Friday, June 22, 2012

More Milestones!

I guess I should try to update this more than every couple of months. We've been busy busy busy - going to Rockies games, getting Uncle Adam and Aunt Megan ready for their move to Tampa (and being a little jealous of all the fun people they'll get to be with), and running after a quick-moving little boy-o.

Here are Will's updates:

1. He talks ALL THE TIME. Words include ball, Mama, Dada, star (tar! tar!), down, Elmo, Blue (it sounds more like boo-eh with lips buzzing together), milk (signed), up (signed), please (signed and spoken), car, chalk (sidewalk chalk), slide (sigh, sigh).

2. He's starting to stand by himself more and more - I have a feeling walking is coming soon. I'm in no huge hurry for that.

3. He loves to throw anything and everything. Favorite thing to do with the chalk on our front porch (besides draw with it and eat it) is to chuck it into the yard and then ask mama or dada to go get it.

4. He finally mastered going up the stairs in our house - they're a little steeper and narrower than most stairs, so he needed some more confidence before he tackled those.

5. We bought a little toddler car and a littler toddler jungle gym with a slide on it - they have been big hits! He loves to go down the slide but is still learning just how to do it himself. No trouble with the jungle gym part - he's all over that thing. I think it may help him as he's learning to walk.

6. He loves to play in the water. I keep meaning to get him one of those plastic wading pools but haven't seen a good sale yet. If it keeps being 100 degrees here in the Mile High City, we may not wait for a sale.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

1 year plus

Well, it's hard to believe that this time a year ago we were worried about Will's weight loss. Not really a problem anymore.

He's 1 year old (plus a week or 2)! When we went for his one year well check-up, the doctor mentioned that this next year was going to be a fun time because of how much he'll be learning and growing. We've already seen evidence of that! Here are some of the big milestones:

1. Will signs "please", "more", "all done/finished", and today just started signing "drink". The next sign I am going to teach him is "help" :)

2. Will loves to help with the dishwasher. As soon as he hears me open it and start taking dishes out, he makes a beeline for the kitchen. I let him take out all the flatware - he stands there and hands me each item. It takes a little longer, but I am glad to start teaching him to help with chores. A year from now, he'll be doing everything while I sit back and eat bonbons. Right?

3. He loves sports equipment. If he sees anything that is remotely round/globular he gets super excited and says, "BALL! BALL!"

4. He likes his morning coffee. Just kidding. Sort of. I was out of prunes the other day and he needed a little help, so I let him have a sip of my morning iced latte. Did the trick!

5. He thinks all food is called "chzz."

And one of the most important milestones - he's learning how to sleep through the night! I'm trying to adjust to this myself - I almost feel like I'm getting too MUCH sleep.

We had a little get-together with friends and family last Saturday for his birthday. Our house was full of kids and adults chowing down on burgers & brats as well as a baseball-shaped cake ("BALL! BALL!"). Will got some great presents (thanks, friends/family!) which Mommy promptly confiscated for distribution throughout the year (mwahahaha). Unfortunately, he did some giving of his own. We were sick with the stomach flu earlier in the week and thought we were in the clear. All but 3 people came down with it after the party - after which we all decided it was either some sort of mutant germ or a biological warfare agent. It was ugly - and we felt terrible for spreading it! I guess that's another parenting milestone - sharing germs. :/ Pictures to follow soon of our fun day.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

It's been a busy year!

Will has been growing by leaps and bounds - although instead of gaining sheer bulk like he did in his first 8 months of life, these last 3 months have been all about all the new things he can do!

Here's a sampler of our almost 11-month-old boy's doings:

1. Loves to play hide and seek - especially when Mama "hides" on the floor and pretends to snore. He crawls over as fast as he can and shrieks to wake me up!

2. He is pulling up on EVERYTHING. If it is taller than him, he's pulling up on it. If it's 6 inches off the ground, he's trying to crawl on top of it. So far he's managed to crawl on top of the open dishwasher door and a dog bed.

3. He loves books. They are his favorite toys at the moment - he loves to pull board books out and sit up and "read" them - he's getting really good at turning pages and sometimes he'll just chatter away as if he's reading it out loud.

4. He's eating solids! We never really did the whole pureed baby food thing, just broke up chunks of whatever we were eating and put it in front of him. He's had some interesting meals - chicken curry, spicy chicken soup, BBQ pork...he's a great eater. I just started letting him have cheese and he is a big fan. Some other favorites include black beans, avocados, rice cereal puffs, rice crackers, carrots, sweet potato fries, and of course, anything from ParkBurger or Chick-Fil-A. He even ate some gnocchi the other night. Woohoo! He'll try pretty much anything, but he HATES bananas.

5. He's babbling a lot. He says Mama, Dada, "bih buh" when you ask him if he's a big boy, and "buh buh" for bye bye (he learned that from our amazing Elmo iPhone app.) He waves hi and bye.

6. He will point to his nose and then if you ask him where Dada's nose or Mama's nose is, he pointa to that.

7. He crawls like crazy - gone are the days when I can leave him in one room and find him there upon my return.

8. He loves to help with laundry or any task that involves taking things out or putting things in baskets.

9. He hates socks. If I put them on him and we go anywhere, one or both socks are off by the time we get there.

10. He loves to Skype - especially if you pop your mouth at him. It's one of his favorite tricks.

Now we're working on his sleep training to make sure he's getting enough sleep for his growing brain! (And for mommy's sanity, she wrote honestly).

We are getting super excited about having a birthday get-together for him soon! Trying to decide if I want to have a "real" party or just have friends/family over - that's what we did when I was a kid and I think more low-key celebrations can be a very good thing...except I might have to have some fun with the cake :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

10 months today!

Little Man is 10 months old today! He learned to crawl while we were in Florida this past week and right now he's banging a spoon on the tile floor in the bathroom (because it makes such a cool sound - much cooler than on the wood floor). He is waving now - well, holding one hand straight out for you to high five or grab, he loves to bang things together (and has quite an excellent sense of rhythm when he hears music), and is a generally happy, smiley baby. Oh, he also loves to headbutt. Still working on his sleeping issues, but hopefully some of those are because we just got back from a trip where he had a weird weird schedule.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Movin' On Up!

Whew! On to 2012 we go. January is already proving to be a big month for us - I'm going to start back to work this coming Tuesday and we're moving next weekend.

Thankfully I am able to take Will to work with me. I'll be teaching a 1 hour drama class 2 days a week. I'm going to try just wearing him in the Ergo carrier or plopping him in the pack'n'play with some toys to see how he does. If that doesn't work, there's a student with 5th hour study hall who has volunteered to help watch him. I also have some assistant directors who are willing to be baby wranglers. If all else fails, my sweet MIL lives down the street from the school and she can help too.

We're moving from our old old house (built in 1891) to our new old house (built in 1925). Just call me Thoroughly Modern Jenn. This house has been very well maintained, has double the space of our old old house, a 2 car garage, and one of my favorite features - A DISHWASHER (you don't truly appreciate these until you don't have one and your sink is very very small and your sink aerator keeps busting because of weird water pressure). I can't wait to post some pictures of the new place. Although it might take a while because I'll be taking breaks from moving by swinging on our new porch swing :) :) :)

Another something that is moving on up is William. He's got 4 teeth in now (2 top, 2 bottom) and after his haircut the other day, he's lost a lot of his baby look and looks more like a little boy than a baby. I am a little nostalgic these days about when he was all teeny tiny - now he's a big strapping lad of almost 9 months. Hard to believe he's spent almost as much time out as he spent in the oven! He babbles up a storm - saying "Dadada" (Ben loves that one!) and "Pah-pah-pah" (we think that's Parker) and "Neh-neh-neh" (that's me. We're working on that one). He loves playing with his soccer ball (kicking & throwing to Mom & Dad). Right now he's in a Mommy-holds-me-preference stage, but he gets so excited whenever Ben comes in the room. Here's a picture of my growing boy.