Arlo and I took a lunch time break to get some fresh air this afternoon and then again to wait for Dad to get home in the evening, where we discovered the mini beach that has appeared in our driveway. Arlo has never been a fan of getting dirty outside, but today… we learned we can just brush sand off of our hands and it’s “all gone”! So, then he really had some fun in it that resulted in needing a bath before dinner tonight!! :)
Typically my little cutie pie is pretty easy going, and of course I always capture his cute happy side in photos, but recently Arlo has been starting to throw some serious tantrums, it hasn’t been fun. It seems to be especially when in his chair at the table and decides he is done or in a chair at a restaurant, or sitting in the grocery cart for longer than he would like, or in his car seat, basically he doesn’t like to be in one place for long and will let you know it. He is so physically strong, strong willed and high tempered, it is required to strap him in to his high chair because he will lean and pull and stand up, if not and I fear he will fall on his head one of these days. When he starts a fit in my arms I feel at times I might drop him he will push off and lean and arch and I must put him down and then he is even more upset that I put him down even though he didn’t seem to want to be held.
Plus he is getting new teeth (molars) in so that adds to the fun especially at teeth brushing time. It can be frustrating watching him express his frustrations like this. And I know he doesn’t have the verbal capacity to express what he wants and how he feels and I am trying to have as much patience with him as possible, but it isn’t always easy.
Then after having a bit of a rough morning today, he comes over to me while I am at my computer and reach down and I say to him “Hi, Arlo.” and he says “Hi, Mum” right back and my heart just about burst to hear it! (Of course he wont say it a second time and simply smiles knowingly when I asked.) :)
He has been playing with saying mumm mumma etc. lately, but not really in the right context and still says dada or ada when i ask him to say “mumma” directly, always with a smile like he is playing a cute game. And though he was saying “all done” a while ago it seems he has abandoned that for the aforementioned tantrum acts. Miss Amanda at daycare told me he said “cheese” when she was getting him some for snack last week too. He hasn’t said too many real “words” yet even though he has been very vocal and so to hear “Hi, Mum” today after I said “Hi, Arlo” was simply amazing. And definitely made my day, even if it will most likely contain a struggle or two or three to come later, I will hang on to the excitement that those two little words brought me, for as long as I can.
Yesterday it really felt like it was finally here, the sun was shining and the air was warm. We did some outdoor things in the yard like raking, hanging up a new swing for Arlo, fixing up our bikes getting them all ready to ride (we still need to get Arlo a helmet this week before we really go anywhere but we let him test out his new ride in the yard), we even got our fire permit for the year and had our first fire in the pit, ate hot dogs and ‘smores and all was good in the world again! Bring on more warm weather!
I still can’t believe that I have a one year old! It seems like yesterday I was holding you in my arms for the first time. What a magical moment, one that I will never forget and that has changed me forever. And you just keep on changing too!
You’re communications skills have started to improved so much in the last couple of months. You shake your head no and yes and use the sign for milk a lot which is most of the time for milk, but sometimes it is also for more, or that you need something, or even a backwards wave hello/goodbye. You say “DaDa” all the time… still workin’ on “MaMa” but I have heard it here and there. You also say “all done” when we ask if you are all done after you are eating and other things. And of course you clap your hands all the time. :) yay! so cute.
You play very well with your blocks and you love taking lids and covers off of things and putting them back on. You can get frustrated sometimes though with this game. You are a little bit of a perfectionist already I think, and very determined and focused on your task at hand, and most of the time you do NOT like it when I try to help.
We also play pass with a ball back and forth and it’s really fun, you like to play peek-a-boo too!
You also like to pull things out, like clothes from drawers, tissues from boxes haha.
You are cruising along with that new push behind toy, you are all over the house! Just this past week you are standing up on your own in the middle of the room. :) I get so proud of you and you get so excited and proud of yourself too I think. It wont be long before you are confident enough to do it all on your own and then mommy will have to really chase you! :)
You climb up and down and up and down on things like bags of pellets and even your diaper box!
We took you to the mall a few weekends ago to play in the little play area with the other kids and you had a ball. You liked going down the little slide and through the tunnels once you got brave enough to do it and discover how fun it was. :)
Ever since winter began you like to lay down in your tub on your tummy, (probably to keep warmest). It’s very cute and you like to kick your feet and splash and you are practicing your blowing bubbles better now too!
You are doing so well at daycare, she even has you napping on the floor now instead of the crib, just like the other big kids! Wow! We are so lucky to have such a great place for you to play and grow and experience time away from us and the house.
You have the best personality so loving and affectionate, cautious, gentle, sweet and happy. I love how funny you think you are. You are so silly and you laugh at yourself and your silly mama all the time. :)
You love your sunglasses and putting things on your head (or trying) it is so funny how happy it makes you to put them on just to take them back off a couple of seconds later. :) This winter seems like it will never end, but I think you are as excited for it to be sunglasses weather as I am!
We are having a bit of a hard time trying to transition you away from bottles. It’s time to start using your sippy cups more and you are very stubborn stinker. You will drink water from your sippy cup fine but if you put milk in… eh not so much…
Practicing with your utensils is messy business but fun and you really enjoy it, so much so that you forget to eat and mostly want to play so we always make sure to have a back up set so we can feed you and make sure you get what you need too! :)
This week we went to Manchester to take my car to the shop and we stopped in at the Airport Diner for some breakfast. You immediately had your eye on the balloons they had by the door, when we left and you got to have one of your own to take home, you were so so happy. You played with it all day long! You certainly love balloons and it makes made me so happy to see you having so much fun with it.
You are growing up so fast, even driving daddy’s truck already! :)
I think we might start with something a little more your size. Something more like this might do for now I think buddy. :)
I look forward to all the many exciting things to come, walking, talking and fun in the sun, if spring ever comes. :) I love you so much little one.
Bri and I played a little hookey on Thurs. It was a gorgeous day and we threw the idea out there to go to Manchester and do a little skiing while Arlo was at daycare. So, an hour later we had all our gear packed up and we went for it! :) Brian had not skied in 30 years! hehe So he was really learning all over again. It took him a couple runs to get confident and then we were good to go! :) On to bigger mountains next year we hope! It was so nice to spend some fun alone time together. We definitely needed it.
After skiing went home did a little work, changed, picked Arlo up and headed back over to Bedford to watch Isabelle sing in her chorus concert. She was in a Trio! They did so good and we were very proud of her. Arlo enjoyed all the music and clapped for everyone so well! :)
We only had the kiddos for a short weekend visit because they are heading to Puerto Rico tomorrow morning with their mom for February Vacation. Lucky Duckies. We had our own warm spell today and decided to get out for a while and take a walk and play with some great snowball snow.
And we also checked out Dad’s new truck we inherited from his Grandpa Dewey that made it’s way over from AZ to us this week. Arlo really enjoyed playing around in the back. :)
What a great little Sunday we had this weekend. We just got another round of fresh snow on Saturday night and Sunday greeted us with sunshine and balmy 30 degree weather! :) So we took advantage and went out in the morning and did a little family snowshoeing and playing in the snow.
That’s better! :)
Even Rufus snuck out for some snowy fun! :)
Then in the afternoon we took Arlo over to Chuck-E-Cheese to play a little and get some pizza for a late lunch. He really enjoyed the pizza and had a lot of fun on the little slide and rides and games too. :)
First ride on the carousel! :)
It was a great way to welcome Brian back from his work trip last week. We are happy he is home. xoxo
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!
Brian is on his way home from California today and we are hoping he makes it fine and dandy by tonight. Though he will have a driveway full of snow to clear off when he arrives unfortunately. :(
Arlo is off to Daycare today, we switched days because of the storm yesterday. Earlier this week we made a special Valentines Card for Miss Amanda and we are excited to bring it to her with a little chocolate treat too.
This morning I made Arlo a special Strawberry Banana Oatmeal breakfast, then we got dressed in our Valentine’s Day Outfit. (thanks for the shirt mom/grammy) :)
Then momma strapped on her snowshoes and we trekked over to Daycare! :)
We made it with no major problems thankfully, and then when I went to get the mail… before heading in I fell backwards… don’t worry I saved the mail! :)
And why yes, that is Duck Tape on our mailbox post, because yes, the snow plow broke it earlier this year and we can’t really do much more about it until spring. So Duck Tape it is! We keep things classy over here. :)