Jack Emmett 17 month update

Poor Jack, typical second child that has maybe 1/4 of the updates that Olivia got.  it has been forever, but I thought now was a good time to take a minute and document the wild tornado that is my son these days.  You guys, I don't know what has happened.  Over the last few weeks my sweet as pie, perfect angel has turned into a wild, climbing, mischievous, into everything, wrecking ball aka a boy.  I think he sleeps so much so he can store up energy to tear my house down, literally.  It is an every day occurrence to find him sitting on the island or dining room table, or digging in the toilet and trash can.  When he is caught in the act he gives the biggest grin that makes him incredibly hard to discipline.  He totally ignores the word "no" and keeps going right on with his business as if he doesn't hear me.  I am not going to lie, this is a really hard stage.  I find myself getting frustrated and frazzled on a daily basis (thank goodness for my friend, wine)  I have to say he does make up for it by letting me rock him before his naps and bedtime and he gives the sweetest open mouth kisses ever.  He has flip flopped back into a mama's boy lately and I kind of love it.  Whenever I enter the room, whether I have been gone 1 minute to 2 hours (like a solo grocery run because you know I don't get out of here alone...ever) he runs to me shouting "mama" with both arms lifted high for me to scoop him up and give him love.  Those sweet moments are what keep me from pulling my hair and his  out.
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I have no idea how tall he is or how much he weighs, but he is in a size 7 shoe and wears pretty much all 2t clothing.  He is really slimming up lately though and I don't like it one bit.  He still eats everything, but dude literally runs everywhere he goes so he is burning calories like crazy.  He has figured out the pantry holds all of the goodies and broke through that child lock I put on it in about 3 seconds.  He will bring me packages of fruit snacks to open for him and peanuts, he loves peanuts haha!  He still gets strapped into a high chair for most meals, but he loves it when he gets to sit at his little table with Olivia.  He thinks he is so big.

They have been playing so well together too.  Until he decides to go grab a chunk of her hair or whop her on the head with a toy for no apparent reason other than he wants to see her reaction.  Which is a high pitched shriek. every. single. time.  I was hoping I would have a little more time before they started fighting, but geez it is annoying ;)  Most of the time they do have a lot of fun together though.  Jack wants to do everything Olivia does and he loves to give her hugs and kisses.  They love to snuggle on the couch or on my bed together and watch tv.  It is so sweet.

Little man is talking!  It kind of weirds me out because in my mind he is like 6 months old.  I really had not even tried to get him to say a lot of things, but he just has on his own.  He consistently says, mama, dada, livya (Olivia), sissy, nana (for his grandmother and Elena of Avalor haha) drink, bite, bye bye, hey, uh oh, go, ball, up (for upstairs), out (for outside), tree (thanks Christmas) and his new favorite, NO.  He will try to say anything you ask him to say though and it's so cute even when he can't say it correctly.  He recognizes his house now, when we pull up he gets super excited and laughs and claps.  He loves to read books and this makes me so happy.  This has always been one of my favorite things to do with my kids.  I thought for the longest time he was going to have no interest at all.  Now he will go pick out books and come sit right in my lap and let me read almost  a whole book to him.  He also likes to pick books out and sit and look at them himself, he even babbles like he is reading, it's the cutest thing.

Still sleeping like a champ.  He will take two naps on days that allow it, but he is fine with one nap too, but it's going to be like 4 hours haha.  He loves his paci to go to sleep and I know it is time to take it away, but I just am not ready yet.  He also lets me rock him and if he is really tired he will even fall asleep and I just stare at him and sometimes I can catch a glimpse of my tiny baby.  Why oh why do they have to grow so fast??
He is my little adventurer.  He loves to be outside and getting dirty.  He digs in the dirt, eats grass and whatever bugs might cross his path.  I love to watch him play.  He has such a zest for life that I cannot help but smile as I watch him get such enjoyment from getting so filthy.
Ladies man all the way.  He flirts with every check out clerk and lady in line at target.  He has never met a stranger and is seriously the biggest ham, total opposite from Olivia.  He says hey and bye to anyone who will look at him.  And some who aren't looking.  I love his big, happy heart.
This age definitely has it's challenges, but the sweetness far outweighs any of that.  He absolutely melts my heart with those big, blue eyes and giant smile.  I could kiss his sweet, chubby cheeks all day and he gives the absolute best bear hugs.  I love that he still wants to come just sit in my lap even though he is crazy busy all of the time.  He hangs on my hip or my legs  while I cook and he is the best dishwasher unloading helper around.  Christmas is going to be the best this year!  I cannot wait to see how they both react on Christmas morning. 
  I love you sweet boy to the moon and back and could not imagine life without your happy self.  You keep mommy and daddy hopping and sister on her guard and I would not want it any other way.  You are strong willed and I know God has big plans for you to lead one day.  You live life to the fullest and never let a moment pass you by without getting in to something.  I love how much you love everyone around you, especially your sister and Daddy, you three are my whole world.  Life is so much more magical with you.  I love you baby bear and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you! 

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