Happy 1 and a half years little dude!

Can’t believe Miles is halfway to 2.  18 months old.  1 and a half years.  Crazy how fast time is flying and how big he is.  Every month his personality grows by leaps and bounds.  His little personality is budding, as are the tantrums, his need for independence, and the “no’s”.  Who knew such a little person could be so much fun but also such a huge challenge.  What’s he been up to?
–96% for height: 34.25 inches and 93% for weight: 29 pounds, still our chubber dude.
–So so active.  Climbs on everything.  Including running across the kitchen table.  Eyes on Miles at all times.
–Talking lots!  Favorite words he says: “poppu” for popcorn, “pzzzzz” for please, “sanack” for snack, “kneeeeeee” for of course knee, “shoezzzzzz” for shoes, “pay pay” for Payton, “blub blubs” for Goldfish crackers, “i wubu” for I love you, “nana” for banana…plus a million other words…but these are my fav.  =)
–Knows lots of body parts, especially poking at my eyes, ears, and tongue.
–Food he loves: popcorn, chicken nuggets, turkey meatballs, ketchup, pureed sweet potatoes, raisins, yogurt, grilled cheese sandwich, PB&J sandwich, and bananas.  Soooo picky, hates almost every veggie and most fruits.
–Sleeping 8pm-7:40am, naps 2pm-4pm.
–LOVES to dance and sing.  Gives the best hugs and kisses.  Super sweet little snuggler.  Loves reading books, playing with balls, playing with the play kitchen.  Loves to be outside, swing, slide, and climb.  Loves to laugh, especially back and forth with big sister.
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Little dudes first haircut!

As Miles hair got longer, started covering his ear, and super frizzy…I finally had to bite the bullet and schedule him a haircut.  I waited and waited because I assumed he would freak out.  And…he did.  But only for the first few minutes!  We went to Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids in Bellevue…and they were AMAZING.  He sat in his SWAT truck, had bubbles blown at him, his favorite show “Daniel Tiger” on the TV, and toy after toy handed to him.  He sat there for 15-20 minutes and let a stranger, a very nice stranger, cut his hair!  It ended with balloons and a sucker.  Happy kid and proud Mama right here!  And he is oh so handsome now, or even more handsome should I say.

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Disciplined by a 3 year old

Lately Payton has been going through a phase where her feelings are easily hurt.  Basically if you say “no” or tell her to stop doing something she runs off to a corner by herself and pouts.  Or else she just puts her head down right where she is at and says “Mama, I am so sad, you really hurt my feelings.  You shouldn’t be mean like that.”

But lately, with Byron, she is less pouty and instead disciplines him for “being mean to me”.  Lately it has looked a lot like this:

Payton standing up on the couch.
Byron: Payton you need to sit on your bottom.
Payton now flopping all over the couch and almost falls off.
Byron: I’m not going to tell you again to sit on your bottom, next time you are going to your room.
Payton: Dad, you don’t talk to me like that!  You need to be nice!  Now you can’t go to work!  No more WORK for you!
Byron: Oh no, no more work for me?
Payton: NO!  You aren’t allowed to go to work any MORE!  Mama can go to work.
Me: Oh, yay for me.

And this goes on just about everyday.  Byron’s not allowed to go to work, but I am.  So driving Payton to camp the other morning:

Payton: Where is Daddy at this morning?
Me: Daddy is at work silly goose.
Payton: OH NO!  I have told him a hundred times, he is NOT allowed to go to WORK!!  He doesn’t listen at all!

So that day Byron came home from work early while Payton was still at camp to meet some guys for house repairs.  On my way home from picking her up:
Me: Hey Pay Pay, Daddy is home now.
Payton: Why?
Me: Well, I called him at work and told him that you said he wasn’t allowed to go to work.  So he came home.
Payton: ……
….Silence….
I look back at her in my rearview mirror and she is just smiling ear to ear, biggest smile all day.
Payton whispers: Oh daddy, he did listen.
Payton louder: Ok Mama, now you can go to work.
Me: …sigh…

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Snippits of our Awesome Week

Phone in hand, these are some of the pics of the fun we had this past week.  I didn’t have to work very much + Payton didn’t have summer camp = nearly a full week of awesome fun with my cuties.  We had playdates, music class, Kids Museum, fun in the sprinkler, bouncy house, and so much more.  Such a fun little week.
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17 months old!

Another month has flown by.  We have a little dude who is definitely a little toddler now, a destructive tornado of a little boy.
— Ever since he had tubes put in his ears last month…he can finally hear again and is talking up a storm!  I can’t even list all the words he is saying…because he is finally talking..a lot!  He is one opinionated little dude, he isn’t shy on saying “no!”.
— He is pushing the limits and boundaries…he knows right from wrong…but that doesn’t stop him.
— He LOVES to sing and dance.  He has a great little booty shake and even sings the words of some of the songs!  He can sing a few words to Beyoncé “All the Single Ladies” and Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”.  He can hum the tune and sing a bit of the ABCs, Baa Baa Black Sheep, and Twinkle Little Star.
— He is walking down the stairs now.  He completely skipped the belly slide and went straight to walking.  I was in shock.  Payton saw him first and said “Oh my gosh Mom!  Look at Miles!  He is WALKING down the stairs like a big person! Good job little chubber!”.
— He is now a rock star at eating with a spoon!  Sometimes he still prefers to use his hand as a shovel, but at least I know he can use a spoon.  He still HATES veggies unless they are pureed and mixed with fruit.  He currently loves: yogurt, mandarin oranges, bananas, raisins, popcorn, Peanut Butter Lara Bars, chicken nuggets, and humus.
— Found out the hard way that bubbles in the bath…scare him to death!  Poor guy.
— I can no longer get out the water table without him thinking it’s his personal pool to climb in and play.  Turn my back for 3 seconds to put away the hose and in he goes, fully clothed.  Every single time.

Our little dude over the past month:
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Texas or bust…

Spent a couple weeks in Texas to visit family…both sets of grandparents and lots of Aunts and Uncles.  An adventure it was.  I travelled with both kids solo since Byron was pretty sick, and he joined us a few days later.  I spent the first few days sick, then it was Miles turn, and Byron ended it sick again.  Even though on any given day somebody wasn’t feeling great, we still managed to have a wonderful time.  Payton was in heaven…she absolutely loved swimming and was spoiled rotten with attention.  Miles had a difficult time, no feeling well + stranger danger = whole trip spent glued to my hip.  Now if everyone in Texas would move on up to Seattle, that would make life so much easier!  =)  And it is not nearly as HOT here.  Phew, it was hot there.  Crazy hot.  Lots of pics of our visit:

headed to Texas!

headed to Texas!

Payton picked all of Nana's flowers...oops!

Payton picked all of Nana’s flowers…oops!

at the zoo w/ Aunt Rachel

at the zoo w/ Aunt Rachel

pic courtesy of Gpa

pic courtesy of Gpa

pic courtesy of Gpa

pic courtesy of Gpa

pic courtesy of Gpa

pic courtesy of Gpa

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His favorite part of the day, wagon rides!

His favorite part of the day, wagon rides!

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Game night...boys vs girls

Game night…boys vs girls

So much fun with Aunt Rachel!

So much fun with Aunt Rachel!

not too fond of Uncle Mikey yet

not too fond of Uncle Mikey yet

best buds

best buds

his new ride

his new ride

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sillies

sillies

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navigating the zoo

navigating the zoo

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nightly routine with Nana

nightly routine with Nana

silly with Uncle Tuesday

silly with Uncle Tuesday

happy 4th of July from Texas!

happy 4th of July from Texas!

master smoker of all meats

master smoker of all meats

Aunt Leslie  =)

Aunt Leslie =)

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how he spent most of the trip

how he spent most of the trip

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barbies w/ Aunt Hal

barbies w/ Aunt Hal

corn!

corn!

playing with her new chalkboard from GG

playing with her new chalkboard from GG

the princess crown goes to...GG!

the princess crown goes to…GG!

he wears it well!

he wears it well!

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putting her to work

putting her to work

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lots of swimming with Grandpa

lots of swimming with Grandpa

climbed in the water table all by himself...sigh

climbed in the water table all by himself…sigh

a Curious George afternoon

a Curious George afternoon

we celebrated Miss Shirley turning 80!

we celebrated Miss Shirley turning 80!

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16 months old!

Our little dude is 16 months old…I say it every month…so crazy, he is growing so fast!  He is definitely a little man now, a little toddler, a little dude.
–He is starting to finally talk, a lot more!  He had tubes put in at the beginning of the month after dealing with 3 months of chronic ear infections and fluid filled ears.  Finally no more ear pulling and muffled hearing.  Every day he is saying a new work.  And starting to mock Payton with it!  Payton was being silly and fell on the ground, started whining and saying “ouch, ouch, ouch, ouchie!” and right away Miles looked at her and in a mocking whiny voice said “oooouchie”.  She stopped whining immediately after that!
–He is mastering the spoon, he can eat most of his oatmeal now with 80% of it making it into his mouth!
–He still hates just about all fruits and veggies.  Grrrrr.  Still a meat and carb eater. –Sleeping 11 hours at night with a 2 hour nap.
–Sob, sob, sob…just about fully weaned from nursing.  I think this is harder on Mama than Miles.  A bit sad…a baby no more.
–Still running, climbing, and destroying everything.  Going through the awful phase of hair pulling and biting…no fun.
–Loves stacking blocks, throwing balls, digging in dirt, splashing in water, reading books, and singing and dancing. SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC

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