- new words - up, out, buddy, happy, Honey. he's repeating after us and trying to say more words lately, which is a big step from previous months
- lots of new animal sounds - he's currently obsessed with making bear noises and even ignored his dinner at the "Lodge," a restaurant we went to for dinner which had bear heads covering the walls
- foods - although he continues to ask for a "baa" every morning, he isn't eating as much banana as before. vegetables are still tough to get down now that he has boycotted pouches, although he did eat quite a bit of sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving. still eats grapes and apples almost daily. loves all bread products and cheese
- naps - still 1 nap a day, 2-3 hours. has skipped a couple of naps this past month which does not make mama happy
At times he acts like such a big kid, but can easily turn into a little boy when he says "up" to me so that I can carry him. Tantrums happen all the time which are still quite comical. We've begun to institute time-outs, 2 minutes at a time, for things such as hitting Honey, hitting us, biting us, biting the couch, throwing the remote control down the stairs ... you know the usual toddler antics.
He still asks for dada all of the time, even when Ryan is just a few rooms away working. It's especially tough when dada is out of town, for all of us. After his nap I'll sneak him over to Ryan's office where Mason will give him the biggest hug ever. It melts my heart to see him be so loving and gentle. He also asks for Honey as soon as he gets into the car after school. Now that he can say her name it's truly the cutest thing in the world when he looks for her.
I'm worried about our long drive to Florida but what can you really do? Hopefully Mason will sleep through part of it, although I'm not counting on a peaceful drive. Sigh. I wish we had family closer but I'm always reminded that WE were the ones who moved away from Florida.