Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mr. Boyd (the little one)

I found this sitting in my drafts. I was waiting to add a few more pictures and his measurements and then I guess I forgot about it. I think I've played his dancing video about 50 times this morning...oh how I miss my little stinker!

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It's been a while since I've posted about Harrison's development and what he's been up to, and I wanted to get it documented out here before he's on to the next stage. I am sooo glad I have this blog because you really do start to forget the sweet little details about each phase. I'm not good about updating his baby book regularly and the blog has been a lifesaver of a reference when I do finally make the time to update it. One night I couldn't sleep and skimmed through some posts from his infant days and it is such a treasure for me to be able to read through and look at all of the pictures from that foggy time in our lives.

My feisty toddler recently turned 16 months and life has seemed like a whirlwind lately! This is such a fun age but I don't think I've ever been more pooped. I remember thinking the newborn stage was exhausting, but now I think back to the days where he napped all the time and wasn't mobile and I want to smack myself for taking it for granted! Especially since I'm about to have a newborn and a toddler...should be pretty interesting, right? I'm a little scared but looking forward to the adventure for sure.

So, what has my little baby love been up to lately?

-He weighs ____ lbs and is ____ tall. (Gonna have to get his dad to measure him)

- He just recently started giving kisses! LOVE. IT. The ones on the mouth are more of the slobbery french variety, which I don't mind one bit because hello, my baby is giving me kisses! He also loves to kiss his sister which just about melts my heart into a gooey puddle of delight. Let's hope he still feels that affectionate toward her when she gets here!

-The last month or so has been extremely hard on me emotionally because he went through a SERIOUS anti-momma phase. And I'm not exaggerating one bit, I swear. We're talking crying and shaking his head and pushing me away when I try to take him from somebody. During his prayer every night he would push and slap my face away because he didn't want me near him and his dad. One night he actually hugged everybody in the room, including the two dogs and even the arm of the couch, but refused to give me one. When in a shopping cart he would spend the entire time trying to pry my hands off the handle and try to kick me in the stomach. I have felt like our days were spent by me constantly disciplining him and it has been awful feeling so rejected by him! It has been character-building for me to say the least, but I am SO glad that the phase seems to be passing now. Like I said up there, he's now giving me kisses (and lots of hugs) so we are making definite progress!

-He is very independent and only likes to feed himself. He gets so excited when he gets a spoon or a fork and he's learning how to use them. Still a giant mess, but he probably gets about 50% or so of it in his mouth. He's a huge fruit eater but thinks he hates veggies (but I know he doesn't b/c he'll still eat the baby jars). He's just now finally starting to eat meat without a fight...hopefully he's getting over whatever weird texture issues he had.

-He love, love, LOVES to be outdoors. Which is a lot of fun for both of us....at least until it's time to go inside.

-He is a dancing fool. Enough said.

-He is a little chatterbox. He sits and "talks" to himself and cracks himself up...apparently he finds his stories and jokes quite funny. His english words include: Mama, Dada, Mamaw (for my mom), Bamaw (for my mil), Pa-pa (for my step-dad), Papaw (for my fil), cracker ("ca-ca"), banana ("na-na"), ball ("bah"), car ("cah"), baby ("ba-ba"), uh-oh, bo-bo (for pacifier), bye-bye, yeah, puppy (which he now only prefers to say "woof-woof") and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few more. He still loves to sign and uses: please, thank you, more, drink, eat, all done, help, I love you, night-night, and waves hi and bye. And this week he's even started picking up a few animal and letter sounds. His favorite is of course for puppies (woof-woof). He also loves to make sheep sounds (baaaa) and cow sounds (mooo). And he knows that the letter "G" says "ga", "M" says ("mmm"), "B" says ("ba"), and "D" says ("da"). There is a very fun and not at all annoying song that goes through the sounds that letters make. And it gets stuck in my head all. the. time. ("G says ga, and G says ga, every letter makes a sound and G says ga!" <--- you have to do the cheesy facial expressions and head bobbing for the full effect, fyi)

-He has so nicely decided to wean himself down to one nap a day. He's still cranky and tired enough for 2 naps a day, but it is just not going to happen according to him. And he rules the roost around here, if you didn't know.

-He is a dare devil. He is hard headed. He is very rough and tumble. He is destructive. He's all boy. He actually figured out the child-proof locks on all our doors as well as the cabinets. Luckily he hasn't figured out the one on the toilet yet, though. I'm sure it's only a matter of time!












Harrison, you are and always will be my sweet baby boy. Even in our most challenging moments there is not one thing I would change about you. In our daily battles of wills I remind myself that your strong personality and drive are such valuable traits. It's my prayer that you will grow up to use them to serve God and that he will cultivate you into a faithful leader who helps to bring many to his kingdom. You give us such joy and laughter and we love you more than you will ever know!

5 comments:

Tienna said...

That boy warms my heart like nobody's business. And where did he get those mad dancing skills? They're fantastic!!

Jeff Norman said...

They look like Papi dancing skillz

Tracye said...

Love it! Every bit of it!

Anonymous said...

i will miss him terribly when i have to go home... but now i can come up all the time... watch out.. here comes bamaw... ha ha thanks for letting me help.. love ya all.. specially my baby boy. mil

Anonymous said...

If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better.

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