It came and went without much fanfare. He's out of his crib. We had been going back and forth for awhile now about when we would start him on a big boy bed. So, after a few climbing attempts, we decided to take the plunge and head to Ikea for a toddler bed over the weekend. I had my eye on the KURA, and was really excited to transition his room. But they didn't have the bed in stock (of course) and wouldn't for a month (naturally), so we gave up. He would just sleep in his crib forever!
But that very afternoon we had a babysitter and decided to walk down our street and go lay out on the beach for awhile. (Sidenote: This is the first time I've laid in the sand and CLOSED MY EYES since he was born. Wow!) Low and behold, on the side of the road was a toddler bed. For free. One of our neighbors was giving it away! I was like, "we are getting this after the beach." And you know what? It was still there when we went back. Sturdy. Needed paint. Sanded it. Painted it. Boom. Done.
He's been REAL enthusiastic every night and likes to hang out and read in the bed. I just love it. I surprised myself when I didn't feel sad that first night we tried it out. I felt excited for him. He loved it. I listened for him all night, but we didn't see him until 7 am the next morning. Hearing him open that door, and watching him walk down that hallway when he wakes up have been so fun for some reason.
Nap time is going to have to find itself a new normal. In his crib he was taking 2-3 hour naps. The toddler bed hasn't lasted more than an hour and a half. Need to work on that.
I've been having fun switching out the theme every day for him. He prefers a fiesta in his room.
I will probably still upgrade him to the KURA bed eventually.. but for now, we're happy. Free stuff is awesome.
Add water, sand, a healthy dose of sunscreen, one hat to one toddler.
May cause a million giggles and a lengthy afternoon nap.
My brand new baby newborn is almost 2 years old now! He turned 20 months on the 28th of February and he is such a little darling. My little partner is the best company. On the rare occasion I get to run errands without him, I feel strange that he's not with me. I so enjoy him. He's game for anything and is so patient when he goes out for an adult dinner or shopping. Thankful he's such a good little boy. He has his moments of course, but mostly he is still very happy. We will see what 2 has in store. The vocabulary seems to be growing by the day...
His words right now: DOOOOODLEOOOOO (cockadoodledoo), Moo, belly (sometimes sounds like ticklelly), eye, teeth, shoes, bath, truck, vrooooom, pig, cheese, nose, no no no, choooo choooo- which he sometimes calls la la, pee pee, poop, doggy, kitty, daddy, Mama (rarely), sock, baby, mmmmhmmm, wowww, hi, and more
There was once a tiny zookeeper.
A lover of all living creatures. He found joy in their presence.
He gave thorough zoo tours, lingering extra long near the monkeys and flamingos..
He had no fear.
..and he could be found at the zoo nearly every day.
(in other words, we just got a season pass to the San Diego Zoo and Bennett is pretty excited.)
And just like that, he is 18 months old.
I still feel like I just had a baby. But in other ways, he might as well be 5 years old.
He is such a big boy with so much personality.
We walk around our town and explore the park, library, and beach.
He is the BEST company.
His main words (when he feels like saying them) are: moo, mawmaw, DaDa, Ziggy (his Grandma's dog), kitty, hi, doggy, MMMMMMM when something is tasty,
and a few others.. plus a lot of mostly indecipherable babbling. We have in depth conversations all day.
He is sweet, sometimes cautious, strong willed, puts his own shoes on,
"reads" to himself, giggles a lot, VERY good on the ipad, and brings me so much joy.
(AND WHATTTTTT used the potty today?!) --TMI.
I get tears in my eyes often because I love him so much and am stunned at how many good moments we've shared since the day he was born. It's a Mom thing, right?
I am currently preparing for the meltdown I will most definitely have on the day he turns 2.
Happy 18 months You Little Mister.
After a sleepless, baby soothing night, I declared Bennett sick this morning. Nothing major, just a slight cold I think. His grumping and sneezing were perfectly matched for this cloudy and rainy day. After breakfast we put together and picked up the wooden puzzles a dozen or so times. Then we did some Thanksgiving crafts. (It's worth noting what a challenge it is to trace a squirming toddler hand.) With the extra green paper I made some pretend money-- he loved it! Trying to keep him entertained while remaining mostly indoors requires creativity. We managed to catch an afternoon walk in the rain. Pretty sure my Bub would've stomped through those puddles all night if I let him.
Hoping he sleeps tonight... so I can too.
My happy little man is such a big helper at 15 months.
We spent a lovely morning in our work clothes...
Me pulling weeds..
He --watering, raking, and hoeing.
Oh- and stomping around in those boots he's so proud of.
He loves helping Mama.
He loves dirt.
He loves getting filthy, grimy, dirty, sticky.
And I love him.
My favorite little guy is 15 months old now! 15 Months!!! This is where I give you the clichéd story about how fast he has grown and how sad I am.. but it's all true. He is hardly the baby I once nursed in the middle of the night. Gone is that roly poly body and fat face. He is a lean, mean machine now; a child. He's an official toddler on the move. My Benny always been a giggly, smily, and pleasant little person to be around, and I've noticed the gentle way he interacts with other people. I know he is a sweetheart at his core, and I am so proud to have a pleasant person on my hands. We are so enjoying this season of our lives. It's theeee best.
A Few More Things...
-He babbles all the time and has more decipherable words.
-He knows that a cow says "mmmmooooooo," and he says hi to just about everyone we see.
-Knows how to open the front gate.. No, I don't get much rest.
-Favorite toys: cars, balls, and cell phones. He regularly talks on the phone in a serious tone. We go nuts!
-He likes to take things out and put them away.. even at the store. Thankfully he is following directions very well and will give me something dangerous, or gladly put an item away when I ask.
-I just bought him a size 6 cowboy boot. He is currently a comfortable size 5, but the kid is BIG.-He intently studies things, and seems to "get" everything. He grabs his Daddy's tie and wraps it around his neck.. he spends time trying to get his shoes on.. he's such a good little boy.
-He tenderly lays his head on anyone's shoulder. Such a heartmelting sweetheart.
Love You Benny Boy!
I've always liked a man who was just a LITTLE rough around the edges.. and when I saw this cowboy hat in a store on our weekend trip to the mountains, I knew it was just what my little certified bada$$ needed. ;)