Tuesday, January 31, 2012

1 and 1/2

Our dear boy turned 1 and 1/2 the other day. I've been trying to compose a post in my head and finally decided to just sit down and write one.

His check up is Thursday morning and I can't wait to see how much taller he is. He is one tall and skinny dude. When I bought his winter clothes several months ago, I got some 18 month sizes and some 24 month sizes. He's about to be too tall for all of the 18 month ones.

It's harder now to pinpoint new milestones. He's definitely into stacking things. He still loves throwing balls around. He does his "exercises" on his wooden platform - he doesn't just like to use it as a step down, he also puts his back foot back up there and goes back up onto it. He seems to be an athletic boy - but he's not at all a dare-devil. I like that.

One thing that has changed, although I couldn't say when it started, is his sleeping habits. I blame Nerdstar for the changes. It used to be that he'd get tired and we'd put him in his bed with his glow worm and blanket and he'd go right to sleep. Then he started wanting Nerdstar to stay in there while he fell asleep at night. Now, he wants one of us in there when he goes to sleep for naps or night time. Ugh. It's not too bad at nap time, he usually goes to sleep in 10 to 30 minutes. But sometimes at night it takes over an hour. He'll act like he's ready to go to sleep, then lay in the bed and fidget, or "talk" to her, or clap his hands (no idea why). If she tries to leave before he's sound asleep, he cries like he's dying.

One cute thing, though, if he is tired and you ask if it's "glow worm time" he'll run to his room and grab onto his crib and wait for you to put him in bed! And most days in addition to his nap, he'll take one or two "breaks" where he'll run to his crib and stand there and we put him in and he lays there with his glow worm for about ten minutes. Then he's ready to play again.

He's not talking yet, but he understands more and more of what we say to him. For a long time now if you ask him something, he'll say "yeah". But it's not universal - he doesn't agree to just anything/everything. He'll say yeah to stuff he likes to eat, but won't say it to asking if he wants steak and eggs. So, this weekend we were talking about having baby #2 (still at 90% NO) and Nerdstar asked him if he wanted a baby in the house - he just laughed and laughed! It was too funny.

He's still watching his you.tube videos a couple of times a day. He still loves John John on Sesame Street. We talk about getting him a little tv with wi-fi or roku or something, but that would be more for us than for him. For now most of the time we sit with him on our lap and get some snuggle time while he watches. But we also use it at dinner time some nights and put him in his high chair in front of the computer so we can eat in peace.

The most frustrating thing is still his eczema. We pretty much keep him in onsies so he can't get to his skin to scratch it. The cream works on his face, but not on the spots on his legs and feet. So, when we undress him to change his diapers it's a horrible fight with him to try to keep him from scratching. Lately, we've even put mittens on his hands to just get through it. We've scheduled another visit with the derm for him, we're hoping that in light of what we've tried so far, and the new info about his allergies, we can find a new strategy.

Most importantly, he's still the cutest, smartest, most wonderful kid in the world.


meridith said...

Although I'm sorry to hear that the eczema persists, it's so cool to hear about him powering down at his crib! Hang in there on the sleeping. Does he need to see you in the room or just know if you're there? You could sit further and further each night til you're out the door...

beth said...

Heh. Today he didn't nap until 3! He spent at least 40 minutes bouncing around his crib like a pinball - with yelling included. Ugh. Then again, he woke up kinda hyper this morning.

Moreso with Ching, but yes, he needs us to be in the room where he can see us. I usually sit in the rocking chair with my eyes closed hoping he'll follow suit.