Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sixty Eight Weeks

New word! He's now saying "wa-wa" for water! He love water, so it makes sense. I am completely in love with his reaction when he learns a new word. The light in his eyes and the facial expression, it's amazing. He's so proud and happy!

For months now, Max has been pulling the cutting boards out of the cabinet. That's one of the two "safe" cabinets that I let him pull everything out of and play. He loves pulling them out and putting them on the floor and stepping on them. If you've eaten dinner at our house and your food tasted like toddler toes, now you know why! Anyway, this week he learned a new trick! While I was unloading the dishwasher, he grabbed a cutting board out of the bottom rack, pulled open the cabinet and put it where it belonged! Then he closed the door and came back to help with more. He's the best, I love having a little helper!

Our poor little guy has the worst luck with his ears. He has a ruptured ear drum last Friday! He woke up in the middle of the night screaming in pain, and I had no idea what was wrong. We went downstairs and I gave him some pain reliever and we cuddled on the couch. He kept trying to nurse, but even that was hurting him. Poor little guy! We just cuddled and watched cartoons until he fell back asleep. He seemed normal when we woke up, and he went to daycare. I figured it was just bad teething, but I was worried all day at work. I just knew something was wrong with him. I ended up leaving early, and got a call from on my way home from work.  He had a fever, and the side of his head was all yucky when I picked him up. His ear drum must have been rupturing in the middle of the night, and his awful mommy sent him to school. Mommy guilt is the worst. He got meds and he seemed brand new in the morning. He's such a trooper. 

We had a busy weekend. Saturday we went to a birthday party and he loved playing in the yard, running around like a maniac. Sunday we went to the Fall Festival for a nearby town, and we got to ride a train! He and I went around the loop twice, he absolutely loved it. We also went on the jungle gym at the park behind the festival. It was his first time on a big jungle gym, and he wasn't afraid at all. The little daredevil was climbing across the bridges and going down the slides like he's done it a million times before. Mommy and Daddy were far more nervous than he was. 

Daddy let him sit in the driver's seat of his car this week! Max had this big-eyed expression with his mouth gaping open as he looked out the window. Daddy drove him up the street in his lap, and Max was loving every second. Don't worry, we live on a quiet road and he was driving like 5mph.

He's learned more about his Action Rhymes book, which is still a huge favorite over here. When I sing the One Potato, Two Potato song, I always point to each potato as I sing. This week he started poking the book as I sing, and he thinks it's so funny. I have no idea how poking things so hard with his index finger doesn't hurt, but he just loves to point and poke! 

The shape sorter has been a fun toy for him lately. He goes through phases with his toys, and he's been very interested in it lately. He's good at turning the shapes to get them into the holes when I tell him which one it goes in. He doesn't know which one goes where yet, so that's why I'm telling him after a few tries. It's keeping him from getting frustrated and walking away, and helping him learn to move things around to fit them in place. Good game for him. 

Sixty Seven Weeks

Max has picked up a new word! Well two words to be exact. Belly button! Well, it sounds more like "bewy bun" but you get the point. He likes to point from his to mine and say the name, and giggle while tucking his head into his shoulders. He thinks it's a very funny word. I'm loving this phase. 

He's also started to sign for more. This is coming in very handy around meal time! He doesn't sign it by the book, he does more of a pointing with his right index finger into his left palm. It's way cuter than the textbook version. It's also just as effective, so it's perfect. You can tell that he feels more power with this new sign, he gets a look of determination in his eyes when he signs it. Yay for communication tools, I love baby sign language! 

So, back to the issue of hunger at daycare pickup. Every time I walk in and out of daycare, I walk by a basket of crackers. I don't think I've ever paid attention to it really. On our way out Monday, I saw another child getting a cracker out of the basket. So I said, hey, why not? I grabbed a cracker for Max and headed out. We got into the car and I opened the cracker for him, and he munched away as I buckled him in. Hooray!! This is the first time he's been tolerant of getting into the car in a few weeks. He munches on a cracker for the ride, and then we nurse when we get home. It's great! Guess what happened Tuesday as we left? He pointed to the basket and looked at me, signing for more. Well, it looks like it's a great trick! It's worked all week. Poor munchkin just needed a snack in his belly before dinner. Note: I'm not upset that he's not having a snack at daycare later in the day. They're purposely not messing up his dinner appetite for us, which I appreciate. 

Oh, and a new food this week! Daddy shared his chocolate chip ice cream with Max tonight. He seemed to love it, and kept signing for more (yup, he's signing that a lot now that he knows how!). They were having so much fun together with the ice cream, taking turns and going "mmmm" together. 

Grapes! I never thought we could pull it off, but we kept our grape vine alive long enough to grow grapes! There are a ton! Max loves grapes, and he happened to be with me when I discovered the grapes, so guess what happened? He started munching away. He was going crazy, he was pushing them into his mouth before he could even swallow. No choking or anything, don't worry, but the munchkin was just loving the grapes. Now when we go outside, he runs from plant to plant. Tomatoes, blueberries, and grapes. Yum yum yum. Stuffing his face at each one until he wants to go to the next. It's so fun to have these plants in our yard for him to munch away like that. Plus, it's free and organic! How can you go wrong with that? 

Max isn't just using sign language to tell me what he wants. When he's done with bath time, he will point to the toy holder to tell me that it's time to put the toys away. I pull it down for him, and we put all of the toys in it together. He's all business when he's putting the toys away, such a serious little guy. Then he stands up, and holds his hands together on his belly as he waits to be lifted out. He's such a character. Next, I put him on the towel and he stands there to wait for a towel to be wrapped around him. He's not trying to run out the door anymore, he knows the routing. Plus, he loves to look at himself in the mirror with his monkey / bear / etc hooded towels on. That cracks him up. 

We have new silly games with him. Daddy and Max each hold a napking or a piece of paper and wave it up and down as fast as they can. Max thinks this is the best, and laughs and laughs. The whole time this is going on, he's looking up at his Daddy with the best look of love and admiration. It's so fun to watch. The new game with Mommy is a bit different. Max will grab my hand, pull my fingers into his mouth, and then laugh his head off when I say "ow!" He laughs his awesome belly laugh and lets my hand out, and once he's done laughing he pulls the fingers in again. He thinks making me say "ow" is hilarious! 

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sixty Six Weeks

Max is getting great with knowing body parts! He now knows where nose, eyes, ear, head, mouth and belly button are. He love the pointing game to tell me where each is. He's also learned to do a bark when I ask what a dog says, and a quack for ducks. He loves quacking with his rubber duckies in the tub. 

So this weekend we played in puddles again. It's a little different when you play in a puddle AFTER a rain storm rather than during. For one thing, it's a lot dirtier. We still had a blast, and I actually got pictures this time! We went out to play right after we woke up, even before breakfast. So please ignore the fact that I'm a naughty mom and let him play outside in his pajamas. 

I went to pick Max up from daycare Wednesday and he was drinking out of a cup! A real cup! He was drinking like a pro! It was a small clear dixie cup, and he looked so confident with it. He was spilling on himself a little bit, but it is huge at this age. I'm very excited for my little man. I'm also excited that I happened to have my phone on me (I never bring it in when I get him at school) and was able to snap a picture!

The sleep issues that I mentioned last week have gotten a lot better. We figured he just needed time to adjust, and it seems that it's working. That's a good sign. I was feeling bad that he was missing lunch with his classmates because he took an early nap. Speaking of food, the little monster seems to be starving when I pick him up from daycare now. He's on a different eating schedule in the toddler room, so he's hungry by 5:30pm. He's signing to nurse as soon as he sees me, and he is not a happy camper unless I nurse him in the car before putting him in his seat (note: I have tinted windows and a nursing cover in my car, do not be alarmed). 

We had a family trip to Home Depot this weekend, and Max was able to sit on a few lawn mowers. He was ecstatic! He wanted to sit in the seat by himself and hold onto the wheel. It was so cute. He went between three different lawn mowers, and we kept calling them tractors for him. Big green ones, just like in his book. He didn't want to leave the store! This little guy loves his trains, cars and tractors! 

Max has started doing the sweetest thing. When he's tired he will pull my hand to his side to rub his back. It helps him fall asleep, and it's the sweetest thing ever. It definitely tells me when he's ready for bed time. 

Oh! Another fun trick! He's unfolding the changing pad, putting it on the couch or floor, and then laying on it. Guess what that's his sign for? He looks so serious when he's unfolding it, so much concentration, and then he lays there and just looks at me. Come on, Mom, what are you waiting for? 

Sixty Five Weeks

Max has been clearly pointing at objects that he wants for weeks now. His new trick is to use his arms to turn my shoulders towards what he wants. He's steering his Mommy like a horse! Little monster. It's so cute. So he'll steer me into a specific room, and then point to what he wants. Smart kid, and he certainly knows what he wants. 

He's getting really good with utensils! He's properly using a fork to pick up his food, which is his favorite utensil. He's getting really good with a spoon too, he's getting lots of practice with his yogurt! Oh, and he has a new trick with a utensil that is most likely unique for toddlers. A steak brush! He love running around with it everywhere and playing with it like a toy. But the best part? He's using it to trigger the water dispenser on the fridge door! This kid loves water so much that he's figured out a way to get it on his own. My jaw just dropped the first time I witnessed this. Looks like I'm going to have to use the lock feature on that thing! 

It looks like Max likes to organize nowadays. His recent organization trick? He wants to put his food in containers while he is eating. He wants everything in a bowl, nothing on the tray any more. He's so proper! I used to open a plastic container and empty its contents onto his tray to pick up. No more! He requests the container and eats out of that. He started this by asking for the bowl after I emptied it onto the tray, and he picked everything up one by one and placed it in the bowl. Smarty pants. Then he ate it all. He likes things neat I guess. I have no idea where he got that from... hehe.

Last week he loved Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. He loved his song book and requesting it by flipping to that page. Now we'll be in the car or out and about and he will tap his head to request the song. Then we sing it and I get some big smiles out of him. His adorable smiles just kill me. 

School pictures are this week! I'm so excited to see them. He's a total ham for the camera, so I know they'll be great! 

Sixty Four Weeks

Max doesn't use his swing much anymore. These days he prefers to sit on the couch with Mommy and Daddy instead of the swing. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that he doesn't want to sit still and be strapped in, but that's to be expected. The weight limit is 25 pounds, so he's almost too big anyway. Last week he asked to sit in the swing while he watched Caillou, which he hasn't done in weeks. So he sat in it for one last time before Daddy packed it up for good. That swing served us well, he loved that thing. Big milestone, smiles mixed with tears. 

This kid loves water. He's always running his hands under the water in the sink, pointing until I let him put his hands in it. He also has a new love for putting his hands in the stream of water on the fridge door while I fill our cups. He thinks it's hilarious and looks up at me with a huge smile. His love of water also comes through with bath time, he just smiles and laughs and plays in the water with such happiness. 

Something that I have always loved to do is play in the rain during the summer. I love splashing in puddles and looking up to let the rain wash over my face. Apparently Max is a big fan too! This weekend we went out and played during a rain shower, and we had a blast. We ran through puddles and splashed and giggled our heads off. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures, but I'll hope to capture it next time. 

This poor little guy has had eight teeth coming in for a few weeks. EIGHT teeth! At the same time! I can't imagine the pain he's in, poor guy. He's acting like his normal self for the most part, but I can tell he's suffering. It's affecting his sleep of course, but I'm hoping it passes soon. The outside edge of one of the bottom ones is almost completely out, so that's a good sign! Please Tooth Fairy, make them finish soon! 

Speaking of sleep issues, he's having a tough time with his sleep schedule lately. He's gradually transitioning from the infant to toddler room, so there's a lot of new and exciting stuff going through his head. On top of that, he's adjusting from napping whenever he wanted in the infant room to a schedule in the toddler room. Typically he naps twice a day, 90 minutes each, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. In the toddler room, they take one mid-day nap around noon. Needless to say, he's having trouble adjusting. He's falling asleep after school for a little while, and then waking up for dinner. It will be an adjustment, like all things, and he seems fine emotionally. He's loving all of the new toys and older kids in the toddler room! He's handling the transition better than Mommy is. 

This past weekend was the annual cookout at his Gramma and Grampa J's house. There are always a ton of people, and he was more social this year than last. Of course the day was spent running around like a mad man. There was a big wheel bike there, which he loved. Also, a tractor! He loved it, he's always pointing at tractors in his books. 

Books. His favorite book now is Action Rhymes, which is a book of songs. Just by looking at each page he knows which song it is. He'll start clapping when he sees Patty Cake and tap his head for Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes. He loves that song so much. We've been spending a lot of time flipping through that book lately.