Friday, May 30, 2014

The Waffle House

Growing up with Waffle House. Yum. 

Grits loving...

Learning to use a spoon...

Double fisting...

Fashion modeling...

We drive up and he says, "grits!"

Monday, May 12, 2014

Leighton 21 Months

Leighton's almost two years have flown by faster than Blair's it seems. Splitting time is tough. And bless Blair, she's quite the demander of time. 

Leighton is the sweetest little thing. He's a cuddler and rough and tumble boy at the same time. He can hang with the big kids - and does. I think people think I'm crazy sometimes because of the things I let him do. But he has to learn. I'm certainly not going to put him in danger. But he pushes and knocks babies down. He's really a beast when he wants to be. And I tell him not to do something and he says, "why?" He doesn't even know what that means, but Blair says it, so why shouldn't he?!

The cuddly part of Leighton will lie with us in our bed and give and take sugar. Sometimes he says no, but sometimes he'll lean in to get a kiss on the cheek. He says "La loo" which is love you. He said it to Brad first and to me without repeating April 4 when I put him in bed. 

He has been so happy to be back in his crib after the first stage of the remodel forced us into cramped quarters. He's slept in completely empty rooms, the unfinished master bathroom, and the master closet. He looked around his bed and felt his sheet when I put him down. He also stopped waking up in the middle of the night. I love that he loves his bed and that he will cuddle with us in the mornings!

He just loves "eye tream" - ice cream. He really likes anything sweet. His mama blessed him with that. And his daddy. He had it coming. 

He really says tons of words - too many to count. He'll repeat almost any word you say. And he repeats the end of most every sentence.

He says Linnie as clear as day and can say Pagan for faegan but still calls her Gaga. 

He likes to call things by the end of their names or by combining sounds: Box for sand box, teeth for brush teeth, mup for pick them up, pere for up here, know for I don't know, and he asks everyone doin? for what are you doing?

He loves the kitty and say kitty very clearly. 

He likes to watch a "moomie" in the car. His favorites are the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse ones. He asks for the "mouse." He likes Blair's KidSongs too. They are both really into the Who I Want to Be right now. They like the fireman, cowboy, and candyman especially. We don't watch tv at home unless it's first thing in the morning before we get up - just a habit we got into with Blair and haven't stopped. 

He still says "gaput" to get out of the high chair. Don't know where that came from but it has lasted months. It was really in some of the first things he said. 

Loves berries. All kinds. Really find of raspberries especially right now. He goes through spurts. And he begs for chips. 

Wants to go "side" constantly. He adores outside. And his skin shows it. He's a little gingerbread boy like his daddy. 

Leighton is so in love with Brad and still has a fit when Brad gets home. He runs to the door screaming dada dada dada dada!!

We went to the beach for spring break, and he loved the pool. He was timid but confident at the same time. He did very well in the puddle jumper. 

He is OBSESSED with cows. He calls everything on the side of the road a cow - even though he knows what horses are. And all produce is apple right now. He's very focused. :)

When he sneezes he says "nose" because he thinks he needs to blow his nose. He keeps on until I give him a wipe. He also says "nose" when he sees me get out the wipes. 

He will say 'tink when he has a dirty diaper sometimes. 

He has not been a big fan of reading, but he is liking reading and books more. But wants to do it himself. 

Still loves Bwaya to pieces. When we drop her off at school he asks about her. And if she is still asleep when he wakes from his nap, he asks for her. 

Tells Gus and buddy to "go on!" And "no!"

Loves to ride the ranger and the gator. He likes to ride anything. "Ride" he says. 

When it's raining he proclaims "Cold! Wet!" But ponds, puddles, oceans are all called WET! He points out the car window to a pond: "wet!"

I have no idea where it came from but he calls his blankets "Sock." It started sometime in January and has stuck. He has two flannel blankets he sleeps with, and they are both "sock."

I just love when I'm changing his diaper and he puts his little hands over his eyes, removes them and says boo!

He always talks about jammies. He always wants to put on jammies. 

He says "Put" or "puts" for feet. 

He says "Pind it" for find it. 

He likes the helicopter in his toys - copter he calls it. 

He is finally beginning with two word phrases: Gus out, Put it in, Have it, I got it. 

Gets up in middle of night or early morning, and we put him in our bed. He wants to lie on top of me or Brad with his head shoved between our collar bone and jaw. It's quite awkward. But he eventually goes back to his bed. He sleeps better there - and so does mama. 

Lately he exclaims Oh! I love it. He asks about where something is - juice? Sock? It's in your room. And he says Oh! It makes me smile. 

I also love that when I ask him something he says "know" if he doesn't know. 

He can jump - and is very proud. 

He's 33 plus inches and over 23 pounds. He wears a size 4 diaper, size 5 or 6 shoe, and size 24 mo one pieces and 18 month shorts and shirts. He got his top canine teeth on 4/20 at the same time. The only ones left are the bottom canines. Mama's ready for teeth to be done! The dirty diapers are plentiful and burn within a minute. It's no fun!

He still takes a 3 hour nap at 12:30. He goes to bed around 8 and wakes up around 7. 

Sort of random, but that's the boy for now! Love his sweet self. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Leighton 19 Months

This month we have seen Leighton's vocabulary and word attempts take off. He pretty much will attempt most any word he hears, and I already see improvement in words he's been saying. Cereal has come from "eee" when he first started saying words to "ee-all" and now "cee-all." And phone was "gone" and now "pone."


He attempts all kinds of words with ee on the end, leaving out the middle: po-ee (potty), soh-ee (sorry), bu-ee (buddy). He is just communicating like crazy! He asks for "dink" at supper and when I offer the wrong thing, he swipes at me and says, "Nooo! dink!" pointing to my drink. 

He puts a very emphatic T on the end of words: haT, hoT, waiT!!


Other things he says:

OK! when I finish putting his shoes on
Hee-ya!!! When he hands you somethin he wants you to take or hold. 
Wet. When it rained he declared wet! cold!
Drop
Ice - ice cream
Hohse - horse
Stool
Done - Clear as a bell when he's finished eating. As he hands over his plate!
Caw caw - coffee
Wing - swing
Wook
Help
Ee-all (cereal)
Catcup (ketchup)
Dodo (Donut)
Down
Gin - again

His drastic head nod is the best. He answers most questions appropriately with his huge head nod or a Nnnoooo. 

Valentine's Day

And he's started saying multiple words this month.

See fish
Ge out
Hoeyou - Hold you :) (Love this one with his sweet little hands held out in front of him, wrists together.)
Bayah, ge' it! (He yelled at her when he dropped his fork.)

One night we ate an ice cream cone at CFA and he dropped ice cream on himself. Looked down and pointed to it and said - mess! Bless him. 


And he spilled a bowl of cereal and yelled "Guuuus!" Guilty. I definitely call Gus when there is food on the floor. He's the best broom. 

When we walk down to feed the chickens (which he LOVES and gets so excited about) he sticks his hand out to hold mine and says "walk." 

As always, he ADORES "Bayah." After we drop her as school he always asks, "Bayah?" And he'll say "cool" when I tell him she has school.


She aggravates him, and he has learned to aggravate her. She was making up her bed this week, and he crawled up on it and lay down flat. But he follows her around this house and does everything she does.

And he has learned so much from her! It's because of her that he says "WHY!" when I tell him no. He does not know what this means, but Blair says it so why shouldn't he! His running after me in the yard yelling WAIT, WAIT!! is directly from Blair. It's so funny that he knows exactly when to say it. 

Blair was being ugly and pouting in the car one day, and he repeated over and over - nnnnnnnooo! Bad! Just like she says to him. She gets in trouble for calling him bad, but it doesn't take many times for him to pick it up. 

He still eats really well but prefers junk. :/


He's learned quite a few body parts. 
Ear - says
Nose - says
Mouth
Hair
Toes
Feet
Teeth
Head
Says eyes but gets confused on where they are!

He saw his first snow this month... And hated it. He cried because it was so cold.

He played on the big playground that Blair loves for the first time. He was a baby baby last time we went.  

He has the two molars on top and he is just about to get the ones on bottom. He went to his first dentist appointment this month and was a superstar patient. Dr. Margaret really bragged in how well he did. He lay right there and let them use all of the tools and real polisher. I think it helped that he saw Blair a few weeks earlier. She loves the dentist. 

He still likes to sleep and will ask to go "night night." He has really attached to his blue flannel blanket, which he calls "sot." (????) He also says "baybet" but says "sot" when he is looking for it. 


I turned his seat around two days before 19 months. We had to go on a long haul, and he was by himself in the back. I turned on Cars - his first car movie! - and as soon as he saw it he said brrrrrmmmm!! He did great that day and has really enjoyed pointing out all the cows he can now see. The boy loves a cow. 


People love this baby. Our friends at Awana tote him around and play with him because he's so stinking sweet! And he's funny. My parents had a ball with him while we were at Disney. It's hard to describe him but he just about beings me to tears with some of the things he does. I just love how he still lays his head on my shoulder when he gets up from sleeping. 




Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Beautiful Days and Favorite Things

We have had some beautiful days this week, so the children and I have been playing outside a good bit. 

We made a return visit to the local playground to get some playing in before it gets to hot and the gnats come back. I'm sure we will be there a good bit in the next month or two. 

These two played themselves out and were about to go in for a nap here. 



We have done riding to the "big stick" and back. Leighton thinks mama can ride him when Blair's at school... Wish I could, but I'm a wide load for the gator!


He holds on tight!!



Blair went inside and packed us some drinks and snacks... yogurt, mandarin oranges, donuts, and water. Never mind the egg that was on the floor when we got back inside! ;)



Mr. Man got turned around in his car seat two days shy of 19 months old. Blair was two but she also only weighed 20 pounds. We went on an errand day, and he had a good ride!


Leighton got a day full of his favorite things today. This morning he had Andad time and grits - at the same time!


And at home he played with balls, ate chips ("chips"), and swang ("wing")! 


Loving these beautiful days!!