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”

#microblogmondays – Coffee date edition

Microblog_MondaysIf we were meeting for coffee I would want to tell you all about the fabulous time we had in LA last weekend. But I’d probably end up talking about how hard it is to recover from jet lag while working and being buried under mountains of laundry. But I did finally get caught up on the laundry.

If we were meeting for coffee I would want to tell you all about how excited I am about my new dissertation project. But then the conversation would probably stop there since I’m still working on the short synopsis and not really comfortable talking about the minutiae yet.

If we were meeting for coffee I should tell you about how I got to sit in the ACTUAL THINKING CHAIR from Blu.e’s Clu.es and got to attend a meeting at the United Nations (a very strange life dream of mine fulfilled). But I’d probably end up telling you about Caleb’s ENT appointment that was earlier that day. And how devastating it is to watch your child not respond to sounds you can hear even though this was just confirmation to what I already knew. Caleb has a temporary hearing loss due to chronic ear infections (hearing loss is in the slight to mild range – so REALLY not that big of a deal, but I’m the mom so I’m allowed to freak out about it). This goes to likely explain why he isn’t talking yet. And he needs tubes. For a variety of reasons we are going to wait a few weeks and recheck his ears before proceeding. I’m not sure what scares me more, surgery and anesthesia or waiting with the possibility the ears don’t clear and it’s that much longer before he can hear well.

If we were meeting for coffee I’d probably cry a little. And I’d say thank you for listening.

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And I’m hoping to pull myself out from under school and sick kid stress and post a TON of pictures very soon. The blog may also remain quiet for awhile longer.

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Caleb: 12 months

Birthday week was a success and we ended it with a few more presents and no more cake. The sugar was a bit much and Caleb threw it up and was up all night. However that might not have been all the cake’s fault as teeth are coming in (I think finally) and another ear infection. Oy!

At our 12 month well visit weigh in was 17 pounds 9 ounces back on the chart on the 4th percentile after a little dip during the last bout of sicks. 29 inches tall and head growing just right. We saw my favorite pediatrician in the practice who said everything is A-ok. So I can continue to remind myself that just because Simon did things earlier, doesn’t mean Caleb is behind.

At 12 months, crawling is the preferred mode of transport with quite a bit of cruising. Standing alone is not of interest, even one hand of support causes some distress and immediate sitting. There is little interest in the “baby” cars you got for Christmas, Hot Wheels and wooden trains are much more exciting. Rolling cars and throwing balls are favored activities. And playing “Uh-Oh” in which objects are picked-up then dropped. “Uh-oh” is the first word. And only one right now. But babbling is constant.

Food is great. Breakfast sausages and oranges are favorites. When fussing, show Caleb an orange and he lights up. We are nursing 2-4 times a day. The best days are when we get a nice long pre-bedtime session in. But it’s not love, for either of us. Caleb gets to distracted with a fear of missing out and I hate the constant on and off. But sticking with it through the winter. There has been way too much sickness to not keep it up. In the spring I’ll reevaluate.

Sleep…is….ok. I’m not sure how much is due to sickness and developmental crap (the development is not crap, the sleep it interferes with it) and teething. Oh the teething. We have no teeth, but Doctor says 4-6 are close and that gums are extremely swollen. So adding that in to the mess. There were about 8 weeks from the ER visit to early January where Caleb was up about every 90 minutes. I thought I was going to die. Now it’s around twice a night at 11ish and then 4. I can deal with this except that because of the lack of interest in daytime nursing he’s using these wak-ups for hour long sessions, which keeps me up… I need to night wean. It’s on the list as soon as he’s well.

This past weekend we started ear infection round 2 with an ear leaking copious amounts of mucus. It’s clearing up and he is fine. The pharmacist now knows me though. And I had her write end dates on the medicine since I’m having a hard time keeping track.

This first year has been amazing to watch another little person grow and change. Toddlerhood is just around the corner and that is crazytown.

Slideshow: pics from Caleb’s first year.

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One Whole Year

One year. Twelve months. 365 days. Its been a great year that’s flown by. This morning we had a birthday breakfast of blueberry muffins. A playdate followed by a birthday lunch at the local sushi joint. A THREE HOUR NAP with a baby who woke up feverish. Some Tylenol and he was better. Simon and Daddy made French bread pizza, then we opened presents and ate some birthday cake. Birthday week is almost over. Todderhood is fast approaching.

Two brothers who mostly like each other.

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Except when Simon opens all the presents, Caleb be:

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He loved the cake.

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And at the end of the night even got to use his new tools while Simon was playing video games.

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Caleb – months 8 & 9

Wow! nine months. On the outside longer than inside, which is truly spectacular to me. This month brought one major change which is mobility! The last monthly update was September 16 and on September 18 we went to the Child Lab for Caleb’s first day in the movement study which is crawling and later walking down paths and through tunnels. That was the first week he was able to army crawl across a room multiple times without complete exhaustion. And that day was pretty exhausting. Over the past two months the army crawl has been perfected. Over the last couple of weeks there has been some rocking on hands and knees and maybe a couple of real crawls, but then a drop to belly for speed. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he skips true crawling altogether. As of two weeks ago pulling up to stand has been a key feature. And last week I found him sitting up in bed crying in the middle of the night as he’s figuring out how to go from prone to sitting in his sleep and can’t quite figure it out while awake. There is no cruising yet and any steps taken while holding my hands are pretty forced (by me) and uncertain. I’m in no rush for walking though – except that it will make the playground much easier.

These last two months have brought out a love for the playground and the swings. We’ve done a few slides, and are finding that he doesn’t like the roughhousing and being thrown around nearly as much as Simon did. Maybe a more timid child? Babbling is all the time and the laughter melts my heart.

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Caleb loves to eat and having a child who will eat a whole banana in one sitting blows my mind continuously. Simon still won’t eat a whole banana at one time. He’ll eat pretty much anything and likes both veggies and fruits. Caleb also shows a preference for whole foods over purees. There is a constant discussion with daycare that I don’t care how much he eats (they only do jarred food before 12 months) or if he eats at all as long as he takes his 10 oz of pumped milk. Despite eating all the food he’s a skinny squirt and about a pound smaller than Simon at the same age. So the calories from the pumped milk are important. I was sending 12 oz to daycare, but now I’m starting to freeze the extra 2 oz so I can maybe stop pumping a few weeks before 12 months. We are nursing 4-6 times a day. And unfortunately a lot overnight over the last month. I don’t know how long we’ll go past a year. I want to go until two, but also not…

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Sleep was awesome before all the crawling starting. Now we are up at least two times a night and usually 3-5. About once a week I see Every. Single. Hour. over night. I’m blaming the motor stuff and hoping that maybe it’s also teeth as we have none yet. It’s not awful (ok it is awful, but I’m trying for optimism) but I look forward to eating and waking during the day and sleeping at night. A lot.

The other big happening, and it’s related to mobility, is that Caleb is not full on into Simon’s things. Because of course big brother is the most amazing thing and I need whatever he is doing right now. Simon does not thing this is so awesome. The behavior problems that didn’t really happen last winter are showing up now as I predicted. We are working on sharing and distracting and “I don’t care what he just did YOU DO NOT hit/bite/kick/sit on your brother!” But there are glimpses of brotherly love and the hint that they will play well together some of the time someday soonish.

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We are in the awesome stretch of baby to toddler-dom. I think I might be crazy for planning on a Christmas tree.

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Stats:

15 pounds 15 ounces, 27 inches tall

6-12 month or 9 month clothes, size 2 diapers when in disposables