Sunday, June 15, 2014

Grayson - 18 months (er, 19 months!)

Whoops! I have been a lil' absent from the blog lately. Sorry about that.

(Photo, and end photos, by Heidi Clark Photography.)

Grayson is now 19 months old! We went away to Nebraska this past spring and Grayson came back a CHANGED. DUDE. He said five new words on that trip, and transformed into what can only be described as "personality PLUS". He started to "ham it up" a little more, communicate a little more, and just basically do everything MORE. It was wonderful to watch him grow so much in such a short time.

Size-wise he's still big for his age, but his growth has finally slowed down a bit! At his 18-month check-up he weighed in at 27 lbs., 11 ounces, and is 32.75 inches tall. He's wearing 24-month clothes, and he's actually been in them for awhile now without growing right out of them! ;) He's got 7 teeth, and his molars are also inching in verrrrrry slowly. I have started cutting his hair and he has done really well for me, so we will likely continue to do that.

He still eats really well, although he's much pickier than he's ever been! He loves broccoli, eggs, applesauce, and PB&J. His favorite treat is sweet tea, and he's a little drink theif! He always steals my tea or my mom's tea (or any cup other than his, really.) He will come up to you very sweetly and shyly, smile, and say "Cup?" It's so darn cute, you HAVE to give in. ;) He also has recently discovered how much he loves ice cream. I asked him today if he wanted some ice cream and I THINK he said "OH BOY! CREAM!" And then he went to his booster seat at the table and cried until I scooped him some! :)

Gray LOVES to play outside. He will drive around in his Cozy Coupe, try to blow (eat) bubbles, or just runnnnnnnnnnn up and down the sidewalk. He loves watching cars that go by, and playing in the road. He also loves the sandbox, and has recently learned to climb to the top of the slide! We have played in the baby pool a few times as well too. BUT - by far, Gray's favorite outdoor activity is . . . jumping in mud puddles after it rains! He walks by his boots sometimes, just to touch them and say "STOMP!" He. Just. LOVES. IT!! He and his sister both. ;) You can almost always find us out in the road getting wet and filthy after a good rain.

Indoor play for Grayson consists mostly of him driving cars, trucks, tractors, and trains on our table bench seat. The other day I wrote this about his "collection":
Each day he goes and finds them all, lines them up on the bench - where he can drive them at his eye-level. Eventually I put them away. Not long after I always hear the sound of feet thumping up and down my hallway as he races back to his room to dig them out and bring them back to his spot again. We go back and forth. Tonight this collection (of cars) reminds me of just who Grayson is at this age: smart, focused, determined, stubborn, and sweet. ... I'm leaving them here.

He also loves books! When it gets quiet around here, I know it's probably because he's just sitting and looking at books. His current favorite is "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" - this version has different animal sounds he can make. And I love to watch him do it! :) Nora is currently learning to read so he sometimes will let her read to him.

Gray is really shy, but he has recently started talking a lot. He can say lots of animal sounds, and says words like: shoes, down, up, bye bye, hey, roar, duck, ball, cup, look, car, truck, etc. He recently learned to sing "Let It Go", which is about the cutest thing EVER! And he LOVES LETTERS. We started watching "Super Why!" so he could learn his letters, and he took to it right away. He knows G, O, H, and S, and loves to guess at the others. He likes to watch Super Why, but also likes Paw Patrol and Thomas the Train. His communication has just improved a LOT lately. He actually communicated to me that he wanted to go "out" the other other day, by saying it and pointing outside, so that was really exciting. Also, last month he learned to say and sign "please", which I was ECSTATIC about! We worked hard on that one.

To finish up this long post, here are our most recent family photos. They turned out great! I will update more with what's new with us tomorrow (I hope!)

Until next time! . . .

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