words that really are recognizable are dada (daddy), nana (banana), and ba' (ball). He loves to mimic people and is very observant.
He is such a happy boy. He is very silly, and loves to laugh and make mama and dada laugh. He much more cuddly than he has been since he was a newborn. He loves to give cuddles and kisses.
Exploration is the name of the game. He likes to put things in things, and climb up on anything he can. Things are finally not going straight into his mouth, so he can have more freedom with his exploration. He loves walking and running, and it's so fun to watch him learn more independence.
He's developing preferences. He loves Blue's Clues, and perks up at the mention of it. He still loves books, but especially loves to play with mommy's iPad, and our phones. He loves going for walks in his stroller. He loooooves animals. He points out every bird, dog, and deer we see when we go walking.
He's settled into a great routine. He sleeps very well at night, and takes a 2-3 hour nap almost everyday. He is a little pickier with his eating, and loves throwing things on the floor, so that has been a challenge, but has recently decided that he likes milk. It's so funny to watch him tell me "no" after he throws things on the floor.
It's so fun to watch this silly little boy develop his personality!