Here are some pictures and some notes I've taken about Lincoln at 19 months, in no particular order.
|Lincoln loves dice. This time he was positioning them all so the 6-dot sides were facing up. Then he started stacking them.|
|We love all our friends. :)|
- We think he might have nightmares or night terrors or something because occasionally at night time and regularly with naps, Lincoln will wake up screaming inconsolably.
- We've started leaving him alone in nursery at church; he screams his head off when we say goodbye, but then seems to do okay and stays for the whole thing (so either he does okay, or we have saints for nursery workers...or both).
|Tired boy, on the way home from a potluck picnic.|
- He loves playing with (translation: around) other kids in our courtyard, but he's really hit the shyness peak right now, so if he knows you he's all smiles but if he doesn't, he comes and hides his face right between my legs. Silly kid.
|We sure loved playing with Nicole and Curtis when they were here!|
|Curtis had a captive audience. :)|
|Skyping some of Bryan's family while others of Bryan's family were with us! Fun.|
|Lincoln loves making towers, especially with these soft blocks at one of our libraries.|
|Cleaning off the bottom of his feet before he finishes his wheat thins. (HAHA.)|
|Yes, Lincoln found a giant beetle and yes, he picked it up without hesitation and was so very excited.|
|Hiking/walking up to the Stanford Dish. I don't know why we brought the stroller... Lincoln either walked, pushed the stroller, or rode piggy back pretty much the whole time.|
|Curtis skipping rocks at the beach, Lincoln inspecting rocks at the beach.|
|Building "towers" out of sand to smash.|
|A behind-the-scenes look at what our life looks like much of the time. lol.|
|Eating a picnic at the Sam McDonald forest.|
|Taking pictures with the Mariachi band at a cinco de mayo party.|
|Teaching Lincoln all about piñatas.|
|Fun at the bridge with Curtis and Nicole.|
|Lincoln loves his cactus garden and loves smelling flowers. When you put the two together, it requires a bit more adult supervision ha ha.|
|Telling us all about what he sees at the cactus garden.|
|Climbing the dinosaur-foot-looking tree at the cactus garden.|
- Lincoln loves to "dip". When he asks to "dip", he wants to stick his finger in something... lotion (to rub on his cheeks or belly), sunscreen (to rub on his face), or food (to lick off his finger). He loves to "dip" in spices (salt, seasoned salt, sugar, cinnamon, etc.) while we're cooking and figure out different tastes.
- One of his favorite words is almost. He usually uses it correctly too, which is pretty cute. If he tries to put a toy in a bag and it misses, he says, "almost!" Another one of his favorite phrases is uh oh. He only uses this correctly about half the time; the other half of the time we're left trying to figure out what's the trouble. I'm also trying to figure out a way to teach him the difference between little "uh oh"s and big ones.
|Lincoln was seeing seagulls and saying, "Mine!" (the sound they make)|
|A lot of this happens around here... this was when Lincoln and I went to play in the fountain with some kids and Lincoln had a giant tantrum about something or other and we had to go home before any other kids even got there.|
- Lincoln has gotten pretty good about cleaning up and helping us clean up. He always sings the clean up song when he picks up after himself. It's fun.
|Pizza and smoothie at Costco|
- Lincoln knows all his letters in uppercase, and I think most of them in lowercase. He can fill in the blank in parts of the alphabet song, but not always. He tries to sing along to the song and it sounds like an occasional letter and lots of "ba-deh-ba-deh-ba-deh" when he doesn't know which letter is next.
|Fountain hopping. Yes, the water is chlorinated. :)|
- Lincoln likes to try to help me put my socks on.
- Lincoln loves studying bugs, animals, nature, flowers, birds, etc up close and in person... like within a few inches of the subject. He isn't really aware that he should be afraid of some bugs (spiders) or avoid touching others (bees), so we're working on that. He grabs giant beetles by their legs, holds salamanders we find in the wild, wields giant banana slugs we find on sticks, you know, that sort of thing.
- Bryan's siblings (Curtis and Nicole) were here for a vacation a few weeks ago. The morning after they left, Lincoln came downstairs looking for them. We talked about how we took them to the airport so they could go home. Lincoln thought for a minute and yelled out, "They FLY!"
|Drawing with chalk and painting our faces with chalk with another friend.|
- He likes to read license plates when we are in parking lots. He wants to stop at every plate and point out letters and numbers he knows.
- Lincoln likes to spell "words" with magnets and have us read them aloud.
- Lincoln loves to count things. Sometimes he forgets about 5 though, and it goes something like this: 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 6, 7, 8, 9, 8, 9, 10.
- His favorite numbers seem to be 8 and 9. 8 is because of the Count's song about 8 ("8, 8, 8 is great...") from Sesame Street. I don't know why he loves 9. The other day the number of the day on Sesame street was 4, and Lincoln started yelling at the TV because he was mad it wasn't 9. He yelled "NO, 9!" over and over.
- Lincoln calls himself "me" and "Nee-Nuh". When we spell out "Lincoln Merrill" and talk about the letters and what they spell, if I say, "who is Lincoln Merrill?" He yells, "ME!" He also really likes to say our last name.
- When he gets excited he walks around on his toes (I did that until I was like 14...lol).
- Lincoln loves to watch the microwave count down. When it gets to 0, he calls out, "BEEP!" Because of his love of counting down, sometimes when we count he forgets that we're going up and he starts going the other way... the most common one is .... 7, 8, 9, 8!
- When Lincoln washes his hands before lunch (after we come inside from the playground each day), he has to have the pink dish soap on one hand and the yellow hand soap on the other. Then he'll wash.
- Lincoln has started to identify and describe different emotions. We finally watched the movie Inside Out and I actually think that helped him to identify sadness, joy, anger, and fear. He will really analyze and sometimes mimic or sometimes comment on other peoples' emotions.
- Lincoln loves technology too much. He really loves facetiming/skyping family members. His favorite part is pressing the "button" to hang up. He always says a really heartfelt goodbye after the face disappears ha ha.
- And finally, Lincoln LOVES to read. There are a few books I'm seriously considering hiding because I'm so tired of them (mainly the plotless ones with words and flaps) but in general I'm super happy to read to him. He tries to read along to his favorite books, calling out words he knows and mimicking the emotions of the characters (e.g., getting excited or sad on the right pages).