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Thursday, March 27, 2008

22 Months and Counting

"There's a double meaning in that!" (If anyone can name that movie quote I will give "mad props". And speaking of "mad props", they were never given out for Naomi's Baby Poll. Kim Hodges actually guessed her b-day right. Everyone was way off on weight. So, Kim, "mad props" to you, girl!)

Gideon is 22 months old today. He's a little boy, not a baby. And I'm realizing it more every day.

He loves to count. However, his counting consists of "two, three...two, three...two, three..." :) Every color is Blue, but he can also say Yellow.

He HAS to put things back EXACTLY as they were. Nice sometimes, not at others.

As long as Naomi isn't crying too hard, he will attempt to put her pacifier in her mouth or adjust her swing. If she is crying too much, he says, (after alerting me to her crying), "No, no, no, no, no, no..."

This boy ADORES being outside. He cries whenever he has to come in. It is so hard being in a 2nd floor apt. where all the neighbors let there dogs poop at will in the grass around our bldg. We did try playing out there last week... but I rolled G's ball right through a pile of poo and thought, "This isn't worth it." So we are thrilled that we will be moving into a rental house this summer. G needs some yard!!

If I had some good one-on-one time with G, I think I'd hard-core start potty training. He doesn't like anything but a clean diaper anymore and will take off his diaper as soon as he pees now. (It's weird to see him walk around the corner without pants and a diaper... which were previously on... and then find the diaper on the kitchen counter.) I'm going to have to work on finding a way to potty-train with newborn in hand. (any ideas?)

Because he kept getting out of bed and we didn't want to deal with training him to stay in it, he had been demoted to the pack-n-play. (which he loved) But now he crawls out of that too. So, last night we put him back in his "big boy" bed. 5 spankings later, he stayed in bed. (Yes, we're a family that spanks. If you disagree, this is not the time to leave a comment.) :)

G is eating us out of house and home. He will eat ANYTHING we put in front of him. But first cleared off his plate are always fruit and veggies. But now he's also becoming a fan of meat more. And Crackers are his all-time favorite food right now.

He says, "Cracker, please" as clear as day. We are working on him adding our names to the request. We encourage him to ask for what he wants. He just tends to think that no matter what, if he's asked with the right words, he should get whatever he wants. But it doesn't work that way.

He is definitely deciding what he does and doesn't want to do. He lets us know where he stands on something. But this kid is weird... Even through his protests, he will do what we are telling him. There may be tons of tears, but that train does get put up, the pen gets put down, and we are minded. Now we just have to get him to stop crying while he does it. :)

There are trying times... especially since I'm semi-sleep deprived and have never been known for my patience... but Gideon is truly a joy. He's my favorite little boy in the entire world, and I wouldn't trade him for anything else. He make his daddy and me laugh every day.

Happy Monthabirthday, Gideon. We love you!!!


Tiffany said...

What MOVIE that is from!?!?!?!?! Daisha, you're killing me! Surely the Bard counts for more than just "movie" quotes! You might think I'm making much ado about nothing but to me, priority of text over film is of huge importance.

Kim Hodges said...

YES! I won! :)

Soon after we had transitioned Johnathan into his "big boy bed," he kept getting out of his bed as well, and I spanked him as well, which would have been totally fine, except when John decided to go have a look at the bed to make sure everything was okay. Sure enough, there were ants everywhere! To this day I feel SOOOO BAD every time I think about that. So you might want to check his bed before spanking again!

Of course, if the bed is fine, spank away ... just like we did. :)

April said...

Josiah turned 22 months old 3 days ago, on the 24th. It is hard to believe that these two boys are soo close in age! I enjoyed reading about Gideon. Ideas on potty training...there are many out there and what works with one child may not with another...but, we just let Mackenzie go without anything on waist down for a few days (and kept a potty nearby!) and she was completely potty trained within a week. That said, she was almost 2 3/4 years old. Being closer to the 3 year old mark rather than the 2 year old mark makes the process much less frustrating for all involoved! Trust me; we tried just before age 2 as she showed signs, but really was not ready then. Either way, he will eventually "get" it. Josiah loves to pee and poop in the potty (has since mid-December), but not consistently. One of these days it will click for him, too. :)

Tiffany said...

Kim, that is the saddest story I have ever heard. Seriously.

Anyway, I logged back on because I forgot to wish Gideon a happy 22nd monthabirthday. Sorry, man!

Deborah said...

Fellow spankers unite! I do feel bad about the ants in Johnathan's bed, though...yeesh!

When we moved Joshua to his big bed (right about Gideon's age) it took him a couple of weeks to realize he could get out by himself. We would hear him upstairs in the morning or nap time saying, "Um, Mommy? I'm awake...can you come and get me?" Then, when he figured it out, we would have a visitor to our room in the middle of the night, peering over Pat and whispering, "Daddy? Daddy? Is it morning yet?" Oh my.

Good luck with potty training too. I've done it twice--both were very different.

Amanda said...

Hey Daisha, I don't know if you remember me. I knew you at Harding. I was good friends with Stefanie Glenn. I found your blog from Kim's blog. I couldn't resist commenting on your movie quote:

Much Ado About Nothing!!
(possibly my favorite play/movie of all time)

Against my will I am sent to bid you come in to dinner.

Fair Beatrice, I thank you for your pains.

I took no more pains for those thanks than you take
pains to thank me: if it had been painful, I would
not have come.

You take pleasure then in the message?

Yea, just so much as you may take upon a knife's
point and choke a daw withal. You have no stomach,
signior: fare you well.


Ha! 'Against my will I am sent to bid you come in
to dinner;' there's a double meaning in that 'I took
no more pains for those thanks than you took pains
to thank me.' that's as much as to say, Any pains
that I take for you is as easy as thanks. If I do
not take pity of her, I am a villain; if I do not
love her, I am a Jew. I will go get her picture.