He is turning into such a big kid these days and we love his personality... most of the time anyhow. He is very sweet, caring, funny, energetic, and busy. He is also extremely determined and stubborn and is not afraid to put up a fight to try to get something that he wants. He has entered the age of "line stepping/crossing" and defiance, so some days are a little rough. Our biggest battles of the day are getting dressed in the morning (he has VERY strong opinions on what he wants to wear) and bedtime. He is also starting to really resist taking a nap, and it is a toss up as to whether or not he will nap that day. The pediatrician says that he is very healthy and has actually jumped up into the 50th percentile for weight - we thought we would never see that day!
We celebrated his birthday as a family by heading to the Indianapolis Zoo. We do have a membership, but had not been this year yet. The boys loved seeing the animals, especially the dolphin show. We have been 3 times since then, and they insist on watching the dolphin show every time. The also really like the new orangutan exhibit. We rode the carousel and the train, played in the splash pad, and then let Braden pick out a special item in the gift shop for his birthday. He chose a pretty cool backpack which he now likes to carry his "work stuff" in.
We have not had his birthday party yet. We are doing a combo party for him and Logan since their birthdays are only six weeks apart, so I'll post on that later. For now, here is a video and some photos from the day!