Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Concentration

LWK has been wanting to help more and more lately.  Today, he wanted to carry his plate from his little table to the dining room table all by himself.  He was concentrating so hard to not spill and he was so proud of himself!

Concentrating...

So proud!
As if we needed more proof that his 2nd year molars are killing him right now:

He would have put his entire hand in if it would have fit...
One finger on each side of his mouth, working on those molars...

Monday, April 29, 2013

Old MacDonald

LWK is becoming quite the little singer.  He can do his ABCs and now he is requesting Old MacDonald, including the animals.  On the way home from school today he said that Old MacDonald had a car.  When I asked him what the cars said, he looked at me like I was crazy and said "Zoom" as if  I was dumb for not knowing!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Little Big Hands

I was looking back through the photos I took of LWK at the park yesterday when he was in such a lovely mood and I came across this one.


Not the best of photos (LWK was watching the big kids play soccer in the open area near us and my finger is in the way), but I can't help but look at his hands.  I would love the say "look at his little hands," but he has really big hands for a 2 year old!  He actually has had really big hands his whole life.  I think this is why the ultrasound technicians always thought we were going to have a big baby - they were looking at his hands and feet!  

LWK is becoming such a little person lately.  He is so proud of himself for being able to open this little snack cup, taking his hat on and off, taking his sock on and off, pushing buttons and turning dials.  These hands are pretty busy exploring his world, but I love them the most when these little big hands hold mine, touch my necklace, stroke my hair and grab my fingers when he is being rocked at night.  Such a sweet little boy.

*** Also, check out those eyelashes.  This is how we know he is a little boy, he has eyelashes any girl would die for!

Friday, April 26, 2013

TGIF

Maybe LWK just wanted Friday to get here as much as Mom.  He has been a pretty happy little guy today - this morning and this evening.  After daycare, he and I went to the park by his daycare and sat at the table eating raisins, bunny crackers and water OUT OF OUR OWN RESPECTIVE WATER BOTTLES!  It was almost like a Mommy/Son date - we chatted about the day and the birds and the cats and the airplanes and the dogs...  The weather was warm, but not too sunny.  Perfect sliding and climbing weather!
Eating raisins and checking out the big kids playing soccer!
Mom snuck in some Craisins - they are tart!
So proud of you to have gotten the courage to climb up the tube!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lion and Doggie are Friends

LWK and I headed to Target after school today because I was trying to get us out of the meltdown rut we have been in after school this week.  It just meant that he was melting down in Target instead of at home and people either steered clear of me or gave me the "I'm sorry your kid is freaking out" look.  Bless the teen-aged boy who made funny faces at LWK and snapped him out of the crying cycle - he obviously had a sibling that he had "problem solved" with.

He was still a bit fussy and chewing on his finger when we were checking out and the clerk suggested some Tylenol if I was the type of mom who "medicates her child."  As I told her, if my teeth were hurting like his, I sure would have been taking Tylenol myself, why should I deny him?

Kissing his doggie and lion.  For some reason, they are friends and inseparable!
As soon as we left, LWK was absolutely LOVELY, by the way.  He didn't even ask for TV tonight.  He played at his sand table (then put the lid back on by himself), ate a really good dinner and then I got out the Stackadoos that I bought him.  I had been eyeing these building toys for the past year and have had them in my cart several times and talked myself out of them.  Today, they were HALF PRICE, so  I couldn't say no.  We had fun building, he would get up and dance to the radio, and give hugs and kisses.  I appreciate my sweet boy so much when he makes his appearance lately.  Hopefully we can get the ratio of sweet vs. crazy in better balance over the weekend.

The Stackadoos - these may be my new favorite toy!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Park Meltdown

In an effort to make our afternoon/evening more enjoyable, I took LWK to the park after school today.  We had a fun time to begin with!

There was racing down the slide with Mommy.
And spinning the wheel!
And jumping!
And forced photos with Mommy.
All in all, a great time at the park.  And then we sat down for a snack and LWK spilled all the raisins on the ground.  And wanted water, but not out of either water bottle we had.  And the fight to get into the car as the meltdown ramped up.  And as soon as I got the car going, he dropped his books on the floor and the tantrum really ramped up to the point of him throwing his shoes at me from the back seat.  You'd think I was GWB or something.

Now we are home, he has had some raisins and water (oddly, he wanted one of the water bottles we had with us now that we are home).  He is watching Calliou and I am thinking about what I will have to drink when he goes to bed.  Only 11 more months of the terrible twos....

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Daddy Cuddles

Poor LWK, we aren't sure if he is having a bad bout of the terribly terrific twos or if his second molars are coming in, but he was pretty miserable last night.  He started off fine and then he just melted down. It doesn't matter how much or how little attention we give him, he just kind of loses his mind and we aren't sure what he wants.  Actually, we are pretty sure he doesn't know what he wants either.  When J got home last night, he took LWK and tried to sit with him.  LWK couldn't get comfortable, so J laid down and then LWK laid down on him like he did when he was a baby.  Such a sweet moment and a good reminder that even though he is getting big, he still needs to be babied too.

Daddy cuddles at 1 week old.
Daddy cuddles at 2 years old.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Here Comes the Sun!

After a weekend of LWK and I being sick and really yucky, rainy weather, the sun has made an appearance!  It was nice to come home and let LWK play outside instead of trying to keep him entertained without the TV inside!  I love how serious he is about filling to funnels on his sandbox.  Now if the sand would just dry out in the next few days so it can flow through, it will be more fun!


Sunday, April 21, 2013

No King Kong

We don't need King Kong at the top of the buildings in our house, we have Cookie Monster instead!


I'm not sure which kid had more fun with the Legos....

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Cookie Monster

This has been an insane week.  It feels like Spring Break was ages ago, even though it was last week.  LWK and I both are sick - he has a fever and I have a post-contest cold, so we are sticking close to home today.  I was making him breakfast while he was watching Sesame Street and I heard crinkling.  Leave it to him to find the one thin mint cookie at the bottom of that crinkly sleeve from Mom and Dad's Downton Abbey marathon last night.  It was funny to watch him take little bites and licks of it.  I think we will wait until next year to introduce him to Samoas, we wouldn't want to blow his little mind just yet!




And seriously, how cute are the elephant jammies from Hanna Andersson????  I will be sad when he is too big for PJs with sweet prints on them.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The 2nd Birthday Party Recap

The Theme for LWK's 2nd Birthday Party was "Cars, Trucks and Anything That Moves!"

Guests were Grandma and Grandpa, Grammie and Grampie (all the way from Canada!), The Keatons, The Morks, The Wrights and The Hammonds Families.  21 Guests in all!


We had sandwiches, fruit stoplights, apple and orange cars, "spare tires" (chocolate covered donettes), "dipsticks" (chocolate dipped pretzels) and wheel pasta salad.


We used some inexpensive trucks that grandma had picked up for the grandsons to play with outside to hold the bolders (bread) and spare tires (chocolate donettes).  While I was decorating, I remembered that I had picked up a length of fabric in the bargain bin at Ikea and it had the perfect primary colors to brings things together.

Guests were invited to "Fill 'Er Up" on Izze sodas and beer.


I found a super cute cupcake transporter truck from Meri Meri that held his funfetti cupcakes and I decorated the table with a green tablecloth and a charcoal table runner with yellow electrical tape down the center to look like a road.


We scooted the coffee table in front of the fireplace for some more play room.  Perfect for presents!  I also got the "Happy Birthday" banner at Target, it is made out of felt and I figure it can be our family tradition to hang it on the mantel for each of our birthdays! 


Oh yeah, and notice the photos on the mantel???  Those are from LWK's FIRST birthday.  They were the photos I had taken on his bedroom rug for his first 12 months to see how much he grew and changed during that time.  We have enjoyed them throughout the year and I don't really see them coming down anytime soon.  By the way, I gave up on the rug photos at about 20 months because he WOULD NOT stay on the rug, no matter the bribe!

The weather was absolutely beautiful!  Sunny and 70 in Seattle.  in MARCH!!!  It was so perfect, in fact, that we were able to have the kids play outside in the sunshine as well as enjoy the inside for gifts and food!

Loving the sandbox!
Rocking his new slide and coy pose!
Even baby James got a turn on the slide, he wasn't so sure about it!
LWK has very generous friends and family.  He got a train set, a riding school bus, an easel with art supplies, a leapfrog laptop, a sweet birthday car and Canada book, a Green Toys school bus and fire truck and a Batman little people racetrack.  But the biggest hit was the stroller from the Morks.

AGM helping LWK get his dog ready for a walk (or run).
Joel and LWK racing Batman and the Joker.
I have no idea how many cupcakes he had.  Thank goodness he didn't get sick.  He really does love cupcakes!
Such a fun and nice day for our sweet boy!  And yes, I am already planning for the 3rd birthday party!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Funny, Funny, Bittersweet

We don't always understand what LWK is saying, but he can be pretty adamant about getting his point across.  Sometimes he is speaking so fast, I feel like he is just speaking a language we don't undersand.  Even better, I think he is going to be a pretty funny kid.

Funny #1:  Yesterday we were talking about different animals and he was making their sounds.  When we asked him what a dinosaur said (he had dinosaurs on his jammies), he started to cluck.  He was so proud of himself.  We keep asking him what dinosaurs say, and he keeps clucking.  Maybe he is on to something...

Funny #2:  At breakfast today he was practicing putting straws into a cup.  And then he decided to pretend to be a walrus.

Bittersweet:  Tonight, as we were rocking to sleep, I asked him if he wanted me to read his favorite book, Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site.  He said no, and got down and chose a Clifford book that we had never read.  When I asked him if he wanted me to read it, he said no, but then opened it and started reading it TO me.  He did a good job talking about the trucks he saw on the page and about the food Clifford was eating.  He would point at pictures and laugh.  When he was done, he closed the book and said "night, night."  I thanked him for reading to me and he said "bed."  I hope that he will let us read to him, but I love how sweet it was that he wanted to read to me after 2 1/2 years of us reading a a bedtime story to him!

LWK, you fill our lives with so much joy!

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Point Defiance Zoo

A fun day with the Wrights today!  We headed to Tacoma to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.  It's quite a bit smaller than the Seattle Zoo (but bigger than the zoo in Issaquah).  It was the perfect size for our little guys.  LWK and my favorite part was that there is an aquarium too!

Checking out the seals! 
The seals were a huge hit for LWK.  We went to watch the otters, but he didn't like them as much.  Maybe because they moved so quickly?

LWK LOVED watching them swim!
This was the first time I have really let LWK be free of the stroller.  It is a little harrowing for me, especially because he is so quick.  There were a couple of times he would just take off.  He wasn't a huge fan of holding my hand all the time and he is pretty fearless.  He isn't the kind of kid who always needs to have me in his sights.  I don't want to put him on a leash, but there sure are a lot of little boys in red coats running around the zoo...

There was lots of running!

 Elephants!  The one on the right was scratching his back on the boulder.  LWK showed them his impression of an elephant trumpeting.  I don't think the elephants (or other patrons) were impressed with his rendition.

The elephants were a hit, of course!
 We finished off with the more PNW native fish and LWK  was fascinated with the tanks he could just stare into.  He loved these guys and the jellyfish.  He even got to feel some of the sealife in a touch tank - he thought it was pretty cool!

LWK loved that he could stand right up and watch the fish swimming!
 I definitely would like to visit this zoo again.  We didn't make it all the way through, but it seemed so doable for a toddler.  Maybe next time we will bring dad.  It will also be fun to take LWK to the actual aquarium downtown this summer!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

No Allergies!

Great news for our family - LWK's allergy tests came back and he has no detectable levels of allergies for anything they tested!  We are so happy and so relieved!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The First Professional Haircut

For about the past year, I have been "cutting" LWKs hair.  Actually, Aunt J did it the first time where LWK made sure we knew that he HATED the clippers.  Today, now that he is a big 2 year old, I decided to take him to a kids salon.  I knew it would be a bit traumatic for everyone involved, but it was worth it to me to have someone who knows what she is doing cut his hair so it isn't as butchered as I left it last time (oops).

We put him in the Thomas car and he cried.  We turned on Thomas on the TV and he cried.  We blew bubbles and he cried.  We gave him a lollypop and he cried.  We gave him a basket full of cars and he cried. 

He refused to sit down so he clung to me while standing on Thomas (did I mention that I wore a black sweater today?).  The saint hairdresser just worked around whichever side was facing her.  Obviously, she had dealt with hysterical children before and was completely unflappable.  Then she got the clippers out to clean up the hairline a bit and he started giggling!  And then he sat down!  And then he realized he could drive Thomas!  And then he didn't want to leave!

I didn't get a photo of the traumatic part, but he was a pretty happy and handsome boy by the end of the ordeal.  He even gave the hairdresser a high five!

Maybe getting my haircut isn't so bad....
Then we went to the cool toy store that is in the same little shopping village that the hair salon was located.  LWK didn't want to go, but as soon as he walked in, he saw this train table.  I swear I could have gone shopping elsewhere for the rest of the afternoon and he would have still been at this train table when I came back.  I even joked with the owner that I thought we would be moving in.  I think that LWK may have traded his love of cars and trucks for trains!

This train playing is serious business....

Monday, April 8, 2013

2 Year Check Up

LWK had his 2 year check up today.  It is so amazing how much he has grown in 2 years both physically and intellectually.  Here are his stats from when he was born and today:

Weight:  6lbs, 15.9oz/ 30lbs, 1oz

Height: 19.5 inches/ 35.5 inches

Teeth:  0/16

Words: 0/ More than we can count

Movement:  Very Little/ Running, Jumping and Climbing

Food:  Milk/ Pretty much everything but meat

Dr. G was quite impressed with his skills of climbing on the footstool and back off as well as his ability to blow his nose!  He gave her a good sentence "I see a car" and pointed out the window.  He also told her about the birds outside.  She listened to his heart (perfect) and to lungs (clear but maybe some upper airway environmental allergies), and she loved that he was playing with his truck, can say the ABCs and count to 20.  We talked about potty training (you tell us after the fact, but hey, at least you know when you need a diaper change!).  We also talked about his sensitivity to sound.  She didn't seem too alarmed, but said we will just watch and see if he develops coping skills.

Even though he had such a great non-reaction to peanuts yesterday, Dr. G asked if we would like to run a blood allergy test.  Since we were also worried about his iron, we decided to do a blood draw to check both.  This will just help alleviate any worries about other allergies he may have.  He also had his last immunization until he goes to school!  It is hard to believe that we don't have another well child visit until he is 3 years old!

After his appointment we went to Grandma and Grandpa's house and he took a 3 1/2 hour nap while Grandma and I went shopping!  Once we got home, he had fun playing on his schoolbus and with his Sesame Street!  We are so very blessed with a happy and healthy boy!

Playing with "The Street!"  He loves to make Oscar pop up and down and say "Hello, Goodbye!"

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Bring on the Peanut Butter!

Since before LWK was conceived both J and I worried that we would have a child who was allergic to nuts.  Since J is EXTREMELY allergic, we have been asking LWK's doctor since his first visit what we should be looking for, when he could be tested, etc.  Her only advice would be that we just would have to try things and if he had a reaction, deal with it as it came upWhen LWK started eating solid food, I would watch him like a hawk whenever he ate something that had any sort of possibility of being an allergen. Thankfully, he has never had any sort of reaction to ANYTHING.  Never any concerning eczema or reactions to anything we have fed him or put on his skin, so there hasn't ever been any reason to have him tested, but it didn't really stop us from worrying.

Tomorrow is his 2 year appointment and I felt like we REALLY needed to try peanuts before we went since I know his next well child appointment won't be for another year.  I wanted to be able to ask what steps we should be taking now that he is 2 if he did have a reaction and what else we should test him for.  Last night, I put some peanut butter on his back to see if he had a skin reaction (he didn't).  I was thinking we could give LWK some PB&J today, but then J made the BRILLIANT suggestion that we could order something with peanut butter at Pomegranate since we were super close to an Urgent Care AND and ER.

So this morning was the big day!  We had our usual breakfast (okay, brunch) at Pomegranate and before we left, I picked up one of their awesomely good Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chunk cookies.  J had LWK in the car seat when I got outside and I got in the backseat with him and gave him a bit of the cookie.  After making some Cookie Monster sounds, LWK happily ate it as J watched him with a super concerned face from the outside of the car (understandably, the smell of PB makes J uneasy).  LWK didn't turn red, or seem to have any trouble breathing or even have his lips swell.  And then he asked for "more cookie."  I gave him more, we watched again, and he was absolutely FINE!  Hallelujah!  Praise the Lord!

The beautiful and delicious piece de resistance!
Wow, mom and dad are giving me a cookie just because????
Tasty!
I think he likes it!
The cookie is HUGE, LWK and mom will share more tonight!
Our happy and non-allergic boy, crumbs and all!  With those amazing blue eyes!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Trains!

LWK just keeps going from one moving vehicle obsession to the next.  It started with cars, moved to trucks, then to fire engines and now trains!  I am already thinking ahead to his 3rd birthday being a train party - how fun would that be???  I already have a Pinterest board going for it!

 He is getting better at putting the track together and starting to figure out that there is a certain way that the magnetic trains fit together.  Between this little Ikea set and the nice set Grammie and Grampie gave him for his birthday, I think LWK is set for a while for his new love of trains!  When he pushes them up the trestle he says "zuga, zuga, zuga" and when it goes down, he says "whee!!!" It is fun to think about how many little boys over many generations have played with trains like these, hence the old-time sepia coloring of the photos!