Caleb at 24 months

IMG_5280Caleb at 24 months is something to see. He’s the kid who jumps and just trusts that someone will catch him – so far we always have. His favorite things are whatever Simon is doing at the moment, of course. He’s getting better at playing with Simon and not breaking everything. But he can also be incredibly destructive in that way only toddlers can be. He’s a ball of energy. And so incredibly sweet. IMG_5184 Some of his favorites are eating, brushing is teeth, jumping, and climbing. He has a deep love for “Mic[key] Mouse” and [Doc Mc]”Stuffins” He will sit for a whole show now.IMG_4995

He’s finally over his fear of the slide and has mastered the biggest one at the playground. He also learned to climb up and down the bunk bed ladder, so we’ll need to keep a close eye on that for awhile. Caleb also figured out Simon’s scooter in the fall and can pedal a tricycle.IMG_5187

Caleb got to move in to the 2s&3s class just before his birthday. He’s the tiny one but doing so well. I love going in to pick him up and seeing him on his little chair for story time.IMG_5284Caleb is the EXACT SAME height as Simon was on his second birthday. I haven’t had him weighed recently but I think he’s around 22 pounds, which is where Simon was as well. I pulled out a bunch of clothes and the 2T stuff is starting to fit! Although a belt is still needed for all jeans. (size 3 diapers, 18 – 24 month pants, 24 month – 2T tops, size 7 shoes)

Caleb’s ears have been clear since June, and while we are still watching it, there have been no more infections and his language is catching up fast. He understand most of what we say, whether or not he chooses to listen is something else altogether. His spoken vocabulary has exploded recently. I didn’t do an early word list like I did with Simon because he just wasn’t talking much and I was semi-concerned. But here is a list for 24 months and posterity, he says a lot of words doubled like hot-hot or cake-cake.

First Words: uh-oh, bubble

Vehicles: car-car, vroom, truck, tractor, choo-choo, train, airplane

Animals: doggy, cat, horsey, cow, bear, roar

Things: ball, balloon, shoe, boot, light, moon, star, outside, clock, bubble, book, spoon, phone, slide, monster

Food: cake-cake, treat, apple, banana, cracker, milk, drink, coffee, chocolate, marshmallow

People/Characters: Mommy, Daddy, Simon, Caleb, Grandma Val, Mema, Papo, Granddad, G-ma, Uncle Josh, Cy, Marshall, Patrick, Baby, Batman, Spiderman, Elsa, Anna, Thomas, Mickey Mouse, Stuffins, Mim-Mim, Bob

Other: more, done, yum!, mine, hot-hot, up, down, go, fast, no, boing boing, splash, boom

Phrases: Want it, don’t want it, high-five, stop it

Sings: “Let if Go”, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman”, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “Jingle Bells”

#microblogmonday weekend status updates

Upon being told he was going to the big kid room for Sunday school to learn about God instead of the baby nursery Simon said: God is not my friend! I only want Miss Mariana! (teacher in baby room & our sitter)

After Sunday school I asked him the first question of the Shorter Catechism, which is our Sunday school curriculum and what they talked about.

Me: Simon, who made you?

Simon: stares at me.

Me: Simon, did God make you?

Simon: No, I made me all myself!

Clearly Sunday school is needed and we have some work to do.


Simon is also at an age where he is starting to understand his body and parts and what parts other people have and the comments and questions that come with that.

While I was in the bathroom, I wanted Simon to come use it when I was done so we could go out.

Me: Simon, I need you to come here to the bathroom.

Simon: No mama, you can point your penis down all yourself.


While sitting on the couch with Rob, both in pajamas.

Simon reaches over and grabs: Is that your penis Daddy?

Rob: Yes.

Simon: I like it.


This morning while playing in diapers and Caleb fussing.

Simon: Mama I need you to put milk on my nipples, so I can give Caleb boo boos. He wants me to feed him. Come help me hold him mama.


Also, I bought pants in a size 6 this weekend. Still 10-12 pounds to lose, but only one more size until my old clothes fit!

Simon says

We keep meaning to edit together a video of Simon talking, but who has the time. So to record for posterity the vocabulary explosion that has taken place since the summer. At 12 months Simon was barely talking, repeating a few words here and there. At 17 months he is talking All. The. Time. Some of these words sound very similar to one another; it takes a discerning ear.

First Words: yuck, tree, doggy, dirt, hot

Vehicles: car, bicycle, motorcycle, truck, tractor, choo-choo, train, airplane

Animals: kitty-cat, meow, arf, baaa, horsey, (n)eigh, doodle-doodle-doo, gorilla, roar

Things: ball, balloon, shoe, Batman, Spongebob, Patrick (from Spongebob), crayon, light, water, uh-oh, twinkle, star, outside, clock, cracker, treat (candy / rabbit’s treat)

Other: hooray!, step, more, done, mama, daddy, yum!

Phrases: “oht-at” (what’s that), all done, uh-oh, don’t touch, no no no, clean-up, I love you

Sings: “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “ABC”, “This Old Man”

Quotes of the Day

Today we went to New Jersey to interview kids and find out what they know. Here are some gems? My questions are in italics.

How can you tell it’s Spring?
Look outside.
Leaves coming out.

How do you take care of plants?
Seeds then water! And sunshine.
Will it grow in the closet?
Why not?
Nothing grows in the closet.

What can you tell me about trees?
Things grow on trees.
Poison Apples.
Trees grow on flowers.

What lives in a tree?
Squirrels. Ants. Spiders. Birds. Leaves.

What kinds of things come from trees?
Leaves. Pickles. Apples and berries. Plants. Pickles. Flowers.

What kinds of things are made out of wood?

What is recycling?
You do it by yourself.
When you watch a movie.
The old stuff goes to somebody else.
You give it to old grandmas and grandpas.
Throw it in the dumpster.

Gems from the Kids

I thought I would post some of my favorite kid quotes from different research sessions over the past few months. Sometimes they give very cute answers and sometimes come up with just some of the strangest things.

On Bubble
“Why are they wearing bathing suits?” (because they’re Bubble Guppies!) “I want to be a Bubble Guppie!” 4-year-old girl

“They’re half fish! That’s a mermaid.”

“It was funny because I was goin’ like this (big smile).” 3yr old girl

On Construction:
“They were building, and made a doghouse, the dragon ate ice and ate a lot of crackers. He had a really big stomach!” 4-year-old boy

On Rock & Roll:
“When big crab pulled out a fork!” 4-year-old boy

“When he rings his bell and he can’t get the bell off the cow.” 3-year-old boy

On Restaurants:
“Mr. Grump was happy and the giant tomato was angry too. And Mr. Grump was angry like the tomato.” 3-year-old girl

“I didn’t like when the boy was stuck in the pickle, because if my mom was in the show and she was in there I wouldn’t like that.” 4 year old boy

On Camping:
“A bear was comin’ to get them and an owl and he was about to sleep and they woke him up. And was eating marshmallows and he had the whole bag.” 3-year-old boy

“Camping on the dark side of the moon.” 5-year-old boy

On Cities:
“It’s hard to find a spot for the car. If there’s a spot you take it quickly and if you don’t someone else will take it.” 4 year-old-boy

On Doctors:
How was the python feeling? “I don’t know…. Nauseous?” 3-year-old boy

What would make the ape feel better? “I think he wants a leprechan!”

On Plays:
“Actors… the wolf came & Deema came over and she said she was late & she was like wolf don’t come back. Can you read it again?” 4-year-old girl

“The owl going to kick the frog” (he means the wolf was going to get the Clam.)

On Spring:
“When he (Snow Monster) made it to winter. I hated it because I don’t want my life to be like that.” 5-year-old girl

“The fairy godmother (why?) she made flowers and then fireworks.” 3-year-old girl

The snowman. He;s not mad hes my friend.

On Dinosaurs:
(What dinosaurs do you know?) “A long tail” (Do you know any dinosaur names?) “Johnny” (Who’s Johnny?) “A big dinosaur.” 3-year-old girl

Now you see why I love my job.