Sunday, February 2, 2014

Seventy Four Weeks

I'm back home and loving life!! It was so great to be back with my boys, and I have even more appreciation for time with them.

Daycare has a new basket of apples with the crackers near the front door. Max now grabs an apple on his way out, and I get to hear his little teeth tear out little bites while we drive home. He's not a fan of the skin itself, so he spits that out after, but he's eating almost the whole outer part of the apple in one sitting. His favorite song in the car (and in general) is "The Wheels on the Bus" and he even requests it. We do a few arm and hand motions during the song, for the wheels turning, the horn beeping, etc. So when he wants to hear the song, he does the wide arm circle to mimic the wheels. I love that he can communicate this to me now!

Max is a lot more comfortable in the tub now. Before, he would only sit on his butt or stand in the tub. Now he's laying on his stomach and swishing around in the water, pushing his body around while his hands stay still on the mat. He's less afraid of water getting in his face as well, and he's even putting his own head under the faucet. He's getting brave with letting the water run over his head and his back, even his butt!

He's getting more familiar with Dixie as well, and she's become comfortable around him. He has started to point at her nose, and then his nose, and waits for her to say "nose" to him. She doesn't, because she's a cat, so he gets frustrated. He says "hellooooo" to her and waits for her to say it. It's hilarious. Dixie just sits there and stares at him, like he's the most interesting creature ever. It's adorable.

Now that it's cooler out, we're spending less time outside. Max still loves being active though, so we're finding different ways to keep busy. One thing he's loving lately is to ride his bike inside the house. One of us pushes him around the house on his Radio Flyer tricycle, around and around. It's quite the workout, let me tell you. We don't go around the circle once or twice, we do this for like thirty minutes. He just loves to be busy!

Max's favorite book lately has been "Little Blue Truck," we read it again and again. It goes downstairs with us during the day, and back up at night. When he wants to go up and read it, he carries and pushes it up the steps. He's quite serious about that book! His favorite part is when I make the siren noise for the police car, it makes him giggle with his little scrunchy-nose face every single time.

I wanted to give Max more of a feeling of control with his crayons, so I took them out of the package and put them in an open container next to his easel. Now that he can get to them without asking, he hasn't been trying to eat them. It's not forbidden fruit anymore, so I guess it's not as fun to bite them. He's sitting on his stool now, and proudly coloring away. He even hands me a crayon to color with him once in a while. He loves when Mommy helps him color.

Seventy Three Weeks

This weekend was Max's first trip to the ocean! He loved the waves, the sand, the seagulls, the dunes, everything. We sat on the sand and he was digging through it, really enjoying the texture and the way his holes kept filling up again. He was raising his hands in the air and letting the sand go through his fingers and into his hair. He was just soaking it in! He did so much walking that we were just blown away. I honestly never thought a toddler could walk as much as he did today, but he was really enjoying himself. He also got to sit on Daddy's lap in the jeep and drive around the parking lot. That was really exciting for him!  It was a great day.

He's learned a couple of new things this past week. He now knows how to click his tongue! He's clicking over and over and over, loving the new sound. We do it back and forth in a game and he thinks it's the best. He's also crossing his fingers. Yes, crossing his fingers. I didn't realize he was able to coordinate his fingers that well, but he can. He's crossing his fingers and just holding them like that, his pointer finger and middle finger on each hand. It looks like a new habit that we'll see for a while.

This has been such a tough week for me. I've been away for a work trip, states away from my little boy. I'm feeling better today than I was the first night, but it's just so hard. I know he won't remember this when he's older, and it's a good opportunity for he and his Daddy to spend some quality time together. It's also a great opportunity for me at work and in my career. I just feel so physically weak, like something is missing. I guess this is normal, and I just need my little boy again. I can't wait to get back tomorrow night, to see both my little boy and my handsome husband. It's been a long week.

Seventy Two Weeks

New word! A very important word too! MILK! He's now saying it when he wants it, and then he giggles when I repeat it back. He always loves learning new stuff. Adorable! He's also big on peek-a-boo now. Lots of giggle and laughing when we play that.

We carved our pumpkin this weekend, Max's first pumpkin! As I was carving, he kept trying to put the seeds and guts back into the pumpkin. Always trying to help clean up! He was also trying to bite the top edges, and apparently he loves the flavor of pumpkins. He wanted to bite it or sit on it, nothing else. I kept trying to get a picture of him next to it or behind it, and that was just not happening, haha.

Today is Halloween, and Max wore his costume to daycare. He was a zebra and he was being silly and crawling around on his hands and knees like a zebra. When we showed up for the Halloween party at school, he was the only one still in his costume. He didn't want to take it off! During the Halloween party, I couldn't help but laugh. All of the other kids were sitting at the tables eating with their parents, and Max was just running circles around the room. He couldn't sit still. That little boy has so much energy, it's unbelievable. We had a lot of laughs though, I love my energetic little guy. He also had a fun night at home wearing his costume as well, being a cute little zebra while we handed out candy. He asked to go out and play drums in his costume too, which made for a great photo opportunity!

Speaking of Max's energy, he's been proving his unlimited energy in a new way lately. For a few weeks he has been running back and forth between our bedroom and his bedroom. Running at top speed, squealing and laughing, and hiding in a corner before running back. It's a great way to burn off energy right before bed and it's so fun to watch.

When Max is ready to head upstairs (either to play or sleep), he takes the initiative to just start going up the stairs all by himself. It's definitely a clear way of telling us that he wants to go up! So I follow his lead, and we go up and play, cuddle, whatever he wants. Oh, and he's more independent with his stair climbing as well. Until recently, he was stepping on each step with both feet. Now he's walking up and down with one foot per step, which is a lot quicker. He's so balanced and able to stretch his legs so much, it's impressive to watch. It's also great exercise for mommy.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Seventy One Weeks

This weekend we went to pick out a pumpkin. Max was having a blast walking through all of the pumpkins, stopping to point at almost every one and say, "oh!" He tried to pick up a few, thinking it was going to be easy. He was bent down grunting and pulling, but couldn't pick up the big ones. He's so cute though, he kept trying! Until of course, he saw a nearby excavator! There was some construction going on in the lot next to the pumpkin patch, and it was all over once he saw that. He ran straight up the hill to it and just stared up once he got close. He seemed a bit overwhelmed with how big it was, he just looked up and stared. I held him and encouraged him to touch the bucket on the front end, and he got all excited.We ended up getting him a little pumpkin that he could pick up, and a big one for carving. All in all, it was a great trip!

Tuesday Max walked out of his room at daycare all by himself like a big boy. He stopped to get a cracker at the desk, and kept on walking all of the way to the car. How has he grown up so quickly? Mister independent was so happy just walking along and waving goodbye to everyone.

Speaking of food, I've learned a new trick for grocery shopping. Max is an active little boy, as we all know, so it's tough to keep him contained during a shopping trip. I gave him a bag of grapes to munch on while we shopped, and he was as happy as a clam! I found out that Daddy had discovered this weeks ago, but I was thrilled about the discovery. Don't worry, I asked to pay for the grapes he ate when we were done shopping. Oh, and he's also getting independent during dinner time. When he's all done, he doesn't just sign that he's done. Now he signs it and then reaches to the sides of the high chair tray to pull the levers to pull off the tray. Smart boy!

He still loves bath time. He's so good with knowing the routine and where everything belongs. Now when we're cleaning up after, he reaches up to put the soap and face cloth where they belong. He can't reach either, but he reaches up and tries. He's a determined little guy. He has also added a new step to his tooth brushing routine. After brushing his teeth, he opens the mirror, puts his brush in the cup, and waves goodbye before closing the door. Adorable!

Max is very interested in trying to dress himself nowadays. He wants to wear a baseball hat frequently, and he puts it on top of his head and pulls down. Unfortunately, it's usually folded and doesn't go on his head correctly, but he's getting the hang of it. He's also pulling his socks off and trying to put them back on. He started this last week, and I just love quietly sitting and watching him do this. He put the sock on top of his foot and looks at it, like he's trying to figure it all out. He'll eventually bring it to me to put on, but he tries on his own a few times. I love watching him learn and figure things out!