movie: finding nemo
show: 3 way tie between blues clues, curious george and mickey mouse
meals: bagels with cream cheese, noodles, PB sandwich, cereal
snacks: teddy grahams, fruit snacks, M&M's, carrots (bunny food), guacamole (with a spoon), Bobgurt, any fruit, cookies "too-tees", chocolate milk "tot-let moo malt"(but only the organic kind that has the happy jumping cow)
song: "call me maybe". seriously he sings it ALL THE TIME. Knows almost all the words to it.
activities: swimming in his baby pool or in a "big one" (friend's real-size pools), baseball, golf, riding his bike (from Darsi and Mike), talking on the phone, grocery shopping (especially at Roche Brothers where they have kid-sized shopping carts), watching videos of himself, playing at the park (slides, not really swings), singing to himself
animal: cats, dogs, fish, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits... the boy is a regular dr. doolittle. LOVES animals
|also still fascinated with putting things inbetween his toes.|
"do it like this? ....like that."
"have fun at _(nap/school/work)_!"
"go team baby!"
"dinner-tiiiiiiiiiiiime!" (for breakfast, lunch and dinner)
(when he climbs up to a high place, like the couch) "mom, say 'careful me! careful dussin! is dangerous! get down!'"
"it won't work/ is not working"
"say more (makes the sign for more), say please (makes the sign for please)"
"I want more butt paste"
"I wanna do it mysself"
(to kevin) "hiiiii haaaa-neeee!/hiiii swee-hardt!"
"watt me" (watch me)
"I do flip! I oh-yimp-it (olympics) boy!"
"soop-man! (superman) 'pider-man! (spiderman)"
"watt my mouf." (and proceeds to slowly say a word we have been working on with him like "cory")
"a need to taaaaam dowwwwn (calm down). talm down or.. time out!" (he told this to a playmate who was crying at the time... funny how he picks stuff like that up from me!"
As you can probably tell with that last quote, we have officially entered the terrible twos. Little d is no stranger to voicing his opinion and is extremely well versed at doing so which makes it even more frustrating when he throws a tantrum and I cannot understand why. There are the usual triggers like rapid transitions, not getting something he wants (usually chocolate milk, ice cream or his third gogurt of the morning), and waking up from his nap (which usually leaves him in a sour mood) but then there are the random bursts of anger and hysterical crying, which I usually leave him to sort out with a one minute time out. He has actually started to realize it as a good place (sometimes) and will occasionally request a time out while crying because he knows that's where he can go to calm down. A chair in the dining room has been working out for us, and occasionally he will ask me to sit with him till he gets his emotions together. The funniest part about his time outs are that since I will not let him out of timeout (although I always sit with him after the one minute is up, I'm not that cold hearted!) until he is calmed down and not crying, he will sometimes be still crying but through the tears tell me "I not twying (crying), I yaffing (laughing)!" and always manages a smile which just melts my heart and sure enough he does calm down.
We have been EXTREMELY blessed in the sleeping department (knock on wood). Sure he still gets up between 5:30 and 6:30 but I just don't get him till at least 6. He almost always wakes up from his nighttime sleep happy as a clam and ready to greet the day (I think that has been consistent throughout his life). When it is time for nap/going to bed, I let him know and he happily makes his way to the basement (our bedrooms) chirping instructions for us to "say, have a good nap, dussin! night!" And so long as I don't forget the prayer or to cover him with his "towel" (a thin receiving blanket he uses at night since he has to have a blanket and it is just too hot for that now!), all the rest of the bedtime routine can go right out the window. That being said, we can easily spend an hour taking a bath, reading books, and doing "flips" (summer saults) on the couch before bed on days we don't have much else to do, and he is easily down for the count by 8 each night.