December Baby – 23 months

Little guy,

I know I say this every month, but it’s crazy how fast this year has gone. I came across a photo from last Halloween the other day, and you have grown up so much since then! You are louder, and into EVERYTHING! You and your big brother love to play together (as long as neither one of you is touching the other’s toys…”MINE!”)

Earlier this month, you started sitting on the potty (all on your own), so it was time to say goodbye to our cloth diapers. Though potty training is a lot of work, I’m not terribly sad about leaving the diaper phase behind. hahaha

You’re such a big boy now, and I’m excited for your second birthday!

Love you lots and lots!
~ Mommy

23 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can make a tower of four bricks – Yes
  • Can name a simple picture in a book – Yep
  • Can use 50 single words – Almost

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Can make two or three word sentences – “I go!”
  • Can sing simple tunes – Not yet
  • Takes more of an interest in playing with other children – Not really

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Talks about self (likes, dislikes) – Nope
  • Asks “Why?” – Not yet

December Baby – 22 months

Hey, little guy!

I can’t believe in 2 months, you will be TWO years old! Your new favorite word is “mine!”, and the tantrums are starting. Fun times!

Aside from those moments, you are so cute! You climb EVERYTHING, and you love to explore. We went to see Curious George (still your favorite) at a local daycare, and you preferred checking out all the cool toys in the classrooms to doing any of the scheduled activites. lol We also went on a family beach trip, and you had a blast playing in the ocean!

I love you so much!

– Mommy

22 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can kick a ball forward – He can, but he’s much better at throwing.
  • Follows two-step requests (get your doll and bring it here) – Yes
  • Imitates others’ behavior – Definitely

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Can do simple puzzles – Yes
  • Can draw a straight line – Not really
  • Can identify several body parts – We’re working on it

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Can put on clothing – Not yet
  • Might be ready for a big bed – No way! He’s staying in the crib where he can’t destroy things! lol
  • Understands opposites (tall and short) – Nope

December Baby – 21 months

Little Man –

This is such a fun age! Every day you are learning new things. You’re not as verbal as your older brother was at this age, but you understand a lot, and you follow directions really well. You love to sweep and open the dishwasher (usually in the middle of a cycle). You will now show me something and say “See?” and when you want to go outside, you’ll bring me your shoes (or my shoes) and say “I go go!”

I love you so much!

~ Mommy

21 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Can walk up steps- Yes
  • Enjoys helping around the house – Yes, especially sweeping
  • Can set simple goals (e.g. deciding to put a toy in a certain place) – Yep

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Can throw a ball overhand – Been there, done that!
  • Can kick a ball forward – Yes
  • Can make building brick towers/stack blocks – Yep

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Names simple pictures in a book (ie: dog, cat) – Not yet
  • Can make short sentences (ie: “Me go”) – Only “I go go”, so far.
  • Can walk down stairs – He’s getting the hang of it.

Son #1 is 6 Years Old!

Son #1 –

The days are long, but the years are short. So very true. You turned six a few weeks ago, and I feel like you’ve grown up so much in the last year. You love Minecraft. You can do simple addition in your head. (You obviously got your excellent math skills from your dad!) You’re looking forward to Kindergarten (which finally started today – thanks Hurricane Harvey!) to do science and asked, “Are we going to make potions?!” I doubt it, but I hope you’re just as excited about whatever you actually do! I hope this is a great year for you, and you make lots of new friends. (I don’t foresee that being a problem, since you’ve always been outgoing and have never met a stranger…also NOT something you got from me!)

I love you so much!

– Mommy

Current stats:

weight: 49 lbs.
height: 3′ 10″

Shorts: size 5 or 6, depending on the brand
Shirts: size Small (6/7)
Shoes: size 13

Foods:
Likes – anything sweet 
Dislikes – red meat, most vegetables 🙁  

This year’s birthday interview – coming soon! (See last year’s interview here.)

Hurricane Harvey

Just over a week ago, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast. We were very fortunate, but so many still need your help. If you are looking for somewhere other than national organizations to donate to, there are plenty of local groups needing monetary assistance to help those displaced by floodwaters.

Austin Pets Alive – They have rescued over 1,700 animals displaced by the hurricane in the Houston area, and transported them to temporary shelters while they try to reunite them with their owners.

Church of the King – 100% of donations to the Harvey Relief Fund go straight to relief efforts and people in need.

Clothed by Faith

ForTheBend

Harris County Public Library – I know a few of their library branches suffered damage. I do not have information regarding monetary donations at the time of posting, but I will update if that option becomes available.

Houston Food Bank – Donations will be used for disaster relief until this year’s needs are met, and the remaining funds will support ongoing hunger-relief efforts.

The J.J. Watt Foundation

Second Baptist Church – 100% of donations to the Flood Relief fund go to those in need.

In addition to families that were displaced, several schools suffered significant damage, and teachers are having to resupply their classrooms in temporary locations. If you would prefer to donate to them, here’s the list I have so far. I will update as I have more information.

Thank you for your support!

December Baby – 20 months

Happy 20 months, little man!

This month’s highlights:

  • You’ve added 7 words/phrases consistently to your vocabulary! (“here it is”, “Wow!”, “What?”, “Yes”, “Cheese”, “Ow”, “Car”)
  • We went to the Children’s Museum, and you spend the majority of the time in the little grocery store, putting things in a basket and taking them back out. It was so cute! 🙂
  • You love to copy your big brother, and follow him everywhere. (He’s not a huge fan of that…)
  • Your new favorite toy is a remote control car that plays the most annoying music, so sometimes I have to hide it from you. Which is probably why you started saying “car”…hahaha

I love you!

~ Mommy 

20 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Feeds doll – I’ve never seen him do this, but he doesn’t actually have a doll.
  • Takes off own clothes – He can take of his shoes, and attempts to take his shirt off, but hasn’t done it successfully yet.
  • Dumps an object in imitation, such as throwing garbage away – Yep

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Learns words at a rate of ten or more a day – He’s started saying a lot more lately, and understands very well, so yes.
  • Can walk up stairs (but probably not down) – Yep, and he’s getting the hang of walking down them, too.

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • May start exploring genitals – He’s a boy…enough said!  lol
  • Draws a straight line – Not really
  • Names several body parts – Just eyes and ears, so far.

December Baby – 19 months

Dear sweet boy –

Happy 19 months!

You’ve become quite a handful this month. You LOVE to go outside (never mind that it’s really hot!), and throw tennis balls for the dog to fetch. You haven’t added any words to your vocabulary that I know of, because all you say (or scream) now is “NO!” and point your finger at me. Hahaha Speaking of screaming, there’s a lot of that, too. Not always in anger, more in a “let me show you how loud I can be!” way. Between you and your big brother (who never stops talking), it’s loud here. All day long.

I love you,
Mommy

19 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Uses a spoon and fork – Yes
  • Runs – Definitely
  • Throws a ball underhand – No, but he throws really well overhand!
  • Enjoys helping around the house – Yep

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Understands as many as 200 words – maybe?
  • Recognizes when something is wrong (e.g., calling a dog a cat) – Not yet

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Washes and dries own hands with help – Yes, he loves to wash his hands!
  • Points to picture or object when you call it by name – Not yet
  • May know when he needs to pee – Nope

December Baby – 18 months

Sweet boy,

It’s hard to believe you are halfway to 2 years old!  

Lots of learning going on around here!  You figured out how to ride the ride-on toys, and you zoom all over the house!  You learned a new sign, “bath”.  When I ask “where’s your belly button?”, you lift up your shirt.  And, you’ve added a few new words to your vocabulary.  

I love you!
Mommy

Current stats:

Weight: 28 lbs. 7 oz.
Height: 33.75 in.

Pants: 18 months
Shirts: 18 months
Shoes: size 6
Diapers: size 5
Teeth: still 12, I think?

Foods:
Likes – almost everything lol
Dislikes – green beans

18 month milestones (from Baby Center):

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

  • Will “read” board books on his own – Yep
  • Scribbles well – Yes

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

  • Strings two words together in phrases – “Uh oh”, “thank you”, “hi dada”
  • Brushes teeth with help – Yes
  • Stacks four blocks – Been there, done that

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)

  • Throws a ball overhand – Been there, done that
  • Takes toys apart and puts them back together – Yep
  • Shows signs of toilet training readiness – He’ll point to his diaper sometimes when he’s wet.
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