10:44 AM

K-man at 19 Months

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

First things first, a very Happy Anniversary to my wonderful mom and dad who will celebrate 9 years of marriage today (after being engaged for 8 years!) They have officially been married longer than engaged. Woo hoo!

I really debated whether to blog about Kaleb's milestones or baby girl today. I have so much to say about both of them and I just couldn't decide. Then I saw this gigantic picture of K-man (as he is now known around our house) on my desk and just couldn't resist...

I have struggled with Kaleb's sleeping pretty much since day #1 of his life. I just cannot let go at night! It's 110% me, maybe 90% Brian and 0% Kaleb that has separation issues when it comes to bedtime. How does that happen!? Before we moved we bought Kaleb a full-size bed in hopes of making the transition easier to his new room. Did it work? In a word: Yes!

We did his whole room in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and he is in love. He has a tiny flat screen television that only has a DVD player hooked up that is NEVER left on at night or used to get him to sleep. I cannot sleep with the television on (although my parents and sister do). I can't even fall asleep when it is on so there wasn't a chance I would use it to put my kids to sleep. In fact, we have a television in our room that has no antenna or DVD player attached. It's just sitting there because I never turn it on! Kaleb has a nice size walk-in closet so his dresser fits perfectly which leaves his entire room a play zone! We did hit a few snags when he first moved into his bed because he'd roll right out and onto the pillows we had covering the floor. Whoops! A $20.00 bed rail fixed that issue. I love that he can just get out of bed and come find us if he gets scared or wants more to drink. We keep his monitor on still but the only thing I hear over it now is "Mama? Dada?" then his little Flintstone feet running across the floor to our room. We have a no issues with him trying to get in our bed- in fact, he'll get up and ask us to get out of bed and lay with him if he's having a rough night. Brian has TRIED to get him to lay with him and Kaleb wants nothing to do with being crammed between us anymore. Where did my baby go?!


Kaleb is now 19 months old. We put hit on a digital scale this weekend and he weighed 34.8 pounds. No wonder I can barely lift him in and out of the car at 7 months pregnant! As I recall with my cousin Alie they we're hoping she'd hit 40 pounds before Kindergarten so they could put her in a booster seat. Yikes. Now my kid is approaching that weight and he's not even 2 years old. I love having a big boy, I just hate picking him up when he says, "Mommy up!" I don't think it would be so bad if I didn't have this gigantic belly sticking out in front- I'll let you know if it's any easier to pick him up at Halloween (once my c-section scar has healed again!)

I will have to get out the tape measure this evening and see how tall our little man is but he's in proportion. As you can see from the picture he's losing a little bit of his baby fat around his face and stomach. ::sighs:: Is it just me or is this happening too fast?

Milestone wise? If I could write down my list it would be a mile long! Here are some of the words and phrases he's using now:

Mama, Daddy, O, Pop-Pop (my dad), Mamaw (B's mom), Papaw (B's dad), Don (my grandpa), Baby or Sissy (my belly & ultrasound pics), Wiley (Riley), Ava, Char, Turtle (Cody-haha- I don't know why he calls him turtle!), Jess
Satin, Sweeeede (Suede), Duke, Sacha, Iiiiiiiiiire (Irie)
Cup, Juice, Milk, Apple (for tomatoes & apples), Nana (banana), Pickle, Cheese, Pop, Baba (when it's time for bed this is what his cup becomes), Chip
Please, Up, More, Now, No, Yes, This, Here, Bath, Shower, Towel, Wet, Hair, Wain (Rain), Ou-side (outisde), In, Keys, Truck- Vroom (together), Car
Bob (Bob the Builder), Dory & Mo (Nemo), Elmo, Tigger, Eeyore, Pig (Piglet), Kan-go (Kanga), Roo, Owl, Bees, Dog, Doggy, Tat (cat), Turtle, Moooo- cow (He says them together)

I know I'm not even beginning to do his word list justice because he just talks all day long. When Brian gets home from work he makes sure to hit the buzzer on the way up the stairs and Kaleb meets him at the door to carry in his lunch box. He then says, "Daddy! Shower? Okay... towel!" and runs off to get him a towel and meets him in the "Potty" where he sits on the floor until Brian is done. He is using his words sooooooo well now. I cannot believe some of the things he says now including a four-letter word that starts with an S and ends in -Hit. If Nemo skips this is the first this he says! Thank you Brian. We try and correct him and say, "Yes watch Mommy SIT" and I sit down but he's anything but stupid.

Physically there isn't much the kid cannot do. He can walk, run, walk backward, jump (and he does-ALL the time), do stairs, climb (anything and everything!), open doors, drawers, refrigerators. He can identify all the parts of his body including: hair, eyes, nose, teeth, tongue, ears, arm, hand (and his other hand), wee-wee, belly, belly button, hiney(butt), knees, toes and last week Brian showed him where is calf and arm-pits are located. His favorite thing to do is read and take bath's. He can feed himself with a spoon and fork but prefers the fingers. He can screw and unscrew caps. He can drink from an open cup with NO problem until he gets bored then he just dumps it out on purpose. He drinks his milk with dinner each night with no lid and we have no problems.

Developmentally the kid is a whiz. I have nothing to compare him to since I am a first-time mom but the early intervention specialist we've spoken to tells me he's way past an 18 month old level. We are working on things that he's struggling with like removing his clothes so he can potty train when he's ready. Obviously, this is the part where missing a hand could hinder a child but Kaleb seems to be figuring things out quickly and without our help. I, personally, have no interest in potty training until after the holiday's this year. Sure, he pees and poops on the potty with a little help from us but he's just not ready. The two books I've read say the same thing, "Don't Rush!" and just because he's showing signs of being interested doesn't mean introduce the potty. We don't want it to become a toy or something he gets burnt out on which happens all too often. I'll just be happy if he's going on his own by the time he's 3... and I think that's realistic. The last thing I want is for him to hate the idea of going to the bathroom. When he's old enough to understand the reward system then we'll get down to business until then 2 in diapers doesn't bother me one bit.

And now some pictures from Easter and the Spring months:

He was so excited to see this but had no clue why! :)
Playing Daddy's harmonica before we left for church.
Easter egg hunt with Aunt O- He had to open EVERY egg before moving onto the next.
Our best attempt at a picture.
K-man's snack that ended up on our porch. He was trying to eat these as I was sweeping everything up. Gross!

Kaleb is 19 months, 3 weeks and 2 days old.

Baby Girl is 30 weeks, 2 days in the cooker.