Monday, October 24, 2011

5 Months

Tyler is 5 months old today, and he continues to be one of the happiest babies I've ever seen. He smiles and giggles at the littlest things, sometimes just because we look at him! He loves getting attention from his big brother and has been rolling towards him in order to hold his hand or give him a hug. He has started rolling from his back to stomach, and a few days he got completely over. One arm still gets stuck under him, but that helps him roll right back the other way. He is not sitting yet, which is what Lucas did first, long before rolling very regularly.

Within a couple of weeks we are going to give Tyler some cereal and then some veggies and fruits. By his half birthday (on Thanksgiving Day) I want him to be able to have sweet potatoes. It seems sort of unnatural to feed a baby anything other than a bottle until they can sit up, but I guess most people do it long before that happens and Lucas was just an early sitter around 4 1/2 months.

Lately Tyler has been enjoying playing with stuffed animals, especially his monkey and frog. He also likes to watch his seahorse that lights up and plays music. Daddy also brought him a teddy bear from M&M World in Las Vegas, so now he has another stuffed animal to play with. He likes to wrestle with them and find parts he can shove in his mouth. He also likes to look at books and listen to me tell stories when we're getting Lucas ready for a nap. He smiles and is very excited about books!

Another thing he is doing is "running" with his legs when he is playing in various seats. He gets both legs going really fast and likes to rub his feet against each other. He has also started grabbing his feet, mostly when we are practicing sitting. I've held him up in front of the mirror lately, and he gives a big smile. I'm not sure if it's because he sees himself/a baby or me, but he likes it and it is cute.

He is making lots of different noises, more than I remember Lucas making at this age but I could be wrong. Sometimes I think he just wants to make some noise like his big brother. It is funny to see how he wants to imitate him and will learn things in a different order than Lucas just from having that influence.

Tyler is still a good nurser and sleeper, although he is still waking at least once overnight. He is pretty good about taking a morning and afternoon nap, but sometimes we miss the late afternoon nap and he is crabby around dinnertime. That is usually our fault for forgetting or not making it a point to actually put him down for a nap. If we try, he will almost always take a nap at least for a half hour or so. Now that he is starting to roll I think he will sleep much better because he can be on his stomach if he wants.

Tyler is a fun baby, and you can tell he loves his mommy, daddy, and big brother very much. He always lights up when someone talks to him or plays with him, but he rarely fusses just for attention. He is getting to a really cute stage of playing and interacting, and we are all enjoying it. I know the months will keep flying by, and before I know it he will be a year old. For now, I'm just trying to enjoy these baby laughs, flailing limbs, and looks of pure joy in his eyes. We love you, Tyler!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Two and a Half

Lucas is halfway to his third birthday! That makes me really sad because three year olds are not in the least bit babies anymore! So instead let's just keep saying that Lucas is two and a half now.

He is such a happy, smart, and funny little boy. I am really loving this age, especially his sense of humor. He sings the ABCs and can count to 12, sometimes even to 20 missing a couple here and there and adding second-teen. He knows his shapes and colors, and we are working on identifying letters and numbers. He's been singing a lot of songs lately, or at least enough of them that I can tell which one it is. He is best at Old MacDonald, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and he also tries to do Baa Baa Black Sheep and Mary Had a Little Lamb. One of our songs at Kindermusik is My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, but I am pretty sure he sings it "my bunny." He is doing really well at learning the songs and motions this semester and is finally coming out of his shell a little bit since he is in a calmer class this time.

He's been taking a vitamin, which we told him will make him big and strong. As he chews it he slowly raises his arms like he is flexing his muscles and getting bigger and stronger that very moment. He thinks that is pretty neat, so we also use this to get him to eat his dinner. Sometimes he just chews his food then spits it out, so we tell him that he needs to swallow it and make it go into his tummy for him to get big and strong. He likes to make his arms go up and the slowly back down saying, "Going dooowwwnnn..." He is getting to be a better eater now, but is still not a fan of casseroles or creamy things, even if he likes all the ingredients individually. He does seem to like Mexican food though, so that is good!

His new favorite show is Little Einsteins, so he says things like presto, crescendo, and other words many adults would not know. He still enjoys Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Special Agent Oso, Handy Manny, Caillou, and a few other shows on PBS Sprout. He enjoys watching movies now too, so we've been watching Ratatouille and Beauty and the Beast off the DVR. I know too much tv is not good, but I can also see that he has learned things from educational shows that I would have never thought of teaching him.

Aside from his general chatter and ability to speak in complete grammatically correct sentences (he is better at using adverbs than most 8th graders I think!), he is also now into the phase of asking questions about everything. Every little noise - "What was that?" I tell him, and he asks, "Where did it come from?" When we are in the car and someone is walking he always wants to know, "What is that boy doing? Where is he going?" He definitely has the who, what, and where questions down, but luckily we are not into the why's yet... He was a good talker at two, and six months later I am amazed at how quickly he went from words to sentences to full conversations. He talks so much that there are days I tell him to just be quiet for a minute so I can think! Sometimes he just repeats himself over and over just to hear someone talking. It's funny because my dad used to tell me I did the same thing.

He is an awesome big brother to Tyler, always kissing him goodnight, bringing him toys, and looking out for him. I am so lucky to have both of them!