Thursday, May 31, 2012

Tyler's 30 Month Stats

Bedtime and Naps: Our bed routine has changed recently. You are ready to stall going to sleep whenever possible. This is our routine: First we take a bath, brush teeth, and give Daddy hugs and kisses. Then we gather Teddy and blanky to read. Once we finish reading I rock you and sing every song I know such as Jesus Loves Me, God is so Good, Mickey Mouse Club song, and funny nursery rhyme songs. Once I lay you in bed we pray and usually you want to say your own prayer after mine; this is funny because lately you only pray for your cow Bubba . I then have to play the swoosh game (that's what we call it) with you, which consists of me taking blanky and creating a parachute that floats down on you. Sometimes it creates a tent so that I can kiss you through the crib rails. You laugh so hard that you can hardly sit up as I do this. After 20 to 30 minutes I can finally leave the room, but not for long before you are requesting water and to go potty. You then talk to yourself about tractors, mowers, your day, and sometimes you sing to yourself. Daddy and I laugh in the living room at your sweet chatter and slowly you drift off to sleep. Another recent development is that you wake at 2 in the morning to go potty and request that I sing the Mickey Mouse song.

Meals: You eat very well. Your favorite foods are ronis (the microwavable spiral cheesy ronis), chicken with ranch dip, strawberries, watermelon, broccoli, and chicken biscuits from McDonalds (Papaw Williams has those waiting at least once or twice a week in the morning for you). Your favorite treat is marshmallows; you call them 'mar-mellies'.

Developmental Milestones and "Firsts": Nothing is out of the question when it comes to reach. You can stand on your tippy toes and reach light switches and if you can't reach something you will go find your chair and take it to stand on. You are intensely independent, so much so that you will throw items down just to pick up yourself as you say, "I do, I DO!" You can peddle your tricycle and bike and even steer them properly. You are running every where and jumping too. Potty training is going somewhat well right now. You like to try and pee like a big boy and sometimes you like to sport underwear.

Words and Talking: Your sentences are amazing. Everyday you tell us something new and many times it is hilarious and you will laugh as if you are telling a joke. If I say I like cookies or shiny rocks you will agree emphatically with, "Me Too!" Your conversation skills are getting better and better. Sometimes you will stutter or get a little stuck, but this usually precedes a speech milestone. Singing songs that you make up to simple melodies are another thing that you love such as: Mimi's House, Unc Jay, and Mimimo-mimimo are a few of your favorite songs to sing.

Favorite Toys and Things to do: You still love tractors and all things that have a motor. You love to play with your farm and love to show it to people, "I show farm." You really love your tricycle at Mimi's house and wheel barrow. You also love water guns and shooting people with the water. You are very mischievous and you know what pretend means and you will tell me or Dad to pretend a gold club is a rifle so that we do not take your gun but we can still play. You love to play hide and seek but you will not stay in your hiding place.

Clothing/Diaper sizes: You are still wearing size 4 diapers. You are wearing size 8 shoes and 2T and 3T clothes.

Funny Things that you do: When you sneeze or burp and we say "Excuse you," you will correct us and instruct us to say, "Scuze me." You know the directions to your house, Mimi's house, and church; which has caused you to become a backseat driver. When I passed our road one day you yelled for me to turn around, "Wong Way Mom!" You remember everything, I asked Tony as we walked into the grocery store what we needed to buy, Tyler proceeded to rattle off what we needed (we had discussed this earlier in the day). We were amazed. You tell me that I am too big for your ride on toys, blanky, and sometimes my own bed when you curl up with me (you tell me to go to the other side of the bed).

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wat-melon

He is taunting Uncle Jay with his wat-melon (this is what he calls it).

"See Jay here it is!"

He sat as pretty as you please on the counter and went to town on some watermelon. Notice his heels are perched on Mimi's drawer handle. It is the perfect sitting spot.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Big Bath Tub

I love to give Tyler experiences to look forward too. He lights up if I tell him he can take a bath in the big bath tub.

I don't blame him, it is a great size for a 2 year old and it fills up much faster than his bathtub.

He plays with a cup and I few other toys and has a blast.

He even acts like he is taking a swim and flapping around. He is getting to be such a big boy. 

"Phwim mom!"

Friday, May 18, 2012

He Can Open Bottles of Lotion

In our guest bathroom, which is Tyler's bathroom, I have travel size lotions, shampoo, and toothpaste for guests that forget something.

Tyler can now see and reach into these drawers. I love him so very much but the little booger was into everything on Sunday night. I had already shooed him on from the pantry, after I found him with his hand buried in the pinto bean canister.

I was trying to have a short conversation with Tony before I read to Tyler and put him to bed. He must have sensed that his time was short for mischief. I stopped the conversation when the house became a little too quiet.

We walked around the corner and found him applying ample amounts of lotion to his face. He said, "Feel better... team (for cream)." He must think that I apply lotion to his bottom if it gets a little red because he thought he was putting diaper rash cream on his face.

There was lotion on the floor and on his shirt and down his arm. I had to throw the little bottle away because he pretty much emptied it on his self. I love being a mom, I really sincerely do.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Almost the Same

As we continue to teach Tyler the meaning of words we have had a break through with our 2 year old.

Amen: Used at the end of a prayer or a statement to express assent or approval.

Aw-Man: Used to express frustration when something goes wrong.

With our country drawl sometimes these words sound the same. Tyler uses aw-man on a regular basis when he drops things or a toy falls apart. He thinks it's funny because I say it all the time too.

At meal prayers and at his night prayer we end it by saying amen. After correcting Tyler multiple times for using the wrong phrase for this he now knows the difference and will gladly tell us in toddler fashion which is correct.

Shaking head no, "Aw-man, no-no." Then nodding his head and smiling, "Amen, yeah-yeah, aaammmeeennn!"

This thrills him to turn the table on us and explain which words are correct.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tyler's Toy Gun

Mimi bought Tyler a toy rifle. She also introduced him to the weep fest that is Old Yeller. In this movie Travis the oldest son has to take care of the family farm while his father is gone on a cattle drive. Thus opening the plot for Old Yeller to come into their lives. Travis has to shoot the cow, Old Rose, after confirming she has rabies. 

Tyler does not understand why this takes place, he just knows that the bad animals are shot (the rabid animals and the mean animals that attack humans). We try to explain that it is because of disease that it has to be done. 

No matter how we say it, all cows must be shot in his mind. Our family is avid hunters so this is not something that we tip toe around with him. It is a fact of life and he must learn one way or another. It is just funny to see our 2 year old so engrossed in this movie and how it has changed his view of the animals that are on the farm. Even in books if an animal looks angry he will point at it and explain to me that it is mean and to shoot it.

Here he is showing me how to shoot those squirrels off the back porch. He is very entertaining lately with the hunting stories that he comes up with. I love his wonderful imagination and the fact that he is trying to take care of our farm. I will keep explaining the fact of life and one day he will be a wonderful little hunter with true hunting tales.