Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I took the kids to Chuck E Cheese tonight. I had a coupon that bought us 100 tokens for fifteen dollars. We were there for almost two hours, and we only went through half of our tokens! Pretty good deal in my book. Both boys had a blast. I took Grayson out of the stroller to play a few games, but he had the most fun "counting" tokens and tickets. It was pretty cute to see. Enjoy the pictures!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Recently, he has begun to say two and three word sentences. His verbal growth has made it a lot easier for him to express his desires, and he is not shy about doing so:) I hear "want this" or "get this" as he points to something he wishes to have in his hands. "All done" is spoken at the dinner table, along with banana, juice, milk, cheese, chicken, apple, snack (fruit snack), and bar (nutri-grain bar). I am quite proud of his ability to say please and thank you, and I love hearing him say "brudder" (brother) and "grikkin" (Griffin). Both boys share a room now, and most nights Grayson gets sad when he must go to bed by himself. I regularly find him standing in his crib, as he points to Griffin's bed and says, "Where's Grikkin?" He sometimes even shouts across the room when he wakes up, "Griffin, Up!" My favorite thing to watch is when he covers his eyes with his hands and says "Where Grayson Go?" Seconds later he will take his hands away and say, "There is!" He then wants us to do the same.
This boy does not lack energy. He is now strong enough to take the cushions off our couch, and he loves to bounce from the couch to the floor. His favorite activity as of late is to slide down the stairs holding a kickboard. While some might disagree with letting their children do this, I am of the opinion that boys need to explore their surroundings and learn how to handle their bodies. And boy, does Grayson explore!!!
In one month, the so-called terrible two's will enter our household. We will be celebrating by using up some energy at Pump it Up!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Despite the fact that he is not quite two years old, he is already trying to creatively get out of punishments. Here are a few examples:
- Me: Grayson, TIME OUT! We do not hit our brothers. (walk him over to corner)
- Grayson: Cow says, "Moooo!"
- Me: Grayson, TIME OUT! We do not spit out our milk. (walk him over to corner)
- Grayson: Eat chicken?
Now, this might sound strange to you. But here's what is happening. Because Grayson was a little behind in his speech, we are constantly praising him for speaking or remembering phrases. Same with food. We have to go overboard with excitement when he eats a new food or eats a normal amount. He knows that we get excited when he does either one of those things. So, what does he do with that knowledge? He tries to distract us from our frustration over his behavior and avert our attention to the positive things. Yep. Genius at two.