Thursday, October 27, 2011

milestone: sixteen months

We are having SO MUCH FUN at sixteen months. Miles is growing more verbal every day so communicating is getting easier. He is also communicating in other ways - he goes to his booster seat when he wants to eat or drink; he goes to the stairs when he is ready for a nap or bedtime; and he marches in place/stomps excitedly and points when he wants something, like to go outside where he also pulls on the door handle (maybe potty training will be a breeze!).

Miles is really interested in cars, trucks, trains and airplanes. He loves the sounds and gets really excited when a loud truck goes by or a plane is overhead.

We took a trip to the zoo this past weekend so we could spend time outside enjoying the final warm days of fall. The animals were very alert, and Miles had fun watching and talking to them -- the wolves, singing dogs, otter and sea lion were big hits.

We're getting excited for Halloween. Miles tried on his lion costume last weekend and wore it briefly so we need to work on that the next few days so he's ready for Monday.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

more fall fun

ISU Homecoming was this weekend, and we also made a trip to the pumpkin patch. I love this time of year!

At the parade, Miles love the bands and tractors. He also yelled and pointed at the Sonic mascot (a milkshake?). The pumpkin patch was an adventure this year compared to last year that's for sure. Miles was here, there and everywhere! He fell into a pumpkin stem and scratched his nose. Posing for pictures - I don't think so! We did our best to catch him in action. He liked sitting in the tractor wheel so that was an easy one.

We've been working on nap transition for a week and it's been so-so. Miles has taken anywhere from a 30min nap (at school) to a 3 hr nap (at home last weekend). He took 2 naps today at home with nana -- he was pointing to go upstairs and get his binky so sorta hard to fight it when he's that tired! He fell asleep in the bean bag chair at school yesterday after lunch (but then only slept for 30 min) we're going to keep working on it and hopefully it'll all work out eventually.

New words: tissue (he loves to get one out of the box, wipe his nose and then put in his mouth or tear it apart), giggle (said it today!), no (in full swing) and boo (he's been saying this for awhile but it's so timely now with Halloween!).

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

bye bye bottle

SUCCESS in bottle weaning has been achieved!! We dropped the evening bottle on Sunday, and Miles didn't even notice. As I suspected, this one was a lot easier than the morning bottle. Hooray! I am so proud of Miles. He doesn't fuss or cry when he sees his cup in the morning so things are going great with the cup in general. In fact, he's showing more and more interest in drinking from a regular cup so he gets impatient with his sippy sometimes. Sigh....he grows up so fast!

Miles' vocab continues to expand. He's mimicking a lot of words and phrases and is close to saying "go blue" for Michigan. We've avoided "no" so far, but he's starting to say versions of it and applying it correctly so I'm sure that'll be in full swing soon. Roaring like a bear/lion is his new favorite sound :)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

autumnal fest

 Miles meets the kitty scarecrow
 playing in the straw
two cute redbirds