Greyson's 16th month has been a rough one! The poor little guy was sick for pretty much all but 3 or 4 days of it. (The picture above was appropriately taken in the doctor's office.) He had 2 ear infections, a sinus infection, pink eye and allergies that just wouldn't quit! He has been on a steady regimen of antibiotics, with a daily dose of either Benadryl or Zyrtec. I am so glad we are at the age where he can get some relief from all of this with a little medicine. Needless to say, I also feel like we are solely funding the Kleenex corporation.
Aside from being afflicted with a HUGE case of the sniffles, our little guy has really taken off in the language department. He regularly says Mama, Dada, and More. He also says something close to "shoes" that sounds alot like "shish". He also repeats words to us more often now. And because of this, we had our first big OOPS where words are concerned. If you know me, you will be shocked that he wasn't repeating the word that I said! Greyson's Daddy was making a joke by repeating a word that his Uncle Tom had said, and Greyson thought it was so funny that he should say it too! Needless to say, we have severely curbed our proclivity towards the "fun" words.
It is so much fun to see Greyson's curiosity to explore things these days. He is so interested in trying to do things that we do. He loves to help load and unload the washer and dryer, and we think we may have a mild case of OCD on our hands.:) He has a particular affinity for stacking things just so. I'm so terrible because I really like to unstack and move the things that he has so carefully organized. It is hilarious to watch him restack them back just exactly as they were. You can see how he artfully stacked a few toys on the top of this paper towel roll.
Here he is inspecting Gramps' work on the icemaker repair :) And, here is another picture of him playing with his truck. It's so funny because he puts his sippy cup in it and drives it around, and then takes a drink every so often like it's a fun game.
On this first Thanksgiving since my Pappaw passed away, I'm thankful for so many things in my life. But, I'm thankful for my family and the memories that we make together most of all.
On a holiday that is so closely associated with food, I tie this one to my sweet Pappaw more than most. I love food. I love to make it, eat it, experience it, and that is probably because food is love in our family--and at Thanksgiving, Pappaw and Nanny shower us with love.
Some of my earliest Thanksgiving memories are of times spent in their kitchen getting it all ready. I can remember making the chickens "pray" as I called it before they went into the oven (they look like they're praying when they're all buttered up and positioned to go in). I remember learning that there are so many ingredients in the amazing dressing that he made that I could never remember them exactly, I just knew that it was greatness in a dish. And man that dressing is so good! It's by far my favorite food of all time. On many occasions growing up it was my choice for my birthday dinner. So, naturally, dressing=Pappaw, and thanksgiving=dressing, so I'm a little sad about the holiday this year. But I will remember him and be thankful for the amazing memories I have of him on this day. I know that he would want to make sure there is enough sage in it after Nanny makes it, so I'll be sure to test it out and think of him. I can't wait for Greyson to have some, and add dressing to his list of thanks.
Our little man is now 15 months old! It just so happens that this "birthday" coincides with Halloween, so we have plenty of pumpkin photo ops to choose from!
Speaking of pumpkins, Greyson is a huge fan! He is completely fascinated, and a little confused. He loves to play with this big orange bouncy ball at our house, so naturally, whenever he sees a big orange pumpkin he calls it a "ba". No matter how many times we would say, "No, it's a pumpkin" he would just look at us and say "ba?" Poor kid! But, we really shouldn't be surprised because it seems like the "B" sound is his very favorite to say. EVERYTHING starts off as a "ba", and some things he will accept as different "words", but others, much like the pumpkin, are clearly "ba's"!
Since 15 months means a trip to the pediatrician, we have new stats to report! Height: 30 inches (25%) Weight: 23.07 (25-50%) Head size: 19.25 (90%)
Unfortunately, this visit also means shots, so Greyson was not so happy about seeing poor Dr. Conger. Side note: we love our pediatrician! She is so great with Grey.
Greyson has entered a new phase in his 15th month; the exciting world of temper tantrums! All I have to say is that if the "terrible twos" are going to be worse, then please say a prayer for his Mommy and Daddy, because goodness gracious he can turn it on quick! When this kid isn't happy about something. whether it be the miscommunications that can occur between a 15 month old and a 30 year old, or slow food service, or a general moment of unhappiness, he will let you know all about it!! The funny thing is that as quickly as he turns it on, he flips the switch, and BAM, he's a happy baby again. Needless to say, we are learning exactly how patient we can be.
We had a wonderful Halloween this year with the cutest little duck you have ever seen! As usual, Greyson was far too busy to pose for any pictures, but I took 83 pictures (to be exact)in hopes that a few would be blog-worthy.
He had his first ever trick-or-treating experience, and he was a little confused about what was going on, but with extra help from GG and our sweet neighbor, we all made sure he got a treat! All in all, he wasn't so interested in the trick-or-treating though. He was, however, VERY interested in sprinting into the street and rolling around in the grass! Thankfully, there weren't any cars, and Pops and GG were there to wrangle him while I was busy taking photos, and Jared was handing out candy back at the house. (We get a TON of trick-or-treaters--over 60 this year!) After we did our fair share of trick-or-treating (aka running in the street), we handed out candy to the big kids. Grey was a huge fan of playing with the giant pixie sticks, and "testing" out the candy from the bowl.