21 Months...that's 3 months until age 2!

Saturday, April 30, 2011
Where to begin? This month has seen many exciting changes!

The one I'm most excited about is the recent out of no where explosion of two word phrases. Since we've been back form our trip, he's pretty much said at least one new one per day, if not more. Ones we've heard often: "shoes on/off", "shirt on/off", "bye-bye airplane",  (and bye-bye to whatever else), "mama home", "open" with a variety of things to open, "mama in" (when he wants me to go in his tent), "brush teeth", "poopy potty", "TV on", etc. He also continues to repeat pretty much any word said to him (thus, no swearing in front of him at all anymore), with the funniest word being "beer"...though he says it more like "bewww". He also says "excuse me" after he passes gas and burps, and sometimes says "bless you"--but only after he sneezes.

Other new things on the language front include continued understanding and following of directions (remember the perfect toddler that colored eggs?), and labeling possessions (he'll point to things that are his and say "Henry" and point to things that are mine or daddy's and say "mama" or "dada". He also has been answering more questions lately as well. Funny story...

When he came home the other day, he ran to me yelling "bewww, bewww, bewww!". I thought, "Why in the world is he screaming beer?". So, I looked around the corner, and sure enough, there was a case of Bud Light daddy brought in. I asked him who's beer it was and he replied loudly "Dada!!". Not super proud that he says and recognizes beer, but it was kind of an accident. He saw the shiny cans daddy and grandpa had this past weekend and thought he would try to take it. I said, "No, that's beer...yucky.". So now, he believes all aluminum cans are "bewww".

Now that he's been answering questions more, and very often with the cutest "noooo" you'll ever hear, many things can no longer be posed in the form of a question ( I know this, I work with preschoolers). Asking something in the form of a question (i.e., Do you want to take a bath?) offers a choice, and obviously, many things aren't choices. He doesn't know how to say "yes" yet. When he actually wants to answer "yes" to a question, he will smile/get excited, but not say anything. He also can answer the question "What is your name?" Pretty sweet. :)

Some articulation is also getting better. After saying "milk" as "nil" for nearly a year, he FINALLY has the "k" sound at the end. It now sounds more like "nilk". There are a few other things that have gotten more clear recently, such as Kelly which used to be "T", and he apparently says "snack" clear as a bell at daycare, but we haven't heard it yet.

Cognitive skills also continue to expand. He continues to label everything and wants to know labels to things he doesn't know. He seems to notice and remember EVERYTHING these days. His memory seems to be really quite good.

He seems to know most colors. He's not 100% consistent with every object you present to him, but he for sure knows yellow, blue, green, red, and purple most of the time. Brown, black and pink he does sometimes, and orange he tries, but really can't say.

He knows the same letters as he did last month (we haven't really worked on letters since we've been back), we've been focusing on the colors. I've also started to get him to count things. He counted 5 balls (saying the number after I said it) one time the other day. He knows to move his finger to each object.

Fine motor wise, he loves to color. He'll occupy himself for quite a while laying on the floor coloring in a coloring book. His favorite color to use seems to be yellow for some reason, and he loves to try to draw the letter "H" and "airplanes". He'll scribble, scribble, scribble and then either shriek "H!!!!" or "Airplane!!!" (which sounds a bit like "bay-bay" right now).

He got a new puzzle for Easter, so we'll be working on mastering that soon too! I'm going to start by taking out just 1 or 2 at a time so that he doesn't get overwhelmed, otherwise I don't think he'll pick up on the concept of this type of puzzle yet.

New (skill) in the last few days? A new pout. Ohmygoodness, it will break your heart. I have to catch it on camera or video camera soon.  This new behavior has been happening when he doesn't get what he wants (obviously)--usually when he has asked for something really nicely, and I give him the response he doesn't want. For example, tonight I poured myself a quick glass of juice and told him he couldn't have any since we were eating soon. His new behavior? Quietly standing still and looking down while covering his eyes. We've been ignoring it, obviously, but I can barely stand how cute it is. Tonight, as I ignored him (which he noticed), he inched closer and closer (while still covering his eyes) to me until he was standing next to me and touching me. I'll take this behavior ANY DAY over the screaming, throw himself on the floor, and/or hitting mommy behavior (which we still see, but I like that this new quiet pout could be the "new thing".) The hitting has really seemed to decrease as of late, though it's still completely normal for this age. Redirection and short concise explanations are key right now, as time outs don't begin to be effective or understood until between the ages of 2-3.

He's become a bit more shy recently too. He pretty much won't do ANY of the above things (at least with the language stuff) if there are too many people around. He also will hide his face when the Target cashiers try to talk to him.

He's been kissing and hugging for what seems like forever, but recently he's been grabbing my face when he gives me a kiss. It's too cute. He also now ALWAYS gives a "smooch" (he says "mooch" before he does it) after he gives hugs.

Potty training has made some ground recently. Not every time, but pretty often recently, when he has to (or thinks he has to) poop, he will sign poop and then say "poopy potty" over and over until we take him to the potty. He hasn't actually gone number one or two during these instances of asking to go potty, but at least it's another step in the right direction. (I think we went to the potty 8 times in the course of 2 hours, but no poop) He's also begun to lay on the floor after he's signed poop (but didn't really poop) and say "change"....because he wants a diaper change...just another step in the process! I vow to have this kid out of diapers before the next one comes!

I think that is all of the big changes. Crazy what one month's time can bring. He'll be two in just 3 short months! I have the birthday theme narrowed down to two ideas. I found an ADORABLE invitation idea for one theme, and adorable cakes for the other theme. We'll see what Henry is most interested in/excited about when the time comes!

As far as stats go, he weighs in at just under 25 pounds. Yes, you read that right! Last scale reading the other night was 24. 7 pounds. Some days he eats great, and other days, he doesn't. Monday night he slammed (and I mean SLAMMED) his spaghetti...nearly finished his plate. Not stressing about it, and certainly don't care that I can't brag that he eats everything in sight. I'll say no thanks to a chunky, overweight baby. He is slowly catching up and looks very healthy. Not sure on his height, probably still around the 31 and something inches or possibly 32.

16 week pregnancy update post below this post.
On to the photos!

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He was mad because he saw "water" and I told him we weren't going in it.

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LOVE this face.

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Big, big, boy.

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Showing me his eyes.

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Thinking.

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The only way he'd look at me is if I asked "Where is mommy's camera?"

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Pointing at mommy's camera.

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16 Weeks!

Baby is the size of an avocado this week. 4.6 inches long and 3.5 ounces (give or take). Tiny bones forming in baby's ears means they are beginning to pick up on my voice. Eyebrows, lashes and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming.
18 days until we find out if it's a boy or girl. I've been having thoughts that it is a girl...like my mind isn't letting me picture what it would be like with another boy...not sure if that makes sense, and I'm sure I'm totally wrong, but who knows.

I've been feeling the same. I get fall down tired every day at 1:00, no fail. It doesn't really help that 1:00 is in the middle of the work day...or, that I don't really sleep much at night. It's ok right now, but I feel like I toss and turn at least once an hour.

I've been craving fruit snacks. It's a very common birthday treat brought into school by the kids, and for some reason, I really need to have them. I needed breakfast the other night for supper too. I've also been hungrier lately too...quite soon after eating a regular meal.

The smell of Henry's poop really made me gag today for some reason. I for sure thought I was going to throw up.

Everyone is starting to notice now...no denying there's a baby in there!

Not an exciting update, but that's all I have...for now. Exciting stuff to come soon (for me, anyway).






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 16 Weeks with Henry. No difference at all, really. ;)

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Maybe it would be better if we compared it to 22 weeks with Henry. Definitely showing 5-6 weeks ahead with this one.

Going backward a little...the Park at MOA

Wednesday, April 27, 2011
In preparation for our Disney Trip, we took Henry down to the amusement park at the MOA a few days before we left in order to see how he did waiting in lines and to see if he'd even enjoy rides. It was a good idea we had.

He loved every single ride he went on (I think he went on 6). He had some trouble being all done (because, let's face it, the rides are never long enough for a child).

On the way out we saw Dora...Henry LOVES his Dora...except the person pushing the stroller didn't stop at Dora...the stroller went right on past Dora. We heard "Dora? Dora? Dora" in the saddest voice you'd ever heard while he threw his hands up in the air...all the way to the car. Needless to say, now that we know how much he loves his characters, we'll stop next time.

He loves the carosuel. Loves it.

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Picture quality not great, but you can see the face he's making. He made that face the whole time.

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He did a mini-roller coaster train thing with daddy.

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He got grandma dizzy on Blue's Clues.

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LOVED this pretty intense car ride with Bumpa.

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Uncle Jake took him on the big rigs. Kids had to be sitting on the inside for all the rides, so you can't really see anything but Henry's head.

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And finally, went on a "choo-choo" with Bumpa.

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If you haven't been on the up and up of my unusually frequent posts in the past two days, keep scrolling for more entertainment.

Week 15 (a few days late!)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Here's the official week 15 update. I have been feeling pretty good. Getting hungrier, it seems, but no signs of sickness anymore. I'm still really tired during certain portions of the day, and actually fell asleep sitting up one day last week when I was working on our vacation photos.

I'm still definitely feeling the flutters. I am for sure that this is what they are. It feels like a feather tickling my insides.

Baby weighs in around 2.5 ounces and 4 inches long right now and the baby's legs now outmeasure the arms. All four limbs have functional joints. The baby is squirming all over the place at this point, and I'm definitely feeling a bit of that!

More and more people are asking me as I get bigger. No, they aren't asking me if I am pregnant, there are going straight to "Do you know if it's a boy or a girl?" Nope...not around 20 weeks people....only 15. This is about what I looked like with Henry at 20/21 weeks though. The doctor said I looked great at our appointment last week. Heartbeat was around 152, going strong. Weight gain is going great too, in case you are wondering. I would prefer to NOT gain 45 pounds with this one, but we shall see. 40 pounds of it fell off no problem with breastfeeding and little other effort.

The big news? We have our anatomy scan scheduled for May 18th. That isn't that far away people! It's crazy how fast this is going! I honestly again, just as with Henry, would love a boy just as much as a girl...I just want another healthy, normally developing baby to be seen on the ultrasound that day.

We have the girl name picked and are still trying to narrow down the boy name. Just as with Henry, we want to be settled on it that day so that we can begin to use it and give the baby a name instead of just baby!

We are still trying to decide how we will receive the news ourselves. Now that the date is a reality, Ryan is ready for the ultrasound tech to tell us right then and there, where as I would at least rather wait, have the lady write it down and we have Kelly wrap up the little sister or little brother onesie for Henry to open in front of us. We'll see!

Henry was not digging me getting my picture taken on this day for some reason.

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Look at Henry's happy face in the background!

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Then it was his turn.

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Two new posts below this one! Easter post and vacation post (complete with over 100 photos!)
15 weeks with Henry.

Happy Easter!

Our long Easter weekend took place in Winona. It began on Thursday with Henry and myself driving down by ourselves. I was a little nervous for the long car ride with pretty much no way to entertain him without pulling the car over, but he did super well. He was entertained with airplanes for a while after we passed the airport, and then took his magna doodle thing and drew "airplanes" over and over.  It wasn't so long ago when he accidently drew a circle and I had said "No way he drew it intentionally", but now, he is (but more on that with the official 21 month update in a few days). He looked at books for a while and then eventually fell asleep right before Lake City.

I went shopping all around Winona looking for things to fill his Easter Basket up with on Friday with my grandma. I wanted a Mickey Mouse coloring book or a Mickey Mouse book in general. I never found the book, and finally, at the 4th store, I found a Mickey Mouse coloring book. It was a giant 400 page one too! After seeing nothing but Mickey all over Disney for 3 days, it was weird to have a hard time finding Mickey! I also hunted all over looking for a cute Easter outfit. I thought I'd get lucky at JCPenny's...except the Winona JCPenny's is the most sorry excuse for a JCPenny's you will ever see. They had one cute carter's outfit I ended up keeping and that you will see later, but it wasn't the dressy kind of outfit I was looking for for church. I had seen a few at Target that I liked, but man, I wasn't paying $25.00 for an outfit (and they never seemed to be on sale before Easter). Luckily I found a super cute one at Shopko, but umm..totally forgot to take pictures of it. Maybe I'll put him back in it for some pictures this weekend.

Saturday morning we colored eggs. Man, did he love this! It's amazing to me how "good" he is. Yes, he definitely has his toddler moments, but for him to be doing something new and to listen to every last word/direction my mom and I gave him is simply amazing to me.

He helped put the eggs in.

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He was very excited and knew all his colors.

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He helped take the eggs out. He didn't bother with the wire scooper thingy. The whole hand went in!

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He put them in the carton...and patted them down each time to make sure they were in.

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He dipped and took out each and every one of these. We only had one small catostrophe when grandma counted 1, 2, 3, and the egg was forcefully placed into the cup in excitement...and green dye went everywhere. I think his legs were still a little green even after his bath.

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Later on Saturday, we saw the Easter bunny. Seeing how great he did with the Disney characters, I went in assuming he would love the Easter Bunny...and that he did.

High fives for the bunny.

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Loving the nose again.

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All smiles!

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Saturday evening we had Easter dinner. Henry ate a bun, some fruit salad...and...TURKEY! Yay!! Something new!!

Sunday morning we woke up to what the Easter Bunny left us and had Easter brunch at great grandma's house and then we hit the road back home. It was a nice, long, and fun Easter weekend!!

Is this Christmas or Easter? Between us and grandma/grandpa, there's a lot of loot here! Nothing big, just lots of little stuff. Coloring books, Twistables Color Crayons, a Donald Duck from Disney, big bulldozer, little bulldozer, bucket and shovels, jammies, t-shirts, bubbles, and sidewalk chalk! The shovel and yellow crayon were his favorites.

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Excited!

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What do I take first?!

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Being cute!

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The yellow crayon.

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If you haven't already checked it out, be sure to scroll down the next oldest post and read all about our Disney vacation!
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