You and Me

You: Obsessed with cleaning up spills and sweeping. Never miss an opportunity to flip a dog water bowl. Know about a hundred words but still don’t say any. Kiss mom some days but hug Zable every day. Love baths and playing Tag. Hate naps or even the mention of them!

Me: Dreaming of Quartz, brass and all white kitchens. Excited for you to see your first Easter basket. Mourning the death of the second nap. Praying for an offer and counting down the days til we close – 144. #projectyouandme 

  

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18 months

We are loving 18 months!  It just gets better and better!

Stats:
Nicknames: Flynny, buggy, bug, buddy, buggarat.
Weight/Height: 19 pounds(1st percentile); 29.5 inches (<1st percentile)  (HC is 56th percentile)
Hair: rat tail!  and no, I’m never cutting it!

Eye color: blue.  May be my imagination but I think they’re getting a little more grey, a little more like dad’s eyes.
Who does he look like? ME!
Clothing: 18 months.  Pants are a little long.  We officially wear shoes now with walking and he just graduated to a size 4.
Diapers: 3s
Favorite Toys: remotes, phones, loves putting objects in containers.
Crib or Parents’ Room: crib

Sleep: decent!  Some mornings he gives us a wake up call at 5 or so but after a paci insert he usually goes back to sleep until 6:30.

Naps: 2. First one ~10-12. Second one ~3-5. Can last anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours+ and he’s happiest when they’re both around 1.5-2 hours.  Fighting that second nap so hard!  I heard the first nap to drop is the morning nap but he consistently easily falls asleep for that nap.

Teeth: 8. 4 on top, 4 on the bottom.

Sounds/Words: not much in the way of actual words but he blabbers and speaks gibberish.  He points and says “Ah!” whenever he wants something. He knows a lot of words – more than we even realize sometimes as when we’re talking to each other sometimes he points at something we’ve just said.

Favorite foods: blueberries, scrambled eggs, crackers, cheese, apple sauce and bread. I’m feeling the mom guilt hard about the lack of veggies.  He will eat green beans, mushrooms and other random veggies but he’s just inconsistent.  He slurps noodles up just like dad!
New Discoveries/Milestones:

Spins in circles while standing.

Can forward roll (he’s been able to since Christmas but because of his head size it ends up being a sideways roll)

Can go down the entire stairs backwards safely.

No more crawling.

Running!  And falling!

Signs “more”

Loves pointing, clapping and waving

Gives high fives

Started to blow kisses but not consistent yet

 

We are going to set Flynn up with a speech therapist to get an evaluation.  The pediatrician agreed it is time to get him checked out.  I’m less worried lately since his receptive word bank has grows so much in the last few months.

 

 

17 months

Stats:
Nicknames: Flynny, buggy, bug, buddy, buggarat.
Weight/Height: maybe 20 pounds?
Hair: dirty blonde. Still very sparse on top. Getting a rat tail in the back but no way I’m cutting it yet. 

Eye color: blue.  Soul-searing. 
Who does he look like? Dad’s features with mom’s big head.  A little bit of Matt, Eric and Michael all rolled into one. 
Clothing: tops 12 and 18 months; bottoms 12 months
Diapers: 3s
Favorite Toys: buttons, knobs, remotes, phones
Crib or Parents’ Room: crib

Sleep: sleeping like a champ! Bedtime is 8:30. He gets woken up at 6:45 on days I work. On days I don’t work he’s up anywhere from 6:45 to 8:30.  He still gets a straw cup with milk at bedtime and he usually takes a sip or two while we read him a book. After the book we turn his lights down, turn his sound machine on and hold him for a brief snuggle. Then he usually points to his crib and we lay him on his belly and he cuddles right down with his fox.  He likes to have one paci in his mouth and at least one in his hand. 

Naps: 2. First one ~10-12. Second one ~3-5. Can last anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours+ and he’s happiest when they’re both around 1.5-2 hours.  

Teeth: 6. 4 on top, 2 on the bottom.

Sounds/Words: not much in the way of actual words but he blabbers and speaks gibberish.  He points and says “Ah!” whenever he wants something. He knows a lot of words and phrases – he even walked a piece of trash to the garbage can and threw it away when we told him to.

Favorite foods: blueberries, crackers, cheese and bread. He loves eating apple sauce from the squeeze pouches. 
New Discoveries/Milestones:

Fitting caps back on containers. Putting food back into containers. 

Helps get dressed by poking his arms through sleeves. 

Can go down a step or get off the couch by going backwards without help. 

Finds pieces of trash on the floor and hands it to you, sometimes without prompting him. 

Walking > crawling. Can walk from one end of the house to the other but his balance is still not great. He often stumbles if he has to step over things or avoid obstacles. 

Mimics what we do – like turning a knob a certain way or using my fingers to hit my lip to make a funny noise. 

Can feed himself with a spoon but not well. 

Will brush his hair if he finds a brush/comb. 

Very aware of when “his people” leave the room. And not happy being held by just anybody any more. (Exhibit A: Santa photo)

   
    
    
    
    
    

    
    

   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   

   
    
    
    
   

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

  
   

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   
  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

16 months

Stats:

Nicknames: Flynny, buggy, bug, buddy, buggarat.

Weight/Height: 19 lbs according to grandma’s produce scale

Hair: dirty blonde.  Still very sparse on top.  Mullety in the back.

Eye color: blue.

Who does he look like? Dad’s features with mom’s big head.

Clothing:  tops 12 and 18 months; bottoms 12 months

Diapers: 3s

Favorite Toys: stuffed animals (esp. Bee and sloth), remotes, cords/wires.  He loves playing at the gym while dad coaches.

Crib or Parents’ Room: crib

Sleep: 8:30-7. Putting him down at night has been a breeze.  He gets a bath every other night.  If he doesn’t get a bath he gets a lotion rubdown (which he loves).  He gets in his PJs.  Dad reads him a book.  I sit with him while he drinks some milk from a bottle (usually just a sip).  He then usually points to his paci.  And lately he doesn’t want to cuddle.  He points to his crib.  I set him down and he curls up in a ball on his stomach.  He doesn’t make a peep but he’s awake when I walk out.  On the monitor he tosses and turns to get comfortable for a few minutes but doesn’t cry.  Oh my how far we’ve come.

Teeth: 6.  4 on top, 2 on the bottom.

Sounds/Words: light, mama, yak (for jack), dada (?), da (dog?).  He still doesn’t say many words but babbles frequently.  He loves pointing at pictures or random objects and names them (in his own language of course).  He understands many more words including no, hello, bye, milk.  You can tell that the wheels are starting to turn and I think pretty soon we’ll get some more words.

Favorite foods: CARBS CARBS CARBS.  Bread, pasta, graham crackers – loves them!  Also into strawberries and newly into blueberries.  He also LOVES cheese – non-discriminatory (even blue or goat cheese).  He wants what we’ve got – no matter what.

New Discoveries/Milestones:

Walking!!!!!  He took 4 steps to me in the kitchen on 11/5/15.  He then took about a week off and then starting taking 1 or 2 steps a day.  That has built up so that now he takes maybe 4 steps several times a day.  It won’t be long now til he’s mostly walking.

Milk Only – I finished weaning on 11/17/15.  He had been ready for a week or 2 but I guess I needed a little time to come to grips with it.  At first I gave him a bottle at bedtime and when he gets up in the morning but he drinks only a sip at bedtime and doesn’t want his bottle until maybe a half hour after he’s woken up so I wouldn’t be surprised if we ditch this soon.

No more bottles – we’re officially usually straw cups only.

Mimics what we do – from waving, to eating, to raising our hands up, etc. If I “feed” his oscar the grouch toy, he feeds him too.

Tries to put his food back into containers and screws/puts tops back onto things such as his squeezable apple sauce.

First time pumpkin picking

First Halloween with Trick-or-Treating (we strolled him around the neighborhood)

First time at Maymont

Starting brushing his teeth – he loves it!


  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Maymont

Eric decided to take the day off so I got to hang out with my 2 favorite guys today.  We decided to walk around Maymont this afternoon.  The weather was perfect and there was hardly anyone there.  Flynn enjoyed looking around at the animals and the gardens and just as we went to take the steps back up to the nature center to leave he passed out.  Sweetest baby.

15 month update

Stats:

Nicknames: Flynny, buggy, bug, buddy

Weight/Height: 17lbs 3.5 oz (<1%)/28 in (<1%); HC 18.5 in (55%)

Hair: blonde on top, light brown on the back.  Very slowly coming in on top

Eye color: blue.

Who does he look like? Dad’s features with mom’s big head.

Clothing:  tops 12 and 18 months; bottoms 9 and 12 months

Diapers: 3s

Favorite Toys: stuffed animals (esp. Bee and sloth), blankets (tackles them on the floor)

Crib or Parents’ Room: crib

Sleep: 8:30-7. Sometimes he wakes up earlier but he usually sleeps until at least 5:30

Teeth: 5. 6th tooth is breaking through any moment.

Sounds/Words: light, mama, yak (for jack).  Loves pointing at pictures or random objects and names them (in his own language of course).

New Discoveries/Milestones:

Pointing at everything!

Hugs his stuffed animals!

Hugged zable

Getting better at standing and playing and can stand without support for about a second.

Drinking from a straw cup (we skipped the sippy cups)

Can fit shapes into holes!

Loves “driving” and turning the steering wheel in his car

Knows how to manipulate most of his toys – does everything on the door and his farm for instance.

First Hike

First Homecoming

First time sleeping in the bed (while in Roanoke) – no one was a fan

                        

Pumpkin Picking

Last Sunday we went to Ashland Berry Farm to get some pumpkins.  The great news is that it wasn’t crowded.  It had been drizzly that morning but by the time Flynn had finished his morning nap, the rain had cleared.  We walked right onto the trailer for the hayride out to the pumpkins.

Despite having thrown up a bit on the way over to the farm, Flynn was quite happy the whole time we were there and enjoyed touching the pumpkins and being carried by dad.  Unfortunately, the pumpkins were very picked over but we still managed to find a couple cute ones.

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