August 22, 2016
This past month we made huge strides! The month started like all the past...he was obsessed, couldn't survive without being on my lap, hip, in my arms etc. Christian got him out of his crib but then the moment he saw me he would run and be attached to me for the rest of the day, until Christian peeled him from me for bedtime.
He would only watch Mickey while sitting in my lap. He would only eat on my lap, not in his chair. I did EVERYTHING while holding him on my hip- laundry, clean, cook, do my makeup. If I put him down to change my clothes he'd immediately claw at me to pick him up. Oh this was tiring. So very exhausting. And I finally hit my breaking point. One day we were watching Mickey (on my lap) and I said, "When this is over I'm going to get up and do work and you can keep watching." So I got up and he cried and followed me out to the kitchen. He followed me around for 30 minutes screaming. And finally after about 30 minutes he stopped, looked at me, and said, "All done crying." And then he was fine!
Since that day I have had much more freedom. He will be apart from me! He still sits on my lap and loves to be held, but he's been eating in his chairs and will play in the living room while I'm in the kitchen. It has made such a big difference.
He communicates so well. He's super verbal and pretty much tells us what he needs, what hurts, what he wants to do. His #1 phrase is probably still, "Up me!" But another favorite is "Shoes on" whenever he wants to go somewhere. We're working on colors and he usually calls everything blue or purple.
Food used to be so easy, but now he's pickier. Many days I wonder how he's still a little chunky, because he eats very little at meals. Snacks, however- he loves. He could munch all day on Alphabits, goldfish, graham crackers. He drinks whole milk and still nurses once a day (before nap.) He loves grapes, bananas, & cantaloupe.
I'm trying to get him into playing with toys, but he really prefers climbing and riding on things, carrying around, throwing and kicking things. He's started stacking blocks and does the ring stacker.
He started sitting on the mickey potty seat last week and actually peed! Total fluke.
He starts school next month in the 2 year old classroom and I think it will be so good for him, but challenging. I'm sure it will hold many challenges (with separation, of course.)
Other random things: Choo Choo Soul and "Mickey House" are his fave shows. He'll read book after book, especially at bedtime. He calls nursing, "boppy." He finally starting reaching for the babysitters when they came over and not screaming when I left. This summer he's gone on rides at Dutch Wonderland and loves riding his push trike. When we were in the pool this week he insisted that I let go (with his puddle jumper on) and he floated for a few seconds alone.
Almost every day Christian and I comment on how similar our two boys are. They look alike and Reid does all the same things Carter always did. It's crazy how they are so alike.