Wednesday, February 22, 2012

21 Months

 So here we are, each month flying by faster than the previous.

I'm really having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that before we know it, we will have a two year old.  The few tantrums that we have experienced are a good indication however.

Our Little Man has completely taken off developmentally.  Some days I want to tell him to stop trying to repeat everything I say, he is too young for that! Then I realize that may deter him from learning in the future, so I just giggle at all his little echos in the background.

He has got animals and their noises down! We have run the gammet of the typical barnyard animals.  We just added kangaroo this week, but sadly the kangaroo doesn't make a noise that I know of? We just say that he hops. 

My favorite noises are the rooster, chicken, dinosaur and the winner is what mommy and daddy say.  Apparently we are cranky people because when you ask him what mommy and daddy say he just growls and smiles.

His colors are coming along, if he doesn't know what one color is his default is "gween" which cracks me up.

He is also really coming along with his numbers as well.  He is just recognizing them at this stage.  If I show him a paper with numbers 1-10 on it he is able to color the "3" or "7" if you ask him too.  He seems to know we are trying to make him perform or something as he will only humor us with this performance for a few minutes before moving on to color something else.  I'm good with that. :)

He is so loving with all of his stuffed animals, he has oodles of hugs for each of them.  Stuffed, or tiny and plastic that go in his barn.  I am going to buy him a baby doll too as he loves the one in the church nursey and might be nice for him to have his own baby when his sibling comes.  People that think that may "confuse" him are crazy.  You will thank me when your daughter wants to marry him someday.

The child LOVES grapes!

We are all of the sudden able to go out to eat with him occasionally.  He went to two carpet stores with us on Saturday with a stop at Chipotle in between.  I was finished eating before him and he loved drinking water out of his big cup with a straw.  He held that straw in his teeth throughout the entire trip to the second carpet stroe.  Classic.  This new relaxed pace while out running errands and at a restaurant is awesome and something I never thought would happen.

Potty is going well.  He will pee every time I change his diaper and we have been able to wear our "big boy pants" for about an hour at a time.  He still isn't comforatble with pooping in the potty, but eventually we will be able to catch it and make a big, happy, clapping, oohing and ahhing deal over it which he loves.  He is still pretty young, but I am excited to see what I can do with him once I stay home full time. 

He has still continued to be pretty picky with foods, which was aggravating for the first few days but I have learned to just roll with it.  He has decided that he does indeed like smoothies so I feel good knowing he is getting his fruit and some green veggies in.  I just change the fruit up every day and add raw spinach.  He drinks it up and calls it "juice".  I offer him what we are having for dinner and something he likes if I know he won't eat said dinner at every meal.  HIs first word to me this morning was "eat?" so I think we may need to add in a bedtime snack...  I will not cook two meals forever but for now making him penne when we have spaghetti makes sense to me as it's easier for him to eat.  Spaghetti is super difficult for those under two!

He LOVES MOPs now which is a far cry from how he felt about it at the beginning of the year.  Now he walks in by himself and is happy to go.  When I show up he smiles at me and tries to go back to playing.  Church nursery is still a bit of a struggle but I think it's only because he doesn't want to say goodbye to daddy. 

If Nana is anywhere in the picture he chooses her for everything from changing his diaper to getting a snack.  Hilarious.

Lastly, we finally took away the pacifier.  He only used it as nap and bedtimes but was waking up at night when he lost it.  Mommy "broke" it so he threw it in the trash.  Night #3 and he is back to sleeping through the night.  Yay!

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