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.