George turned one! What a crazy rascal this kid is. Here are some things about George at 12 months:
- He still loves, loves, loves food. I did finally find out one food he doesn't like. Oatmeal. Like mother like son, I guess, because I have always hated oatmeal. Even now I have to grit my teeth to get it down, and I just pray it doesn't come back up. And now, every time I try to feed George his the bowl of oatmeal ends up on his head, then thrown against the wall or cabinets, and all over my floor - which of course I just mopped. His favorite food though is probably toast…and cookies.
- He can say 5 words: Mama, Daddy, ball, doggie, and book
- He loves to read, and he will carry his books all over the house, tugging at your pants until you sit down and read with him. His favorite book is the one the Dastrups and Hicks gave him about puppies.
- He is a walking machine.
- He has started to love his blankets and won't go to sleep without one.
- As of 13 months he is off the bottle. He does still get his binky in the crib and in the car.
- He is a good trooper when it comes to his rowdy big brother. He can handle some pretty rough wresting and is often the instigator of it himself.
- He loves tub time.
- He likes to pinch arms and ears and necks when he is falling asleep. As we rock for his daily nap he will try to pinch whatever he can get a hold of.
- He takes 2 naps/day about 3 days a week. The other 4 days he only takes an afternoon nap.
- He loves to go for walks outside, either in the stroller or walking on his own. He still puts a lot of things in his mouth but is getting better.
It was just the four of us at home celebrating George's first birthday. With one set of grandparents on a mission and the other set sailing around the United Kingdom, it was a pretty small party. George actually woke up from his nap that day with a fever, and he only wanted to be held and snuggled. So, I decorated his birthday cake one-handed and think I did pretty good to make it look like a panda bear (James calls him "cubby" when the wrestle so it was appropriate we thought). We Tylenoled him up for dinner, presents, and cake. He actually did okay with the Tylenol in his system. He unwrapped his presents like a pro - he knew what to do, no problem. Since then he has had fun playing with his toys.
M & my birthday. No pics, but we had fun celebrating as a family. And do you see this amazing site? This is the first year I did a batch of pears without my mother. I finally feel like a grown up. Although next year, I am sure I will still ask for her help :)
Halloween! Jay was so excited for Halloween. The whole month of October he would wake up every morning and ask, "Is today Halloween?" He loved watching spooky movies (Nightmare Before Christmas being his fav), decorating pumpkins, and dreaming about his costume. And dream he did. Jay was so particular about his costume; I kept asking myself, "is he really only 3 years old? Man, we are in trouble." At first he wanted to be a tiger, complete with a giant head with huge fangs. He was adamant that I didn't make his costume; he wanted the large, store bought, $50 costume. Thank heavens he changed his mind about 2 weeks before Halloween. He decided finally to go as a werewolf. The costume was pretty easy to make, and he made one scary (but cute!) werewolf. Everyone in the neighborhood loved seeing him. George was a dragon, and he didn't really care much for trick-or-treating. He liked the small amount of candy he got, but he thought it was a bit cold out. It has been fun to celebrate Halloween with Jay getting so into things. It looks like Thanksgiving and Christmas this year are going to be really fun.