Saturday, June 27, 2015

George at Two Years

How is this kid of ours two?!  It's really been two years already?  But it still feels like there was never a "before George".  How could there be?  We love this boy!

Started walking!  Literally right as the specialist said he would--he said it was only going to be seven to ten days and George would be doing it--it was epic.  George still isn't using walking in full swing, crawling continues to be the primary mode of transportation, but he's using it more and more and it's amazing.  We all geek out every time it happens.

He develops language so fast we can't really keep track, but the family favorite of this month was, "Come on!" and "Let's go!"  The cute factor was high in these ones.  SO HIGH.  Seriously, we all gushed every time he blurted those out.  Especially in the morning when I'd say, "Let's go upstairs and eat some breakfast!" he'd then charge off crawling only to stop at the end of the hallway to holler at me, "Come on, let's go!" and then crawl off again.  It has seriously been such a fun phrase, haha.  Another great one was, "Where me?" where he was hide himself and want you to find him.  He also learned how to, "Psssttt!" which is a sound that's basically 500% cuteness coming from his mouth.  He's been just fun with all the phrases his picks up, it's been fun to have whole conversations in real sentences with him.

OH MY.  And I almost forgot, but, "Good morning!"  George says it when he wakes up in the morning and it's just so sweet.  I love it to death.  Both Brad and I just melt.  It doesn't matter how early it is, how tired we are, as soon as you walk in and that kid says, "Good morning!" we're smiling big and saying it back.  We're suckers.

George survived "Happy Birthday"!  I actually started singing the song with him in the few weeks before his birthday to prep him to not be afraid, it made me laugh.  It very quickly was a song that he loved to request, so when it came time for his first birthday celebration on the Bailey side he did great!  He still plugged his ears (because he's George), but there were no tears!  Although we did learn that if we ever ended with a "woo-hoo" that was super upsetting for some reason.  But hey, still progress!  He survived both birthday songs like a champ, we were very proud... in a weird way.

Loves coloring.  SO MUCH.  When he colors he gets super intense and just scribbles like there's no tomorrow, like he must get this artistic inspiration out--basically, we love to joke about it because it's so intense and so cute.  Just so cute.  We had a lot of fun being innovative with coloring by taping down large pieces of paper to the tile downstairs and letting him go crazy.  We also started wrapping paper around a small table to encourage him to stand while he's coloring, and he's had a blast with both!  An easy way to entertain him while I'm making dinner is to lay out a bunch of newspaper, hand him a crayon, and let him go nuts!

Some of the funniest moments are just talking to George.  I looked over at him and asking, "Are you pooping?" and he turns to look at me and replies, very seriously, "'s the poop."

If you want to hear cute, George loves working with my dad.  Grandpa will come in to weed vinyl and George will ask, "Up, please?" to sit on his grandpa's lap while he works.  When you're weeding vinyl, the letters are all backwards because you're viewing it from the back side, but George still loves to figure out the letters and talk to Grandpa about which ones he sees.  It literally heartwarming to watch--it seriously makes me so happy to see them buddy up!  And needless to say, it makes my dad pretty dang glowingly happy as well!

George rediscovered a fond love of watermelon this month!  He ate it off the rind, too, and that was super adorable to watch (we needed repeated lessons not to eat the green part within that experience, haha).  He literally ate five pieces on his own!  It was boss!

Newly discovered was a love of chocolate for George.  He has never been into chocolate in it's varying forms, but randomly this month he asked for a bite of something that I was eating (I crave chocolate crap like no other, big preggo over here) and he fell in love.  Since then, he's quick to recognize and request a taste, haha.  We got chocolate cake one day when we went out to lunch to Applebees and now, "Cake!" it also on the request list.  This new-found love for chocolate combined with an existing love of marshmallows and so when Brad introduced him to s'mores flavored Pop-Tarts he naturally found that super delicious, haha.  I ended up making him a s'mores cake for his birthday for that reason!

SWIMMING!  Still loves it, and we're still going as often as we can!  George actually began using a toddler life jacket that my parents got him.  I seriously did not think he'd like, but holy cow, I was wrong!  He took off.  It was nuts.  He was completely fine it and even swimming completely on his own in it, no help from Brad.  It was so cool to watch!  At one point George tried to swim like he can in his life jacket while in his tube floater and he ended up tipping upside down.  It was shocking, but Brad got to him lightning fast and George couldn't care less, it was awesome, haha!

After watching Brad working with tools to tighten the screws on the crib, George has become very much in love with tools!  Wrench, screwdriver, hammer... he loves it all.  It was actually was an awesome development because a month earlier I had purchased George a toy tool bench for his birthday, so I felt pretty awesome when he opened it and was immediately in love, haha.  Score one for Mom!

"Yep, he's two."  That's sort of become a motto lately as George has begun doing very "two"-like things, such as feel the need to empty out all of the crayons or markers from their boxes.  He's also super nosy with what you're doing in the kitchen and feels that he must be involved at random moments.  He's also randomly decided that he NEEDS whoever's in the bathroom.  They shouldn't be in there.  Yep, he's two.

We've been working to get him out more because I've been feeling semi-decent.  This has included trips to the pet store as well as the kid section of the library.  George wasn't super interested at the pet store, but he did really enjoy the fish!  The way he says "fish" it always hilarious, it sounds like "a-she", we love it.  The library was an awesome trip; George picked out six books and then had a great time playing with all of their learning toys, we had a good time!

His favorite foods are still pizza (crust, to be specific) and french fries.  He's huge on fruit, like strawberries, mangoes, and bananas, but man--he sees a brown bag, he's immediately hollering, "FRENCH FRIES."  One time Sarah had a bag from her breakfast and George saw it and rushed over, assuming it was french fries.  He was super disappointed when it was a bagel, haha.

George grew more teeth.  It lead to a few nights of crappy sleep, but overall wasn't too bad!  He has four growing at once, two on top, two on bottom, attempting to fill in the last gaps, haha.  It's been slow-going, but they're working they're way in FINALLY.

The big fail outing was attempting to take him to Jungle Jims.  I had this big picture of having his second birthday there and decided we should try it out first.  Yeah, uh, no go.  He wasn't feeling it from the moment we walked in, then I had this brilliant idea to put him on the roller coaster and just... yeah.  Not my brightest idea.  It did not end well.  Basically in the fifteen minutes we were there George cried for 75% of it.  It was both funny and sad, haha.  Poor kid.  No Jungle Jims this year!  We just kept it simple again and just had a little celebration, including the, "Pizza!" George had been verbally requesting the few days leading up to his birthday, haha.  Cannot believe this boy is two!  We'll ask, "George, how old are you?" and he'll say, "Two!" and then usually make you sing the birthday song.  We love him.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

George at One Year, Part Eleven

*NOTE:  This post is super late (as in, past-the-two-year-mark late) in the posting because we requested that George be checked out just to make sure that his decision not to walk was just that--his decision, not his body's!  And guess what?  It's totally him.  He can walk.  He can stand.  He chose not to.  Because he can.  He's a stink who apparently likes to freak his mother out sometimes.  A very, very, very smart stink.  Basically, all will be explained in his two-year update (when did that happen, right?!).  For now, here's George at 23-months.

Oh hey, holy crud, George is one month from two.  Um, yeah.  We're going to have a two year-old soon!  Who thinks walking is stupid.  This is one stubborn young man.  Did his two-year appointment early just to be sure that nothing was actually physically wrong.  This included actually going to the hospital and having him scanned.  Yeah, um, nope.  He's super incredibly healthy.  There's no physical reason to be seen.  Next month a specialist will observe him and they'll do an ear and eye check-up, but we sort don't expect anything from that.  This kid is just different!

People have actually been really good about not being awkward or rude about George not wanting to walk.  In fact, most people have shrugged it off like it was no big deal, which has made this SO much easier.  There are still some family members who like to try and make him walk, but they're just met with George's determination to NOT do so, so it all works out how he wants it to, haha.  But seriously, we've tried to force him.  Bribe him.  Trick him.  It all ends with him figuring out what we're doing and saying, "No."  So there you go, the George has spoken.

George, however, has randomly decided that he's cool walking to his Aunt Alix... and no one else yet.  But hey, he's allowing himself to willingly walk, so that's something!  Usually it's just by him finally not thinking about it and just doing it without noticing, but with Alix he has willingly walked to her a few times now.  It's cute, she appreciates it especially because she was, "All Done" for forever and he has only said her name two or three times to her face.  So that's nice of him to give her something!

George has been choosing to implement standing a lot more.  Not all-the-time or anything, but definitely way more than he did before, so that has been awesome.  Yet again, it's most common for him to stand on his own when he's not paying attention.  This includes one of his favorite games that we made up, "ka-boom", where he stands up and stretches his arms in the air and then says, "Ka-boom!" and slaps down on a pillow.  He super digs it!  We dig it because it gets him standing all the time.  And it's super cute, we'll give him that.  We can also sometimes trick him into using a distraction, like a favorite show or, like, his grandma or something.  95% of the time he has it figured out before we've fully tricked him.  He's just too smart.

Okay, beyond the ever-baffling no-walking dilemma, George has started being super polite and saying, "Oh, sorry," and, "Thank you!" all the time along with, "Up, please!" when he wants you to pick him up or help him into his high chair.  "Oh, sorry," is the funniest because he is constantly apologizing for things he doesn't need to be apologizing for.  For example, hitting his own head.  It usually happens that he bumps his head, says, "Uh-oh..." and then, "Oh, sorry!"  It's cute.  We love it.  "Please," is hilarious because he sort of puts a Sylvester the Cat accent on it at times and it's awesome.  "Thank you," is something I've been working on with him for a while and he just picked it up full force this month and it's so fun and so sweet to hear him use it.  He'll say, "Thank you, Dad," when Brad helps him out and I love it so much!

The best word he's picked up is "marshmallow".  Again, with a Sylvester flair--IT'S SO CUTE.  And, considering they're totally his favorite treat we hear it pretty often and we all still totally die at the cute factor.  It's one of our common look-at-how-cute-he-is party tricks we do at family gatherings.  Everybody loves to make him say, "marshmallow".

Holy crap!  Want to know the cutest thing ever George started doing this month?!  He can sing the Spiderman Theme Song!  And it's sort of the greatest thing ever!  He's super in love with his many Spiderman action figures, and we'll spend a great majority of our day playing with those and singing the theme song.  Basically, his dad is SUPER proud.  When we're not singing it, George goes around humming it to himself.  He's just really inept at picking up tunes as well as lyrics to the songs we sing.  He's also memorized "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" memorized this month, which my mom just randomly started singing to him.

Speaking of my mom, she's a big favorite this month.  He cannot get enough of her.  George is constantly going to her and requesting, "Up, please!" whether she's sitting at the counter or standing up, he wants to be apart of it.  He also loves having a drink of her drink, so this may be part of his love of her--mooching.  He also loves play Candy Crush with her and doing, well, everything with her:  reading, drawing, watching a show... you name it, Grandma is the one to do it with.

George got his second and third ear infection of the year this month--first the right, then the left.  It was awful, as usual.  Ear infections drive me crazy.  SO CRAZY.  Sick babies are hard, especially when you're pregnant and sort of handicapped to be Mom at your full level.  Poor kid had to deal with a lot of television and marshmallows as his recovery.  I am forever grateful for Brad's wonderful job that allows him to be home by four everyday, it's such a lifesaver in these situations because sometimes a boy just needs his dad to sleep on, especially considering his mom is, like, suuuuper lumpy at the moment!

George continues to love to recognize and name all the numbers, shapes, colors, and letters.  He's continually wanting to build his vocabulary and loves to tell you what he sees around him.  "It's a flower!  It's a truck!  It's a bird!"  He also started naming the parts of the face and head, he especially loves, "It's a nose!" and, "It's hair!"  When he says, "It's hair," it's usually accompanied with him staring at his reflection and rubbing his hands through his hair.  If he doesn't fully know the word of something but he wants to name it anyway, he'll come up with some nonsense word and wait to see if you correct him or not, haha, it's great!  "It's a [random word]!" and I'll say, "It's a pillow, huh?" to which he replies, "It's a pillow!" and then will keep coming back and naming that object because he's excited he knows the word now.

"Buh-bye" and "see you" have continually added meaning to them with this kid.  If George wants to go outside or downstairs he'll ask, "Buh-bye?" and I'll ask, "Do you want to go outside?" and he'll say yes.  It's really fun.  He's also constantly shouting, "Come on!" trying to get you to follow him where he's wanting to go if you don't translate, "buh-bye" correctly.  We LOVE it.  It's always hilarious.

George has reallly gotten into coloring.  For the longest time all my attempts at coloring with him have been a repeated lesson of, "We color with crayons, we do not eat them.  We use crayons to draw.  We keep crayons out of our mouths," and so on until eventually I'm like, okay, we're done, and we try again the next day.  Randomly he realized, hey, crayons may taste good but coloring is where it's at!  And he's been an avid drawer/colorer/whatever since then.  I laid out a bunch of newspaper and let him color that for a while.  Then, I decided to tape a very large piece of white paper to the floor and let him color the crap of that, which he LOVES.  He is constantly inviting people to, "Come on!" so he can color for them on his giant paper.  He'll sit and spin in a circle and just draw, draw, draw sometimes.  It's been SO FUN.

George loves naming people and pictures of people, and it often coming up to Brad and saying, "It's a Dad!" and to me, "It's a Mom!"  We super dig it.  He enjoys naming pictures of "Aunt Alix" and "Uncle James" in the hallway upstairs in my parent's house.  His favorite pictures are a giant collage I have using family pictures of us three, where he states, "It's a Dad!  It's a Mom!  It's a baby!" for the three of us, haha.  If you ask him his name he will tell you, "George," and that's another cute word we love to hear him say.

This month we've really gone outside as much as possible!  My dad and Brad sprayed and cleaned the playground equipment from all these crazy, windy storms and so George and I have taken full advantage of them.  George is so happy to be outside.  He loves playing in the sand in the backyard; we got a cheap bucket and shovel and he's been playing with that with his dump truck that he got for Christmas.  It's been such a blast!  He loves the playhouse back there and really like the playground as well.  We've had a ton of fun in this nice, warm weather!

The warm weather has also meant that the pool got turned on--literally one of George's favorite places to be.  Before the pool was turned on, when we'd be playing outside it wasn't uncommon for George to crawl at full-speed (across an incredibly large yard) to the pool house to get the door and tell us, "Pool, pool!"  This kid was ready to get swimming again!  We swam several times month, multiple times with my family and George has had a blast.  He still adores that pool!