thankful

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I have so much to be thankful for, but this picture really captures the essence of it all. I'm so thankful for my little family and that we are all healthy. Yes, most of the time our house is chaotic, toys are everywhere and I haven't had a full night's sleep in 6 months, but I know these moments are only temporary and they'll be gone before I know it. Happy Thanksgiving!

Our little prince...ss?

This little boy sure has some great style.  He must take after his mom!  :-)  From his daycare report:

Today Decker was playing in home living with the new dress up clothes and he found the fuzzy pink vest and was trying to put it on.  I asked him if he wanted help and he told me no so I just watched as he got one arm in and then kept walking in circles trying to get his other arm in and finally he got his hand in the hole of the second arm so he came over to me to let me help him get it the rest of the way in.  He thought he was pretty cool in that vest and then he went over to get some more clothes to put on.  He got out a blue skirt, purple scarf, pink princess hat and he topped his outfit off with a polka dot purse.  After he posed for a few pictures he took it all off and put on one of the fire hats and then started to try and put hats on all of his friends.  He really likes to dress up and he is getting better and better at getting the clothes on all by himself.

Dancing like no one is watching

It seems like Decker really enjoys music.  I've already posted numerous videos of him dancing and now, he has even started singing.  What I love the most about his dancing is that he really gets into it and does not seem to care what anybody else is doing or what they think of him.  I guess this is one of the most refreshing traits of a toddler.  He is not yet old enough to have been teased or to feel self-conscious in front of others and I wish I could somehow make it so he stayed this way his entire life!  A recent report from daycare:

Today was Mr. Doug's Concert and Decker was pretty excited to go.  He was also the first one to get up and go dance when Mr. Doug started playing his guitar.  He is such a great and funny little dancer, he likes to stomp his foot and clap his hands as he kind of spins in a half circle and once he started to dance a few of his friends went up and joined him.  A few minutes into the concert some shakers and the drums were brought out and Decker grabbed a shaker and started using it as a drum stick and was banging away at the drum while he still tried to dance.

And a few videos.  This first one was taken at daycare.  You can also tell that Decker is starting to stake claim to certain items by pushing his classmates away.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu7cqh8hZVI?rel=0&w=853&h=480]

And just a bit more singing and dancing.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC7ldHmH1n0?rel=0&w=853&h=480]

And even if he isn't full-out dancing, we can always find him bobbing his head to the beat. (I guess he likes rap music?)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mhgl6wED-4?rel=0&w=960&h=720]

Once bitten, twice shy

The last few weeks, I have been getting a lot of calls at work from Decker's daycare.  Luckily, none of them have been to report that he's sick and needs to go home.  Instead, it's usually just to let me know that he bumped his head while dancing or dove on the floor and managed to get a rug burn on his forehead. So, when I got another call from daycare today, I wasn't really surprised.  However, this one was a bit different.  The teacher was calling me to let me know that Decker had been bitten on the arm by one of his classmates.  My mind wandered back to when I met with Decker's teacher for the first time, before he started going to this daycare.  She warned me that I would probably be receiving phone calls telling me Decker bit someone or vice versa.  I guess biting is a pretty popular pastime amongst toddlers.

Decker's ouchie report explained it all.

Description of what happened:  Decker was reading a book and a friend [term used loosely in this instance] wanted to take the book away.  The friend bit on Decker's arm.

Describe the nature of the injury:  Bite

Describe the body part injured:  Left forearm, right forearm

First aid administered:  Wash, icey

Decker seems to have recovered fine.  I'm just hoping he doesn't emulate this behavior now.

20 months

I realize it's been a couple of months since I've done a Decker update, so here it is!  He turned 20 months old on August 14th and he is just growing, growing, growing in every way possible.  At his 19 month checkup, he was 33 1/4" long (60%), 26 pounds (45%) and his head was 18 3/4" (45%).  Here is a rundown of Decker at 20 months:

  • He just talks and talks and talks.  Each day it becomes a bit more understandable.  He can now name a ton of body parts.  Other words he uses frequently are: ball, she-she (shoes), go-go (cars), bus, mo (more - while still using his sign language) and I know there are ton more I am missing.  Lately he loves to say "uh-oh" even when he intentionally drops things and he loves to say "buh-bye" any time something is coming to an end.  For instance, when we turn off the music, he says "buh-bye."
  • He likes to point at things and say "this?" asking what things are.
  • His very first sentence was "There I is."  This stems from months and months of us playing peek a boo and asking "Where's Decker?" and then saying "There he is!" when he would show his face.  He now loves to say "there it is" or "there I is" whenever we are looking for anything.
  • For the last couple of months he has been drinking out of a regular cup with no lid at daycare and he is pretty proficient with a fork now.
  • He LOVES cars.  This morning Scott was watching Sportscenter and they were showing a clip of Nascar and Decker started whining when the clip ended.
  • He is really awesome as hitting the baseball off the tee and kicking his bouncy ball.
  • He loves it when I sing Baby Bumblebee to him and he squishes his face right up against mine so we are cheek to cheek.
  • Of course he imitates almost everything he sees.  Last night he insisted on wearing the oven mitts and went over to the oven trying to open it.
  • He seems to have become a bit more of a picky eater.  His favorite food at the moment is cheese.  No matter what, we can always get him to eat cheese.
  • The boy is rambunctious and seems to have no fear.  He loves to dive off the couch face first and just laugh when he lands on the floor.

I'm so happy that his social skills are developing so well at school.  Here is what his teacher had to say on his daily report about a month ago:

During concourse time, Decker ran around while Sebastien chased him and every time Sebastian would catch him, he'd give Decker a big hug.  After they ran around for a little while, they sat down and passed the large ball back and forth.

Latest pics.

Using his fork

Mr. Mischevious

Right after we picked him up from a week at Grammy and Grandad's

His second haircut.  Last time Scott took him, he refused to get his hair cut so this time all three of us went and he did great!

Somehow managed to get a rug burn on his forehead at school.

Trying on my apron

Top Chef, here I come!

He still mostly uses his high chair, but we have started letting him sit at the table sometimes and he is so proud of it.

I feel like motherhood has turned a corner and he's now at the age where things are starting to get much easier.  We just can't get enough of him and he makes us laugh so much.

Summertime!

We are really enjoying summer, now that the weather is finally cooperating!  Scott's main project over the summer is taking care of the yard.  He is doing a great job...doesn't our grass look fab?

Life as a toddler can't always be fun and games.