Saturday, August 27, 2011

Catching up on the little man

What has Sawyer been up since Nora arrived? Lets just say he has not been lacking attention or people to play with...

Always holding a football

Trapsing around with friends at football practice

Sporting his baseball hat w/ Papa & Gracie

Reading books with Grandma

Playing @ the park w/ Grandma

Learning shapes w/ Grandma

Wrestling w/ Grandpa

He entered his 19th month and wears a size 12 month pant and 18 month - 2T shirt. He's still in a size 3 diaper. I feel like he's putting on more weight but I'm not sure of his actual weight. We also went to the eye doctor this month to check on his estropia. In February his eyes turned easily and he had a +2 prescription. At his appointment in August the doctor could not get his eyes to turn at all! And his prescription had improved to a +1. Praise the Lord that his eyes are improving (which the doctor said is very rare at this age). It will be another year before he goes back to the doctor hopefully his sight will be 20/20 when we return.

His vocabulary continues to expand. Much to our dismay his current favorite word is "no." He says it all the time even when it doesn't apply to the situation or he is just talking to himself :) He is consistently saying 2 and 3 word sentences (ex: Turn on, Let me out).

His favorite toys are rocks and sticks. He shuns the stroller and always asks to walk. This makes every outdoor activity take 3x as long because he has to collect all the rocks and sticks along the way.

He also enjoys going to football practices. He has free reign to run around, he can play with the big football, he plays with the water jug and gets all wet, and he gets to yell/cheer for the players. I think he will really enjoy the games this year!

And we made the switch to a big boy bed! We bought a twin bed about a month ago, but we waited to make the switch until most of our house guests were gone (we needed the bed to create more sleeping arrangements and we didn't want to move Sawyer multiple times). On Sunday Kyle was home (no football activities) and we had no house guests so we decided to take the plunge. In the end we didn't make a big deal out of it. Kyle did the regular bedtime routine, told Sawyer he was going to sleep in his big boy bed, laid him down, and he went right to sleep. In the morning I had to wake him up for an appointment, so we had no issues. For nap I told him we were proud of him being a big boy and again he stayed in bed and took a good nap. The next night/morning I was awoken by a loud bang at 7:30 am. Sawyer was out of bed and pounding on his door ready to start the day. I later learned from my Dad (sleeping in the room beside Sawyer) that he fell out of bed in the middle of the night. He cried for a few minutes and then was silent. We may get a vote for worst parents of the year because we never heard him fall or cry. Plus I don't believe he can crawl into the bed he may or may not have slept on the floor :) The last few sleep periods he has gotten out of bed, but he is always on the floor reading books when I find him. To avoid the potential danger of falling out of bed and us not knowing we have set up our video baby monitor so if we hear anything we can review the situation. But so far he is doing really well and sleeping even longer in his comfortable bed.

He is adjusting well to being a big brother. He loves to talk to the "baby" and often wants to hug and kiss her. He also loves to touch her toes and fingers. He's working on the concept of being gentle :) Thus far he hasn't shown any jealously towards Nora, however he is very needy of my attention (way more than before Nora arrived). He does not like momma to leave his sight, but I think it's just a phase and part of the adjustment process.

His major transitions are almost complete and we're thankful he has been flexible and adjusted well. He certainly has his defiant moments, but I think that's just par for the course :)

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