Enjoying the final days of fall, boogying down for Papa Steve’s 60th birthday, and Halloween Fun. A pretty perfect October!
My Crazy Little Man,
I meant to write this three weeks ago, but when I took the monthly pics of you it was such a disaster that I got annoyed with the whole thing and never sat down and wrote the post. Oops. Then I felt guilty that we were so close to 2 years old and I didn’t want to give up on your monthly posts until then, so here goes nothing – just a few weeks late. It’s a good thing your ornery butt is so darn cute.
Your Dad and I keep thinking lately how BIG you’ve gotten. It’s like you’ve totally transitioned from toddler to little kid recently, and even though you’re not talking much, you are just so much more grown up! Your hair is starting to lay down more at times which definitely changes your whole look as well.
Right about 21 months we started trying to transition you to one nap a day, and so far it’s going pretty terribly. Ha! It’s so tough to keep you up in the morning, and then the afternoon nap is only 1.5-2 hours, so you’ve gone from napping 4 hrs/day to less than 2 usually — PLUS you’re getting up between 5-6am in the mornings now. What gives?? If we let you nap in the morning though, you’ll boycott the afternoon nap and be a wreck all late afternoon/evening. We just don’t know what the answer is, but I sure hope you start sleeping more soon.
You’re definitely challenging lately, but that doesn’t mean you’re not really fun as well! You crack yourself up, you spend your days running around & climbing everything like a mad man, and you and your sister have a TON of fun together.
You are still a total mama’s boy who loves to cuddle with me on the couch, but at night you’ve started to prefer your Dad tucking you in instead of me, which is pretty darn cool. Usually I’ll tuck your sister in while Daddy tucks you in, we switch places to say I love you, and then we both walk out. Sometimes you two will talk and giggle for awhile, and sometimes you’ll both go right to sleep. I have to say that I really love having you two share a room. You two are the best of buds. <3
We love you so much little man – it’s crazy how quickly life is flying by as a family of 4!
Love, Mom, Dad, & Stella
Halloween felt like a bit of a whirlwind this year, but it was super fun! Just a few days before the weekend we finally got a chance to carve / paint pumpkins with the kiddos and they totally loved it! Harvey maybe painted on himself as much as the pumpkin, but that’s how things go sometimes. :)
The holiday itself happened to be on a Saturday this year, so it was really nice to not have to worry about school or work the next day. Charlie and I decided to dress up as well, so we started out the night with a kid-friendly party at a friend’s house, and Uncle Tom even made an appearance since he was part of the Dumb & Dumber ensemble. :)
After a bit of pre-party, we headed out on the town with the kids and Charlie’s parents. OH MAN did the kids love trick-or-treating this year. Stella totally understands what’s going on, and Harvey picked it up pretty darn quickly that he could get a new sucker at EVERY.SINGLE.HOUSE and that Nana would open it for him every time. I think he got up to quadruple-fisting suckers at one point! LOL
When we got back to our friend’s house, we hung out for awhile more while Nana & Papa brought our kids back to our house. It is so dang nice to have family members around who love our kids as much as we do and who can help us out when Mom & Dad need a date night. :)
After a couple drinks with friends at the house, we headed out to the first party of the night. Our favorite local restaurant had a big fundraiser & live band, and man did we have fun!
There was lots of fun and dancing and drinking (and Steve won the $150 grand prize for a free tattoo!), and at the end of that celebration, we headed over to another venue in town that also had a live band. Yep, we live in a town of 1,000 people, and there were two spots with live music that night. I love it here. Char even found his doppelganger!
All in all, it was a really fantastic holiday season and night with both family and friends. As I write this we have been watching the snowflakes fly all night – how the seasons turn!
There is a fantastic pumpkin farm about one half hour from here, and we finally made it up there this morning. Last year we went up there almost a month earlier in the season, so there definitely weren’t as many pumpkins left this time around, but it was beautiful weather for the adventure, and the kids had a blast running around like crazy. We did a hay rack ride around the ranch, went down the “rabbit hole” (a slide), did the hay bale maze, played in the corn sandbox, checked out the animals, climbed up the hay bale stack, and picked out a couple of pumpkins. It was such a fun day!
Well, I forgot to take much for video this month, but there are a few cute clips!
You continue to get taller and more coordinated and fun and challenging every month. :) I keep hoping this is the month your verbal skills will take off, but so far you’re pretty content with just a few words in your vocabulary. I’m guessing you’ll be like your Auntie Augusta and just start speaking in full sentences some day, but it’s definitely frustrating to have you refuse to talk when I’ve heard you bust out random words before and know that you’re just being stubborn! Your tantrums can get pretty epic when you can’t use your words to tell us why you’re mad – ha!
Even though you don’t talk much, you are good at getting your opinions across. You are also great at identifying thing – sunglasses, cell phones, vehicles, beers – you name it, you can identify everyone’s things on sight and won’t rest until we are holding them or acknowledging, “YES, Harvey, that’s Mama’s car.” :) You’re great at opening & closing EVERYTHING (doors, cabients, latches, etc), and you’re also big time into mimicking us right now, so even though you won’t necessarily sit in our laps and pay attention to a book anymore (I sure hope that changes soon!), you love to go grab your own book and lay down next to your Dad and pretend to read one just like him. I love how much you love him!
- Mama (or Mommy)
- Dada (or Daddy)
- Mimi (Stella)
- Hatty (Tom)
- Gah(k) – means Jack, dog, Chief, etc.
- Happy happy happy (always sung!)
- Oreo (Nana’s cat)
- bubba (bubbles)
- ba (balloon)
One of the most fun activities we did this past month was take you on your first big hike! We did a smaller one before, but this one was 4 miles one way with some serious elevation game. You hung in there really well until the final mile – it was so fun to do something active like that together!
Your four eye teeth have been coming in for over a month now, but they’re finally erupted through for the most part, though they aren’t fully in. I’m so tired of you struggling with your darn teeth! At least you’re still a total ham and you love to give the biggest smiles!
A few monthly stats:
- Height: not sure
- Weight: not sure
- Size 4 diapers / Size 18m-2T clothes / Size 6 shoes
- Sleep: Two naps, though I think we are switching to one soon. Usually it’s 9-10:30 and 1:30-2:30 right now, plus nighttime sleep from about 7:30pm-7am.
- Food: You love hot dogs, berries of any kind, eggs cooked any way, and a few miscellaneous other things. You’ve also discovered that you LOVE to dip food, so we unfortunately added ketchup into your diet because it increases the variety of what you’ll eat by so much.
- Teeth: 16
Probably my favorite part of watching you grow up is watching your relationship grow with your sister. Your favorite game to play together lately is to stand 10-20′ apart and then she will open her arms wide and you will run as fast as you can into them. You’ll give each other a big hug, laugh hysterically, and repeat. It’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I really hope to get it on camera some day. Just a few days ago your big sister started school, and I’m very curious how that will affect your relationship moving forward. It will the first time in your life you haven’t spent nearly all day every day together!
We have had such an awesome summer together as a family of 4 – it will be fun to see how our routines and time together change with your big sister being in school and you getting more one-on-one time with your nanny, Nana, and me.
Love you so much little man!
Love Mom, Dad, and Stella