Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fifty Eight Weeks

Max loves playing the drums! 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Fifty Seven Weeks

This was a tough week for me, I didn't get to spend as much time with Max as I would like. He had a great week though, it's just that his mommy missed him while she was taking a class. 

Max loves shoes so much! I think I've written about this before, but it's great. He brings us our shoes every time he sees them. He will put them at our feet and wait for us to put them on, and then he gets all excited. He also likes bringing us his shoes and putting them on him, followed by some proud strutting around. He's adorable :)

I think he's starting to catch on to the "diaper" sign, which is great! He's also getting a lot better about coming to me when I ask him to. These things combined are really helping with diaper changes, which is key for a busy toddler. 

Thirteen Months

Wow, thirteen months!

Big milestone updates:
Still breast feeding, it's going very well. 
Still cloth diapering, and finally found a way to strip the diapers! Took long enough, huh?
Still walking, yay! 
We are working on sign language, but he's learning to respond to verbal cues much more as well. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fifty Six Weeks

This past week was great! I loved having four days straight with my family. I really needed that, and it was perfect. 

Max started nodding to say yes! He signs for milk, I ask if he wants milk, and he nods. It's great! All of these little pieces are so great together, and it's making life easier too. So far he signs for milk, and now the nod (which I say counts as dialogue). He kind of claps for "all done" but he is getting closer. When I'm teaching him signs, he usually giggles. All a big joke for the monster. But will get jt soon, I'm in no rush. 

We spent most of the Fourth of July in our backyard. He loves his swing, so there was plenty of that. We both wore our bathing suits and played with the water table, splashing and making a mess. It was great! Daddy brought him into the kiddie pool, and we even used the sprinkler. It was a relaxing, but fun day. We finished the big day with a trip for Max to have his first soft-served ice cream! He loved it, for the first ten bites at least. We even got to see some fireworks, he loved looking up and seeing all of the lights. 

One year ago on the Fourth of July, and today:

Max went swimming for the first time in a lake Saturday! He took turns hanging on to mommy and daddy, and he had tons of fun splashing. Once in a while, he would be brave and lean forward or backward into the water. We loved watching his faces as he got used to the crazy sensation of being in water, it's been a long time since he was submerge in liquid :)

Max loves putting things away. He moves things around, puts things in containers, sorts things, everything you can think of relating to organizing objects. I was taking pictures of him while we played in our sheet fort, and he grabbed my lens cap to put it back on! It was adorable, and I was lucky enough to snap the perfect picture to capture the moment. 

As I was sweeping the floor this weekend, Max went into the other room to find the dust pan. He came in and started following me around with the dust pan, bent over like he was going to catch the dirt. It was so cute! I ran to grab my camera, and what does he do? He grabs the broom and tries to finish the job for me! He was moving quickly, so my phone didn't capture a great photo, but it is still worth sharing. 

He also wanted to feed himself his yogurt! As I was feeding him, he started moving his hands like he wanted to scoop with a utensil. I handed him his spoon, and he started picking yogurt up and heading for his face. He was far better coordinate than I expected, but he still got the perfect amount on his face :) 

This little kid is incredible. We were playing on the deck, and he was slapping and kicking a ball around. Then he found the wiffle bat nearby. What does he do next? He started to use the wiffle bat to hit the ball, pushing it around the deck! In between the legs of the chairs, around the chairs, all over the place! It was crazy and I must have had my jaw dropped for a good few minutes. I caught a couple minutes of it on video to share with Sean, because it seemed too crazy to be true! It looks like he might be a hockey player some day! 

Max and I like to sit on his push toys and chase each other around the house. They're tough to turn, so we don't go very fast, but he thinks it's hysterical! Here he is, sitting on his push car! 

He is still so intrigued by stacking toys on their stands. He's constantly playing with the small wooden ring stacker and a wooden car that has pieces that stack on rings. He likes to stack, un-stack, and stack again. 

Unfortunately, Max has another ear infection. We know that they often accompany teething (note: molars are evil), but it's still tough to see that he's still getting them. This is his sixth ear infection! He's acting like himself now, after a couple of days on antibiotics, and I'm so grateful for that. Watching him in pain is so difficult for me. He's been doing lots of sleeping, like in this adorable photo of him napping on the couch. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Fifty Five Weeks

Max is growing up so fast! He's really enjoying wood puzzles lately. He likes to take out the puzzle pieces and put them in a pile (like in this picture below) and then put them all back on the puzzle board. Sometimes he's going back and forth quickly, piling them separately and then on the board and then back again. Other times he actually puts the pieces on the spots where they belong! He's not turning them into their spots yet, but watching him match the pictures up with the pieces is incredible. He loves looking up at my proud face when he does it. Smart boy! 

He's also enjoying interactive books. For months (like six?), we've been reading his Brown Bear, Brown Bear religiously. Sometimes several times a night. Lately he likes to slide the panel to look at the picture of the next animal. He waits until I'm done reading the page, and then he slides it across (and often claps after). Then I make the animal noise for the next page, and he giggles while he turns the page. It's quite fun! We have a few books that have flaps to look at hidden areas on the page, and he likes to look under each flap. He's always sure to put the flap back flat before turning the page, it's quite cute to watch. 

When we are stuck in the car for long rides (for him, that's a 45 minute drive), he and I play a little game. I point at my nose and say, "Mommy's nose" and then point at his nose and say, "Max's nose." He giggles, and  I repeat a few times. It's a fun game when he's slipped and fallen, or is cranky. We're working on other parts of our faces too, but he likes the nose the most.

Max likes to pick up our shoes and take them to us, he's just started doing this recently. I usually take it for a cue to go outside and play, unless it's dark out. Anyway, he brought my shoes to me  last night and I said, "Are those Mommy's shoes?" Guess what he did? He pointed at his nose (I had him repeat it again, immediately, for the picture below) and then clapped like a happy and proud little boy. This is his new favorite thing, to point at my nose or his nose when prompted. His aim is a little off, but we are he's understanding!

Today was a great day. I had the day off (Happy 4th of July!) to enjoy with my family. We had a lot of time outside today swinging and playing with his water table. We even spent some time in the hammock while he nursed. That, by the way, was wonderful! We had a "stick out your tongue" contest, and here's a glimpse of how that went: 

Today Max stacked five blocks! He has been stacking up to three for a few weeks, and I was waiting with my camera to capture him stacking up to four today. He beat that goal, and went right to five! We did lots of happy clapping after he finished knocking the stack down and laughing. He's getting really good with his aim! He's constantly grabbing his miniature ring stacker (thank you Auntie Ashley!) and a little wooden car that has stacking pieces also, and taking them apart to put back together again. He focuses so intently, and is great with his aim! He also likes to make Mommy bite his toys, which is fun too. Plenty of giggles! I love watching my little boy learn! 

I'm very excited to have the next three days off with him too!