They are 13 and a half months now and it seems the older they get the harder it is for me to write their progress. I wish I was better at documenting their development because my memory stinks and I won't remember any of this.
Dean is... • is so restless at bedtime, it takes forever for him to get to sleep and Rod is scared to sleep train, I might need to intervene. • throws temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way (isn't that every child?) • loves going outside and enjoys the wind in his face • gets so excited when he sees cats and dogs but won't reach out to pet them • is a ferocious corn on the cob eater. He will gum every last kernel off the cob. • gets a diaper full of corn the next day • He might have been slower to start learning to climb the stairs but he can now climb up the stairs in record time. • has learned to crawl down the stairs and climb off furniture after only being shown once how to scoot off. • his top teeth have yet to come in all the way. • has become more clingy • is destructive with paper, will tear it to shreds • makes a mad dash for the fridge when he sees it open • still a loud talker • hates diaper changes • forms attachments to bags filled with stuff and will drag it around the house. He dragged a paper decoration ball around for 3 days straight, a helium balloon for a week. • still hates hats and anything place on his head • loves play dates with Samantha, host family child of Tang's friend, another au pair. • he does the sign for milk and all gone • when asked where his ball is, he goes around the house looking for it. • he kicks the ball around
Sam is... • still climbs on everything and gets into every thing • has a horrible temper and shrieks, clenches his fist and shakes and has resorted to biting Dean when they fight • likes corn but not on the cob • makes a mad dash for an open gate and goes for the cat food every time • climbs stairs but has not mastered scooting down stairs has not grasps the concept of sliding off furniture • has 3 top teeth • went through a rough time sleep training but now will get on his pillow and go to sleep with minimal to no fussing. goes down for naps pretty easily • becoming a picky eater and will squeeze food through his lips to protest • still without a full head of hair but gets lots of pimples • does not share toys • squats to poop and sometimes finds a private corner or behind couch to do the deed. Hopefully potty training him will be easy. • still a mama's boy • has had croup twice and went to emergency room once • thinks is is hilarious putting a bowl on his head • he grabs my face and goes in like he is biting me but I think it is his way of giving kisses • likes opening and closing the safety gates • loves saying "uh-oh"
I am always so amazed at how far they have come. They are such sweet boys and I love hearing them laugh and play. Their smiles are so genuine. They give hugs. They show their love by wanting to be close to us. I know these times go by fast and they will one day not want to be so affectionate. So Rod and I will cherish these days.