Sunday, November 11, 2012

He's Growing Up

Carter is starting to get big and everyday is learning new things. It's such a fun fun time but so exhausting too. He's wonderful although he certainly has his challenges.

*He thought the cat needed to get dressed so he was putting shirts on his. Elijah would play with them and Carter would laugh that sweet, bubbly baby laugh.*

Walking: He started walking when he was 12 months old. Now at 14.5 months he's a crazy kid, running and trying to jump and climb and wants to walk everywhere by himself. The only issue is he doesn't really like going where we're going, he wants to go see all the fun things and climb up and down stairs and the like. He's really good about holding my hand at this point but we're working on going where Mommy wants instead of baby.

*Enjoying some frozen yogurt with Daddy*

Talking: This child talks  a lot. He loves to talk and say new words. I think I've counted 25+ words he's said but he uses probably 15-20 on a regular basis. He still uses sign language and just learned three new signs, on top of milk. I think my favorite word to hear him say is "outside." It's so cute!

*Elijah loves him, Carter was sitting on the couch and Lijah jumped up and laid in front of him so Carter laid down to cuddle.*

Outside: Carter LOVES to play outside! I try and get him out of the house everyday but with the rain starting it's proving to be more difficult. I think we may get a membership to an indoor play/learning center for the winter months.

*Playing with the mist from his humidifier*

Favorites: He loves the cat, dogs, to take baths, to play "dress up", to put lids on containers, put things in containers, music, he absolutely loves music and to sing and dance. He loves books and will sit and read to himself.

Other updates: He's learned that if he wants something he just picks up whatever it is and shoves it in my lap, i.e. his sippy cup if he wants a drink, a book if he wants to read a story, shoes if he wants to go "bye bye", etc.

Challenges: Sleep is still a major challenge. He's sleeping well in his crib but it's tough to get him to sleep for naps and bed time. He doesn't normally nurse to sleep anymore but he will eventually just come ask for some cuddles and will fall asleep cuddled up to me.

*His RoSK blanket came in and he wanted to play with it. This blanket is amazing, waterproof on one side and soft and plush on the other. Works for the carrier, stroller, his little bike, playing on wet grass, nursing cover and as a normal blanket.*

Another major challenge is the tantrums, they are much worse when he's tired. He learned to hit, I think from splashing in the tub, I'm not sure really, and will hit and bite and scream if he's tired and wants something and I tell him no or just don't get it fast enough. He goes in timeout after I explain to him why, sits there for a minute and then gets to get up and give me a hug and say "sorry". He's said it once but I don't wait for him to say it every time since it doesn't count as an actual word yet since he just repeated it. I hope this is just a phase he's going through and will be over soon.

Overall this is a fun, exciting age. He learns something new everyday, is full of curiosity and trouble. He is such a fun little boy, full of energy and life and love. He gives the best hugs and kisses, he wraps his little arms around my neck, puts his head on my shoulder and runs his hands through my hair.

I honestly love being this little boys mommy so much. He lights up my life and makes it so much brighter and fuller!

*He wanted to jump in Blake's jumperoo!*

1 comment:

  1. He is such a fun little boy! Although you forgot one of his favorite things is his Blakey! ;-)