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Thursday, July 21, 2011

levi {eighteen months}

Last week Joel and I took Levi to the park. I really wanted to try to get a few 18 month pictures. Joel came along to make Levi smile for me...and of course because we like his company too. But instead of looking at his mama and smiling, Levi ran and ran and ran...

and played and played and played...

and gave his mama "the look" when she pointed the camera at him.

I even tried to do one quick family photo and this is as close as we got. It was way too stressful for this little man to stop playing and take a picture with his mama and daddy. So I gave up.

And we just let Levi play instead. These pictures do a much better job of capturing Levi at 18 months anyway. He is constantly on the go.

And constantly performing. We were singing "Read your Bible...

pray every day...

and you'll grow, grow, grow."

While an 18 month old sure can wear a pregnant mama out, I am loving this age.

I love watching Levi's little personality grow.

He is constantly making me laugh...just like his daddy does.

And he is a daily reminder to me of the blessing of life and God's faithfulness to our family.

This is Levi at 18 months {just so his mama doesn't forget}:

*You are a BIG boy and very heavy for me to carry around. Good thing you love to walk. Your official stats are 26 pounds and 2 feet 9 inches tall.

*You babble constantly and are saying so many words. My favorites are ma-ma {of course}, wide (ride), bon mow (lawn mower), ba-be (baby), mil (milk), du-see (Lucy, our dog), nay-new (thank you), duck (stuck) and wok-wok (rock, rock). You are starting to say people's names too. It is so cute. And you even say "Joel" just like mama says it and then laugh. So funny.

*When you say goodbye to me you yell "bye-bye" and blow me a kiss or lots of kisses. Love it.

*You love to help your mama. You like to put away the silverware when I empty the dishwasher, throw trash away for me, walk down the driveway with me to get the mail, pick up toys, vacuum and sweep.

*You would stay outside all day if you could...even in the crazy heat we have been having this summer. You like to play in your sandbox, push your four wheeler, swing, play in the water, and collect rocks and sticks.

*You love wrestling with your daddy. You run and jump on him and laugh and laugh and laugh.

*You love to "wide" with daddy. He always gives you a ride in his truck up and down the driveway when he gets home from work. And if you get to ride on his four wheeler or in one of his tractors you think it is the best day ever.

*Actually you love doing ANYTHING with your daddy. :)

*You are a major performer and love it when people laugh at you. You like to show people how you know all the different parts of your body, your "fast feet", give people "the look", dance, give high fives and fist bumps, and sing songs.

*You are such a good sleeper at night and usually take a long afternoon nap. You like to rock-rock, read books, and sing songs before bed. It is one of my favorite parts of the day. Hopefully your brother gets your sleeping skills!

*And speaking of are going to be a BIG brother in about two months. So hard to believe. You are a sweet, sweet boy. It is such a privilege to be your mama and spend my days with you. I can't wait to see you as a big brother!


Blogger Amy said...

I love this post, Jess. Levi looks so much like Joel in some of these pictures! Such a sweetie!

July 21, 2011 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I just love your little guy so much!!

July 21, 2011 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger tmezzy said...

Beautiful photos :) I love action photos better than the posed ones when I take my daughter's pictures, too :) (and I take a lot of pictures! LOL) You are right, it captures their personality! Perfect :)

I really enjoy reading your blog. Thank you for sharing with a "stranger" like me. . .

I've followed your blog for a very long time, but don't know if I ever posted, except for a recent giveaway perhaps? I can't even remember how I found your blog in the 1st place. . .but your story touched my heart, and I couldn't look away. I've been peeking in and following your journey every since :)

Terra M.

July 21, 2011 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Clutter-Free Classroom said...

The picture of him zooming around the slide is beautiful. I'd take that over a posed pic anyday. You did a great job capturing him at this age.

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July 21, 2011 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Stef said...

"the look" cracks me up!

Happy 18 months, Levi!!

July 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

He's so beautiful, Jess!! I have to say your husband definitely has the dominant genes in your relationship!! First Cora and then Levi ~ both "mini-me's" of your husband. I'll bet you can't wait to see what the next little one looks like. God bless you all. :)

~ Wendy

July 21, 2011 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Rich and Carolyn Dewey said...

Absolutely precious!

July 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM  
Anonymous This Farm Family's Life said...

I think 18 month pix are the hardest. Both of my girls are on the move in their 18 month pictures. As a photographer, I try to just capture them in the moment, but when you are the mom trying to take the pictures it's even harder. You did a great job!

July 21, 2011 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Levi looks so adorable. He is definitely a bundle of fun. Happy 18 months Levi!

July 21, 2011 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Elisa Seaba said...

I just love his "look"!! It is so darn cute!

July 21, 2011 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger mama b said...

oh my goodness...i feel for you! my 13 month old boy weighs 26 pounds too! but i am not pregnant - can't imagine carrying him around with a baby in my tummy! his THREE year old sister only weighs a pound more than he does! they are built so different. i hope sweet levi is not making you carry him too much! you poor thing!

July 21, 2011 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger mama b said...

oh my goodness...i feel for you! my 13 month old boy weighs 26 pounds too! but i am not pregnant - can't imagine carrying him around with a baby in my tummy! his THREE year old sister only weighs a pound more than he does! they are built so different. i hope sweet levi is not making you carry him too much! you poor thing!

July 21, 2011 at 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Melanie Martini said...

Jess, your pictures are great! You have perfectly captured Levi and his beautiful, sweet spirit.

July 21, 2011 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

His smile is so precious!
I think he could be a toddler boy model :)

July 21, 2011 at 3:55 PM  
Anonymous molly said...

Ha! I love that you said he ran and ran and ran. That reminds me of when I was 32 weeks pregnant and getting maternity photos. My boy was about 19 months at that time and all he did was run during the photo shoot. But because our photographer is good we still got amazing shots!

These photos turned out really great. He is so cute. My favorite is the big smile after coming down the slide!

July 21, 2011 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger k and c's mom said...

This fills my heart with so much joy for your family. Thank you! (And: you are an excellent photographer, Jess!)

July 21, 2011 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Levi is an absolute DOLL, just like his sister. No doubt baby brother will be, too. Bet you can't wait to find out! ;)

Reading your blog is like a breath of fresh air. You inspire, entertain, and educate through every post you write. Most importantly, your faith shines through everything you say and do. Thank you. :)

July 21, 2011 at 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw sweet post! He is so cute! Love "the look"!!

July 21, 2011 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Bridget said...

He is just so cute! He reminds me of my first boy at that age. He too never wanted to come inside or stop playing. They just have so much energy! I had our second child, a girl, just two days after my first turned 18 months. Exhausting! Best of luck to you. :)

July 21, 2011 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Toni :O) said...

Gosh, he's just beautiful and he's SO happy!!! What joy!!! He brings a smile to my face every.single.time I check your blog and it has pictures!

July 21, 2011 at 9:31 PM  
Blogger Barb said...

Levi is an absolutely beautiful little boy and it is obvious that he is much loved. These pictures are much better than anything posed...shows his outgoing and precious personality!!

July 22, 2011 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Mrs. H said...

I think you got beautiful pictures! He is a cutie pie!! Enjoy them, they grow soooo fast!

July 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Patricia said...

OH MY Goodness ! This is a precious baby ! So beautiful....

July 22, 2011 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger danielle @ take heart said...

he is so sweet. what a great big brother he will be!

July 23, 2011 at 7:24 AM  
Anonymous AshleyAnn said...

Great all the slide ones!

July 24, 2011 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Kristin Stegent said...

He's adorable!

July 25, 2011 at 2:05 PM  

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