Two and a half. That sounds so old. I've been going through photos since Peter's first birthday (where his baby book/scrapbook ends) and I'm amazed how much bigger and more mature he is than a year ago. In my mind, he's looked the same for at least that long, but it's just in my head. As I mentioned last time, my only photos are from my dad's camera until I hook ours up, but you can get the idea from the one I posted here. Dan buzzed Peter's hair the other day. It's so thick--my hair wasn't that thick at that age. Heck, my hair still isn't that thick. Dan's sister the RN thinks he has some sort of fungal rash on his head (ewww!) that is making his scalp flake, and then when we pick at the skin, his hair comes with it, so he's got a little bald spot now. We're using a special shampoo that will hopefully take care of it.
Peter is saying more words and longer, more complicated sentences, but he's missing some key sounds that mean that I have to translate what he's saying sometimes to most people and I definitely don't catch everything either. S and TH and J are sound like D (my favorite request is to 'ding dong mama').
A big first around here is that Peter is now going to sleep without one of us in the room most nights. My mom got him a tape player so he can play his music without our help and now he's willing to go to sleep listening to his tapes. Dan can actually come downstairs and do things in the evening--astounding.
Aggressiveness towards Leo continues. Now that Leo's on the move, Peter gets upset when Leo attacks his puzzles and train tracks (and Leo instantly moves towards those toys whenever possible). If Leo is playing happily with his own toys, Peter of course decides he wants to be in the baby house too and pushes him out of the way. On days when Leo takes a long afternoon nap (about half the time), Peter and I have a lovely afternoon together, baking, setting up trains, painting, coloring, you name it. The minute Leo's up, it's frustrating again. Sometimes Peter will give Leo toys to play with and he loves giving him hugs, but he's just as likely to shove him over. We haven't had any biting in the past week or two, knock on wood. That might have come back when Leo's mobility increased and decreased as Peter got used to it.
Potty training isn't happening for now. He is getting better about truthfully telling us when his diaper is wet. He was pooping constantly for awhile and was screaming during changes but now that that's past, changes have been better. He'll request a new diaper sometimes.
Crowds and strangers still freak him out pretty badly. At the book release party, the Saint Paul Saints mascot was there and tried to come up to Peter, but he crawled into my mom's lap and screamed. Admittedly, huge pink monsters in baseball jerseys are pretty freaky.
He has become very opinionated about where we should go. In the car, he'll demand that we turn this way, then that way (usually dictated by the nearest way to Bampa and Nana's house or to better see local construction). He also needs to listen to his music in the car, preferably with his window open while he reads a book and holds his blankie. His ability to notice details amazes me--he finds every new toy at my parents' house within 5 minutes of arriving and notices things like different plants in their spare bedroom.
We've been letting him watch more TV in order to deal with the house and he'd be happy watching it all day long. He flops back on the couch and zones out and that alone reaffirms my desire to put the TV somewhere out of the way when we eventually move. Admittedly, letting him watch 20 minutes of Peter Rabbit does let me lie down to nurse Leo to sleep in the afternoon and that's totally worth it. I'd rather he read books or listen to tapes instead, but I'll work on that some other day. I'd love to take my mom's advice and turn his favorite books into follow-along tapes (oooh, then I'd only have to read his Thomas books once!) -- ya know, with a chime when it's time to turn the page. Maybe if I only got them out for Leo's naptime, they'd be especially cool.
Peter is a puzzle-solving machine. He can do 25-30 piece puzzles by himself, especially ones he's done before. He usually asks for help, but doesn't really need it. If I sit by him and talk to him while he works, he'll do them on his own. He likes finding corner pieces and his strategy is to look for halves of things to put together. I enjoy watching him think his way through them. Both sets of grandparents recently bought Candyland and he has figured out that the special candy pieces are far more interesting than the boring color cards. He'll sit down to play, but doesn't stick with a single piece and tends to spread the cards out to find the fun ones. I loved board games as a kid and I hope he'll enjoy them too.
Leo is Half a Year
Leo's independence is shining through already. He has made it clear that everything is much more exciting when he does it by himself. He doesn't sit up, but this week, he began pulling himself into a half-sit where he's still propped with one arm. If I sit him up, he promptly flops back to his belly. He has been able to stand briefly at the couch or low tables since Father's Day, but now he pulls himself over to furniture and stretches up to stand there himself. He'll stay indefinitely, usually until whatever toy he's playing with falls to the floor. He can cruise a little bit along the furniture if something catches his eye a few feet away. Last week, his crawling morphed from an inchwormy hands and toes manuever to a butterfly-stroke-esque approach--he gets up on his hands and knees, stretches out with his hands, then throws his body forward. He'll move from room to room fairly quickly like this. He's kept it up for a week now so I'm curious to see if he'll adopt a standard crawl or not.
He was using both the potty sign and nursing sign for awhile, but I guess the novelty wore off and he doesn't want to bother often now. Often when he has to pee, he moans until we bring him to a potty or he goes in his diaper. He's been demanding to nurse while peeing a lot of the time. At night, he generally pees 4 or 5 times and I catch about 3 of those. Now that he isn't on his belly quite so much, he doesn't seem to pee quite as often during the day, but it's still plenty. We wouldn't have to wash diapers every night, but we have more than one load per two days, so it's easier to just wash every night still.
Leo had a rough day today--he fell out of bed after napping (I thought Dan was with him so I didn't go upstairs immediately when he woke until I heard the thunk), then hit his head a few times after either standing by the couch or just moving from his hands and knees. He hadn't pooped in two days (really unusual for him) and I think that kept him from falling asleep in the evening, so when he finally pooped, he stayed awake and was just whiny and tired until late.
I need to schedule his 6 month well-baby check, but he seemed to be 19 lbs according to a home scale the other day. He needs 9-12 month shirts for his long torso, but anything 6-12 months fits for pants and one piece clothes. Peter was so chunky that he moved into 12-18 month clothes at 6 months, so it's nice to be able to use cool weather smaller clothes this time.
His second tooth came in exactly 2 weeks after the first (Aug 22nd) and his mood improved considerably. I've been putting him on my back in the Ergo whenever we're out of the house and he'll stay content for a decent chunk of time in there. He fell asleep in it as I mowed the lawn once.
He was saying Mamamama when distressed for awhile, but hasn't done that much recently.
He pinches as he nurses and I'm getting tired of that very quickly.
He's a big smiler and always grins at anyone who smiles at him. I catch him flirting with people behind us at church regularly. He seems to save the biggest smiles for me, though :)