Sunday, March 21, 2010

16 Months

Logan, Logan, Logan. I don't know quite where to start on this month's post. There's just so much to cover that I don't want to miss any of it. This month, more than any other so far, I feel that Logan has grown and learned too much for me to take in.

"All boy" are the words that come to mind. I laugh as I type that because just tonight Andrew and I were talking about how fun it is to have such a boy. Right then, Logan burped and got on his dump truck. And just last week when we were in the airport a 3 year old little girl was so nice to try to share her doll with Logan. It was American Girl sized and dressed in a puffy blue dress. She held it out for him to hold and I wish so badly I could've captured the look on his face. Confused. Disgusted. Completely uninterested. Then he pointed to his basketball and ran off. All boy.

And he screams as of last week. SCREEEEAAMS. Not angry screams - he just likes to scream. . . loudly and in a spine-shivering high pitch. All the time. We think it is hilarious, but the people around our table at lunch today probably didn't think so. I don't think we'll be going out much until this is under control. Andrew and I took turns walking outside with Logan.

Logan doesn't sit still much, either. Must. be. moving. Must. be. climbing. Logan uses a stool he got for his birthday to get on our couch. Today he pretended he was going to hug me and used me to get on the couch. Stinker. He also likes to hang out in the space between our couch and living room window. There's probably a good 12" gap back there. He stands up on the window sill and plays peek-a-boo with us.

Logan will, however, sit down for long periods of time to read his books. He'll pull 15 or 20 books off his shelf and sit in the middle of them all going from one to the other pointing out all the objects he recognizes and saying the sound or word where applicable. His most treasured book right now is Ten Tiny Tadpoles. He loves the pop-up at the end when all the tadpoles have turned to frogs. "Ogs, ogs" And sometimes if we open that page really fast before he's ready for it he gets startled. So cute.

And lock your doors, friends, if you don't want company in the bathroom. Logan has mastered our doors. We have the pull down handles, not the knobs, and he enjoys opening and closing them all and playing more peek-a-boo.

I took Logan for his first dentist appointment on Friday. He did as well as you might imagine a 1-year-old would do with a stranger poking around in his mouth. And now he won't let me brush his teeth. I'm tempted to stop fighting him and just give him a week off to forget about it all. But I won't really do that, because I'm slightly obsessed with dental hygiene. 2 molars on the left side. 2 more coming any day on the right. 8 front teeth.

Now lets move on to how quick he is. He full-out runs (usually just swinging his left arm). I stripped him down for a bath the other night (a bubble bath - he likes them now), turned around for just a split second to test the water temperature and by the time I caught him he was all the way across the house. He ran right past the camera, so I grabbed it en route.

New animal sounds include snake, gorilla (complete with chest pounding), owl, shark (dun nuh, dun nuh), and wolf. His words are getting clearer and there are many times he's really trying to tell me something, but I feel so terrible because I have no idea what he's saying. New words include bubble, cheers and cheese (which sound the same), train, and "choo choo" and flag. He points to trains and flags whenever we see them. He does and hand motion for a flag waving in the wind and tries to say it. I know what he's saying.


Logan, we thank God every day for giving us you. You're the best baby we could've ever asked for and we feel so blessed to get to be a part of your life. You are a constant joy and we are so enjoying your silliness, your energy and your curiosity. We love you so much big boy!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Happy (late) St. Patrick's Day

I meant to post this yesterday, but long story short, I got locked out of the house, then had a playdate and then a softball game. We lost.

(notice Logan got his much needed haircut after vacation pictures- oopsie!)

Palm Desert 2010

We got back from our trip late Sunday night. I think daylight savings worked in our favor with the 2 hour time difference. Logan adjusted easily on each end of our trip. This year's visit was much easier than last year - traveling with a 4 month old who gave us all the stomach bug.

Logan's older cousins were a huge help as they followed him around the house and played with him. I enjoyed the help and was able to relax a little.

The weather was cooler than normal with the highs in the 70s. Olivia and Addi thought that was plenty warm to swim, but Logan and I didn't agree. I tried to get in with him one afternoon and we both chickened out. He looks so cute in his new swimsuit, though, so get ready for summer photos!

While we were there Andrew shot his best round of golf EVER! 2 under par. I don't remember what course, but I'm sure he will! I just have to brag on him. . .

Andrew and the guys took the kiddos up the mountain on the tram one afternoon. And the girls had many fun adventures during the other days. We went to the children's museum, the park, the street fair and the mall to ride the train. And one morning several ladies (and some guys) from Omaha came to see the kids since they don't get to see them regularly. Judy does a great job keeping them updated though. All 3 were on their best behavior and showed off all their tricks.

Logan's favorite word on the trip - you guessed it! Ball! He said it differently out there, which was so weird. "Bawelll" instead of his normal "Baw" I think he's back to normal. Bob and Judy had a big exercise ball that entertained him much of the trip. There are so many new things Logan is doing, but I'll post those on Saturday's post - 16 months. sigh.

with cousins Addi and Olivia

chasing ducks at the park

pushing buttons at the children's museum

family picture

relaxing in the hammock

such a good boy in the plane (thanks to the guy who moved seats so we could have the extra!)

fun with chalk

cousin Addison

riding the train with the cousins

I like it better by myself

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Goin' Goin' Back Back

We leave in the morning for our annual Palm Desert trip and I'm doing what Marlie's do best - procrastinating! No one hates packing more that I do.

I thought I'd take a few minutes to post a few recent pictures of Logan. He's harder to catch on camera these days because he's moving so fast. Notice how I'm getting a nice view of the back of his head in these pictures. I'm hoping Grandpa will be able to get some good ones of him this week.A dear friend got him this backpack as a shower gift and he's really into wearing it around the house now. Cut me some slack on the messy bedroom - I'm busy packing!!!

We bought Logan his first pair of cowboy boots this weekend. Size 4 1/2!