Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Case 22 Months

Wouldn't 20 months have been a good round number to post about... well your mom is a big slacker and is just now getting around to this so here is a look at you at 22 months!

Talking:  Wow!  Everyday you say more and more.  I never thought it would be so amazing to watch someone learn to talk but I stand in awe of you and all that you learn each and every day!  I can no longer give a count of how many words you say.  There are WAY too many now.  The good news... you are FINALLY saying Mommy and you say it so clearly!  I LOVE it!!!  You will come up to me and pat my chest and say "Mommy" and you'll do the same thing with Daddy, oh and you also do the same thing with our cars.  So cute!  I love that when I go into your room to get you out of bed in the morning you say "Hi Mommy!" just as clear as can be.  You try to carry on whole conversations but usually we only understand one or two words in your rant.  You are even starting to put some sentences together, like "I see monkey."  I LOVE to listen to you talk!  You have the sweetest little voice, even when you are using it to say "toot" and "burp" (which totally cracks both of us up by the way)!!!

Clothes:  You are wearing size 7.5 wide shoes but you also haven't been measured in a while and I think some of your shoes are too small so we might be getting close to 8's now!  Your clothes are now mostly 2T or 24m.  I have stopped cloth diapering you.  I decided you poop too much and you do NOT sit still during diaper changes... it just became too much of a battle that wasn't worth fighting.  I bought you a bunch of disposable diapers in size 4 but after the playground debacle where the diaper didn't totally cover your butt therefore causing most of the poop to land in your jeans and us to go home not long after we got there I think I need to rethink this size and maybe move up to a 5 (wow... was that the world's longest run-on sentence?).  Speaking of poop (this is a segway everyone enjoys right?) now when you poop you'll point to your butt and say "Poop!"... might mean we are getting closer to potty training!  I don't know if I'm dreading this challenge or looking forward to it.  I guess we'll see.

Nursery/YMCA Child Watch:  I'm SO happy to report that you are now happy to go to the nursery at church!  We started going to the new YMCA at the end of June and I put you in intense drop off and pick up training for a couple of weeks while I worked out.  At first you would cry every time I dropped you off.  Then you got to where you would cry but through the tears you would still hold your arm out so they could put your wristband on and you would walk through the door without any sort of a struggle.  When I picked you up though I would watch you playing happily until the moment you saw me and then you'd totally lose it again.  It was as if you were totally doing this for my benefit... "Mommy I've missed you and cried the entire time!"  Well, eventually it got to where you couldn't fake it anymore... now you've figured out how to open their door and you can't even wait for your wristband but you still put on quite a show when I pick you up.  There are no tears but you totally light up and run to me yelling "Mommy!  Mommy!"  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!!  I hope you never stop doing it!!!  Yes I know it will be a little akward when you are in 7th grade running out yelling "Mommy!  Mommy!" but who needs friends anyways:-)

Eating:  You still eat a pancake and an egg every morning for breakfast.  You've also eaten oatmeal and you seem to like it too!  You are getting better and better with a fork but I am not the best at remembering to give you one every time you eat (this is probably a subconscious, cant' stand the mess move on my part).  You drink about one cup full of milk each day and the rest of the time it is water, with the occasional juice or watered down juice (especially when Daddy is in charge of meal time).  You don't seem picky about your drinks.  You have been eating really well this week; however it won't surprise me to see you go back down to one good meal a day next week.  You still love fruit and pizza but I think your first real love is fruit snacks... they are sort of like crack for you.  Once you have one you can't get enough!  You will also eat green beans, peas, turkey, chicken, avacado, spaghetti, broccoli, and mac and cheese off and on.  You seem to get to where you want something at every meal and then you need a break from it.  You would really just prefer to pilfer through the pantry at your own leisure.  You frequently stand at the pantry door yelling, "snackie!"

TV:  Well you have gone from not really caring too much about the tv to being totally obsessed with Yo Gabba Gabba.  Today marks a big day in the Johnston house because Netflix has released more episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba so we no longer have to watch the same 20 episodes over and over and over and over and over again.  I was so excited when I saw this that I had to call Daddy at work.  I don't know what to say about this show other than it is probably the worst show ever and yet you totally love it.  I wish you had gotten attached to something a little more educational but here we are, watching wierd characters with names like Fufa and Moono under the strict supervision of a giant DJ Lance Rock.  You have decided that you like Super Why, which is way better for you, well as far as tv goes.  I do try to limit your tv time and usually you are pretty good with that but sometimes you want it on just as background noise even though you aren't watching it.

New things:  Somehow you gave up your paci.  This didn't result in an all out drag out fight leaving you hating me.  It just happened naturally.  I'm SO SO SO glad I didn't try to force this issue when that nutjob pediatric dentist tried to get me to.  Instead just a few short months later you showed me that you were ready to let the paci go by throwing them out of your crib on several occasions.  You've always liked to throw them out but you would usually keep one in bed with you... not anymore.  You have been so amazing to show me when you are ready to do things and I just need to trust that I'm reading your behavior right.  When I do everything seems to work out.  So you are now pacifier free pretty much on your own.

You now know several of your letters.  I'm so amazed when I work with you on something and it actually sticks (that never seemed to happen when I was actually getting paid to teach).  You also know some colors like green, blue, indigo (yep... indigo... I'm not even sure I know when I see indigo but you have a book that has an indigo page and you always say the color), and purple (although it is usually pink or red when you say purple).

You have pretty much mastered Grandma's iPhone.  You know how to unlock it and slide from screen to screen to find the games that you want to play.  I think it has really helped you learn your animals.  You've gone from accidentally getting the occasional question in your games right to intentionally getting them right.  You just keep learning and learning and I'm enjoying every minute of watching you!!!

Teeth:  You have 4 molars now!  The rest of your teeth are in or on their way in (at least I think they are however you aren't the most cooperative when I go digging in your mouth to count teeth).

Sleeping:  You are a great sleeper!!!  You take one nap each day now.  It usually starts after lunch sometime between 12:30 and 1.  You will usually sleep until about 3.  You go to bed about 8:30 each night.  It usually takes you about 30 minutes to actually fall asleep though.  You wake up about 7 or 7:30 each morning but you always wake up happy!!!

Big Brother:  You are a pretty good big brother!  You think it is SO funny when you make "Tybee" laugh.  "Tybee is your nickname for Ty, which was a huge relief because for a long time I was trying to figure out how I was going to explain to Ty that you called him "Debbie"... I'm glad I finally figured out that you were saying "Tybee".  You've gotten a little territorial with your toys now.  You want to tell Ty "NO!" a lot.  You're so cute when you try to help us burp Ty... you are even gentle.  It was funny when you were choking on something that had gone down the wrong pipe the other day I saw you patting your own back... SO CUTE!  I absolutely LOVE to see you with Ty (especially when you aren't telling him "No!").  I think he is going to learn so quickly watching you... this will have it's good and bad moments!

And now here is a look at you in pictures from 18 months to 22 months...

Your first trip through the spray park
at the zoo!  You were so cute!!!

You are now obsessed with lining your
cars up and pushing them in a train;
however when they don't push right
look out because there are probably going
to be cars flying!

Eating your "snackie" and watching Gabba

Trying to relive your early year

playing in your toybox

Going in to wake "Tybee" up

Who needs a paci when you have your favorite Christmas
ornament to sleep with?!?!

No, I'm not kidding... you love to have this in bed with you.

The first time you "held" Tybee... I think he
might actually be big enough to hold you!

You and me before Daddy and I went out for our 9th

Your favorite garage toy... you love to
"work" in the garage when Daddy does!

Your first Happy Meal!  It's like a right of passage or something!

You're like a stunt driver already!  

You can now open all doors... knob or
lever... nothing is keep you out except a lock!

You have incredible fashion sense!!!

You make me smile more times than I can count each day. You are so special to me and I cherish all of our time together (even the not so easy times).  You amaze me in how much you learn each day and how quickly you've turned into a little boy.  I love you SO SO much Case!!!


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