Missing the Dreamy Naps

Dear BabyBird,

Last weekend we had the dreamiest nap together, and it reminded me how much I miss them! When you were small it was a regular occurrence to have you fall blissfully asleep on my chest, or tucked under Mama’s arm, and snooze that way for hours. We’d catch them on the couch, on the bed, or just in the rocking chair in your room. But then the whole toddler independence thing kicked in where even if you’re dead-tired, you want to be put down in your crib with full honors – Mimi, Moo, Seahorse, and Blankie ON.

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Usually we have to follow this ritual even if you fall asleep in the car. You’ll stir unpleasantly as we try to get you out and then only want to sleep once you’re tucked away up in your room. But this time I think we managed to get you tired enough for an exception! You’d been up all afternoon and then even pressed on through evening long enough for us to pick up dinner after our busy day, but right as we were driving into our neighborhood fell asleep hard. This time you were out; I was able to gently sneak you out of your car seat, onto my shoulder, and into the house which out so much as a sound. So we lay down on the touch together and just snoozed for a good hour or two. Mama ate dinner and watched with a smile, and eventually you crept off of my chest onto the soft blanket near by for a re-adjustment, but it was a great nap.

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I know these are few and far between now so I’m taking them in whenever I get a chance. Thanks for the snuggles and keeping me warm!

Love,
Daddy

Post #200 – Random Tidbits

Oh. Hai.

Somewhere between Dec and the start of the new year, I lost my mojo on posting. Partly because I never posted about Christmas with a 2 year old and how awesome it was or about going to my 10 year high school reunion and partly because I kinda just fell behind and felt like I need to “catch up” before I could blog about recent things. Well, tonight I decided to just start back up and maybe later on (Oh, let’s say in Feb) I’ll recap the older stuff.

And this is post #200. Woohoo.

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So what’s been going on lately? The fact that my baby is now almost 2 years old and literally cracking me up with the stuff that comes out of his mouth. Most of it is just hilarious but then there are the times that it just makes my heart ache. The other day, while we were playing legos he stops playing and looks up at me and asks “am I a good friend?” and it almost broke my heart. It felt like he was pondering this while we were playing and just needed to ask. I reassured him that he was a great friend and we continued playing. A few nights ago, as Daddy was putting him to bed, BabyBird reaches out his hands to cup Daddy’s face and asks “will you miss me?” before he was tucked in for the night. Pulling at the heart strings.

Here’s another gem. BabyBird half heartily blows his nose, “Good job?” then looks up at Daddy for praise. “Uh, not really” says Daddy. “Well, good enough” :: speechless::

Another thing we’ve had to be careful about when around this little sponge is being sarcastic. Sarcasm is completely lost on an {almost} 2 year old. And that he will take everything you say literately.

To say the least, he has been a character and is a chatter box all. day. long. He is either talking up a storm or singing songs. The best is when I ask him to sing quietly and he will lower his voice to a whisper. Then he will sing loudly and scream at the top of his lungs the lyrics of the song. But if I ask him to sing at a medium volume, he will just sing the word medium over and over to the tune of the song. Smart ass. Which, by the way, his teachers at school also commented on that he was too smart for his own good at school. Translation: class clown.

This winter we enrolled in toddler soccer which is beyond adorable for these little toddlers who toddle around. It’s mostly skills and learning to listen and follow simple instructions. But once his little feet touch the fake turf inside the soccer field, he is running all around and isn’t the best listener. But I can’t blame him, I would run around too after being cooped up inside the house all day during these cold winter days. However, in stark contrast when we are at music class he is so mellow and follows along during the whole class and is completely focused and on task the entire time.

We’ve mastered the bedtime and nightly routine. By 5pm, I start dinner while I let him {gasp} watch TV which is mostly YouTube videos of children songs while I cook and make dinner. Daddy comes home by 6pm, and we eat. By 6:30pm BabyBird is in the tub and getting a bath while I clean up after dinner and do the dishes. Daddy & BabyBird have their regular nightly jam session on the piano and then we all head upstairs for one story before bed and then it’s lights out by 7:15. We went through a rough patch a week ago with multiple wakes during the night, but we are now back to seven to seven. In bed by 7, and up by 7.

Then there’s the toddler behavior that makes me want to pull my hair out. Like procrastinating bedtime by asking for one more story or another sip of water or a hug or another kiss. The amount of time it takes us to actually get out the door, because putting on shoes is toddler torture. Or God forbid should I ever help him do something that he wanted to do himself to which I get a stern “No! I dooz it, SELF!” That means I have to un-do whatever it is that I just helped with, so he can start all over by himself. Or chasing him around the house to wipe his nose.

Happy 23 months old, my buddy. I can’t believe you are going to be 2 in a month from now.

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Love you kid, to the moon and back.

 

19 Months

So I found this post in my drafts on my iPad that I apparently never published a few months ago. Oops. Now that you are closer to 23 months, this is what you were up to 4 months ago.

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Babybird, you are growing by leaps and bounds. Physically, you are running and jumping and can play on playground equipment by yourself. In fact you love the playground so much that, if it wasn’t for the one road we have to cross, you could walk yourself to the playground and wouldn’t even care if I was following you or not. Completely fearless. If we are out at a store, or rec center you have no problem wandering off by yourself and exploring. You are so independent and want to do everything on your own, especially the indoor play areas {which always reminds me of gerbil cages}.

:: 23 lbs. Size 5 diapers. 2T shirts {tear} but 12-18 month pants. 1 nap from 12:30-2:00 … maybe 2:30 if I’m lucky.

:: Love singing songs. You sing the first few verses of Drip Drip Drop, a song we learned from music class, and the tune to ABC.

:: On any given day, you can count from 1-10 by yourself and every once in awhile you’ll skip the numbers 6, or 7, or 8.

:: Walk on tip toes, run, spin around and can sorta jump. Sorta.

:: You can do a forward roll by yourself. We learned this from gymnastic class.

Speech

:: Stringing words together. Like ‘MeMe back’ ‘all gone’ ‘get it’

:: Whenever I am eating anything, you always run up to me and look longingly at my food and ask to ‘Trrry?!’ and if I say no, you’ll then tell me to share. Ha! Guess that one is backfiring on me.

:: Says please and thank you. Though sometimes I have to remind you the appropriate times to say which one.

Sleep

:: Dear child, what is with the 6:15am wake ups? No matter what time you go to bed, you are awake by 6:15am. Most of the time I come in, give you a sip of water, and tell you to lay down again. We are not getting up at 6:15am.

:: In the mornings when you wake up too early for me to get you out of bed, I let you play quietly in your crib. I can hear you making up stories with your MeMe’s {a small stuffed sock monkey} and Moo {your beloved Chick-fil-a cow} and you are singing and talking to yourself. By the time I hear you say MeMe back, I can tell that you are done and everybody has been thrown out of the crib and you are bored and ready to get up.

:: Bedtime Routine – dinner, bath with Daddy, brush your teeth, we do a few books and then it’s lights out. To sleep, we lay one of your blankets down and you love to lay ontop of it with MeMe and Moo by your side. You always fall asleep on your belly, but after a few hours you flip over and sleep on your back for the rest of the night. By the time I go to bed, I always come in to check on you and tuck you in for the night.

Food

:: Last night, you ate a spinach salad with carrots and tomatoes.

:: Favorite veggie is peas. Second favorite is broccoli. You get soo excited for broccoli. I love this kid.