You are just about to cross the 16-month mark and your character is already shining through loud and clear! You are the happiest toddler I've ever met. You smile constantly, have a bellowing laugh, you flirt, tease, and run into my arms to give me a big hug. Our nap and nighttime routine is such a pleasure: you drink your bottle while making eyes at me and smiling, and you love when I point to your name letters on the wall (thanks Aunt Chrissy and Uncle Eric) and spell your name. When I put you in the crib, you sit up, wave at me, and smile. You are usually snoring within minutes! You have gained the confidence to play rough with Sam -- body slams, jumping on top of him, and crashing into him with your ride-on tiger. You are one tough cookie.
Watching you develop language is amazing. Since Rosa Maria only speaks to you in Spanish, you seem to understand Spanish as well, if not better, than English. Fortunately, "No" is the same in both languages and you have mastered that one! You know the stove is a "no-no" because it's "hot." You can tell me when your food is too "hot." You know the light sockets are an "uh uh" (and you wave your hand or your finger to show me). You know "car" and "walk" and when I ask you if you want your "pacha" (bottle), you take my finger and walk me to the kitchen to prepare it for you. So far, you have only said "Da Da", which seems to refer to both of us, depending on who you are pointing to. "Agua" was your first word and you LOVE water: bath, shower, pool, watering plants, drinking water, playing in puddles, brushing your teeth with water. You are my water baby!
Each day, I am more and more impressed with your abilities. Your motor skills are terrific - you love to put caps on markers, put together stacking boxes, and even play with blocks. You watch Sam and want to do WHATEVER he does, including art. You watch him draw and mimic him on his easel. You get art supplies from his art cart, sit down at his art table, and color right on it. Your got your first haircut this week and it made you look so much older ... and now you look as old as your are smart!
Nicholas, I love watching you grow. Some parents love their kids as little babies. I love every moment of getting to know you and your budding personality. I love you, Nick Nuk!