Monday, December 28, 2015

Will: 20 Months

Will is 20 months! 

It's hard to believe he will be 2 in four short months--this year is flying by. He is learning so many new things each day, and he has such a sweet personality. Here are a few highlights from the last month:

-Will's vocabulary has exploded! He usually repeats everything we say, and we are better able to understand what he's saying. He is just starting to put 2 words of different ideas together. Some of the very frequent words include...

buh bye
peas (please)
muah (thank you)--he usually signs it/blows a kiss
cah (car)
gal or gurl (Maggie girl)
bankie (blankie)
tesas (Texas)
pa-buh (peanut butter)
pa-tee (potty)
cracka (craker)
aaag (egg)
wawa (water)
cago (candle)--that was a hard one to figure out
cado (avacado)
pep-er (pepper)
mmmm (delicious)
gogurt (yogurt)
no, no, no 

-He loved ripping open "pesants" (presents) at Christmas & playing with his nephews. He definitely loves attention :)

-He knows many animal sounds and the color blue

-He says "please" and "thank you" often (or he won't get what he wants!)

-We are still working on "blowing" (deep breaths) when he's frustrated or saying "no thank you" (i.e. frustrated if Maggie is in his space)

-He has all teeth in except two front bottom ones

-He can go up and down the stairs on his own

-He LOVES to dance, clean, read, jump, "vroom" with his cars, play with play dough, snuggle, give/get kisses, wrestle/jump on Daddy, be held by mommy, help us cook/clean/do laundry, be with friends, kiss Maggie, and be outside/go on walks

-He loves fire (candles, fireplace...anything cause & effect really)

-He can identify MI and Texas on his placemat map

-He now stays in a chair for timeouts (rather than pack-n-play)...and some days he needs many ;) We usually use 123 Magic before a timeout unless he hits which is an immediate timeout

We are also potty training! Will has loved to be in the bathroom with us and watch us go (awkward right? Buh bye privacy!), and he really has taken to the potty. When we remember to put him on every hour-ish he goes pee and stays dry! He earns a scoop of peanut butter for #1 and 2-5 minutes of Elmo for #2 (it's happened twice so far). Elmo is a recent treasure. He usually gets 1-2 short segments of Elmo a day without using the potty (we watch on YouTube since he doesn't watch any other TV). Also, his reward is to flush...he freakin' loves to flush! We are going to be more consistent with potty training this week with pullups to determine if he's ready for big boy underwear or if we just need to keep exposing/practicing and try again over spring break or summer. Potty training is intimidating at first, but I'm thankful he's been comfortable with it early on so we have no reason to be pressured. 

And now for some Christmas pictures...

I am so grateful for this time off with him over Christmas break, and I cannot wait for SB & summer! Every day I am amazed how much he learns, grows, and that he is ours :) We love you so much, Will!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Will: 19 Months

How is our sweet boy already 19 months?! 

This fall is flying by, and Will is growing daily. He is is saying SO many words, curious about everything, and constantly wanting to know where Corey or I are. He's starting to say "no" rather than scream when he doesn't like something (yay! Just need the "thank you" part), and overall he is listens well. He enjoys dancing, running, singing, playing with barn animals, cars and shopping carts. He is a sponge for new information. He adores reading, swimming, turning on lights/fireplaces, and is such a big snuggler. I could go on and on, but he's truly changing daily. I'm so thankful for our sweet boy. The Lord is so so good and gracious. Here are a few pictures but more are on instagram...

PS the plan is to keep these posts up till he's 24 months...then it will be whenever I can. I make yearly books for Will's birthdays, so it helps me stay organized! And it's easier to do during nap time when I'm home in the summer :)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Will: 18 Months

A year and a half! 

Say what?!

Our babe is 18 months old today. Our sweet boy continues to grow...

He is 31 inches long (9th percentile) and 24 lbs 4 oz (52nd percentile)...short and stout! He finally has the other front bottom two teeth poking through, he can "jump" (he doesn't get off the floor yet :)), and he is talking a ton more and saying SO many words! We're working on putting words together. Will also loves to snuggle and read books. He knows what book his Bible is, and he still loves to sing and dance to music. He is forward facing in the car now, and he was amazed at the change!

Will also likes to scream and throw fits when we tell him "no" or when we can't understand what he's trying to can be frustrating for all of us, but we're working on "blowing" (deep breaths) and "nice words". I don't mind if he needs to scream or hit to get frustration out, but anytime he hits someone (including Maggie) he gets a timeout. Thankfully he hasn't needed many! And so far it's primarily been when Maggie sneaks his food...which I get annoyed about too ;)

Our lives were made infinitely better when you arrived, Will! Happy year and a half, sweetheart.

You bring us so much joy, Will! We love you!