Sunday, November 28, 2010
- In addition to all the others you know, you learned two new body parts: forehead and elbow.
- You try to lift Daddy and I up from the floor if we are laying down and you want to play.
- You know how to run!
- You learned two new words: "Doggie" and "key."
- You can sign "key."
- You still love to be outside and will go out every chance you get.
- You LOVE spending time with Daddy in the garage and working on the cars.
- You got to ride with Daddy in the Chevelle for the first time shortly before you turned 17 months old and you loved it! You rocked back and forth in your car seat and had a great time. But now, you want to ride it all the time!
- You like to hold hands when you are walking.
- You know how to wash your own hair and will help me do it during bath time at night.
- You shrug and say, "Huh?" when you don't understand something.
- You can go up and down the stairs by yourself (although we still follow you closely and will continue to do so for a long time).
- You continue to go to bed very smoothly without any problems. You are a good sleeper and usually sleep from about 8:00 p.m. to about 7:00 or 8:00 a.m.
- When you get a boo-boo, you now say it with a really sad, pathetic little voice so that those who hear know the true extent of the pain.
- You know some new animal sounds: kitty-cat, horsey, and monkey.
- You know how to hit your baseball with your bat and you call it "B-ball."
Our nighttime routine is as follows - bath, drying off/pajamas, story time in the glider rocker, and then I sing “Gavin, Gavin, My Sweet Boy” as I lay Gavin in his crib. I cover him up and continue singing the song softly as I shut the door and walk down the hall. That way, I figured, he would hear his song softly fading away and it wouldn’t end abruptly. However, recently I decided that there would come a time when I would need to just finish the song, say “good night,” and close the door. So, I gave it a shot. On one particular night, I finished the song, then I gently rubbed Gavin's head and said, “Good night, I love you” as I walked to the door. His little head shot up and I thought, “uh oh, he’s not going to go to sleep now.” But, he gave me the biggest, open-mouth smile and waved “bye-bye” to me! It was the sweetest thing!! I literally had to hold my hand to my heart to keep it from melting out of my chest! Ever since that night, I am able to finish the song and lay him down and our bedtime routine continues to go so smoothly!
Just two days before Gavin turned 17 months, he got to see what a complete chicken his mom is. We were getting ready to go to a baby shower and running just a little bit behind, so I was rushing to finish up and get going. I had just one window left to close in the house and then we could leave. I grabbed the window and quickly tried to slide it shut. Well, it wouldn't close all the way, so I slid it open again and then slammed it pretty hard hoping it would latch and close. At that very moment that I slammed it shut, a lizard tried to jump into the house right where the window shuts and I smushed his poor leg and tail in the window! I screamed so loud and must have jumped 3 feet in the air. Now, I have read stories from other blogging friends about finding snakes and giant spiders in their homes and I thought that would really freak me out. But a lizard??? Who's scared of a lizard??? Apparently, I am. I didn't know this until that day, but with the lizard flopping around and trying to free himself from the death-grip of my window, all I could do was tremble with fear. I have seen many lizards in my backyard and have never felt afraid of them, but I guess there was something about this one being caught in my window and flailing around that paralyzed me with fear. At the same time, I felt terrible and wanted to save him, but I just couldn't move.