Friday, May 30, 2014

Eighty Five Weeks

This past weekend, we had Max stay at his Gramma Jane's house for the night. When we came to pick him up, he came running up to me and hugged me. He then leaned back to look at me and hugged me again. He repeated this twice. It was like he couldn't believe I was real. Then when we were putting his coat on, he was saying "home" and leaning his body as he was pointing towards door. He loves being home lately. He also says "home" when we are walking up to the house and first get inside. 

When picking up from school, he runs right up to a picture of the three of us and points to me in the photo and says "mama" with a happy smile. Then he runs up to me and hugs me. The teachers in his room say that he points to our pictures and says our names all of the time. I think he loves having our picture up. Today after school he asked me for eskimo kisses. It was so sweet. I had taught him a few weeks ago to rub our noses together to kiss, and we hadn't done it in a little bit. But he remembered today and promptly asked for a nose kiss. He's so sweet!

He's growing up so fast! He's now in size 7 shoes! I can't believe it. He's also drinking water while holding his cup with only one hand! A real cup, just one hand. How is this happening so fast? He's also saying "bath" as he points to the tub, it's a clear way of telling me that it's bath time. He definitely has a cleaning gene, which I'm enjoying. He keeps asking me to sweep with him. He gives me a broom and he uses the other one and we sweep together. He'll push the dirt around for a few seconds, look up at me, smile, and then keep pushing. He just thinks it's so great to help out.

We have a new favorite food! We had tacos last night, and he loved them. He was watching how I ate them, and he wanted me to roll his up like mine. He'd feel all grown up and make his proud face as he held it and took a bite. Then he'd realize that it wasn't as easy to pick out his favorite pieces that way, so he would put it down and pull out the pieces he wanted to eat. But then he'd notice how I was eating them a moment later, and ask to have it rolled again. He's such a silly kid.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Eighty Four Weeks

Max has a few new words! He says Percy (Thomas' best friend), snow, apple, cold, and Santa. We put our Christmas card on the fridge, and he loves to point to each of us on it and name us all. He loves pointing at Santa and yelling it out. He also knows the difference between car and truck now, and says truck (well, almost). One of the cutest new words he has is butterfly. He'll say "bubbafie" and open and close his hands to mimic wings. It's adorable! It's been really cold lately. He has started saying "cold" to let us know it's cold outside. He says it over and over while walking to the car, it's so cute! 

His current favorite letter is W. He points to it on his puzzle board, and says it with a big smile. He has started to grab the puzzle piece, and run into the kitchen to grab the W magnet off of the fridge. He'll walk around the house with a W in each hand and look down at them every so often. He doesn't love holding the W pieces as much as the trains, but they're definitely a close second.

I love hearing him talk in his sleep. It's the most precious thing. The other night he was saying "mama" in his sleep as he was patting my arm. It was so sweet! I couldn't help but give him a big kiss on his cheek. If this kid only knew just how much I love him.

Daddy has taught Max to catch snowflakes on his tongue. He thinks it's a huge game! He closes his little eyes, lifts his head to the sky, and sticks his little tongue out. When he catches a flake on his tongue, he looks down at us with this huge smile and makes his proud face with his big open eyes. It's amazing to him! He does it again and again, until he wants to just get down and eat a handful of snow from the ground.

This little monster has started a new trick. We are always chasing each other around. When he peeks out from behind things, I always point and say "I see you!" Now he's started to stop, turn around, and point at me. He wears this huge smile as he points at me, mimicking my "I see you!"

Max loves to help me do stuff, he's always wanting to be involved. The hardest thing this week has been loading the dishwasher with dirty dishes. He doesn't understand that they're dirty, so he's trying to put them in the cabinets for me. Poor little guy, he gets so mad when I stop him and put them back in the dishwasher. It will take some practice and explanation, but he'll get the hang of it. He's just trying to help, and I just love having my little helper nearby!

The poor little guy burned his hand on the pellet stove this week. It was so awful. He has been so good about staying away from it, but he lost his balance and ran into it by accident. It was terrible for the little guy. As he screamed and cried in my arms, I started singing the song I made up for him when he was a little baby. The song calmed him right down, and he was okay again. It had an amazing power in that moment, and I was so grateful. Poor thing. The song has the word "baby" baby in it. Ever since that day, he'll point to himself and say "baby" every once in a while. It's so sweet. He also points to himself and says "mah" for Max, but baby is his new favorite name for himself. Hopefully he'll never have an issue with the pellet stove again, poor boy.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Eighty Three Weeks

This weekend we had a lot of fun playing outside. Even in the cold weather, Max wanted to ride on his swing. He loves that thing! He likes to go down his slide and land in the snow with a big thump. Up and down, up and down, I don't know where he gets his stamina! He also spent a lot of time riding his truck on the street, or pushing it around. His snow pants and boots make it tough for him, but he pushes goes ahead with it anyway. We have two large red balls in the yard, and he's determined to hold one in each arm at the same time. So he's running around the yard with two balls in his arms up near his face, so he can barely see where he's doing. He would run for a few seconds, stumble and fall in the snow, and then go through the ball collecting process all over again. It was the silliest thing.

Tuesday was Max's surgery for ear tubes, which was tough. He didn't understand why we had to sit on his little bed and wait for the doctor for an hour, that was tough for him. It was so hard for me to bring him into the OR and hold him still to breathe in the sleeping gas while he cried for me. He was just so scared and didn't understand, it was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. The surgery went well, but his recovery was tough for him. He was very groggy and wanted his mommy. Nursing made him feel a lot better though, he was back to normal within 45 minutes of surgery. Once we got home, he just wanted to go out and play. It was pouring outside, so we went to a local furniture store to let him run around while we looked for a new couch. He had a great time looking at the fish, and yelling "shishies" at them. He just loved those fish!

Aside from learning that he knows "shishie" for fish, he has also started saying tree and bubble. He knows the letters U and W. I love how he says W. It sounds like "dudda-you" and it's just so cute. It's a touch letter, more syllables than most, and he's so proud when he says it. He also knows the number 2! I really didn't imagine that he'd be learning letters and numbers so early. He's getting really good with building his train tracks and putting together. Last week he was just tearing the pieces apart as I put it together, but now he's building on his own (maybe he just didn't like how Mommy was setting it up?). At night, we sit at the top of the stairs and play trains on his tracks together before bed. He likes to play with one train and give me a train to play with. He is such a good sharer!

I love how silly my little boy is. He's always goofing around and playing for a laugh. The other day he was tackling me and putting my breast pads in my mouth (don't worry, they weren't yucky). He was pinning me down and wouldn't let me stop him from putting them in my mouth. I was laughing my head off as I fought him off, and he was giggling even harder. I just love his little belly laughs when he's being silly. He also likes to kiss me until I giggle, and growl at me too. I love that we're always laughing together and having fun. He's just so awesome.

My little helper isn't just helping me cook. Lately, he's been asking to sweep with me. He likes me to hold the big broom and while he holds the hand broom, or visa versa to clean the floor together. It's nice to have a little helper around!

We do lots of running around and chasing in the house. One of his new tricks is to run into the bathroom and close the door until I come and find him. He stands in there and tries to be quiet, but I can usually hear him giggling in excitement as he hears me calling his name at the door. Then I knock on the door and say "hello" and he just busts out laughing. It's hilarious! He even does this when the light is off, in the pitch dark! He never gets scared or cries, even if it takes me a few seconds to "find" him. Silly kid.

He's still in deep love with Thomas the Steam Engine. He gets all worked up when he sees that Thomas is coming on the TV. If he doesn't have trains in his hand, he frantically runs around until he finds a train to hold in each hand. Then he'll run right back up to the TV with the trains in his hands, and just stare at the screen in awe. He loves his little train friends! 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Eighty Two Weeks

This past weekend, I woke up to Max naming the letters on my shirt. He was pointing and said "R, K, M, E, E, A" as he named them off. I hadn't realized he knew all of those letters already! It was an awesome way to wake up. He's been talking in his sleep lately, which is the sweeting thing in the world. The other night, I heard him saying his own name. I looked over, and saw him patting his chest and belly as he said "Mah" over and over. It's so sweet to hear him almost say his name, and to be naming himself in his sleep. Such a cutie pie.

My little boy just loves to help his mommy. He has started to help with making dinner. He's been helping me put everything together to cook. I was filling the measuring cups with water for him, and then he was putting the water into the pan. He was so careful and serious about it. This is a big job! He also grabs for a fresh spoon to help me stir while I cook.

Speaking of food, Max loves wearing his Daddy's hat during dinner. It's a thick (and very warm) winter hat, but he just loves to wear it while he eats. He's all about hats lately. He puts a bowl on his head during his bath and yells "hat!" He's just so cute.

We built our first snowman this weekend! Max was helping me pat the snow onto the big snow balls, and he thought the patting part was hilarious. He kept giggling at it. He'd pat a few times, stop, look at me and laugh, and then start again. He's such a silly boy. He was not interested in the actual snowman building part though. He just wanted to push the snowman's head off! It was so funny! He pushed the head off, and then the top part of the body. He demolished the snow man and ate it like a crazy little monster. He also had a blast playing on his slide. The cold weather doesn't seem to bother him at all. I loved holding his little hands as we walked through the snow together. Such sweet memories.

The other day, he did the silliest thing. I asked him if I could change his diaper because it had pee in it. He ran to his alphabet puzzle, grabbed the letter P and ran around the house smacking his diaper with it. Needless to say, I had to wait a few minutes for him to settle down (and myself too, because I was laughing hysterically) and finally change his diaper. Apparently P is his favorite letter this week. That was one memory that I really wish I had caught on film! 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Eighty One Weeks

More new things! Max now knows the letter P! He has also started saying "more" when he's signing for more. That's a big step! He's also saying "ball ball" for ball now, whoops! When Daddy taught him to say football, he replaced "ball" with "ball ball" and he thinks it's funny when we giggle. He also knows "toes" and likes to say it as he points at his cute little toes.

We finally bought bath crayons for Max. I'm not sure why I didn't buy them earlier, but they're a huge hit. He loves to draw on the bath walls, and he thinks it's great when I color with him. I'm not brave enough to teach him to draw on himself with them yet, because I'm trying to teach him to not color on himself with regular markers still. One step at a time, right? But he's loving them in the bath!

I was impressed last week that Max was so good with his farm animal puzzle. Well this week he's impressed me even more. He has become a pro with his alphabet puzzle! He can get all of the letters in their spots, all by himself! The pieces are pretty small, and there are a whole 26 of them (obviously), so this is quite a big deal! It's his favorite thing right now, aside from his trains of course.

After his bath at night, we always brush his teeth. He thinks it's a great event to mimic me and he thinks brushing his teeth is fun as a result. Well now he's wanting to rinse his toothbrush like mommy does while we brush our teeth. I'm holding him while we brush, and he'll just dive his body over to get some water on his brush. Then he gets all excited to put it back in his mouth.

Our little boy has such great manners. When he gets a snack in the living room, he'll pull his chair up to the table and sit down to eat it. He doesn't like to eat while he's standing now. Now we just have to work on the crumbs, but this is great progress.

Part of Max's Christmas gifts from Gramma Janet and Aunt Caitlin was a train track system with a motorized train. The train sings music and runs by itself. Max is obsessed with the train! He'll put the train behind couch to pull itself through to the other side. Then runs to the other side of the couch and waits for it. Over and over, like 15 times in a row. He also loves to play with trains under the blankets, like a tunnel. He'll put the train under the blanket and wait for me to say "is it in the tunnel?" He then nods, laughs, and pulls the train out to put it in the tunnel again. There's a tunnel in one of his Thomas movies, and apparently it has made a big impact on him!

This year, Max and I were both asleep before midnight on New Year's Eve. It had been a long week of traveling, and we were both pooped. It was a great couple of weeks away from work, just enjoying our little family. It will be so tough to go back to work, but I know we will get to do this next year. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Eighty Weeks

We did a lot of traveling this week for Christmas. We even went to Maine to visit his Grampa (Sean's Dad). Grampa was carrying him around the house, showing him all of the animal sculptures and paintings. Grampa taught him to say "duck" while walking around looking at the duck pictures. There was a big moose sculpture at the end of the hall. Max kept asking to be picked up, and pointing down the hall for us to bring him to it. He was so excited to see it, because he's always pointing at the moose sticker on Sean's car. Maybe this summer he'll get to see a real moose!

We have some new words! Max woke up from a nap to see the Christmas tree all decorated, and he was so excited. He ran up to an ornament and said "did-tar" and I realized he was pointing at the guitar ornament. We were at his Gramma Janet and Aun Caitlin's house, and he was pointing out the window and yelling "boat" at a boat outside. I didn't even know that he knew that word yet!  Smart kid! He's been saying ball for a little while, but Daddy taught him "ball ball" for football when watching a game this weekend. He's very proud of himself when he says this word. He also knows neigh neigh (horse) and bah bah (sheep), and he loves his new barn animal play set. It's so cute to listen to him name the animals. He received an Elmo coloring book from his teachers at daycare, and he kept yelling "Elmo!" and coloring. That's what he was saying in this Christmas picture. He received a ton of gifts for Christmas, we're very spoiled. He is so excited about all of his new Thomas stuff, and even a new car!

We brought his farm animal puzzle and his shape sorter for our trip. I was so impressed with how good he is with these things now. There is no hesitation at all. He knows exactly where each animal goes, doesn't need to try different spots or positions, just slides them right into their spots. The same went for the shape sorter, he just knew exactly where they each went on his first try. So smart! He also knows the letters B and T. His favorite letter right now is B, and he calls his bee chair B too. He points and yells it, and give such a huge smile of pride.

Max was getting tons of attention this week while we were traveling, as he so deserves. He started doing the cutest thing. When he did something he was proud of, he would start to clap for himself. Then he would look around at everyone near him and wait for them to clap. Once that person clapped, he'd look at the next person that wasn't clapping until they joined in. Once everyone was clapping, he got so excited and made silly faces for us. He's such a ham! A very cute little ham!

He's growing up too fast! He can already put his own boots on his feet! He loves wearing his boots. He also loves to wear hats. Even inside. He can't put those on himself yet, but he still loves to wear them. He also love to say his food is hot, even when it's not. He'll say "hot" and ask for me to blow on his food. He's blowing on it too, and it's just so sweet. 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Seventy Nine Weeks

We have snow on the ground! Max has been asking to stay in my arms outside and point to where he wants to go. At his request, I carried him over to his slide for him to go down. Then he wanted to go in his swing, even though it was cold outside. He wanted to play in one spot, but walking in it seemed to frustrate him. I heard that he's running in the snow at school this week, so I'm thinking that he's used to it now. I'm sure the slow movements through the snow take some time to adjust, especially in his big snow pants and coat. He just loves being outside though, the cold doesn't seem to bother him at all.

More words! He's saying star, baby, wheel, hat, bee (for his bee chair), and guitar. I think that star is his favorite word right now. He also knows the color blue, and points to blue things while saying it. Smart kid!

We had a huge milestone last night! Max slept 8 hours straight last night (at least I think he did). I'm pretty sure this is the first time he's done that. However, it could be that I don't remember getting up in the middle of the night, that's always possible. Anyway, I’m not getting too excited over this. But, I will definitely enjoy the fact that I feel like I could conquer the world today. It's amazing what conditioning can do to your body. I'm so used to getting up a few times at night, that it's the new norm. Having eight solid hours has left me feeling amazing.

Max loves using his own socks for hand puppets nowadays. Mommy's socks are easier to get over his hands, but they just aren't as fun as his own socks now. He's so sweet, squeezing his little fingers together to make them smaller to get into the socks. He tries a few times to get his hand in, but then asks for help. He is always determined to try it on his own first, just like everything else.

Daddy bought Max a new train! He now has a big plastic Percy train. So now he always has Thomas and Percy in his hands. Everywhere he goes. One of the funniest parts of his train obsession is that the trains must always be facing in when he holds them. He refuses to hold them if he can't see their faces pointing toward him. He's very particular about that!

I wasn't feeling well earlier this week. Max, being such a sweet little boy, came in for a big kiss. He held his lips on mine and just stared into my eyes, just holding his lips against mine as hard as he could for like 30 seconds. It was so cute and silly, and I couldn't stop giggling because he was just so silly and kept doing it. It cheered me right up. It's funny how he knew exactly what would cheer me up, he's never done this new kissing trick before. It's definitely a mood lifter!

I'm always amazed by Max's memory. He'll remember where something is, after putting it down days (or even weeks) ago. I can't even do that most of the time! Last weekend, we were getting ready to take his monthly picture. He saw that we were laying out the blanket as his backdrop. He ran up, grabbed the monthly sticker for his shirt and the monkey. Then he climbed right up onto the couch to sit on the blanket. Amazing! He didn't sit still for the camera, but that would just be too crazy. I love that he remembered all of the details of something we only do once a month. Such a smart little boy!