- Growth spurt! All his pants are suddenly high waters.
- His hair is really growing in and the back is getting curlier by the day.
- He walks down the stairs on his own using the spindles.
- One of his new favorite things to do is stand on our bed and fall straight back.
- This child has always hated blankets. As soon as I would put one over him, he would fuss and kick it off. I guess he has changed his mind as he now pulls all his blankets into the crib and lays on them. At night time he points to them and asks me to put 2-3 blankets over him.
- He can blow his own nose now. I hand him a tissue and say blow your nose. He does a quick blow into it and then rubs the tissue back and forth smearing the snot all over his face.
- He goes crazy every time he sees the bath tub. He runs up to it, lifts his leg and yells up. He gets very impatient waiting for the water to get to the right temp and can't get naked fast enough. If it's not bath time, he throws a tantrum.
- The boy is very stingy with his cheese! He was feeding me his bananas and grapes. I said, can mommy have some cheese? He grinned, shook his head no and said uh-uh. He fed me more fruit and I again asked for a piece of cheese. He acted like he was going to feed me some, then pulled back and put it in his mouth, all while grinning ear to ear. What a cheese-tease!
- This child, who used to gobble up his veggies, has become such a picky eater! I'm regretting introducing cheese as that's all he wants to eat now. He's also finicky. One day he loves bananas and oranges, the next he won't have anything to do with them. Preparing his meals has become quite the challenge.
- He loves going to get the mail. Anytime I say "Tyler, do you want to go get the mail?", he runs to the front door and hands me my shoes. He opens the mailbox, I grab the mail and then he closes it and puts the flag down.
- He's very protective of his mama. Every time daddy kisses or dances with his mama, he shoves daddy away or separates our hands. He then looks at me and signs milk really fast.
- Dada - Finally!!!!
- Dyson (dy-on)
- Toast (tst, toost)
- Signing Time (tine time)
- Bye Bye
- Help (ep)
- Shoes (shoooo-sss)
- Cheese (chiss)
- Thank You
- Brush Teeth
- Signing Time
- Thank You
He's really starting to take off in his communication. I think he's on the verge of a vocabulary explosion. He is talking and signing up a storm, I just can't understand what he's saying/signing most of the time.
He practices talking and signing in bed at every nap. I just love watching him on the monitor. The first time I saw him doing this, he said and signed mama, then said and signed daddy and just kept repeating it over and over.
I've had a few people ask me about baby sign language, I'll cover it in a separate post in case others are interested as well.
Talking to other parents, this seems to be pretty common for this age. I've been told I have a lot of patience for it. I believe I can thank infertility for that. The amount of love and gratefulness for this child, even on his worst day, is enormous.
It didn't happen overnight. Out of the blue, he just started sleeping longer periods and was less demanding of milk. I found myself waking up really full and wondering if he was ok. Sometimes he would wakeup, cry and go right back to sleep. Sometimes I was so full that I woke him to nurse and then he slept the rest of the night. Gradually, he went from sleeping 6 hrs to 8 hrs to 10 hrs to 12 hrs. Gradually my milk supply adjusted to this and I was able to go this long without bursting. I was really surprised to find that my supply didn't drop that much and is still accommodating day time nursing just fine.
Now he's not sleeping through the night every single night, but most nights. One thing I feel really made a different was the sleepsack. I bought him a Halo early walker sleepsack, the one with feet cutouts. This keeps a blanket on him at all times but yet allows him to stand up and walk around when he wakes. I think many nights he woke due to being cold as he would never keep his blankets on. This caused him to holler for me to help him get warm and back to sleep, and while I was there, why not ask for a middle of the night snack?
I feel so rejuvenated! I mean, this is the first time I've gotten a full night's sleep in almost 2 years! Now that I've gotten used to the extra sleep, it's extra brutal on the occasional nights where he decides to go back to the old routine. But he's worth it!
Video: Tyler having a good ol' time in his beloved exersaucer. He begged me to get this out and I believe he's having even more fun in it now than when he was a baby.