Letter of the Week: Bb

Here we go again! Some of this we haven’t done yet (it’s Wednesday) but are going to between now and Saturday…

Activities:

  • Bb sensory box
  • Coloring inside and outside a humongous Box
  • dressing up ourselves and Scout the dog with Bb garb (beads, bib, baseball cap, bandana, boots)
  • coloring a sheet with letter Bb and B objects
  • making and coloring a tiny Bb book¬†
  • Butterfly symmetry shapes (he usually stacks the matching shape on top of the same side, but sometimes puts them across to be symmetrical, or comes up with his own pattern)
  • driving our Batman car on Bubble wrap
  • blowing lots of Bubbles on pretty days
  • taking a Bath in Blue water
  • Bouncing Basketballs in a school gymūüôā
  • observing and “checking on” the Bird nest out back (so fun to have seen it go from nothing to nest to eggs to babies to learning to fly–we literally have seen each stage and Liam loves it! ¬†Now that they have learned to fly he still insists on being held up to where they were and says, “Babies? Mama?” HAHA)
  • visiting our sweet friends and Baby Klairey
  • jingling and shaking a Bottle of Buttons and Bells
  • making a Boo Boo Bear (an outline of a bear and sticking cheap band-aids wherever)
  • blue, brown, black “scavenger hunt” around the living room
  • played with the Little People barn/farm set¬†
  • played with the Fisher Price 3-in-1 sports set (baseball/bat, football, basketball)
  • played at our sand table (because there’s sand at the Beach)

We’ve eaten:

  • bratwurst
  • bell peppers
  • beans (baked, green, and black)
  • blueberries
  • bananas
  • bread
  • butter
  • broccoli
  • bird’s nest (Chow Mein with peanut M&M eggs)
  • burrito
  • burger/bun
  • barbecue (on a Bus)

We’ve read:

  • Pete at the Beach
  • Bugs on the Bus
  • Mickey’s Birthday
  • Boats
  • Birds (by Kevin Henkes)
  • My “B” sound box
  • Little Baseball
  • Big Bird
  • Are You My Mother?
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear…
  • I Kissed the Baby
  • Barnyard Dance
  • The Beeman
  • The Going to Bed Book
  • Bible stories in our Jesus Storybook Bible

We’ve listened to/watched/sang:

  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse “Goofy Baby” episode
  • Sesame Street clips for Letter Bb (the “Beetles” singing “Letter B”-haha)
  • ABC Mouse “The B Song”
  • “The Bounce Song”-on YouTube
  • “Baa Baa Black Sheep”
  • “Goin’ on a Bear Hunt” (He already requests this a dozen times every day:))
  • “The B-I-B-L-E”
  • “Pat the Bible Book”
  • “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
  • “B-I-N-G-O”
  • “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”

Focus Verse:

  • “Believe in Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Liam gets this far when he repeats word-by-word: “Bee. Ih. Jesuh. Bible.” :))

Bb Sensory Box:

  • polar, panda, and brown bears (plastic and finger puppets)
  • blue bowl
  • ball
  • butterfly
  • bird
  • beaver
  • bunny
  • Batman car
  • bubble wrap
  • bottle of buttons
  • bells
  • bandana
  • beads
  • baseball cap
  • bat
  • bib
  • boot
  • blue, brown, and black play-doh
  • banana
  • broccoli¬†
  • bread (all plastic, by the way..ha)
  • burger
  • buns
  • brush

Letter of the Week: Bb

Here we go again! Some of this we haven’t done yet (it’s Wednesday) but are going to between now and Saturday…

Activities:

  • Bb sensory box
  • Coloring inside and outside a humongous Box
  • dressing up ourselves and Scout the dog with Bb garb (beads, bib, baseball cap, bandana, boots)
  • coloring a sheet with letter Bb and B objects
  • making and coloring a tiny Bb book¬†
  • Butterfly symmetry shapes (he usually stacks the matching shape on top of the same side, but sometimes puts them across to be symmetrical, or comes up with his own pattern)
  • driving our Batman car on Bubble wrap
  • blowing lots of Bubbles on pretty days
  • taking a Bath in Blue water
  • Bouncing Basketballs in a school gymūüôā
  • observing and “checking on” the Bird nest out back (so fun to have seen it go from nothing to nest to eggs to babies to learning to fly–we literally have seen each stage and Liam loves it! ¬†Now that they have learned to fly he still insists on being held up to where they were and says, “Babies? Mama?” HAHA)
  • visiting our sweet friends and Baby Klairey
  • jingling and shaking a Bottle of Buttons and Bells
  • making a Boo Boo Bear (an outline of a bear and sticking cheap band-aids wherever)
  • blue, brown, black “scavenger hunt” around the living room
  • played with the Little People barn/farm set¬†
  • played with the Fisher Price 3-in-1 sports set (baseball/bat, football, basketball)
  • played at our sand table (because there’s sand at the Beach)

We’ve eaten:

  • bratwurst
  • beans (baked, green, and black)
  • blueberries
  • bananas
  • bread
  • butter
  • broccoli
  • bird’s nest (Chow Mein with peanut M&M eggs)
  • burrito
  • burger/bun
  • barbecue (on a Bus)

We’ve read:

  • Pete at the Beach
  • Bugs on the Bus
  • Mickey’s Birthday
  • Boats
  • Birds (by Kevin Henkes)
  • My “B” sound box
  • Little Baseball
  • Big Bird
  • Are You My Mother?
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear…
  • I Kissed the Baby
  • Barnyard Dance
  • The Beeman
  • The Going to Bed Book
  • Bible stories in our Jesus Storybook Bible

We’ve listened to/watched/sang:

  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse “Goofy Baby” episode
  • Sesame Street clips for Letter Bb (the “Beetles” singing “Letter B”-haha)
  • ABC Mouse “The B Song”
  • “The Bounce Song”-on YouTube
  • “Baa Baa Black Sheep”
  • “Goin’ on a Bear Hunt” (He already requests this a dozen times every day:))
  • “The B-I-B-L-E”
  • “Pat the Bible Book”
  • “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
  • “B-I-N-G-O”
  • “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”

Focus Verse:

  • “Believe in Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Liam gets this far when he repeats word-by-word: “Bee. Ih. Jesuh. Bible.” :))

Bb Sensory Box:

  • polar, panda, and brown bears (plastic and finger puppets)
  • blue bowl
  • ball
  • butterfly
  • bird
  • beaver
  • bunny
  • Batman car
  • bubble wrap
  • bottle of buttons
  • bells
  • bandana
  • beads
  • baseball cap
  • bat
  • bib
  • boot
  • blue, brown, and black play-doh
  • banana
  • broccoli¬†
  • bread (all plastic, by the way..ha)
  • burger
  • buns
  • brush

Letter of the Week: Bb

Here we go again! Some of this we haven’t done yet (it’s Wednesday) but are going to between now and Saturday…

Activities:

  • Bb sensory box
  • Coloring inside and outside a humongous Box
  • dressing up ourselves and Scout the dog with Bb garb (beads, bib, baseball cap, bandana, boots)
  • coloring a sheet with letter Bb and B objects
  • making and coloring a tiny Bb book¬†
  • Butterfly symmetry shapes (he usually stacks the matching shape on top of the same side, but sometimes puts them across to be symmetrical, or comes up with his own pattern)
  • driving our Batman car on Bubble wrap
  • blowing lots of Bubbles on pretty days
  • taking a Bath in Blue water
  • Bouncing Basketballs in a school gymūüôā
  • observing and “checking on” the Bird nest out back (so fun to have seen it go from nothing to nest to eggs to babies to learning to fly–we literally have seen each stage and Liam loves it! ¬†Now that they have learned to fly he still insists on being held up to where they were and says, “Babies? Mama?” HAHA)
  • visiting our sweet friends and Baby Klairey
  • jingling and shaking a Bottle of Buttons and Bells
  • making a Boo Boo Bear (an outline of a bear and sticking cheap band-aids wherever)
  • blue, brown, black “scavenger hunt” around the living room
  • played with the Little People barn/farm set¬†
  • played with the Fisher Price 3-in-1 sports set (baseball/bat, football, basketball)
  • played at our sand table (because there’s sand at the Beach)

We’ve eaten:

  • bratwurst
  • beans (baked, green, and black)
  • blueberries
  • bananas
  • bread
  • butter
  • broccoli
  • bird’s nest (Chow Mein with peanut M&M eggs)
  • burrito
  • burger/bun
  • barbecue (on a Bus)

We’ve read:

  • Pete at the Beach
  • Bugs on the Bus
  • Mickey’s Birthday
  • Boats
  • Birds (by Kevin Henkes)
  • My “B” sound box
  • Little Baseball
  • Big Bird
  • Are You My Mother?
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear…
  • I Kissed the Baby
  • Barnyard Dance
  • The Beeman
  • The Going to Bed Book
  • Bible stories in our Jesus Storybook Bible

We’ve listened to/watched/sang:

  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse “Goofy Baby” episode
  • Sesame Street clips for Letter Bb (the “Beetles” singing “Letter B”-haha)
  • ABC Mouse “The B Song”
  • “The Bounce Song”-on YouTube
  • “Baa Baa Black Sheep”
  • “Goin’ on a Bear Hunt” (He already requests this a dozen times every day:))
  • “The B-I-B-L-E”
  • “Pat the Bible Book”
  • “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
  • “B-I-N-G-O”
  • “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”

Focus Verse:

  • “Believe in Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Liam gets this far when he repeats word-by-word: “Bee. Ih. Jesuh. Bible.” :))

Bb Sensory Box:

  • polar, panda, and brown bears (plastic and finger puppets)
  • blue bowl
  • ball
  • butterfly
  • bird
  • Batman car
  • bubble wrap
  • bottle of buttons
  • bells
  • bandana
  • beads
  • baseball cap
  • bat
  • bib
  • boot
  • blue, brown, and black play-doh
  • banana
  • broccoli¬†
  • bread (all plastic, by the way..ha)
  • burger
  • buns
  • brush

Letter of the Week: Tt

Last week, Liam and I started a (very light) Letter of the Week structured play time. ¬†I plan to only do it a few days each week–mainly on weekday mornings during our long block of play time when we need a little break from the monotony, and then incorporate that letter naturally throughout other times (like meal planning or certain errands/trips). ¬†We aren’t going in order because I realized when planning that some letters make the most sense at certain points during the year (like P for pumpkins or A for apples)–so hopefully he doesn’t suddenly get confused about ABC order.ūüôā ¬†Honestly, it sounds more “rigid” than we are making it–he honestly needed some level of new challenge to keep him busy/occupied/less destructive/guessing.ūüôā ¬†He has recognized all his letters for a while, and since we are home most mornings anyway, it’s just been a matter of planning out and looking for what we already have at home and figuring out what we can do with it! ¬†Scott says, “You can take the teacher out of school, but you can’t take the school out of the teacher.” ¬†Ha- he is definitely right about that, although I don’t think I would have survived a room of toddlers–I’ll take teenagers with a good novel.ūüôā So, mainly to chronicle and remember what we’ve done, I thought I could do a short weekly blog post/synopsis. ¬†I figure it’s something we can revisit as often as needed or wanted, since as he gets older we could do different types of activities. ¬†Each week, I am trying to involve all five senses with the letter in some way–I know that will be more difficult with, say… X, Z, etc. ¬†Without further ado, I present the letter…. T!

Why start with T? ¬†Honestly, we knew we were going to Dollywood where we would see and probably ride the TRAIN, and I also knew we would be eating tacos and tortillas…so there is your research-based answer, hehe.

Activities we did with letter T:

  • Tt sensory box (contents listed later–I refuse to buy things for this, so it’s like a big house scavenger hunt)–we got out the items nearly every day, sometimes multiple times a day. ¬†I want Liam to explore the box on his own the first couple times and have loved watching him pick certain things to play with or “invent” new games/activities.
  • Playing¬†trains at the library and B&N
  • Train and tram at Dollywood
  • Listened to and “played” a trumpet–Liam loved clips of one of my former classmates/band members who is way successful and a member of Snarky Puppy. ¬†I gave him an old paper towel roll which he pretended was a trumpet. ¬†Since then, many things have become trumpets…haha!
  • Played with our train blocks (Melissa & Doug toy) and our wind-up tin train
  • Explored the triangle and trapezoid shape cards/activities (tracing with our fingers, identifying and counting shapes, etc.)
  • “Painted” a tooth (that I drew in 5 seconds) with an old toothbrush and toothpaste — HE LOVED this and I had to monitor so he didn’t consume all the toothpaste…hahaha. ¬†He also loved exploring it with his fingers!
  • Played with our tool bench/tool set and tried to match the tools to an outline “puzzle” (again, that I traced in 5 seconds)–he didn’t care much for the matching thing, because clearly it’s more fun to “sawwwww”
  • Matched number magnets (2, 3, 10, 12, 13, 20) to numbers I drew (I taped this sheet to a cookie sheet and he put the magnets either next to or on top of the numbers I’d written)
  • Made a triangle and Tt out of popsicle sticks, spaghetti noodles, and goldfish crackers
  • Built a huge tower of toilet paper, crawled inside to get “trapped,” knocked down the tower nine million times (This coincided with an Amazon Subscribe & Save delivery…hehe)
  • Built many towers with blocks
  • Pretend play with an old telephone (We recently found an old cell phone so we charged it and turned it on some so he could “talk”–hysterical)
  • Made a tissue paper/circle tree (Again, I drew a tree outline in 5 seconds, and had scrap green circles and green tissue paper pieces that he stuck on)

We ate:

  • tacos, tortillas, toast, tomatoes… (obviously not simultaneously) I also found some other times to cut foods into triangles (like a PB sandwich)

We read:

  • Time for Tom (VeggieTales book)
  • Steam Train, Dream Train…
  • The Little Train
  • Little Bear Brushes His Teeth
  • Monkey with a Toolbelt (we pulled out our tools at the same time)
  • Listen to My Trumpet!
  • The Tt Sound Book (we pulled out any matching items from our T box as we read)
  • Look+Find Handy Manny book (we found and matched tools on the pages)

We listened to/sang/watched:

  • Sesame Street Letter Tt clips (One is 5 minutes, the other 2 minutes–love the Plain White T’s in the first one)
  • Curious George episode about time and tools (George has to find the clocks and fix them with his tools)
  • Some clips with trumpets
  • “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”
  • “I’m a Little Teapot”
  • “Brush Your Teeth” (Raffi)

Focus Verse:

  • “Teach me your ways, oh Lord.” (Just trying to choose a verse to focus on and repeat, having him repeat after me, several times each week. I know much of it he won’t “get” yet–but can’t start early enough. ¬†Have to remember that when I first told him this and then had him repeat each word, one at a time, we got to “oh,” and instead of repeating, he said, “P…” so hilarious and adorable.)

Tt Sensory Box:

  • wind-up train, Tonka truck, tomato, triangle, triangle and trapezoid shape cards, turtle, number magnets 2 and 3, telephone, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissue paper, tree, tiger, tools, Letter T foam letter/magnets

Almost 20 months…can’t be!

I AM THE WORST ABOUT UPDATING! ¬†Sorry, not sorry.ūüôā ¬†Sorry, because time really does go way too quickly for my liking, and my little man changes way too fast. ¬†Not sorry, because that means we are spending loads more time together than at a computer screen! ¬†Every month, week, day I feel like Liam becomes more like a little man than a baby, and it kinda makes me sad. ¬†I get over it when I realize how much fun he is and how every day he learns something new AND how every night he sleeps like a rock. ¬†He is one awesome dude. ¬†I’m gonna try to chronicle at least a few highlights and happenings from the last few months–and thankfully I am at least a good photo-documenter! :)¬†

January:

  • started the year with a two-night, three-day mini-vaca in Sevierville. ¬†Headed to Dollywood then stayed at Wilderness at the Smokies, playing at the water park all day (We didn’t even leave to eat, we stayed put! :)) and part of the next day! ¬†Can’t forget our first meal (besides breakfast) of 2014–FAJITAS at Chuy’s in Knoxville. ¬†SO GOOD.
  • loved celebrating sweet Bentley’s third birthday with his Cars/Planes party! ¬†It already seems like so long ago… we miss our neighbor friends so much (more on that later). ¬†Still seems weird that Liam goes to kid birthday parties sometimes, hehe.
  • Liam had a cold/bug of some sort every other day* (*Slight exaggeration…but only slight, unfortunately.)
  • On the 24th, Liam got his first haircut!! ¬†A little trim by Miss Adri- perfect! ¬†She told us after that it would really take off growing, and well…she was right.
  • cheered on friend/former Betsy Band member Justin as his band Snarky Puppy won a GRAMMY!
  • got very involved in an important, dear to us cause–restoration of values and mission/vision at our beloved King College (er…University?). ¬†Lots of controversy happening and began praying, writing letters, sending emails…
  • Liam got more into pretend play–like being a chef, imitating tons of animal sounds, etc.
  • LOTS of snow

February:

  • STOMACH BUG x3–always late/in middle of the night. We even passed it to three of our college students. ¬†WHAT A JOY, said no one ever.
  • celebrated sweet Sara Fox’s 21st birthday
  • “exchanged” Valentines at Valentine story time
  • built Liam’s first snowman and really played in the snow–around V-day, no less (We played in the snow some a couple times before, but this time he seemed to start to “get” it…and eat it… :))
  • HENRY was born on February 13 in a park at TWU! ¬†Still surreal and ever thankful for the health and safety of precious Henry and rock star Janna
  • Dr. Greg Jordan resigned as President of King U; Scott did a local news interview and subsequently stunned Liam (“DA?” On TV?! :))
  • headed off to Asheville overnight to see Snarky Puppy, eat Tupelo Honey, and drink chocolateūüôā
  • began playing outside anytime it was 55+ degrees… Liam really cranked up his obsession for the next door kitty cat (Yikes.)
  • started our 2014 local park/playground tour:)

March:

  • took off counting 1-5, then added 6-10 really quickly–really began at the beginning of March but more consistently March 14 at the park counting the steps he climbed
  • survived another insane race/church/work week with a little boy (and his mama) who missed Daddy considerably
  • decked out in green, whole family headed for $1 pizza on St. Patty’s Day–an unexpected outing:)
  • went to Liam’s 18 month well visit one day after he’d had watery eyes and a drippy nose. Found out he had a sinus infection, then same pediatrician unofficially diagnosed Scott with appendicitis. ¬†Immediately headed across the street to ER–about six-seven hours later Scott was officially appendix-less. ¬†A very rough week or two after this–but soooo blessed it hadn’t ruptured and was caught very early… also was on a Friday afternoon- when Scott was home- and also when my mom was already in JC minutes away and could get Liam….yes, the Lord was in these details!
  • Liam started recognizing several letters

April:

  • dedicated first two weeks to Scott’s recovery!ūüôā
  • enjoyed Grammy and Pappy visiting after Scott’s surgery and again for Easter weekend–headed to Dollywood another day and saw the Property Brothers
  • Liam’s first egg hunt–at story timeūüôā
  • Liam learned/recognized/said all his letters, uppercase and most lowercase
  • loved Easter Sunday–an awesome morning at church, and Liam was fortunate to be with all his grandparents for late lunch at Gigi and Poppy’s. He got way into hunting/dropping eggs especially.
  • scary incident on Wednesday after Easter–Liam had a very sudden fever spike and turned pretty lethargic…after calling our ped (naturally 2 minutes before night clinic closed) we were advised to head to ER. ¬†He wasn’t admitted, and as fever declined he began responding and interacting a little more normally. ¬†Fever lasted most of the next day and we never truly found out the source–probably some rogue virus…nonetheless, a super scary moment. ¬†This mama was/is tired- it’s been a hard couple months.
  • April 28- Baby Klairey Elizabeth was born!! ¬†Luckily Liam had been better for a few days and we were able to visit the next morning!
  • end-of-semester College Life Bible study/cookout at the Fox Den

May:

  • discovered the fun of Kinetic Sand….and very much into the sand and water table, sidewalk chalk, cars, lawnmowers, bubbles, sliding, swinging, and EXPLORING outside! (Did I mention torturing the kitty cat whom Liam affectionally calls “Black”?)
  • awesome Mama’s Day
  • day trip to Dollywood
  • started a (very light) Letter of the Week/home “tot school” kind of thing–picking and choosing according to Liam’s age and interests… had to find some ways to challenge him since he knows all his letters, numbers 1-10 (11-20 are very sporatic, ha),¬†most shapes (square, rectangle, circle, oval, triangle, diamond/rhombus, heart, star, parallelogram, octagon…. yep, doesn’t know hexagon or trapezoid usually–hehe), colors, tons of animal noises
  • Liam’s speech is SO much clearer just in the last couple weeks. ¬†He really has become more of a sponge/parrot/chatterbox this month. ¬†I still sometimes need a translator, but usually we can understand him and it’s so fun to be able to communicate more- like if we ask what he needs or would like and he’s able to respond with an appropriate word… so cool!!¬†

So I definitely can’t wait this long again!! ¬†More details soon, because time really does slip too fast (along with my memory)…ūüôā

Liam-speak

Yet again, I’m posting after such a long time…so sorry, sweet Liam. ¬†We truly have been busy having a BLAST! ¬†I will go back to chronicle some of the most memorable experiences between my last post and now, but let’s start current–with your talking and sound effects! ¬†We really feel like one day, overnight, you are going to be speaking in “normal” English all the time…because you try to imitate pretty much every word, sound, syllable. ¬†I wanted to take time (before any more passes!) to chronicle your words and sounds as of (nearly) 17 months!

Animal Sounds: sheep, seal (“ow ow”- complete with wrists together and fists), cow (your first, I believe…way back in September–probably because of our backyard!), cat, horse, turkey (your new fav- “gob gob gob”), fish (ok, so no sound, but you say “ish” and sign it–I think that counts), gorilla (while beating your chest-HA!), monkey, pig (*snorts*), dog (your least fav. to imitate, which is hilarious since it’s probably the most common), fox (you say “owooo” and wiggle your finger- thanks to the YouTube sensation “What Does the Fox Say?”), elephant (“ah-oooo!” with the arm flailing up like a trunk), bee (buzz), bear (grr), lion (grrr–yes, instead of roar..guess he prefers this? :))…. (to be continued…)

Words: all gone, bye, baby, mama, dad/dada, hot dog (thanks, Mickey Mouse!), shoe, eye, hot, brrrr! (and shivers when something is cold or someone mentions it), Jesus, Bible, air-puh (airplane), vroooom, bubble, baaa (bath), ga-ga (Gigi), awesome (hahaha!), duck, cow, dog, cat (ca’), butterfly, fish, gorilla, ribbit, ball, book, heart, circle, star, all aboard, thank you, yes (yessssss), guh (aka yeah), girl (guhl), boy, a step (because I always say “take a step,” when we go downstairs…ha), go, car, piggy (toes), pig (the animal:)), spider, snow, snowman, ho ho ho, pumpkin (puh puh), egg, wash hands (‘ash han’ – THE CUTEST:)), blue, happy, puh (please//he usually still just signs this), soup, spoon, snack, raisin (suh- suh), hot, Bubba (what he calls Mickey Mouse….yes, this is weird), Kuh-Kuh (Kinsley), Deh-suh (Daisy Duck), banana, apple, George (Guhhh – aka Curious George), hat, Bob (the Tomato), iPad, hi, bird, block, helicopter (heh-cah), animal (anmuh), ow–sometimes it means ouch and sometimes owl (thank goodness for context;)), octopus (ah-puh), zebra, corn, cookie, sock, belly button (beh-buh), bear, up… (To be continued; probably tomorrow I’ll be analyzing him every time he opens his mouth so I don’t forget anything! :))

Some Things Liam Regularly Identifies/points to: body parts: eye, ear, nose, hair, teeth, belly button, toes; shapes: circle, heart, star, triangle, oval/egg, diamond (still confused about rectangle and square); characters: all the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters, Curious George, Bob and Larry (Veggie Tales); most any animalūüôā

Songs: Loves “Twinkle Twinkle” and does twinkle hand motions and makes a diamond with his fingers (“like a diamond in the sky”), signs Jesus in “Jesus Loves Me,” tries to make a crawling spider for “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and sometimes busts out the sun motion above his head, claps hands/pats head/follows whatever directions you give him for “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” grabs his shaky egg for “I Know a Chicken,” starts jumping when you start “Five Little Monkeys” then tries to imitate what the doctor says while shaking his head:), still randomly asks to sing “Jingle” (“Jingle Bells”ūüôā ), grabs individual toes for “This Little Piggy,” tries to dance and imitate some sounds from “What Does the Fox Say,” pats his legs then starts trying to remember other motions from “I’m Goin’ on a Bear Hunt,” finishes lines sometimes: “Up above the world so high, like a¬†(diamond)….” or from a fun, cute book called¬†The Soup Opera, “I can’t eat my (Liam scream souuuuuuu(p)!” and then “Because I have no (‘pooooon!)”

Too smart for his own good, that boy!ūüôā

A baby of many words….

Signs as of 13 months:

  • more
  • all done
  • milk
  • cold
  • hat
  • bird
  • dog
  • cat (kind of;))
  • apple
  • fish
  • shoes
  • car
  • airplane

Things you (try to) say:

  • boooo (balloon)
  • bo (what a ghost says:))
  • mooooo
  • duh (dog)
  • boo (book)
  • buh (bug)
  • buh (bird)
  • baba (baby)
  • dada
  • mama
  • bye/ bye-bye
  • du (duck)
  • pppp (poppy, pappy, puppy)
  • puh (puff)
  • hot
  • hat
  • ttt (light)
  • brrr (when it’s cold!)
  • Bible
  • HOT DOG!
  • oh guh (oh Toodles- clearly, haha)
  • shhh (shoe)
  • sk (sock)
  • up ab’ (up above- from Twinkle, Twinkle!)
  • Bubba (Mickey…yes, he calls Mickey Bubba. ¬†It is what it is, folks!)
  • rrrr (what dinosaurs and tigers say)
  • puh puh (pumpkin)

We may think of more later! ¬†This baby is a chatterbox!!ūüôā

ONE year update!

Better late than never… chasing you keeps us busy for sure! ¬†Here’s your twelve month update, sweet one!

Firsts: Even though you’d taken your first independent steps, just a week or two before you turned one, you really took off FLYING. ¬†We had a feeling that’s how it would go! ¬†You are saying and signing lots more. ¬†Some of the signs that you added between eleven and twelve months were “more,” “cold,” “fish,” “dog,” “ball,” “apple”… I know I’m missing some, but it’s hard when you wait so long to update (Sorry, Liam). ¬†You are very into mimicking and try to repeat sounds and words often. ¬†You still seem to prefer anything starting with the “B” sound. ¬†Maybe it’s because you know your last name (ha!).

You figured out how to climb up to get to the small slide in our backyard, then how to switch and sit on your bottom before you go down. ¬†You’ve gone up the steps for months, but you’re much better at going down them now, too. ¬†You are so quick and into everything that this month, you unrolled toilet paper for the first time, figured out splashing in the toilet is lots of fun, and truly can’t be left alone for a split second–because you’ll climb on to something then STAND up. ¬†OH MY GOODNESS. ¬†You are the equivalent of a cardio workout for my heart, haha.

Of course, you had lots of food firsts, too–but we’ll talk about those later! ¬†We went to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge with you for the first time where we took you to the aquarium. ¬†You pretty much were obsessed with signing fish and saying “shh” at this point, so you really liked it. ¬†You were such a good boy and it was fun to give you a change of scenery for a couple days!

Likes: ANIMALS. ¬†Really, really into pictures, videos, anything of any animal, but especially realistic shots of birds, fish, lions, dogs, cats… You’ve always seemed into them, but you’re really about them now. ¬†You pretty much ignore neighbors walking by just because you’re beelining it to their dogs. ¬†You’re into running laps (makes sense:)), pulling lots out of cabinets and exploring, trying more solids and table food (“mmm,” you say), and playing outside. ¬†Playing outside will be missed this winter for sure!

Dislikes: Like last month and as mentioned earlier, we’ve really had to watch to be sure doors are closed so you don’t get into the toilet water, dangerous cabinets, etc. ¬†We have had many different levels of baby-proofing, haha. ¬†However, we refuse to lock EVERY cabinet because you need to learn what’s off-limits. ¬†Naturally, the DVD player is still enticing and naturally, you still dislike hearing “no.”

Food: I can’t remember every individual new item you tried, but we had to start experimenting with much more solid/table food this month. ¬†One thing I distinctly remember is your first grilled cheese when we took you to Gatlinburg. ¬†You ate between 1/3 – 1/2 a sandwich and loved it. ¬†(That’s my boy, the carbo-loader!) ¬†We have rarely ordered you something out, but you’re enjoying table food, especially during dinners and lunches at home. ¬†Still having four bottles most days at this point although some were in sippy cups.

Sleep: This month, we officially cut you back to ONE nap. ¬†It’s still early according to most people, but it was time. ¬†It wasn’t worth putting either of us through a 45-60 minute fight in the late afternoon. ¬†So now you have one nap that’s usually (hopefully, prayerfully…) a couple hours long. ¬†Getting to bedtime is sometimes tough because of that and this has been a difficult transition- but we also know it’s right.

Measurements and Sizes: You’re wearing size 4 diapers consistently- big boy! 12 month clothing, size 4 shoes… 30.5 inches and 27 lbs. ¬†You look so much like a toddler these days…sigh!

What makes you YOU this month?: This month, you’ve taken the term “explorer” to a whole new level. ¬†No cabinet, surface, door has been untouched. ¬†We’re learning which battles are worth fighting, and you’re learning what’s off-limits. ¬†It’s been such a blast watching you navigate the house completely independently. ¬†Just running and walking from place to place is such a thrill for you – understandably! ¬†This month is the one you were less like a baby and more like a toddler. ¬†But you know what? ¬†I will still call you baby Liam, because you are my baby, and I love you to the moon and back! ¬†Here’s to ONE (which, you point and hold up one finger, by the way)!

In Heaven at Eleven (Months!)

July 21-August 21 went by so quickly, sweet Liam. ¬†How is it that every month goes more quickly than the last? ¬†I’m asking myself how much longer I can call you my BABY because you look more like a toddler every day. ¬†I decided I can call you that any day and year I want, because you’re our precious gift, even if (and when) you’re taller and bigger!ūüôā ¬†From ten to eleven months, you have been very busy, Liam Ball!

Firsts: Where do we begin? ¬†Something mildly significant, like…your first steps?! ¬†You began “side-stepping” and still spend most of your time doing this, especially along the ottoman, couch and loveseat, and dining room bench. ¬†But on August 4, you took your first (few) independent steps. ¬†I was worried you’d do it in the nursery at church that morning–you held off. ¬†Then, we went to a church cookout, and I wondered… well, you held off until we got home! ¬†So glad we were both home with you when it happened! ¬†You really could take off any minute if you were distracted enough, we think. ¬†You FLY when (barely) hanging on to one of us or a piece of furniture, but you’ve figured out crawling is VERY fast… so why walk?!ūüėČ

You met your cousins, Emme and JB, your aunt Janna, and your uncle Ben when they came to visit us for a few days at the end of July. ¬†What fun cousin time you guys had! ¬†JB gave you five a lot, and within a few days of them leaving, you were trying it on your own…haha. ¬†We really wonder if following Emme and JB around sparked the urge for independent steps, since it happened a week later! ¬†We had lots of fun with our family in town. ¬†We rode the train at Steele Creek Park, ate lots of yummy food, played hard, and gave lots of hugs. ¬†We wish we could see them like this EVERY day!!

You have made so many communication milestones this month. ¬†You have been undeniably saying and identifying babies (Ba-ba) since July…but you’ve added some more “tricks” since then. ¬†You point to any and every thing and body. ¬†You started pointing to specific people when asked, like if I say, “Where’s Daddy?”–you’ll point to him in a picture. ¬†You say “Da-Da” all the time, but with lots more purpose than you used to–and you finally say “Mama” more. ¬†You had a span of a few days where you said it nonstop which were pretty much the best days ever. ¬†Don’t worry–we’re back to Dada and the occasional shoutout to the woman who birthed you.ūüėČ ¬†You whisper “Pop” or “Popopop” when we ask about Poppy, Pappy, or see a…yep, you guessed it, Puppy. ¬†Surely context clues are helpful, haha! ¬†You started signing “all done” after meals (and often now initiate signing it when we say “last bite”…and sometimes try to say “ah duh,” hehe). ¬†You say “buh” (bird) and sign it! I noticed you did that one day during Baby Signing Times and then when I pointed it out when we were swinging and playing outside, you did it repeatedly–it’s definitely on purpose! ¬†You did it when we saw planes and helicopters during race week, haha. ¬†I don’t blame you–they’re in the sky, too, which is super confusing…but we’ve cleared up most of that confusion now. ¬†You say “bah” (ball) and get it when we ask you. ¬†You say “boo” (book) and get those, too–you’ve even pointed to a “bah” (ball) in a book and thought the moon in¬†Goodnight Moon was a “bah” also (Again, no shame, because it totally looks like one!). ¬†You try to imitate LOTS of sounds and words. ¬†You wave lots more and often initiate it when people are leaving or when greeting someone (at the library, a restaurant, Daddy going to work, etc.)–in other words, you make many friends, little boy! ¬†You try to say “hi” and play with your phone or “bye”–usually when we’ve hung up with someone or after someone has walked away. ¬†You say “tttt” and point to the lights, “tttt” when we blow on something or sign that it’s hot, “dah” for dog (you try signing it some, too), and, well… “tttt” for cat. ¬†So pretty much anything ending with a “t” gets that sound… but you’re trying! We feel like a communication light switch has been flipped this month.

Speaking of light switch…you’ve always loved lights and fans, but the obsession these days is OUT.OF.CONTROL. ¬†You can now switch lights on and off and are pretty much dangerous!ūüėČ ¬†You regularly point to the switch then look at the light, and repeat this times about a million because you want us turning them on and off constantly.ūüôā

You received a Cozy Coupe (Little Tikes car) that a friend gave us so you’ve been cruisin’ the ‘hood and lovin’ it. ¬†You are especially interested in opening and closing the door and gas cap (and often initiate putting mulch and rocks and other miniscule things into the gas cap…hilarious). You also “shoot hoops” with the 3-in-1 sports center we have. ¬†You can dunk a ball in that thing, and you love dancing and jumping when the music/lights/sound come on after you score a point. (And you’ve figured out if you want it to do those things without actually even putting the ball through the goal, you can trigger it, haha… too smart for your own good!)

Likes: Getting out and about, playing in the water, LIGHTS, feeding yourself, the library, BOOKS, your sippy cup with water, babies… those are some of your favorite things. ¬†It would certainly be easier to make a list of what you don’t like! ¬†You’re Captain Curious, so you’re constantly exploring and figuring out how things work.

Dislikes: This month, we’ve had to take things away from you sometimes–like a phone or remote, the typical off-limits things. ¬†You still hate hearing no and we regularly say, “Obey, obey without delay!” You are very smart and can be very sneaky–but you are also very sensitive to being told no and we are grateful for that. ¬†So, likes–exploring…dislikes–anything forbidden while/after exploring!ūüôā

Eating: Wow, you’ve taken off eating! ¬†You have 3.5 (heh) bottles each day… half goes into your morning oatmeal, then solids and one 6 oz. bottle with lunch, a snack mid-afternoon, solids and 6 oz. milk at dinner, then a final bottle before bed. ¬†This will change tremendously in the next month we know. ¬†Bittersweet, because it’s means you’re growing up–but Mommy’s life will get a teeny bit easier!ūüėČ ¬†You love feeding yourself. ¬†Fruits you’ve had to this point: strawberries, blueberries, watermelon, apricots, pears, peaches, plums, pineapple, cantelope, bananas, apples…do tomatoes count?ūüôā ¬†Veggies: green beans, peas, sweet potatoes, carrots, corn, yellow/acorn/butternut/zucchini squashes, spinach…are there more? ¬†Other stuff: scrambled egg, hard boiled egg, black beans, pinto beans, refried beans, hummus, pita bread, pasta, beef, chicken, pork, rice, olives… I know I’m forgetting lots, but many times you’re eating what we are, or at least a portion of it. ¬†It’s wild to sometimes go out and give you some of what we’ve ordered. ¬†You’re getting so big!

Sleep: You sleep 11-12 hours each night consistently! ¬†Fighting the afternoon nap is becoming more and more common so we are close to experimenting with cutting it out. ¬†It’s too early according to “the books,” but it’s miserable for both of us if you spend a couple hours fighting it… so change is a-comin’, baby.

Measurements and Sizes: You could go to size 4 diapers at any time but we are using the rest of our size 3 first.ūüôā ¬†12 months is the best clothing size, although a few 9 month pieces that ran big still work, too. ¬†Mainly you’re in a size 3 shoe, too… except you can already rock size 4 Toms!

What makes you YOU this month?: We love how you tend to sway back and forth between phases of independence (“reading” by yourself, moving things back and forth and side-to-side in your own little world, cruising downstairs in your walker, etc.) and those of cuddles and needing your mom and dad to stay close. ¬†We love how you love people and make so many people’s days better by “talking” and waving to them or doing something funny. ¬†We love how curious you are and your fascination as you try to decipher how things work. ¬†We love how you give kisses, call most any kid “ba-ba,” point to the “tttt” (lights), and warn us that something is “tttt” (hot). ¬†We love how you notice the smallest things–an army of ants marching under the deck or a herd of cows moving across a field or a butterfly or bird flying through the air…and that’s just while you’re swinging. ¬†We love how you love music and dance and making noise, beating on a mixing bowl, shaking your tambourine and jingle bells, or jumping when music comes on TV or the radio. ¬†You are joy epitomized and we are so grateful for these eleven months with you, Liam.

A (Tardy) Ten Month Update

Baby boy, at ten months old, we were in the heat of summer and gearing up for you to meet your cousins, aunt, and uncle who were coming to visit the very next week!

Between nine and ten months, a lot changed! ¬†Here goes nothing…

Firsts: You quickly moved from climbing the ONE bottom step to ¬†racing up the whole set! That led to another first…the baby gates! We learned quickly that the upstairs hallway was no longer safe sans gates, as well as the fact that you would beeline it for the stairs from the living room and be on the second floor in no time! You were pretty bummed/shocked/fascinated the first time you noticed the gates had foiled your plan…but then hanging on to the gate became a new fascination. We knew any time you’d be taking your first steps. You celebrated the Fourth of July with our “traditional” cookout at Gigi and Poppy’s house with Mommy’s family. You tried a couple new foods that day (mentioned later…) and loved watching your second cousins, Shian and Hunter. ¬†Playing in the pool was a bonus! You spent the night with Gigi and Poppy and had your first “restaurant” food–a plain sweet potato. ¬†What a big boy! ¬†You went to a downtown Bristol event for the first time–we saw the Clydesdale horses and walked around with Rachel and Landon. ¬†It wasn’t a first, but you went to a wedding (your second) of our friends Jayson and Elizabeth. You snacked on strawberries, picked a flower off Mrs. Debbie’s corsage (oops!), and socialized with our table of Discovery friends…you pretty much ate it up.

Likes: You are absolutely a water baby. You love playing in the pool, bath tub, and at the water table. ¬†Every time you get a little braver (and try to drink the pool water…oops). ¬†You love getting out and about, and we sometimes venture out to the park, to a restaurant for lunch, or for errands. Our “Mom and Liam” time is lots of fun! ¬†You really love Fridays when Daddy’s off work and we get to do whatever we want as a family. You’re enjoying the newfound freedom of exploring table foods, too.

Dislikes: You’re starting to get more mobile, which means you’re exploring more, which means you’re finding your way to things we can’t let you have: keys, picture frames, cords, electronics, etc. etc. etc.ūüôā ¬†So, like anyone, you dislike hearing NO…but you’ll be hearing it consistently every time! ¬†Sorry, baby, but it’s more important that you grow up respectful and obedient than we worry about “hurting your feelings.”ūüėČ

Eating: On July 4, you tried a peach for the first time, literally chomping into a peach Gigi handed you and going to town! ¬†You ate 2/3 of a whole peach, devouring every bite. ¬†It was hilarious. ¬†You also tried (and loved) blueberries and pulled pork (your first Ridgewood experience, the same day as uncle Landon…hehe). You “helped yourself” to puffs in your snack cup this month and tried a new flavor, apple cinnamon puffs…mmm. ¬†There’s probably even more that I’m not remembering at the moment.

Sleep: You’re still sleeping with pretty much the same schedule–still 11-12 hours at night, with two naps MOST days. We know these days are numbered and count them blessings, hehe. ¬†When you nap, it usually doesn’t come without a fight because you want to miss NOTHING…but then you crash!ūüôā ¬†You’ve pretty much always been a great sleeper, for which we are sooo incredibly thankful!

Measurements and Sizes: You can still rock some 6-9 or 6-12 months, some 9 month, and some 12 month items. ¬†Sooo… pretty much your closet is a smorgasbord of sizes right now, but that’s fun–lots to choose from! ¬†We haven’t been to the doctor since the last update so we’re not really sure about your weight and height this month. ¬†Still maintaining the size 3 diapers!

What makes you YOU this month? ¬†Another phase and more experience with mobility is changing all our lives very rapidly. ¬†To think that we moved at the end of March and you began sitting independently, then rocking, then crawling, then pulling up, then letting go, then standing independently… WOW! ¬†We know the ten to eleven month window holds a lot of excitement for us.ūüôā ¬†Your sweet spirit and personality soak up any chance we have to get out and about, see and visit with people, etc. ¬†You make us smile and laugh all the time–and you have that effect on lots of people when we get out and about, too. ¬†We love how joyful and full of life you are. ¬†Even though that keeps us on our toes (literally), we wouldn’t trade your personality for anything. ¬†We praise Jesus for your precious life and for making you so uniquely LIAM!