Warning: this post is all over the place! It is hard to make catchup posts flow smoothly, because there is so much to share!
I can’t believe I have let almost 2 months go by without updating! That is definitely a record! I want to do better, I do! However, life has been incredibly busy and full of conflicting demands on my time. Unfortunately, this blog is one of the things I have let slip! I am going to try to do better, and I think it will get easier as Liam gets older. But for now, we are in the peak of the crazy toddler stage! And, as anyone who has ever parented a toddler can vouch, it’s…well it’s crazy!!! Fun, but crazy.
Liam is doing great. He has completely recovered from mono, and is running around all over the place. He loves the outdoors. In fact, if he is upset, a trip outside instantly calms him. I have been taking him out on nightly stroller rides, and he is really enjoying that.
In addition to the few words he says, he constantly speaks this super cute “guda guda” jibberish. I have recorded it on my phone, but haven’t gotten a video yet. I need to get on that before he stops!
He shakes his head both “yes” and “no” and knows what they mean. He mostly uses the “no” head shake - “yes” is newer to him. But, if I offer him something to eat he doesn’t want, he’ll shake his head “no”. Or, if he takes a bite (or drink) of something that doesn’t appeal to him, he’ll start shaking his head. He also does it if he hears someone say the word “no”. I DO have that on video – I will have to share it soon!
He is such a sweet boy – he smiles and laughs all the time, and he always has time to stop and give us love. He also freely shares his hugs with just about anyone, which is always a big hit! I am glad he is still a snuggle bug – I have had so many parents of toddlers tell me their babies don’t have time for such things! But all that sweetness doesn’t keep him from throwing fits or from being a mischievious little boy! I usually try to react to the fits, other than to divert his attention or pick him up to calm him. They can be frustrating, especially in the middle of a store or restaurant, but I know they won’t last forever.
In addition to making us smile, making our hearts melt, and admittedly, making us want to pull our hair out sometimes, Liam also is quite good at making us laugh with the cute little things he does. A few weeks ago, we were out shopping with Liam’s Great-Grandma Mohr and Great-Aunt Cindy, and we went into Gymboree to look at some potential Easter outfits. We kept handing him hats, because I was trying to find one he would keep on his head. Nathan pulled a baseball cap off the shelf and handed it to him, he looked at it, and said “dada”. He knows exactly who wears those kinds of hats!
He is also very smart. I have this speaker dock for my iPod and phone at home, and it came with a remote that I never use. I may have used it once or twice since I had it. Well, Liam loves to play with remotes, and so the other day, I handed him that one to play with as a replacement for the tv remote I had just taken from him. He took it, walked into the room where my speaker dock is located, and started pointing the remote at it! I was amazed. He also knows how to turn the tv off and on with the tv remote. He is our tech savvy little man!
In March, we went on vacation to Emerald Isle, NC. We rented a house right on the beach, and it was wonderful! It was beautiful, quiet, and just an overall relaxing trip. Liam did great on the flight both to AND from NC – he slept the entire plane ride! I was so grateful for that – he had meltdowns at the airport, and I was worried he was going to be a difficult passenger. I think there was too much to see at the airport, and he wanted to get down and explore it! I walked him around a little, and that seemed to help.
While we were in NC, we got to spend some time with my amazing friend Lori & her sweet boy Luke! We went to the aquarium with them one day, and the boys had such a great time walking around and looking at all of the different sea creatures! And then another day, Lori and Luke came out to the rental house and we let the boys play on the beach. They dug in the sand, ate the sand, and watched the seagulls. (As a side note, please send Lori & her family some prayers. I don’t want to say why without first asking her permission, but they could use them right now.)
Here are some pictures from our trip:
This past week-end, as everone knows, was Easter. On Saturday, Liam had a great time doing an Easter egg hunt with his cousins Ella and Nolan. Here are some pictures from that day.
We also visited Madelyn’s grave. We took her some flowers for Easter, and I thought about how much I miss her, and how much I wish she could be a bigger part of our holiday traditions than graveside flowers. Some days, losing her seems so fresh. Other days, it feels like another lifetime. But I always miss her, and always wish she could experience life with us.
And then, here are some pictures of him in his new Easter outfit. He got some new books, llama plush toy (we love the Llama Llama books at our house – I’m thinking 2nd birthday party theme!), some yogurt melts, puffs, a new sippy cup, and even a little bit of candy.
I know I’m missing some things, but I at least covered the big things, I think! I’ll try not to let 2 months go by next time. In fact, today is his 15 month checkup, so I’ll be sure to update after that!