What a busy Christmas! We drove to Missouri to see my mom and her husband, my dad and his girlfriend, my brother, my grandparents, and a bunch of aunts, uncles, and cousins. The drive wasn’t as bad as I had predicted — with the help of Leon’s favorite books, snacks, and songs, we made it through 17 hours of driving relatively unscathed. He actually slept better in the hotel than he does at home — possibly knowing we were nearby helped him sleep until an unprecedented 7:40 on Saturday morning!
He finally cut a lower canine a couple days before Christmas (we have a friend whose 15-month daughter has more teeth than Leon!). He’s getting much more articulate, and we can understand 95% of what he says. He puts two words together in almost all conversations, and will occasionally repeat words from longer phrases. He can sing his ABCs up until S, and loves singing and doing the hand motions to the songs he hears at daycare. His fine-motor skills are impressive — he can open yogurt containers by himself and once even twisted off the lid to his sippy cup!
He’s been extra lovey-dovey lately, offering mouth kisses and saying “I love you” unprompted. I think that’s why Minh and I have both been sick the past couple days, but it won’t last forever so I’ll take it!