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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

He’s a monkey–and climbed out of his bed!

A few months back Kyton was in his crib, and I heard a thump.  As I ran to Kyton’s room I was met at the door by my boy. We considered a variety of ways to keep him in his bed, but in the end decided it was not worth the risk of him getting hurt.  For about a day I put his mattress on the floor and he slept that way until Dylan had a chance to convert his crib to a toddler bed.  We also had to order a special rail for his bed.
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He loves the novelty of being able to get in and out of his bed, but he has not been a great sleeper recently. I don’t think that the bed change has made much of a difference in this. My theory is that our bed is so much more comfy than his. We made sure to purchase a thick mattress as we were advised before he was born. We both prefer a super soft mattress. He sleeps great on the guest bed, so our next move may be switching out the crib for the guest bed.
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He loves climbing anywhere he can, on the table, on the playground and Dylan’s desk.
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How old was your kid when you switched them out of a crib?

Monday, January 28, 2013

My Kid Eats Cat Food!

I’ve mentioned before that my kid eats anything and everything… even cat food. 

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We have neighborhood cats that we feed outside.  Every time Kyton goes outside the food is his first priority.

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We used to try and stop him from eating the food, but we just got to the point that we just let him.  It’s safe to eat, just causes really bad breath. 

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My sister ate a lot of cat food as a kid, and she survived and is working on a PhD (not in cat food).  

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Baby Finnley

Finnley is just perfect, and getting used to life with 3 other siblings. 

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Can you remember that sweet newborn smell?

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I love his face in this one!

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Look at the gorgeous hair!

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I have more pictures of Finnley to edit, but I could not resist sharing a few now!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Funny Toddler Faces

He loves attention, and we are always amazed at the variety of faces  that he can make.  Here are a few from his 19 month photos

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Which is your favorite?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Tower City

As a kid my dad worked in downtown Cleveland.  At Christmas my mom would take us down town on the  rapid transit.  We would see the Christmas lights at Tower City,  Visit Mr. Jingaling, see Bruce the talking Spruce and ride the train in May Company. 

Tower City has changed quite a bit since those days, but we still make the annual trip. 

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Kyton had fun throwing coins into the fountain.

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Kyton had the best ride in town!

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For the first time in years Bruce was back.  We asked him if he remembered us from when we were kids, and of course he said that he did.  Incase you were wondering he talks to Santa. So kids tell him what they want for Christmas and he communicates that to the big man. 

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The actual square no longer has ice-skating as it used to, but there are still pretty lights.

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My dad, a diehard Browns fan, still carried Kyton with his Steelers hat through downtown Cleveland.

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My sisters

I know that I have a few Cleveland readers, so anyone else visit Tower City as a kid, or recently?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cars, Trucks and Big Smiles–19 months old

Our big accomplishment in the last month is that on a few occasions I’ve asked Kyton not to touch something, or to do something, and he has actually listened.  The hundreds of other requests we’ve made have been ignored.  I feel like the fact that he actually acknowledged that I was asking him to do something other than what his impulsivity wanted him to do and made the conscious decision to do as I asked shows a bit of hope and maturity.

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He is pretty good at following 1 or 2 step directions.  He loves being told “take this and give it to daddy.”  He grabs the item and treks across the house to find Dylan and give him the item.  He has so much joy in the praise he gets from delivering the item.  He knows that he needs shoes and socks before going outside, and he’ll bring them to us on command.  He knows that when we say it is time to eat he has to climb into his high chair.  When we ask if he wants a bath, he heads to the bathroom, and to the bed when it’s time for night night. 

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Sometimes we have to laugh at ourselves since he takes things so literally.   If we say please sit down, he sits in the exact location in which he is currently standing, rather than on a chair or carpet nearby. 

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He has an amazing vocabulary which increases every single day. We actually find that we are able to communicate fairly well with him. He can point to and say the major parts of his body. He must know at least 60 words. 

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If he wants something he can use words he knows and ask for it.  Dylan asks “What do you say?” he knows to say and sign please. For a while he had his own version of the please sign, but now he has reverted to the official sign.  He also uses please for thank you, although he does know the word thank you.  (da-do.)

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His current favorite phrase is one, referring to 1 more time at whatever it is that he wants at the moment.  He holds up one finger and begs for one (ne.)  Sometimes he is pleased after his one, other times he begs for one more, which he never gets.  He can count to three with us.

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He still loves “I do” which is his version of yes please.  My sister was visiting recently and we joked that he is like a foreigner that has no idea what they are asking for, but he figures that he may as well say yes to everything.  He does also know the word “no.”  It is usually spoken as a long drawn out “nooooo” with a tone of I can’t believer that you’d ask me that.

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He loves to dance, and move his body.  He pretends to play the drums along to music. I have no idea where he learned that one from Winking smile.  He loves to dance, and the intro to Yo-gabba gabba is his current favorite.  He has learned some dancey-dances and will usually do them on cue.  He has been trying to sing recently, which is super fun to watch.

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He is great at problem solving and has such determination.  We usually see this when he wants something, especially items we place on tables.  He has learned how to move chairs around and climb up on the table to get what he wants.  Even if we don’t have anything on the table he still finds great joy in climbing on our dining room table to do a dance and let us know he figured it out. He’s something else!

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He has so much energy and curiosity that he still has to be watched every minute of the day.  His day begins around 7:30 and ends around 11:30 when we are lucky. He takes about an hour nap while I am at work.  He sleeps through the night about a third of the time.  When we put him in his own bed, he usually wakes up screaming after an hour or two, and ends up in our bed.  As you can imagine this schedule is exhausting.  It’s crazy that the first 6 months he was such a great sleeper, and since he has not let me get much rest. 

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He is getting pretty good at eating, and can often eat more than me! He does not eat as well in public as he does at home since he has an audience to entertain when we are out.

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He has this great personality that probably goes along with his hair. He loves being the center of attention and catches everyone’s attention as we are out.  He loves making faces and getting people to laugh.  As you can see by the pictures he LOVES anything with wheels.

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While he is a hand full, we are blessed to have such a precious, fun and cute little boy to have in our lives.  Anyone else have a similar experience with their toddler?

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