Thursday, November 19, 2009

Random Thoughts From Inside My Head

There are a lot of questions that I would love for Ephraim to be able to answer:
*What is your fascination with the dog water and why do you like to drink from it like a dog?
*Who taught you to be sneaky and call the dog and then sneak him food? Why is that taking your food from you does not deter you from this behavior?
*Why do you cry and shake your head no emphatically when I ask if you want to take a shower with me and then not want to get out when the shower is done?
*Why do you think hitting is funny?
*Why do you pick up toys at other peoples homes, but not at ours?
*Why can you sleep 10 hours straight but never 11 or 12?
*Why am I not allowed to sit on the couch when we are in the living room?
*Why did you cry when I left you with your dad for 2 hours? You love him.

Things I am loving about Ephraim right now:
*when he wakes up in the morning he immediately asks for Daddy and then Wallis
*he loves to help - unload the dishwasher, wipe the table/chairs, he tries to give me toilet paper any time I am in the bathroom (brushing my teeth, doing hair, etc)
*if both Forrest and I are home - he wants to be with Forrest. He loves his daddy.
*I love how rough and tumble he is and then will run over and give you a hug and say "hi"
*he knows and loves all of his grandparents - I think it is funny that he tries to get away with things he knows he can't do at home
*he is still a snuggler when he is tired
*how he has figured out both baseball and soccer without either of us teaching him
*he will let you know if he doesn't like something - he has strong opinions
*he loves to kiss and hug
*he understands that mommy is trying to get things organized in their house and tries to help

Friday, November 06, 2009

19 months

I cannot believe that my baby is 19 months old. He just keeps growing and growing.
At his 18 month check up his stats were:
weight: 24 pounds, 6 ounces (20th percentile)
height: 34 inches (90th percentile)
head: 18 something inches (20th percentile)

Ephraim has only gained 1 ounce since his 12 month appointment. Our doctor is pretty concerned with how much he has fallen off of his growth chart. He does not really like dairy products and the doctor thinks he isn't getting enough fat calories. I was instructed to give him as many whole milk products as he will allow me too - and was given permission to sweeten his milk with chocolate. He has been eating whole milk yogurt for breakfast every morning since. The doctor also told me to give him orange juice with calcium. We have to go back in December for a weight check to make sure that he is gaining.
Words Ephraim says on a regular basis:
mama - mom
ma ma - more
dada - dad
"hi - is" - Hi Wallis
ga-ga - cracker
da - down
ba - ball
honks like a truck
nana - banana
ap - apple
juz - juice
dap- diaper
bu - button
shoes - shoes and socks (they both go on feet)
ha - hat
His vocabulary seems to be growing every day and there are quite a few words that he has said once, but doesn't use them in the correct context - crazy, pumpkin, etc.
do you like the look on his face - I tell him one two three and he smiles after I take the picture.

We seem to play catch all day long. He cannot get enough of balls at the moment. He appears to grasp the concept of softball as he will bring me a ball - stand about 5 feet away with his "bat" (any stick like object he can find) - will swing after I throw the ball and then run in a circle, bring the ball back to me and go back to his original spot with a bat. I think we are going to get him a little baseball set for Christmas. He also loves to play golf with his balls and sticks. (I am writing this and having a hard time imagining dolls in my future - but I know they will be there!) Ephraim loves to help me cook and loves to stir.
wreaking havoc in his bedroom - see all the books on the floor and the empty bookshelf?

Ephraim's favorite foods at the moment are yogurt, breakfast sausage, chicken and macaroni and cheese. Trying to get him to eat a lot of vegetables has become a battle. He loves to be independent and sit on a big chair at the table eating breakfast and lunch. We go through multiple outfits a day because of the messes he makes doing things by himself. He climbs on anything and everything and taught himself how to climb up a ladder last weekend. He is still an inconsistent sleeper - but has been doing much better and will sleep 10 hours straight once or twice a week. We are having so much fun with him at this stage - even with the tantrums.

Thomasson Farm

From mid-October:

Ephraim and I took advantage of a break in the October rain to visit Thomasson farm in Enumclaw. They have a cute kiddie play area and we were looking to get out of the house. First stop was the tractor. Ephraim loves tractors and saw this and ran to it.
Right after he got down from the tractor, I went to the milking station with the pretend cow and thought he followed me. I turned around and saw his jacket running into the little corn maze. Oops.

He didn't know what to think of riding a horse. They had a bubble station that he loved as well as a rubber ducky racing station that he thought was fun.
We visited the animals they had out. Ephraim is waving to them and saying "Hi Wallis". He did it to all of the animals.
His favorite part was this area filled with corn kernels. I went in with him and sunk to my ankles, so I have no idea how deep it was. We probably spent 30 minutes in there.
We couldn't leave without being locked up in jail. We had a lot of fun and will be sure to visit next year.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Baby #2

Gestational age: 20 weeks 6 days
Weight gain: a total of 8 pounds

So far everything looks great. I have stopped feeling nauseous and feel like I have more energy - which is a good thing since Ephraim is non stop. The baby has been moving quite a bit and likes to kick Ephraim when he touches my belly. I think she is going to give him a run for his money. That's right - we found out today that we are having a little girl! I'm still in a little bit of shock, because I wasn't expecting a girl (although it was a 50/50 chance, so I don't know why I wasn't better prepared). She looked good on the ultrasound, although she didn't give us any great pictures. To be honest, Forrest and I both think that right now she looks like an alien. :)
I have been getting several requests for belly pictures. The one on the left is me this morning and the one on the right is me at 20 weeks with Ephraim.