Sunday, January 5, 2014

Seventy Weeks

We have a new development this week! Max now refers to Daddy as "cah" rather than "dada" and it's hysterical. He outright refuses to say "dada" and Sean pouts his bottom lip every time. It's so fun to watch. Daddy is now trying to get him to call him "truck" instead, but that's not going so well. Mommy is still "mama" though. His favorite word is "cah" so I'm taking this whole thing as a sign that he really loves his Daddy.

Max still has a tough time with being left at daycare. He still wants me to take him with me every time I leave, which is so hard. One way his teachers distract him is to show him the birds on the tree outside of the nearest window. He's loving birds lately, he points to them in his books and smiles when he makes their sound. So the bird distraction is perfect. This week they had a "Teddy Bear Picnic" for lunch, and Max brought his froggy. He loves walking around with it lately, so it was the perfect stuffed animal to bring. He was hugging it so tight in the car with the happiest face ever. Very excited!

Speaking of daycare, I was giggling as I watched Max walk around the room yesterday and pick up toys that were on the floor. Other kids were standing around the table, and there were forgotten toys on the floor behind them. Max was walking beside the table to get to me, and he stopped to pick up the toys and put them away. How cute is that?! He also likes to put all of his bath toys away to let me know that he's all done and ready to get out. He's a great little helper.

This weekend we were outside playing when we heard the loud dump truck driving around the neighborhood. Max made his "oh!" surprised face and looked all around. We couldn't see it yet, but I knew where it was. So we walked to the fence and watched it go down each street, going from one side of the yard to the next to watch it go around the block. He was entranced! He kept nodding when I asked if it was the dump truck from his books. He loves vehicles, he gets to excited! We also went to the playground again for him to run around on the jungle gym. He was going down the big slides all by himself, and he wasn't scared at all to run around up there by himself. He's quite the little adventurer.

We went his 15 month checkup this week, and he had a blast going up and down on the step stool. He was so excited when he got up on it that he was slapping the exam table like a silly boy. We also got his hair cut again this week. Each time he gets his hair cut he looks so much older! Big boy!

Sixty Nine Weeks

No more sippy cups for this little guy! Max wants to use a real cup to drink his water. We have small clear plastic cups for him, and we put a few sips of water in at a time. He is like chugging water using a cup, he's really taking it down! After each sip, he brings the cup down and smiles as he goes "ahhh!" It's so cute! He's also getting a lot better with a spoon. He's getting more yogurt into his mouth and less on his forehead and nose. He has a blast eating his yogurt. 

I'm not going to lie. Sometimes I'm a little freaked out by his memory of where things are and his ability to communicate his wants. He'll be sitting in his high chair eating or drawing while I put away the dishes, and he'll watch where I'm putting things while he quietly does his own thing. An hour later, while he's running around like a crazy monster, he'll reach up and pull a drawer open in the kitchen. He'll fish out exactly what he watched me put away, and then run around banging and / or biting his new prize like he just won the lottery. The marinade brush and measuring cups are his favorite right now. Also, he knows exactly where his tooth brush is. After his bath, I'll bundle him up in his towel while he just points up at the medicine cabinet. I let him open it, and he reaches right in for his tooth brush. Then he sports a beautiful smile while brushing his teeth. 

We've been having fun playing outside, he loves being outside. This weekend we played ball in the street, and he can really throw a ball! He was throwing the ball so far, Sean and I were blown away. He throws with such force, it is actually kind of scary. He really whips that thing! Anyway, he and Daddy were throwing the ball back and forth and chasing it. Lots of giggles and fun. Oh, and of course, lots of splashing in puddles! His favorite outdoor activity. 

When we're reading books, he likes to point at things and wait for us to tell him what they are. Now I'll ask him where different things are and he will point them out. He's pointing out motorcycles, cats, dogs and frogs! He of course likes the animal noises after he points them out. 

Max loves watching Sprout TV at night. He loves Nina and Star, and especially Lucy the Firefly. When a show is about to start, Lucy flies up toward the moon and the character from the next show will appear in the moon and say hello. Max gets so excited when Lucy flies up toward the moon, because he knows a new show is coming on. If it's Thomas or Caillou, he squeels and points and looks to us to see it too. Because we're so excited too (we always say "yay! Thomas!"). His big smile as he watches the song to start his show, it's great. I also noticed him copying the stretching exercises that Nina does in the Sprout show. He stopped when he saw that I was watching, I guess he was shy. But it was so sweet watching him do the stretch in front of the TV. I wish I was able to snap a picture of that, but I'll have to try another time.