Cruz is an EXPERT at smiling for the camera! All the picture I have of him are cheesy to perfection.
He has 7 teeth. (still missing the botton right to complete the front 8 teeth) and just this past week I felt one of his back molars poking through so #8 is on its way.
I have nick named him "Mr. Tornado" and the other boys think it's HILARIOUS if I go into the room Cruz is in and say "aye aye aye, Mr. Tornado!" He seriously gets into everything and can make a mess in two seconds.
He's a very independent eater. He has to be the one feeding himself. It's a good thing and a bad thing depending on the situation.
Jacob and Cruz are two peas in a pod. Jacob loves him so much. They play so well together. Often times I pick Cruz and Jacob up from their "school" and then run a couple errands before getting Vincent and Landen from preschool. So having just the two of them for an hour or two here and there is so fun. They are so sweet to each other (most of the time)
Cruz is a screamer! He screams when he's mad. But he also screams and squeals when he's excited! or frustrated! or playing with his brothers. Always. screaming. I hope it's a short lived phase.
He loves to wrestle, fly on my feet in the air, and play chase with Ryan and I around the house. He is an active toddler!
He LOVES food! He out eats his brothers for most meals. And he loves sweets....but what kid doesn't. After we had our parent teacher conference for Vincent and Landen we treated them to ice cream for having excellent scores and behavior in school. Cruz loved that he got to benefit from that too.
He is the baby of the family and gets shuffled around to various places. Even through the busy schedules he is pretty consistent with a 2 to 3 hour afternoon nap. Bed at 8. Usually up between 6:30 and 7. He is an excellent sleeper. He just wants his linen blanket and his pacifier (still haven't commited to breaking him of that yet)
He is most happy outside. He goes straight to the slider after breakfast. "out! out!" Another thing him and Jacob have in common.
The doctor is a little bit concerned with his lack of words. He can say less than 10 words right now. And they really are only words that Ryan and I know what he is saying. A stranger would have no clue. If the quantity of his words don't improve by the end of the year, we might need to have his speech assessed. I'm not too worried about it. He has time.
He weighs in at 29 pounds and is rapidly catching up to his older brothers. He is off the charts for height estimated to be 6'3" as an adult (we shall see about that.) He mostly wears 2T now, still fitting into a few 18-24 month. So now I have a kid in size 2T, 3T, 4T, and 5T. Just buy ALL the SIZES! hah!
I can't believe how fast time is going. We couldn't imagine our family without him. We love our Cruzie Boy.