Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Braeden and me at GCM. Doesn't he look silly with his little legs sticking straight out like that???

I forgot to mention this, but we decided to join the Greensboro Children's Museum (GCM from now on!). It was a great deal for a one-year membership, and clearly Braeden loves the place. We have a great time there! This past Saturday morning, Braeden and I met Emily there for a fun-filled morning. She took these great pics!

As you can see, Braeden wants to use a spoon and eat from a bowl. Unfortunately his idea of this kind of eating is to dump the contents of the bowl onto his tray and to use the spoon to smear the food around. Here he was eating refried beans. Messy, but cute!

Mat pushed Braeden around the track. Braeden laughed and laughed at how fast they were going.

Here's Braeden at the Greensboro Children's Museum in one of the push cars. He kinda sorta understands that he needs to walk his feet to make the car move. Mostly he likes to get in and get out. And he really likes to shut the door!

Too Long

It's been a really, really long time since I last posted an update to the blog. April has been an insane month at work for me which is the excuse I'm using for the lapse here. But anyway, on with the news.

Braeden will be 16 months old next week! His new big thing is pitching a fit. I remember writing on here that he'd finally sat up on his own, crawled, stood, walked, and now I get to write about temper tantrums. The other milestones were much more fun to live through! He started having tantrums earlier this month and they've become more frequent as the month wore on. Typically he resorts to a tantrum when he's hungry or thirsty, but sometimes it's just because we won't let him do what he wants to do. I know it's perfectly normal, but it's really hard to watch your perfectly complacent kid turn into a screaming, thrashing monster rolling on the floor and shoving you, the paccy, or his sippy cup away from him. We pretty much let him get it out of his system, then try to give him what he wants (if he's hungry).

I've been working with him in the hopes he'll start talking soon. Cat, foot, fan, cup, these are just some of the words I'm trying out with him. He points a lot at the lights, the ceiling fan, his mobile, or one of the surround speakers. Each time he points, I tell him the word again.

A couple weeks ago he went to the doctor for his 15-month check-up. He had two shots, but otherwise it was a good visit. He weighed in at 24 pounds 13 ounces, and is in the 50th percentile for weight and 25th for height. The doctor was pleased with how he's doing.

Today was school picture day for the infants and toddlers at the day care. We dressed Braeden in a new white tee shirt with a green sea turtle on the front and a pair of jeans (since it was only in the 60s today). He looked adorable. But it probably doesn't matter. Each time the photographer is there, Braeden does nothing but scream. He hams it up for us, but will not cooperate for the professional.

That's all the news for now. But I will send a few pictures I've taken with my camera phone to the blog so you can see how he looks now.

Monday, April 3, 2006

Sunday--Lindley Park & the Arboretum

On Sunday we took Braeden to a park in Greensboro. We put him in a swing for the first time...and he just smiled and smiled!

Braeden rode for a while in his stroller but when we got to this park, we let him down. He walked all around checking everything out before settling down in the swing. After a few minutes, we could tell he was done and itching to get down. He wandered up to a VERY nice family who offered him gatorade, sierra mist, and cheetos. Unfortunately Braeden can't drink from a can and I'm not ready to let him cheetos, but it was very sweet of them to offer after he crashed their party.

He kept walking until he ran into a basketball court where some young guys were shooting hoops. Braeden was determined to charge onto the court, so it was really hard to convince him otherwise. When he's a little older, we might have to get him a nerf hoop and ball to play with!

We put him back in the stroller and walked a little more before heading him. It was a perfect day!

Saturday--Greensboro Children's Museum

Here's Braeden at the Greensboro Children's Museum. I took Braeden over there Saturday morning and we had the best time!

You can tell he didn't love the rocker I put him on, but he humored me for the sake of the photo. He also didn't like it when I put him in the ring full of plastic balls. But he did like to grab two balls and carry them around, hit them together, throw them, retrieve them, and present them to other parents who always thanked him very seriously. :) He also liked climbing up a pyramid-shaped foam structure. Two sides were steps that he could climb, one side was like a slide which he slid down face-first, and the other was a rippled slide that he could climb up on all fours. He liked sitting at the top like a little king too.

I can't wait to take him back there (and Mat too!).