Thursday, October 30, 2014

21 Months Old! (Plus a few days!)

On Tuesday, Colby turned 21 months old! I thought about it on Monday.... but never got around to starting a post. And then Brent's work schedule is weird this week due to a missions trip, so I was then thrown off and completely forgot about it... But, late is better than never!

I'm not sure which is a crazier thought... the fact that Colby is going to be two in three short months... or that his baby brother is going to be born, hopefully just before he turns two, and his life is going to change!

The past month, Colby has seemed to left all that baby stuff behind and is 100% toddler... going on three years old! He tries to do everything and anything Kyle and Emily do, and most of the time he is successful!

All of a sudden, Colby is talking non-stop! He has too many new words to list and has become very vocal about what he wants and when he wants it. Some of the words/phrases we hear often are "no," "me," "please," "thank you," "socks," "more," "Kyky," "Emmy," "moon," "milk," "yellow," "butt" (as in diaper), "boob,"... animal names and noises, anything Kyle says... He's also started to say "Love you" in the past week or so, and it's normally accompanied by a hug and a kiss!

Colby's favorite color by far is yellow. I'm not sure if it's because its one of the few colors he recognizes and can say, or if he actually loves the color. But if there is an option for something yellow, Colby wants it. He gets very excited about anything yellow and has to make sure that he points it out. He also has started to whine if his diaper isn't yellow... which is tough because we only have so many yellow diapers... He also has started to pick out and say orange and blue.

When I've been doing school with Kyle and Emily, Colby normally participates too. The past few weeks, he's started to pick out and recognize letters. Normally, when we do a letter, we had a worksheet with several pictures on it of objects that start with the letter we are working on, plus a few other objects. He used to color everything on the page, but with the last few letters, he can only colored the objects that start with that letter. He also picks out letter off the play mat in the toy room and can tell me what most of the are!

Since we've moved, Colby has been helping pick out his jammies and his clothes! He loves to pick out yellow shirts and anything with Elmo on it. It's kind of fun to watch him pick out his clothes... and sometimes frustrating when he wants to wear something that's too warm or not warm enough for the day.

Along with being more vocal, Colby has been enjoying singing. Kyle and Emily sing often, and he has started to join in. He sometimes makes them mad because he normally doesn't have the right words or tune, but he seems to enjoy himself!

Colby and the stairs are scary! He wants to walk like a big boy up and down the stairs. He normally does okay if he's holding a hand, but often, he doesn't want to hold a hand because Kyle and Emily aren't. More times than not, we just end up carrying him to make sure he doesn't fall.

Colby is enjoying his big boy bed. You can read about that here, if you haven't already! :) The big boy bed means naps pretty much aren't happening any more, but we are still trying for rest time most days! Hopefully soon he'll actually stay in bed and rest during rest time at least... I really miss my rest time!

Colby is down to just nursing at bedtime! When we moved, we kind of just stopped nursing at rest time (which might have something to do with the no nap). He still asks for "boob" at bed time and cries hysterically if he thinks I'm not going to feed him... so for now, we will let it continue. I am eating pretty much back to normal though (not that it really includes a whole lot of gluten is our pretty much gluten free house), and it hasn't really been seeming to cause him any tummy or poop issues.  

As we've backed off breastfeeding more and more, it does seem like Colby is getting more and more sensitive to gluten. Normally when he gets gluten in his system, he has a belly ache about six hours later and nasty black poop. This past weekend we were with family... and there was gluten. I'm guessing someone touched his hand after they ate gluten and he got a little bit in his system. I could tell his belly hurt a little bit (luckily he didn't have his all our screaming fit he normally does), but lots of nasty black poopy diapers let us know he got some gluten in his system.

As you can see from the pictures, he has a mouth full of teeth. He has six on top and four on bottom. His two that he broke seem fine. The dentist said they may turn brown or black and fall out, but they still aren't showing any signs of that yet!

Over all, he still is the happy, smiley Colby he has always been, just with a new strong willed stubborn streak! He just seems to think that he's a big boy now and should be able to do everything his big brother and sister can do! We love our stinkerpotamus like crazy and are very grateful God has allowed us to be his mommy and daddy!

Colby and His Big Boy Bed!

A few days ago Colby figured out how to get his sleep sack off... and then he figured out he could climb out of his crib when he got it off... and then he figured out how to climb out of his crib with his sleep sack on... so, as much as I didn't want it to be time... it was time...

Colby now has a big boy bed!

He thinks it's great that he can get in and out of bed all by himself just like Kyle and Emily!

Mommy isn't thinking it's so great, but it is what it is!

It's been a week now... and it's kind of been a long week.

Night time has gone pretty well. Colby is still nursing before he goes to bed, and most of the time, he's asleep when I put him in bed, so he stays there and sleeps. The first few nights, he did fall out of bed several times throughout the night. Most of the time, he got back into bed himself and went right back to sleep. A few times, we had to go in and put him back to bed because he didn't wake up from falling! I think he's finally gotten the hang of not falling out of bed while sleeping though...

Rest time is a whole other story! It's been a long week because of rest time! Since we've moved, the boys have struggled to take good rests. They like to distract each other and keep each other wake. When Colby all of a sudden had this new freedom of being able to get out of bed as he pleases... and Kyle loves to tell on him... There has been lots of screaming and crying... lots of mommy get very frustrated with two little boys... and not much resting! Hopefully soon things will get back to "normal" and the boys will get some sort of rest in the afternoon!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pumpkin and Paint

We picked out a pumpkin... (Apparently I only took one picture...) Daddy only let us get one, so we had to agree on one and share!

And then we painted the pumpkin and Daddy painted us! 

And Mommy helped us paint Daddy!

We Moved!

I'm guessing most people know, but we moved last weekend!

Our new house is finally starting to feel like home for all of us. Kyle has finally stopped asking to go "home"...meaning back to our apartment!

Here are some pictures....

The playroom. Having all the toys in one room has really made up realize how many toys we actually have! They love the mat on the floor. Colby loves taking out the letters and shapes and putting them back in!

This is the view from the front door. At the end of the hallway is the kitchen. To the right is the living room and dinning room.

The living room and dinning room...

The downstairs bathroom...

The laundry hallway...

The mud room...

The kitchen...

The hallway looking from the kitchen to the front door...

The boys bedroom. So far, they are enjoying sharing a bedroom. It was a rough first week, but they are finally taking naps/rests and doing okay at night.

The upstairs bathroom...

Emily and Peyton's room. Her Toy Story stickers are now on the wall, along with Peyton's animal stickers. Emily is loving having her own room, but is also very excited to share a room with Peyton when he's ready. She keeps asking when we are going to get Peyton's crib and dresser.

Mommy and Daddy's room...

I just realized I never took any picture outside... Maybe this afternoon I'll take some and update!