Soooooooo...it's that time of year again. The time of year in which I get excited by just about anything. You know the first day I'm allowed to start playing christmas music non-stop (thanksgiving), turkey cooking, friends gathering, road trips, presents, Santa, NYE, snow, the list goes on and on.
With that thought in mind I figured I would do a brief update while it's still naptime and before I go months without updating because I am far too busy having the best holiday season EVA!
I know it's been months since a real update on Stets, and to fill you in on everything would be stupid. Here's the long and the short of it, which I will elaborate on if I think it's worthy.
He's made new friends who have come to visit. He walks, he talks (kinda), he goes to a kiddie center while I work and has a new favorite person because of it, he's SASSY, he knows all he has to do is grab you by the finger and walk you over to an object and you will perform the task he wants done (turn on the ipad, build a block tower, give him milk, etc), he's looking more and more like a little boy every day, his hair is getting longer and he's getting taller, I'm sad and thrilled at the same time.
We have been very lucky to have loads of visitors lately. First Jeremy was able to visit and hang with our little guy. Then we had the ENTIRE Mayo clan here to go to the Children's Museum and then the American Girl store. With every visitor I am proven more and more how different my life is now than it was 2 years ago. Duh, I know, but before visitors meant nice dinners, nights out and walking around aimlessly for hours looking at the city. NOW I go the children's museum, have pizza delivered and make sure naptime goes uninterrupted.
As for the walking and talking he's pretty much a pro walker now, albeit he still looks kinda tipsy, he no longer appears the drunkest man at the party, but he definitely should not be driving. The talking he's still getting the hang of. He says "higuys" and byeguys" pretty consistanty, and he still says "dots" when you point to the dots on his wall, and he likes to stomp his foot and tell the dog to "GO" because I'm always in a rush and saying that to him, ha! Other words he has said once or twice and pretty much dropped saying them after that (eyes, zeze-for zeki, nose). I'm not concerned, he's only 16 months and the doc says as long as he acts like he's talking to you, he's good - and the boy can babble, that is for sure!
As most of you know I began working again. It's only a part-time gig, which somedays makes me feel like I have 2 full time jobs. I'm up at 4 am to work mornings so I can be home in time to either have Brad go to work, or pick up Stets during my break in the middle of my shift and drop him off at the Kiddie Center where I work. The Kiddie Center is amazing, it is down the hall from the front desk I work at and Stets has fallen in love with a sweet older lady named Swan. Him and Swan have the most precious relationship. When I drop him off there with her he simply says "byeguys" to me while he waves and Swan proclaims "my new son has a arrived", english being her second lanuage makes the sentence that much sweeter. Regardless, they are quite the odd couple and so adorable at that.
He is a sas, for sure! Brad has taken to referring to his sas as a buddhist non-violent protests. If he doesn't want to do or eat something he simply slides to the ground and lays there until the task is either done with loads of forcing him (and crying on his end) or we figure it's not worth the fight.
He is so good and letting you know what he wants by walking you over to whatever it is, babbling about it and then pointing. His favorite thing in the world is taking a bath. About 5 times a day I am led to the bathroom door, where he points to the door knob and tells me in baby talk "bath time, woman!" Since he can't have 5 baths a day I am often left to pick up the pieces of the non-violent protest while I try to distract him with something more fun (there is nothing more fun, but I can try!)
As for the looking more like a little boy, you be the judge:
Here he is at 9months:
And here he is today (well this pic is actually over a month old so you could imagine!):
Other than that, as I said, we are just getting amped for Thanksgiving, then our visitors over Christmas and our Lil Christmas in Cleveland.
Peace, love and strawberries are still his favorite!
Brigid, Brad, Stetson and Zeki