Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Big Boy Undies

 I am very excited to report that Tyler is wearing big boy undies. Part time because while sleeping we put diapers on him. We have worked very hard for a year now to get him here at only 18 months. He does very well but we still have some accidents. I am hoping that with him learning so many new words and his communication improving everyday we will be full time in big boy undies very soon.

These are my favorite though. They are cookie monster and he looks absolutely adorable in them.

Sorry baby but I had to share the great news with everyone... and also share with a picture.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Odd Toy Talk

Tyler is playing with a shower squeegee and blocks. He carries it around and acts like it is a bat most of the time.

He also walks around and wipes the floors and makes noises like it is screeching as he is wiping it.

Dad is now building him a tower with blocks so that he can knock it down.

After he knocks it down he says, "Man." Translation is - Awe man.

All he says is 'Man' and then we laugh. I think he is picking up on the fact that we find him pretty funny.

This whole thing is especially funny, for some reason, since he is holding a shower squeegee.

Monday, August 29, 2011


I am so glad that they are getting used to each other. Tyler is learning to be gentle and to sneak Tucker people food. I thought I was giving Tyler pretzels the other day and then I figured out he was running and feeding them to Tucker.

I guess Tucker is saying thank you here.

Tyler was upset when Tucker would stop giving him kisses. He would run over close to him and lay down to try to get him to kiss him again.

Friday, August 26, 2011


This kid loves to mow.

There are two words that go hand in hand and they are papaw and mow.
He begs Papaw to mow. Although he really does not mow with Tyler he actually just drives him around on the mower.

Papaw was not feeling good so daddy was his backup today. He was about in tears because he could see the mower parked in the front yard. He came to us and said, "Mow...peese...mow (nodding head)...peese?"

How can you turn down a tear filled toddler that says please? We could not do it, so we choked our supper down because it was urgent that we get over there before that mower moved without him.

He was so excited and waved and smiled. Although, while driving he is very serious and studies every little thing Dad does.

Off they go again but this time to park it. We worried how he would feel about parking and walking away from the mower.

He did good. He got his fill and he walked away from the garage talking about the weed-eater.

I look forward to when he gets older. My yard is going to look fabulous.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Uncle Jay's Baseball Game

On Saturday we went to see Uncle Jay play ball.

It was a lot of fun to cheer for his team.

He got a hit. This is not shock, I knew he would.

Here he is on first.

It was hot. Tyler was drinking Brandy's water.

He then told us something.

She put water on his feet to help him cool down.

He then poured the rest on her feet.

Then he tried to take a sip, but it was all gone.

Back to the game... Jason is on second base! Yeah!

The bases are loaded and the next player gets a good hit.

Jason scores! Yeah!

Tyler wanted to get to those bats so bad.

We had to get a picture with Uncle Jay.

Jay's team didn't win but we had fun and we hope we get to watch him play a lot more.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Housework Helper

We are trying to teach Tyler to pickup after himself. He is still a world class mess maker, and sometimes it makes me want to cry. This is a different story though. It is a happy one with tears of joy. Why? Well, because I never had to ask for help this time. This is not set up to look cute. This is not one of those reality show moments that are scripted/setup, shock I know, I hope I have not shattered the illusion for anyone about reality TV. This is a true event that took place in my home.

Tony was preparing to do his Fantasy Football draft. I asked him if it would be okay if I vacuumed while he did it or did he need things to be quiet so I could give my input. This is a true story with comedy by the way. I know very little about players, but Tony likes to talk to me about it, and I enjoy giving my input when I know something about the players.

Anyways, Tyler overheard me say I was going to vacuum and watched me walk to the closet to get my vacuum. He ran to his room and proceeded to roll out his vacuum to help. I was so touched that he wanted to work and help his mommy.

We started in his room and he switched on his vacuum. I yelled for Tony to quickly grab the camera before his draft started and snap a few pictures because Tyler will probably never do this on his own accord again.

He would stop to ask me a question or say something. I'm not sure what he said though.

Then he would go back to work.

I love his initiative to help and that he listens to me even when I am not talking directly to him.

He saw that I missed that corner of his room.

I wish my vacuum didn't have a cord. That would make things easier.

Now he realizes this is being captured on camera.

That is perfectly fine baby. Cleaning is a good thing. Especially when you help Mom.

He makes sure he gets under his crib.

Now we have to tell Dad to move so we can vacuum the living room.

This did not stop. He continued to stay right with me vacuuming the whole house. Things went slow but I did not want to discourage him from his mission to help. He continued to help me wind the cord back onto the vacuum and then we both returned our vacuums to the closet. I asked him if he wanted to keep his out, but he turned around and shut the door for me.

What a good true story. Thanks Tyler for making Mom feel appreciated and providing a chuckle at your sweet willingness to help.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

He Fed Himself

The title to this post explains a lot. 

Some meals he can walk away so clean, but others it gets all over him.

This meal was on his face, in his ear, through his hair, and up his nose.

I think he woke up from his nap and decided today was a good day for a mess.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Looking at a Book

The house just got quiet...

Where is Tyler?

Well, he is in his room looking at his pop-up zoo book.

Lately he will find a place in the house and sit and look at books. He does the same thing at Mema's house.

He loves his story time at nap time and before bed at night. I guess he tries to do his own story times too.

I hope we can continue to foster a love for books.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Kid's Consignment

I went shopping for Tyler 2 weeks ago. A friend provided me with an early pass to go to the Wee Trade Consignment Sale.

I went in with a specific list so I wouldn't spend too much. Tyler needed a snow coat, boots, bibs or snow suit, dress shoes, any other winter accessories, and books.

Luckily I found what I needed and he is ready for this winter. I found boots for $5, an LL Bean coat for $14, snow bibs for $12, dress shoes for $5, a mitten and hat set for $4, two books for $7, and ...

Okay this is where I bought stuff not on my list. I also purchased a high chair for at Mema's house for $30, a small tee ball and bat $6, and a cute orange flannel shirt $3.

I felt that I did really well. When I got home I felt even better when Tyler wanted to try everything on.

He thought the mittens were pretty funny, and he loved his bat and ball.

I now feel ready for winter and hopeful that we can get him in the snow to play. I laugh and hope that this jinxes us from getting snow, but regardless, I will not be searching for snow shoes for him during a huge snow and then paying $20 for something he will wear 2 or 3 times.

I feel prepared and that is a feeling that I rarely get to experience with a toddler.

By the way... thanks Jessica for the early pass. I really appreciate it and so does Tyler.