17 Month Update

I can’t believe you are one month shy of being 1.5 years old. Seriously, time is moving too fast.

This month you have grown so much in your personality and your vocabulary has grown leads and bounds. You can understand what I am saying and now I have to really watch how I phrase things and what I say because you pick up on it. From running errands to going to the park, you are such a fun little buddy to bring along. You definitely keep me on my toes and you are not shy with strangers at all. Whether we are at Target or an indoor play area, you walk up to other adults and say hi and introduce yourself.

Here’s a {long} list of the things you’ve been up to this month:

 

:: Weigh about 22.5 lbs based on our bathroom scale. And starting to get heavy when I carry you with one arm on my hip

:: You can understand a lot of the things we say to you

:: Can follow simple directions, like putting it back where you found it or putting your books and legos away

:: You know when things can be turned on and off like the light switch, or that doors can open and close

:: Very vigilant on making sure doors and drawers are closed or will exclaim uh-oh

:: No, has become one of your favorite words

:: A great sense of humor. You trick me at dinner time when you offer me a bite of whatever you are eating and then quickly pull it away and stuff it in your mouth and chuckle

:: Love to wash your hands in the sink and you’ve learned to rub them together to make suds

:: Love to mess with the spray head at the kitchen sink and I pretend to spray you and you just crack up

:: Letting us hold your hand when we walk to places

:: Learned how to say Grandmama during our vacation to Seattle

:: Started asking why when I explain how things work

:: Love to pretend cook in your kitchen and brings over your spoon for us to taste it

:: Hugs and give high-fives to friends

:: You can say a lot of words and I’ve lost count on how many. You can mimic right back at us

:: Chain words together, like ‘more please’

:: Wants to hold conversations with us, even if you are just babbling when it’s your turn to talk

:: Ask for boost to help you get on the couch or over other

:: Plays independently for short amounts of time

:: Comes over when you get a boo-boo and runs over to me to ask for a kiss and you show me where the boo-boo is

:: Play quietly in your crib either before or after sleep

:: Sings mama-dada, mama-dada song {this melts my heart}

:: Says ‘I love ywoou’ to Daddy

:: Waves and gives a kiss to Daddy each morning before we head out to school

:: Becoming a climber on the couch and anything and everything

:: Hides favorite toys away in very safe places, so safe that we can’t find them

Travelling to Seattle

 

On our first airplane flight to Seattle

 

Watching videos of himself on my iPhone

 

Arrived at Seattle airport and they had a great kid play area off of the terminal.

 

BabyBird loved climbing these stairs and going down the slide.

 

No nap on the 2.5 hour plane ride meant he crashed instantly we were in the car driving to our hotel. Those lashes are out of this world. Notice the little boo-boo above his top lip? That was from unlatching the tray table on the airplane, poor guy, totally caught him by surprise when it happened.

 

In our hotel room. I love his silhouette.

 

In PJs and getting ready to settle in for the first night spent away from home. You can see me in the background taking his picture.

 

 

First Family Vacation

We packed up 2 suitcases and 2 carry-ons and headed for the airport for our first vacation as a family of 3 to Seattle Washington.

I was the most nervous about the plane ride and how BabyBird would sleep at the hotel at night. This trip would be the very first time that BabyBird has slept away from his bedroom and crib {hospital after delivery does not count} and I just did not know how he would do with strange surroundings and a crib that was new to him. But I am so happy and proud to report that he did awesome! We did his normal bedtime routine, bath followed by piano and books, and he was out cold. All 4 nights at the hotel, he slept through the night without a peep. Now, he did wake up extra early each morning but after a quick diaper change and a snack, he was ready to snooze again for a few more hours.

The plane ride to Seattle went… okay. The flight was right at his nap time, so I was hoping he would crash on the plane and sleep a majority of the 2.5 hour flight from Denver to Seattle. Except that didn’t happen. He did doze off while the plane was getting ready to take off, but once we were ascending into the sky, he woke up and was upset. I think the air pressure was hurting his ears and he just didn’t understand what was going on. So we were that family on the plane for a few minutes, but after that he was fine and happily played with us during the flight. And by play, I mean opening and closing the window blind, unlocking the tray table, bouncing back and forth between my and Daddy’s lap, eating snacks, watching videos on my iPhone, and touching every surface possible on the plane. We had the best seat neighbors and everyone was really understanding, except the lady directly in front of me who shot me one stink eye after BabyBird unlocked the tray table for the 35th time.

Airport security. For whatever reason, I got flagged both times to get my hands tested for residue. Later, I realized it must be from the baby wipes {as they contain a little amount of alcohol} and must have set off the sensors. But everyone was really nice and let me keep BabyBird strapped to me while I walked through security. The Ergo baby carrier was a life saver at the airport. The car seat got special treatment and was frisked each time, I was totally expecting them to pull out a goldfish cracker during their inspection. BabyBird didn’t have to take off his shoes, yay! BabyBird did totally save us on the flight home though. The security line leaving Seattle was insane, it wrapped all the way down the corridor and we just knew there was no way we would 1. make our flight and 2. entertain BabyBird during that long line. But thankfully, after a tip from Grandmama, we went to the other security line that was shorter and as an added bonus there was a  special family-with-small-children line which had no wait at all, and we breezed right through security.

I have to hand it to Seattle’s airport for having a child area for kids to run around, climb, slide and just let lose. I accidentally stumbled by it as BabyBird insisted on walking instead of being carried and it was a great find. Plus it had a family bathroom right next door and even a nursing room.

Grandmama greeted us at baggage claim and we headed to the hotel. A little someone finally crashed on the car ride. We checked in, washed up and headed out to explore the new city. We stopped for dinner at Chandler’s Crabhouse right on the boardwalk and the food was soo yummy. BabyBird behaved so well, and I was a bit surprised since he didn’t get a real nap in that day and I just didn’t know how well he would be at the restaurant. We arrived early for dinner so we were one of the only guests in the dining room, but that didn’t stop me from scoping out my nearest exit strategy in case of a melt down. BabyBird inhaled his plate of noodles and cheese sauce, and one of the highlights of the trip was his ice cream sundae. It came with a little cookie and he used it as a spoon and just gobbled up the ice cream. It was a complete mess, but he loved it.

Afterwards we headed back to the hotel, gave BabyBird a bath, listened to his favorite piano songs, read books and went to bed. I think we all were in bed by 8pm.

On to Toddlers!

Dear BabyBird,

You had a big day at school today! After changing schools and getting to stay with your favorite teacher’s infant class for just a little while longer it was finally your first day to head over and spend the entire day with the toddlers. It’s taken a little while since you so adore Ms. Elizabeth and on top of stressing about the morning separation from Mom or Dad at drop off, really don’t want to be apart from her at school. But, you’re loving it now and doing such a great job working on your activities, eating lunch with everyone, and even sleeping on a mat (!). You are definitely our little man the toddler now!

At home it’s been crazy watching you eat so much, learn, and grow over the past few weeks. You are full of so much personality (and attitude) now, yelling “nnnnnnno!” when you don’t like something, pounding your fists for encouragement when we’re not quite quick enough, and occasionally throwing down your toys, kicking, and wailing (face red) in an all-out tantrum when it just isn’t working for you. But you’re also so much fun to take places, are constantly picking up new words (and repeating even the ones you don’t quite get yet), and playing games with us. You love counting to 10 and saying the alphabet, asking for books (and starting to read them to us – especially Goodnight Gorilla!), stacking blocks, and even psyching us out with “fake row-row” where you’ll demand we play Row Row Row The Boat and then quickly pull your hands away, totally cracking yourself up. You’re also a great helper, cleaning up messes (usually that you have made), throwing things in the trash, and helping us pick up, sort, put away, or transfer pretty much anything we ask. Though, we have had a few incidents involving transfer into the trash can or inside our living room subwoofer that might not have been intentional!

We have fun singing, yelling, and whispering to each other, especially during our daily routines like breakfast and bath time, and you have an amazing amount of energy. I love when you sit in my lap while we play piano or hold me tight after getting out of the bath which are pretty much the only times you’re holding still; the rest of the time we’re chasing after you, usually completely amazed and entertained by the what you’ve managed to be up to, and generally trying to make sure you don’t kill yourself! Most adorably, you look more and more like me every day and I see so much of my own personality in you. I can’t describe how much joy I feel seeing that little spark of myself running around, pulling shenanigans, and chattering up a storm as we spend our weeks and weekends together as a family.

I’m excited to go on vacation with you this week and watch you keep growing up over the rest of the summer!

Love,
Daddy