Thursday, July 30, 2009

Leo's been here 15 months

Leo is walking now—really walking! He walks around the house, in the driveway and in public places. He still likes the proposal scoot about 40% of the time though.

Here’s what else Leo is into:
He just finished up his first session of music class. Whenever we even say the word “music class” he sings, “Bah bah bah.”

And speaking of music, he insists on listening to his “Leo music” in the car. All the time. Wherever we go.

He’s always loved Twinkle Twinkle but now that Granny Jo taught him the hand motions to go with it, he has a renewed love for this classic tune. He puts his hands up and does “twinkling” motions when we sing it and also makes a little diamond with his fingers.

He’s not just musically inclined, though. He also likes other finer things like literature. He’s really into “Pat the Bunny” although he calls it, “Paul.” His favorite part is when Judy plays peek-a-boo with Paul. Leo says, “Hi, P-P-Paul.”

In fact, “Hi” is his favorite expression. You’ll hear him say it on the video below. He especially likes to hide behind you and when you turn around he says, “HI!!”

He’s still chatting away and adding words all the time. Some new faves are: Rah Rah (for Grandmother and Grandpa Ron), “Guh guh” (for Granny Jo), “Ot-sey” (for Popsy) and Dah-son (for Dawson). He’s really into saying names lately. A few other regular words are “Baby” (he sounds French; you’ll hear it in the video), “Yeah,” “Slide,” “Truck,” “Flower,” and “Book.” Unfortunately, I think his favorite word is “No,” most especially, “No-no-no-no.” He answers any question with “no” including, “Do you want to go to Disney World?”

He knows lots of body parts but his favorite is his belly button. And our belly buttons.

If we’re in a room with a few people he can point at everyone by name. For instance, we’ll say, “Where is Mary?” and he points at the right person (even if he just met them)! Sometimes we think it’s just process of elimination like if we’re in a room with mama, dada, Granny Jo and someone else he’s like, “Duh, of course that must be Mary. I know everyone else’s names.”

He’s still super social and will go up to everyone, even workers who come to the house.

He likes to hug and kiss—people and his stuffed animals (as you’ll see in the pictures).

He’s still wild about balls. He throws them really well.

We like to ask him, “Leo, what’s on your shirt?” and he pulls out his shirt, looks down and says some random word—usually “car.” He’s often right since lots of little boy clothes have cars on them.

If you’ve had enough bragging, here’s a complaint: He’s a picky eater! He doesn’t like much right now but I’m hoping it’s a phase. The only things he’s excited about are yogurt and milk and sometimes cheese. I think he’s a dairy guy like mommy.

And this whole “feeding himself” thing is a big mess.

He may not be into food but he loves getting into the kitchen cabinets. He pretty much just tears the kitchen apart on a daily basis.

Oh, I have so much more to say but maybe I’ll save them for future blogs.

Happy 15 months, Leo!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Leo the Sailor Man

I have two reason that Leo reminds me of a sailor:

1. Whenever he sneaks his way into the fridge, he goes for the spinach:

2. When he scoots around with his cup, he reminds me of a drunken sailor:

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mush Mouth

Growing up my dad (now known as Grandpa Ron) used to say I had a “mush mouth.” For instance, I’d say, “Can I have a sip of your drink?” And he’d say, “I don’t want your mush mouth all over it.”

I think Leo inherited my mush mouth.

When we feed him with a spoon he insists on holding his own spoon. At first he just needed to hold the spoon. Now he wants to actually dip it into the bowl (or jar) and try to feed himself. I understand that we’re supposed to encourage this as it helps him develop his fine motor skills and become less dependent on us.

But, woah, is it messy. Here are some pics of our little mush mouth:

And here is what feeding him looks like with the dueling spoons:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

From Top to Bottom

Here is Leo, showing off his many parts. I forgot to quiz him on eyes but trust me, he knows that one the best! (And I promise I only gave him a hint on one of them!)

Monday, July 13, 2009

And I would walk 500 Miles

Over the past few weeks Leo has taken a few steps each day. But yesterday--in an effort to impress his Grandmother or "Rah Rah" as he calls her--he did a personal best by walking from his room, across a hallway and into the office/playroom. That's about 20 Leo steps.

Here he is on the end of that walk:

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Dahlonega: a good back-up plan

We set out on the Monday after 4th of July for Big Canoe--a place I had heard about from a friend and read about online. In this magical place called Big Canoe (just an hour outside of Atlanta), you could frolick at their swim club and nearby lake for just $5. Well, after getting Leo and ourselves all ready for a day of water fun, we made the drive out there only to learn that Big Canoe is actually a private residential community. And they don't let just any old riff raff in--not even if you slip the people at the gate $5.

So after some pouting on my part, we ended up in another town, Dahlonega (Duh-lawn-a-guh), known as the site of the first American Gold Rush. In Little D, you don't need a membership. So we just strolled around their town square, sipped some wine, played in their semi-park and had a nice little lunch. Here are some pics from our "lemons to lemonade" day of fun (in reverse order because that's how I posted them and I don't feel like changing them all around)!

Back at home, getting on his pool pants (aka speedos) for a trip to the Y:

Lunch at this adorable place in Dahlonega called the Crescent Moon Cafe.

A straw always keeps Leo occupied:

Playing with daddy in the park:

Note for Safety Dave and Aunt Laura: I know you guys have perfected the "arm way out self-portrait" but it's much tougher with three people. You'll see!

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"What? Can't I guy eat his Cheerios in peace?"

Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Fourth: Fo' Real

I remember a 4th of July a few years ago that was like, on a Tuesday. And it rained. We were in the backyard grilling with an umbrella. The neighbor on the other side of the fence was doing the same thing. Frank said to the guy, "We HAVE to grill! It's the 4th of July!" But it was pretty lame. It didn't feel like a real Fourth of July.

But this year's independence day had all the makings of a perfect 4th: It fell on a Saturday; it was hot; we had hot dogs. We went to the pool, went to a party and watched fireworks. The rain held off until today. Here are a few pics from Leo's second 4th of July:

With Daddy at the YMCA pool:

Isn't it a nice pool? I love the slide (over on the left).

Leo loves to play with his "BAALL" in the "POOOL."

And he thinks this waterfall is so cool.

I can't stop stuffing: these are yummy crabmeat stuffed mushrooms.

And here's a pic for Popsy--the ice cream cake, made by Claire! It was awesome.

Leo got to practice his new word, "Ta-tal" since Chantal hosted the party:

Leo and John are so close to walking...

...especially John!

Me, Chantal, Maria and Evelyn sipping our fun drinks (although Maria's isn't quite as fun as ours)!

Next year's 4th is on a Sunday so it should work out well. And Leo might even be able to stay up late enough for the fireworks!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Word: Chantal

Leo and I went to breakfast with Ms. Chantal this morning and he loves to say her name: "Ta-Tal." And he holds on to the second syllable so it's like, "Ta-TAAAAAL."

After we dropped her off, he whimpered for a little while and every few mintues he says, "Ta-TAAAAAl." I told him that this is impressive because most adults can't even pronounce her name.