Friday, November 16, 2012

Fear of Heights

"Maximus, I may or may not have admitted this to you before...But, I'm afraid of heights."

 "Oh, Kooky. You shouldn't be afraid of that. You're a chicken and that's like a bird, right? So, you should be able to fly."

"If I could give you one piece of advice Kooky, I'd tell you this: FACE YOUR FEARS!"

"So, what should I do, Maximus?"

"Let me think about that for a minute, Kooky. I'll figure out something."

"Kooky!!! I've got it! I know JUST the thing that's going to help you."

"Ummmm...Maximus??? What are you doing?"

Kooky, I've said it once, and I'll say it a hundred times more...Trust Me! Do you see up above?"

Yesssss...I saw what's above and I don't like where this is going!!!"

Kooky...there's only one way that you can conquer this fear of heights."

"Come on, let's get up!"

"I can't believe I'm listening to you, Maximus."

"This won't take long, Kooky. On the count of three, you'll have a different perspective on things.



"M-A-X-I-M-U-S!!! What are you trying to do to Meeeeeee?"

Kooky...I'm going to walk you through this. Listen to me. I want you to swing slowly from each hanging ball until you get to the other side."


"You DID it!"

"Maximus!!! I want down!!! NOW!!!"

"Hold on, Kooky. Wait for me. I'll help you down."

"Okay, you can let go."

"I'm so dizzy right now. I can't even see straight!"

"Whoo hoo! Way to go, Kooky!"

Maximus...I don't ever, ever, EVVVVVV-ER want to do that AGAIN!!!"
"Oh, Kooky...I KNOW you'll thank me someday!"
Happy day!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jingle Bells

For the last several days, M and I have been stomping, marching, dancing and shaking jingle bells, as we listen to Christmas music.

He seems to enjoy it about as much as I do. I'm glad, because, Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year!
How about you?

Here he is with his bazooka kazoo, while I'm trying to capture a picture of the two of us.

Happy day!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bird Food

I turned M's chair around today, so he could rock and look out the window.
Earlier I made some fresh nectar for the hummingbird feeder and prayed for the birdies to return. As you can see, my prayer was answered!
After Maximus' afternoon nap, he enjoyed a snack in his chair and watched as a hummingbird flew back and forth for a drink from the feeder. M held out his arm with food in hand, and said, "eat" as if he was offering his z-bar to the bird.
And now he's saying to all of you, "Eat chocolate." haha...Truth is, he just wants the camera.
The past few days we've been hanging out at home. Rob was sick in bed this weekend, and Maximus is getting over his cold.
Both boys seem to be doing better.
I hope all of you are staying well...
Have a good week!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Indoor Playground

Happy Friday. I wanted to thank you for reading my last post. It was a loooong one, but I always appreciate your interest, comments & emails.
I mentioned about the play park that M and I went to recently. We've gone a couple times now. These photos are from our first visit. He was so excited to roam free in a big gym full of toys and I enjoyed watching him take it all in.

When we arrived, we had the place to ourselves for the first half hour or so...
He loved to push and pull the wagons, cars...
and THIS shopping cart!
The kitchen set, was a big hit as well.
As much as he likes to climb at home, the ladder and tunnels did not interest him on either visit.
Beep Beep...
Don't get fooled by the absence of a smile in these photos. He had FUN! And sometimes FUN is SERIOUS business!

He played hard!
I will leave you with this short video of him jumping on the mini trampoline. Notice the girl watching in the background. It almost appears like M is showing off for her. Uh oh...

Happy weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

21 Months

You are 21 months old today!!!
Here's what you've been saying:
I do, room, look, whack, home, bible, eat, wet

whoops, wow, whoa, wow wee. (You are very expressive at times and use these words in the right context).

mower = more

wah = wall

bee lup = clean up

bee-low = pillow

bok = book (you oftentimes do say "book" though)

bok also refers to a box.

"but" & "butt" - It appears you know the difference between these two words. How in the world did you figure this out? It's not like we go around saying "butt" all the time. Apparently you heard it from us a few times and it stuck. OOPS!

goo = screw. You like to point out the screws in the outlets and around the house.

LaLa = Grandma LaLa

key-co = cookies

bog = bug. You like to point out bugs you see on the outside of a window. Usually you grab something like a blanket or toy and try to get it. Or you'll say, "Papa," because he usually gets rid of spiders and bugs for us.

doe doe = Joe's O's (cereal)

wah kee go = ??? You have been saying this for a while now, like when you want to rock. We weren't sure what it meant; but today, when you and I were going upstairs, I said, "up we go" and you responded, "wah kee go." So that must be what you mean when we say that or "here you go," or "here we go," etc.

hook - You like to put hangers and toys with rings on the hook we use for the baby gate.

bang-go = mango or bongo. You say this for bongos and because of the packets of food you eat. One of them has mango in it so you refer all of them as "magno" or "back" for packet.

gak gak gak gak = duck sound

hope = help. You ask to "hope" us at pouring water or cereal.

hag = hug

boke = broke

at = out

ee-la = olive. You go nuts over olives and like any other kid I've met, you like to put them on your fingers.

die = dive. You love to do this on the bed and couch.

boom bah = a silly thing Papa has taught you to say.

You recognize the letters "M" & "O" and sometimes "B" as well.

When you see a picture of yourself, you've been saying, "you."

One of your favorite places to eat/snack is by your big moose. You'll say, "Moo Moo?" (questioning and pointing). This happens even when we're not at home.

I have been starting to teach you sign language and you've picked up a few words. You are good at signing please, eat, more, & stars.

You continue to say Caw-co (Costco) all the time, even when we are shopping at places such as Target. You usually recognize and say "Lo" (Lowe's) when we pass by that store. That's interesting, because we don't shop there THAT often.

Your favorite blankies you call "one." I think this may have come from us telling you that you can have one blanket when you are getting into your dresser drawer, since you like to pull out multiples.

My hairbrush is very fascinating to you and you like to help me brush my hair.

Some of your favorite things to do are push and pull toys. You'll take your V-Tech train by the handles and walk around the kitchen. You also like pushing your Fisher Price lawn mower. In addition, you take things out of boxes or drawers and have fun putting them back. Sometimes we have to work on the "putting back" of things.

You enjoy the circulars we get in the mail. The last couple of times, you and I will sit on the couch and look through the ads. You like to point out interesting or familiar objects. At times I watch you and you truly appear to be studying and soaking up the information, like you are reading it. It's quite entertaining.

Maximus, you love to explore and figure out how things work...if something has a light, makes sound, has a button or any mechanical side to it, you're interested. Just like one of the plug ins for our TV. A few weeks ago, you unplugged it. I told you that "Papa is NOT going to be happy about that!" (I guess it can mess up the settings when you pull the plug, not to mention the danger of electrical outlets)., you point at the TV cord and say, "happy" in the most angelic voice. haha!

Over the past few weeks, you have been waking up early in the mornings again...between 5:00 - 6:00 am and sometimes earlier. Your naps have subsequently been earlier in the day. You'll go down between 12:30 and 1:00 pm and the past few days you have been sleeping 2 - 3 hours. Normally you sleep about 1 1/2 hours.

We were signed up for swimming this session, but they had to cancel our class after 2 lessons, because there weren't enough people in the class. I was so sad about it and when I told you about the whole ordeal, I must have said, "waaaah..." like a baby crying. So now, every time I bring this up again, you say, "waaaah."

Today we went to your first tumbling class. It's designed for 2+ year old children. You didn't care for the class. That's okay. There were a lot of kids and grown ups and it can be a little overwhelming. You're much happier if you can roam free (walk) and explore the things you want to. One of the Teachers was very nice and said that we don't have to do all of the group activities. You did enjoy the mini trampoline and walking on the balance beam with my help. We'll try the class again and see how it goes.

Other than that, we stay busy with other activities such as story time and music class at the library. Again, you're a little shy in group settings, but when it comes to doing your own thing, you're quite determined and independent. We also found a fun indoor playground that we've been to a couple of times. I will share more of that in another post.

Your Papa and you continue to have fun together. One of your favorite things things to do is play ball with him. You toss the ball from upstairs behind the baby gate to the bottom where Papa stands. When Papa throws the ball back to you, you'll run as fast as can be to chase down the ball. Papa has also taught you how to bounce the ball up and down, keeping it in the air and you enjoy practicing that.

Lately you've been doing a lot of pretending/role playing. You will drag your yo-yo around the kitchen saying, "dah dah" (doggie) like you're walking a dog. You also like to give your teddy bear food and water that you're eating. So cute!

During playtime with other children, you have become really good at sharing. Even when someone takes a toy from you, you don't throw a fuss. That's not to say that you never scream and cry when WE take something from you. Oh yes, there are tears and tantrums sometimes. But overall you are well mannered!

At mealtime, you've become quite interested in dipping your food into ketchup, sour cream, dressing or whatever "sauce" we are using. If we are having french fries you like to dip the fries and continue to dipping and eating without taking a bite of the fry. We have to remind you and encourage you to take a bite, instead of just eating the dip. Other times, you'll get so excited about dipping that you'll even dip things like blueberries into sour cream.
You've had a bit of a cold the past few days. The usual cold symptoms - runny nose and sneezing and coughing. It's very unusual for you to get sick. In fact, this is the 2nd time you've EVER been sick. We are so thankful for your good immune system! Even though you're under the weather, you're still in a good mood and it doesn't seem to be slowing you down too much; although, tonight you seemed especially exhausted. We'll be taking it easy for the next couple of days.

One of the things that I enjoy most is our night time routine...rocking you in the chair, reading to you, singing, praying and just holding you. It makes all of the troubles of the day just melt away. HEAVEN!

Maximus...Your Papa & I love you SO much! You are such a sweet boy! Always stay that way.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Welcome Sydney!

Remember how I mentioned that Rob's niece was pregnant? Well, her beautiful baby girl, Sydney arrived last Saturday. That makes Rob and me a great uncle & aunt.

We got to see the new addition on Sunday and it was so fun holding a baby again! She is ADORABLE!!!

I figured you'd probably like to see some photos, but I've been really busy this week. I also wanted to wait and get the "okay" before I posted these.

Well, Mama Roni said it was okay. (That's Rob's niece). Her name is Veronica, but we call her Roni for short. Last week when I was talking about Roni to Maximus, he kept saying "Roni," in the sweetest voice., without further ado, here you go!

Isn't she precious?

The proud parents getting ready to take Sydney home.


She has to be about the cutest kitty cat I've ever seen. Agree?

I HAD to include this photo. Silly Maximus...Always grabbing for the camera.
Well, there you have it. I'm sure you'll be seeing more of these two cousins in the future.
 Congratulations to this sweet little family!!!