Wednesday, December 23, 2009

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10!

Sebastian counted to ten! The whole way! We were so proud, and so was he.
(What did he count? Trains, of course...)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

things I've been meaning to blog about...

My brother Carl just had this same title for a blog post, and it was so perfect for my laundry list of things that I had to steal it. Thanks, bro!

For the last two weeks, Sebastian has only taken showers. Every night, we ask him if he wants a bath or a shower, and he always picks shower. I'm not sure if it's the novelty, or because mommy and daddy shower and he wants to be like us, or if it's because he gets to take the shower with us, or just that he prefers to have choices, but he loves it. And so do we, as it's removed a source of daily conflict (the screaming as we dragged him into the tub...). He has also learned to wash himself - I rub some soap on him and then he uses his hands to scrub himself down. He names his various body parts as he cleans them, which is really cute.

We had our first snow of the season a few weeks ago, and it was magical to take Sebastian out in it. It's clear he doesn't remember it from last year, so he was amazed to see these big white flakes falling from the sky. We wandered around outside for a while, talking about how cold and wet it was. :) It's also been even more fun to read him books about snow, now that he's seen it. I can't wait until it sticks and we can go sledding and angel-making.

Seebastian and Pipe: Seb is still struggling with the short i sound. So big is beeeg, for example. But he's recently been trying to say his whole name, not just the latter two-thirds, and of course it comes out as Seeebastian. (Our Seabass...) To add insult to injury, his doll's name is Pippin, or Pip, and he can't say that either - he calls him Pipe.

One of Seb's favorite friends at daycare is Nathan. They call each other Nay-nay and Bas, which I just adore. At dropoff the other day, we peered into the room and didn't see anyone (they were down the hall in the infants' room). Sebastian said, "Where'd all the friends go?"

I had to replace Sebastian's shoes the other day - they'd been feeling a bit tight when we put them on, so we went to measure his feet at the shoe store. I was once again mortified to discover that I'd been putting him into shoes that were decidedly too small. He jumped from size 7 to 8.5. But he hates the shoe store, hates new shoes, and hates trying on new shoes. He fussed and cried and threw himself on the floor. So I bought the shoes he's been wearing - the exact same ones - in a bigger size, and just replaced them at home. He didn't notice a thing. I don't know what we'll do next time if we can't find the same ones again.

And finally, Sebastian has discovered the joy of tickling. We tickle him, and he comes after and tickles us (usually at the instigation of the other parent). He'll try to creep up on you and say "Tick-tick-tick!!" while burrowing his little fingers into your belly. It's awesome.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

pee in the potty!

I think the subject line says it all.
Our big boy.


On Sunday we decided to go on our annual Christmas tree-hunting expedition to Wilkens Farm, where you pick your own from the field and have it cut down. Sadly, our car had other ideas, and got a flat tire (we were fortunately still close to home). Steve changed the tire, putting the spare on, and we limped home. We decided not to take the car on the Taconic Parkway up to Wilkens Farm and instead went to a local tree-seller. We played up the idea of the tree to Sebastian and got him very excited about getting a tree.

Tree! Beeg tree! from B. Avery on Vimeo.

The stockings were hung by the chimney/bookcase with care!
Sebastian was very interested in the decorations, particularly the ball baubles. He did a good job of trying to hang them.
Our boy, the next morning, with our fully decorated Christmas tree! (Mama and Daddy finished it up after he'd gone to bed - his interest flagged after 30 minutes or so.)

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