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. 

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