What's new with Tyler?
- He blows kisses. Mmmmm-ahhh!
- He claps and says "yeah Ty Ty!" for himself if we don't.
- Every time a groovy song comes on, he reaches up to Kerry and says/signs dance. His daddy is such a great, fun dancer... mama knows because daddy was mama's dance partner long before they were married.
- The boy is obsessed with vehicles; cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, construction, trains... anything with wheels! When I mention Dyson, he's like Dyson who?
- All colors are yellow. Hey Tyler, the grass is green, what color is the grass? Yeah-yo! What color is this blue car? Yeah-yo!
- Owl (who who)
- Chicken (cluck cluck)
- Oh No!
- Amen (a-me)
- Booby (boo-boob)
- Grammy (may-me)
- Homey (hay-me)
- Austin (awesome)
- Police Officer
- X ... and that completes all upper case letters.
This is such a fun age! There isn't a day that goes by where we're not blown away by how fast his language is developing. He can repeat almost any word I ask him to and his words are really improving in clarity.
Every new word brings so much excitement and now he's starting to form 2 and 3 word sentences. There's no way I can possibly keep up with all the combinations he came up with, but his firsts were "Up Dada", "Oh no, open bubbles", "Bus puzzle open!".
Then was the moment every parent has when they realize, I better watch every word that comes out of my mouth! He was nursing and was ready to switch sides and said "other side boo-boob". Funny in private, but would not be so funny in public. I like how he asks for "maa" for milk as no one knows what he's asking for. I think asking for booby would be just a tad less discreet.
Brushing his teeth has been extremely challenging for some time. We are finally making some progress.
The first thing we did was switch from water to toddler toothpaste. After some research I landed on Weleda Children's Tooth Gel as it had one of the safest ratings from EWG.org and has no sweeteners. I tasted it and it has a light minty taste which I think takes a few tries before they acquire a taste for it. After a few times he starting asking for "more paste", so it's Tyler approved.
The second thing we did was purchase a children's book on brushing teeth, "Brush Your Teeth Please". It's a pop-up book with a different animal on each page. Each page has a moving toothbrush that the little one can move and brush the animal's teeth. We have him brush the animal's teeth while we brush his. This has helped so much and I highly recommend this book. Every time we tell Tyler it's time to brush his teeth, he gets excited and says "Lion! Hippo!".
Last month Tyler had moved from 2 to 1 nap. Well now about half of the time, Tyler stands in his crib during his entire nap. Oh please don't tell me naps will soon be history, how will I ever get anything done?
As far as sleeping through the night, it doesn't exist. He started sleeping through the night at 16 months and that is the only month it happened. He cries for milk once or twice a night every single night. No, he doesn't need milk in the middle of the night, especially at this stage, but I have always given into it so he knows no different. On many nights, I would let him cry it out on the 2nd middle of the night request as getting up twice a night just takes too much of a toll on mama. Well now that has all changed. He no longer cries, great right? No! He now calls out "Mama, mama, mama" in the most pitiful, sweetest voice ever. He won.
I met a good friend at the zoo, she had brought her daughter and her daughter's friend. These 2 girls catered to Tyler's every whim. They carried him, pushed him in his car, hand fed him, made sure he never went thirsty, sometimes fought over him. At first he was a little overwhelmed but by the end, I think he was quite enjoying it, at least judging by the kiss he gave them as we departed. The little girl tried to give him her cheek to kiss, but he insisted on kissing her on the lips.