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Monday, March 03, 2014

20 Months

I recently decided to sign up for a Bloglovin account and I have to say I'm really glad I did. It's such a great way to keep track (and categorize!) the many blogs I read. You can follow my blog with Bloglovin here or click the link on the right hand side of the page.

Now, on to more important things.

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Weight: 27 lbs. 9 oz.
Wears: 25% 18 months and 75% 24 months clothes
Shoe size: 6
{New} Words: trash (sas), balloon (boo), uh huh, tada! (da! - with arms outstretched), want (its difficult to write down how he says this word, its really just a sound like "aw" with a tiny bit of an "n" sound at the end), other side (ah sa)
{New} ASL signs: please

Oh my goodness this was the month for language development. He didn't necessarily learn a lot of new words but rather one very important one that makes communication so much easier. Want. How can that one little word make life for a toddler (and his parents) so much less complicated? Oh and he's also speaking in sentences now. I can't figure out if they're 2 or 3 word sentences but most of them go something like this: "(I) want ___." Seriously I can't keep up. At every turn this kid's throwing out a new word and even though they aren't crystal clear I get the idea. Its getting to get to the point where I won't be able to remember them all each month. Oh darn. ;)

On another important note, on February 6th we (well mostly me) officially started night weaning Reuben. He was ready. I was certainly ready and had been for a while. Obviously, since this was my second attempt at it. The first time, a month or maybe two ago, I only made him cut back to nursing once during the night. This time I was determined to get him to sleep through the night, so I could too. Well it didn't take immediately. I tried doing what I did when I night weaned Lily which was to go in to him when I heard him crying for me and explain to him that it was nighttime and that he could have nursies in the morning when the sun comes up. It worked like a charm with Lily. Yeah, he wasn't falling for it. Its so sad to go in to him and explain to him the new plan and hear him scream and watch him push me away and then bite his crib crying for Dada. I feel better knowing that he was doing this even before we started night weaning and I do stay in there with him until he calms down. Most of the time I just sit on the floor next to his crib because he doesn't want me to hold him. So anyway, Andrew went in the second and third nights to help Reuben when he woke up fussing at his usual time. But after that it was up to me. He was still waking up between 5-5:30 and wanting to nurse. The first few nights were rough (maybe 4 nights) but then he had almost a week where he slept right through till morning. Then he started the 5-5:30 wake ups again and it was taking up to 45 minutes to help him calm down and go back to sleep. One night/morning after calming down he laid there awake (as did Lily who had woken up from the screaming) and then they both wanted to get up for the day at 6:30 or 7. Honestly in my sort of permanently exhausted state there were a few nights that I sleepwalked into his room to nurse him without thinking about it. Up until this last week in February I thought about taking a nap with the kids like I did when Reuben was a newborn. Luckily he has started sleeping till 6:00 occasionally and waking up well rested and happy. That makes me happier....and more well rested.

More new stuff this past month:

Whenever someone starts counting "one..." Reuben chimes in with "twooo..."

Requests to watch TV by pointing to it and gets upset if you don't play the right thing. Of course I have to cycle through many shows/movies on Netflix before I get to the right one.

Really enjoys throwing things now. He pulls his arm back, waits for it and lets things fly.

When nursing and he's finished with one side he sits up and asks for the other side (ah sa). He heard me ask him "do you want the other side?" too many times I guess. :)


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