Month 14 was a roller coaster of new skills, words, and lots of growing up. It seems like every week our baby feels more and more like a little boy. Watching him learn and grow is just so wonderful. I used to think that people were just being cheesy when they would say that they got so much joy from watching their children learn and develop. Now I've become one of them! But it's really true. Seeing their personalities, intelligence, and capability emerge is fascinating and so much fun :)
The Farmer's Market season has begun! Here we are at opening day :)
|playing with the hula hoops at the farmer's market|
When we ask Alden to smile for a picture, this is what we get. I think it's the most adorable and most hilarious thing I've ever seen :) I may actually be a little sad when he figures out how to actually smile and this scrunchy little happy monster face goes away.
|watching Daddy mow the lawn|
We also had our first major boo-boo this month :( We were outside after school one day, Alden was on the deck and I was standing at the bottom of the steps in the yard. He was coming down the steps by himself (he was learning so I was trying to let him do it on his own), holding on to the railing and everything, but he let go of the railing before his foot was firmly on the next step and he fell forward onto the ground. He hit his mouth on a brick paver that was at the foot of the steps and chipped his front tooth! I was standing just half an inch too far away to be able to catch him when I reached forward and I think it's the worst feeling in the world to watch your baby get hurt, especially when you try to prevent it and you just can't. I know there are LOTS of bumps and bruises ahead of us but I was heartbroken that he broke his tooth :( We ended up taking him to the pediatric dentist the next morning for an x-ray (to make sure there was no damage to the root or the permanent tooth bud) and to have the sharp edges of the broken tooth filed down. Alden did fantastic at the dentist and at least now we have our first dentist visit in the books! (His other teeth look great- the dentist had a glowing report ;)
|happy baby before the fall|
|sad, chipped tooth baby after the fall :(|
|at the dentist!|
|handled the dentist like a champ!|
We've been spending a lot of time outside, which Alden loves. He's fascinated with the garden hose and loves to play in the dirt!
|Sticker King at Trader Joe's|
|we found a firetruck and a fireman who let us get inside!|
One morning, after some bad rainstorms had moved through Athens, parts of the city didn't have power. We got ready by candlelight and Alden kept looking at the candles and saying, "Hot! Hot!"
|getting dressed by candlelight|
We still read lots and lots of books in our house. Alden has definite favorites and he's even started to anticipate the next pages, say certain things along with us, and reacting to the words and stories. It's pretty great. My favorite is on the last page of "Little Blue Truck Leads the Way" when everyone yells, "Hooray!" and Alden throws his arms up in the air like he's on a roller coaster :) I'm unabashedly hoping for a fellow bookworm to evolve out of all this reading!
|wearing his new shiny construction shirt. so adorable!|
We're working really hard on learning to not hit or bite since biting has recently become an issue. We're pretty sure Alden picked it up from school since his first experiences with biting were when other children bit him. But, he has bitten other kids at school a few times both in retaliation (like when someone tried to steal his snack) and in unprovoked incidences. The unprovoked occurrences bother me the most because I can understand his reactions when someone does something to him- toddlers don't have many words yet and, often times, they bite because they don't know any other way of expressing their anger- but when it's unprovoked I start to worry about it a little more. It does seem to have calmed down lately so maybe we're on the right track. His teacher and our pediatrician have assured us that this is completely normal behavior for this age and that as long as we are consistently showing him that it is not an acceptable response, he will grow out of it as he learns more appropriate ways of communicating. In the meantime, I'm keeping my fingers crossed and our go-to phrase, "We don't bite. Biting hurts." well-oiled.
Can't wait to get caught up on posts again. We have Easter photos to show you!
much love, L&N