18 Months!

Alex had his 18-month check-up today.  He weighs 26.04 pounds and is 34 inches tall.  He has 9 teeth with 2 more coming in.  He can say 20 words, and he knows 44 signs.  All in all, we have a healthy, active, wonderful, little boy!

Our summer has been filled with activities.  First, we went to Seattle with Mimi to see Alex’s Aunt Nicole and my Aunt Jean.  We had a great time at the aquarium –

At the zoo –

At Mount Rainier –

At Pike’s Place –

At the lake –

At the beach –

And on a Duck Tour –

Alex took  swim lessons as soon as we got back from Seattle.  He loves the water!  He didn’t mind going under the water, he loved going down the slide into the pool, but he just couldn’t quite get the kicking down.  Since then we have been practicing a  lot.  He doesn’t ever seem to get tired of swimming.  Luckily we have some great neighbors who have let us use their pool on occasion to practice.

For my birthday, I took Alex to the Fort Worth Zoo with some friends for the dinosaur exhibit.  Dinosaurs are one of Alex’s obsessions right now.  He loves anything with dinosaurs on them.  It was a lot of fun to walk through the zoo seeing animals and then a huge animatronic dinosaur.  He absolutely loved it!

This month, we went to a neighborhood splash park.   It took him a little while to warm-up to being constantly splashed in the face, but pretty soon he was running around having a blast.

I have also taken Alex to a mall play area for the first time.  He loved running around, but his favorite part was the fake pig.  He kept trying to tell the other kids it was a pig using the sign for  pig.  No one else caught on, but here’s my favorite picture of him with the pig while signing “pig.”

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