Almost 2. (23 months).

Tuesday, June 28, 2011
We almost have a 2 year old on our hands. This entire year has gone by so fast, I can barely believe it. It literally feels just like yesterday that he turned 1 year old. All those dumb cliches are so true. Everything goes too fast. The days are long, but the years are short, that is for sure. Birthday preparations are in full swing...I've completed a couple different projects, have the cake idea sketched out in my head, will finish invites this week sometime, and have all food planned out. I'm really enjoying my extra time to get things done.

As far as the 23rd month goes, he continues to change daily. Communication wise he is throwing out plenty of 2 word phrases, more and more 3 word phrases and even said a 4 word sentence today! He has a memory like a hawk and while flipping through one of his coloring books, he remembered that "GG" (what he calls my grandma now) had colored a picture in his book with him 2 weekends ago, and thus stated, with 4 words "GG color Donald Duck." Amazing. Our new favorite 3 word phrase is "Henry do it." It's not all the time, but with each day that passes, there is a new thing that Henry wants to do himself (including attempting to hang up one of daddy's shirts). His understanding of questions is quite good usually too. I can't remember if I reported last month, but we now answer "yeah" to many questions that he wants to say "yes" too. It's my fault he has the Minnesotan accent drenched "yeah", because I catch myself saying "yeah" much more often than yes...trying to get better though. He routinely follows many more directions than an almost 2 year old typically does, (though we are learning to intentionally push mommy's buttons lately). For instance, our latest thing is to walk up the first set of stairs REALLY slowly on our way up to nap time, and then he lays on his back on the landing smiling at me (while I look away trying not to laugh).

He continues to be a puzzle genius. I bought him a very similar puzzle to his treasured "digger" one, only this one has a farm scene. I kid you not, he did it once with me and once with Chris in the same day, and the following day on his 3rd time of doing it, did it completely by himself.

He knows every upper case letter of the alphabet (we finally mastered "Q"), just about has numbers 1-10 down, is learning how to count (it's so cute, because he often skips to 8--must be his favorite number), and speaking of favorites, his favorite color seems to be purple. He colors with it about 75% of the time. We've also been working on the order of the letters of his name...he currently recites excitedly "H, R, Y!"--we almost have it. Being a teacher in a preschool, I can safely and proudly say (without trying to brag too much, but hey, what is this blog for?) that he is WAY, and I mean WAY above the general curve in terms of his pre-academic concept knowledge. The things I listed above are things that he should learn in preschool and thus things he "should" know going into kindergarten...that's in 3 years folks. He simply amazes me in how fast he picks up on things and remembers things.

Favorite food right now seems to be corn on the cob (he ate nearly a whole ear yesterday!). We've also recently tried macaroni and cheese and corn dogs for the first time. I'm happy whenever he takes just one bite of something new. There are still meals/days where he doesn't eat much, but there was recently a news report on chubby babies being higher risk for obesity in childhood. Glad that we clearly don't have to worry about that. He looks healthy, and is still right around 25 pounds. Not sure where that puts him in terms of percentile, but we do all we can. We offer new foods and favorite foods and hope for the best. Some days we eat a whole ear of corn, and other days we eat a piece of toast for dinner. We are still on the pediasure and will re-evaluate that at his next appointment sometime after his birthday. I'm guessing we will stick with it, in addition to continuing with whole milk for a while, but we will see.

His favorite things to do lately are color, sidewalk chalk, riding his coupe car and pushing his lawn mower around. He also still enjoys helping with laundry and dishes and usually still cleans up all his toys when asked (and even when not asked!). I tell you, I get SO much more done around the house these days since I have a little helper.

I receive a number of comments (both in public from strangers and from friends and family) about how "good" he is. For almost being 2, he really is quite well mannered and a very good listener. He holds hands when asked, doesn't really whine or throw any sort of tantrums in public (yet), and as I said, follows a good number of directions given to him. I think he's so "good" in public because he's a bit shy...though I'm sure that may change with age.

Though I captured a number of keepers yesterday, I will only show you this one, so as not to ruin the birthday invites for family members. I'll post the rest of the photos late this weekend.


Sneak Peek!

Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday I had the chance to begin some birthday projects.

Today I had the chance to do the 23 month/invite session.

You get to see this for now.



Week 24!

Friday, June 24, 2011
Before I go ANY further....there are 8, yes, 8 new posts below this one. Since I've never posted this much ever, I'll put some links in so you don't miss anything. If you're wondering how on Earth I did this many posts in one night, it's because I completely finished all client work on my plate yesterday (just in time for another big bang of 4 sessions, including a wedding this weekend), which is obviously why I was this behind in blog posts to start.

Back to Baby Claire! The website I get size info from has the same info from weeks 22-24, so she is still approximately the size of a papaya. Since I'm measuring 4 weeks ahead or so, I have to keep reminding myself that I'm still back here at 24 weeks--even though I look and feel like I did when I was approaching the 30th week with Henry. And of course, continually need to answer the due date question to everybody, including random strangers at McDonald's and Petco.

I'm more uncomfortable lately, as is expected, and am having more difficulties getting up off of the floor. I rarely feel comfortable standing for too long anymore, and have to bust out a lawn chair when Henry and I are playing in the front yard. Way too uncomfortable to sit on the ground.

She is still kicking up a storm and has been active constantly on some days. I haven't been sleeping very well again (even though my cold is completely gone and I can breathe and hear again). I've even noticed her moving quite a bit when I'm laying awake at night sometimes.

Henry definitely can 100% of the time answer "Where is baby Claire?" (and points to my belly) and says "Baby Claire" is so cute. He also gives my belly a kiss before his nap time every day now.

Nothing much else is new with baby. I'm off to search for sheets for her crib. They only have a solid green with butterflies and a purplish one with butterflies in our store up here.


Fort fun.

Henry loves building a "fort" with our new couch, loveseat, and pillows. He tries to get the puppies in, but they never stay too long.  He also tried to get me in yesterday, but I was claustrophobic. I convinced him to take all his "buddies" in.


His "buddies" include "mouse" (from if you give a mouse a cookie), Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Buzz Lightyear, "boo" (gloworm), baby, and Joe-Joe. Unfortunately, we can't convince him to sleep with less than 5 of those these days. Mouse was just added the other day, and is his favorite right now for some reason.

Couldn't be any cuter.


Our little Nemo fish.

Second swimming lesson earlier this week. He wasn't quite as excited about some things (namely "swimming" after the duck) this week as he was last week, but he still seems to love the water. I think daddy has a good time too. :)

Blowing bubbles.









Loved the slide, of course.




Jumping in. They have the same look on their faces.


My favorite that I posted on facebook.


Not digging the duck chase.


Daddy's excited.




Love this one too.


Swimming makes you tired...and hungry. This kid downed his supper that night.


Father's Day Part 1: Ice Cream!

Since Henry and I shared some ice cream on mother's day, I thought it was only fitting that he and daddy so the same, so a stop at the Penguin Zesto on the way out of town was a must. Went with a vintage feel for these. Hope it looks good.



Getting ready to run!









Henry was five feet away and daddy asked for a bite. He came running. Ice cream in face.


Which caused remaining ice cream to be on the ground.



Father's Day, Part 1: Parade

We spent part of father's day at the Steamboat Days parade. Henry LOVED chasing after candy and kept saying "Whoa!" every time he got some. It was super cute. He loved the firetrucks, horses, and clowns as well. It was the middle of nap time, so we didn't make it through the whole parade, but I captured these in the time we were there.

My current favorite.



All of the dads.


Showing off his candy.



How mommy and daddy met.



High fives for the clown!


Happy daddy's day!!



Wedding assistants.

If you aren't a fan of my facebook fan page, you should be! If you are, you saw that we had a family wedding last weekend. Here are a few photos I captured of us throughout the day--including my assistants for the day:



My handsome, and free help for the day.






Ummm...apparently "take a picture with mommy" = show your belly to him now.






Man, I look god-awful. And despite my husband telling me that I don't "look pregnant" anywhere else but my belly (this time, he says), I think I do. Pregnant face, pregnant arms, pregnant back fat.



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