Thursday, March 19, 2009

18 months and going strong!

This week Joshua turned 18 months! In honor of turning 1.5 I thought I'd share a little glimpse into his world.
First and most importantly perhaps, this boy is always busy. Not a moment goes by that he isn't climbing up somewhere he shouldn't, or casing the joint for some trouble. He has become pretty cleaver in his climbing technique. If he can't muscle his way up, then he creates a set of stair out of books, blocks, dump trucks, pillows or anything else he can use as leverage. The boy likes to climb!
Another fun fact about Joshua is how much he loves his Dad. A couple of weeks back Josh realized that when I begin making dinner Jon will be home soon. Now every night when I start cooking he can be found peering out the window calling "Dada, Dada, Dada....." Those of you who know Josh know that the kid has an iron will, but can you believe that he would wait for nearly 30 minutes at a window for his dad? Distracting him is not an option. When he has something on his mind he is more determined than anyone I know to get what he wants. I am hoping that this trait can be somehow used to his benefit as he gets older:)

His vocabulary continues to grow, however "Me!" seems to get the point across in most cases. In Joshua's world "Me!" has a multitude of meanings: "I want that." "I want to play there." "Give me that food you are eating." "I want your toy." etc, etc.
Another trick Joshua is perfecting is his ability to sneak out of the house. Now that he can reach & open the doors he's always hoping we'll forget to latch the top lock & he can make a get away. No such luck yet, but he has been caught in the act several times. He just wants to be outside & luckily he has an interest in the backyard, so that is where he spends most of his day.
It has been so much fun having this little boy in our lives for the past 18 months. In the beginning he kept us on our toes due to medical issues, now he keeps us on our toes getting into trouble!
As I was sitting at Joshua's bedside after his first surgery Dr. Azakie told me that one day I wouldn't be able to keep up with Joshua. The thought of that as I sat next to his sick little body seemed impossible. Here I am 18 months later, exhausted from a long day of chasing my Joshie. What an awesome feeling!


The Sam Elmers said...

I love this post! Your Joshua is a miracle. Happy 18 months!

Carlla said...

Happy 18 months Josh!! What an amazing boy! Cute pictures waiting for his dad! Love little Josh!!

Sheena + Trevor said...

What a cutie! Happy 18 months! The picture of him looking out the window is priceless.

The Fishers said...

Hey Alison, I just found out two days ago that a cousin of mine, just found out that the baby in her belly has HLHS. I was wondering if you'd mind if I sent her the link to Josh's blog to maybe give her an idea of what to look for and give her some encouragement???
Josh is too cute and I'm so glad he's doing so well.