Friday, December 16, 2016

Carter is 5!!!



Can you believe this kid is 5?!?!  Because I can't!!!!  My mind can't wrap around the fact that he'll be in Kindergarten in 7 short months.  Where did the time go??



Shoe Size

Carter is comfortably wearing a size 11 shoe now.  I think he went through a big growth spurt, foot wise, about a month ago because I bought him a pair of shoes that he's only worn probably 3 or 4 times before he outgrew them!! 



Clothes

He is wearing mostly 5T clothes.  A lot of his jeans are still 4T though.  Just depends on the brand.  We're about to transition in most clothing stores though.  He's still in the toddler section but within the year, my guess is we'll cross the aisle into the kids section where there's no longer "t" sizes.  I'm sure it will be super easy to buy matching clothes for the boys once that happens.  Sarcasm.



Eating

Favorite foods at this age definitely include hot dogs, yogurt, granola bars, gummy packs, and ham.  He still loves to eat out at Mexican restaurants and he also loves Chick-fil-a.  He eats pizza (this has been a struggle for him over the last year), but it's definitely not a favorite.  He requires me to cut it up for him to eat it though.  He won't eat a slice the way adults and big kids do.  He still refuses anything related to a hamburger or cheeseburger.  We even try to make it a little easier by making cheeseburger quesadillas (just a cheese quesadilla with some hamburger meat sprinkled in there).  You'd think I'd stolen his favorite teddy bear and put it in a shredder.  He cries his eyes out when we have that for dinner and a timeout is usually involved.  Other than the cheeseburger thing, there's not a ton of foods he completely refuses.  He'll usually at least try one bite of something before telling us he doesn't like it.  Carter is really good about cleaning his plate too.  Whatever food he is given, he knows he has to clean his plate and he does.  He is still on the slow side when it comes to eating.  He's a social butterfly so he tends to talk and talk and talk and before he realizes it, meal time is over and he isn't finished.  He'll get a little upset because he knows he needs to finish but doesn't understand that in order to finish, he's gotta quit yapping!!




Sleep

Naps at this age are hit or miss.  I would say he takes, on average, about 2 to 3 naps a week.  When he does nap, it lasts anywhere from 1-1.5 hours.  He rarely takes a nap that's more than 2 hours.  On the days he doesn't nap, he knows that he has to go to bed early.  Even when he doesn't actually fall asleep during naptime, he always goes into his room for at least an hour and a half of quiet time.  He may just toss and turn and talk to his animals, but he is required to stay in his room with the light off.  Bedtime on days that we have a nap is 7:30-7:45.  No nap days-bedtime is at 7pm.  All of this is of course assuming we don't have anything we're attending.  If there's a church event or something special we're going to, bedtimes tend to be later. 



Preschool

Carter switched preschools this year.  He was attending our church preschool last year and he really loved it!  But we wanted something closer to our home.  So this year, he started school at Hunter Street in Hoover.  I was so nervous for him on his first day.  Not knowing any students or any teachers is tough.  At our church, he knew everyone, even the teachers that weren't his, because we were members there.  The building was familiar, the hallways were familiar, and he knew where everything was.  At Hunter Street, it was all so new to him.  But he had absolutely zero adjustment issues.  He loves all his friends in his class.  He's never been on yellow or red (teachers there put kids on green, yellow, or red depending on their behavior that day) and his teacher loves him and says he's a joy.  At Hunter Street, they learn two bible verses a month.  We were already doing one per week in our house, so we just decided to do the two per month that Hunter Street was doing.  It made it easier for Carter!  He's up to 20 bible verses that he's memorized!!  I'm so proud of him.  I asked him the other day which one was his favorite and he said Philippians 1:21 which says "To live is Christ, to die is gain".  That's a pretty good one to be a favorite!!


Statistics

At his five year appointment, his blood pressure was 98/62 and his heart rate was 99.  He was 38lbs (35th percentile) and 41.5 inches tall (25th percentile).   He's on the small side for sure, but he's healthy and growing just as he should.  Doc guesses he'll be at full height at about 5'8 or 5'9. 



Other Abilities/Random Things to Note
  • He is reading like crazy!!!  I haven't even taught him certain words and yet he knows how to pronounce them.  I can't wait to get his reading level tested in Kindergarten.  It will be interesting to see where he is on the reading scale.  He's also starting to pick up on math.  He told me this morning, for instance, that 6 plus 6 was 12 and that if he had 4 hands, then he'd have 20 fingers.  So he's starting to pick up on that kind of stuff too.
  • Still loves cars to the moon and back.  He can tell you every single hot wheel he's got.  Buying him Hot Wheels at Walmart or Toys R' Us is a challenge because he already has most of them.  But he doesn't care.  When he gets a new hot wheel car it's like Christmas morning to him.
  • LOVES Christmas.  Just like his momma.  When we got out the Christmas tree ornaments he FLIPPED. OUT.  He got so excited seeing them all, especially the ones he made in school or church in previous years.  He loves the ones with pictures of him or his brother on them.  And he really enjoyed helping me hang them.  He'd pick on out to hang and give it to me and then he'd tell me where on the tree to put it. He loves Christmas lights and frequently makes us drive around the neighborhood just looking at lights.
  • He still doesn't really watch tv much.  That's a good thing, I know.  He's just not too interested.  I'm trying to get him to be interested in movies.  He's only seen one movie in a theater (minions in 3d).  Justin and I are planning to take him to see Secret Life of Pets in the dollar theater this weekend.  We'll see if he makes it the whole way through.  He made it about 45 minutes of Minions in 3D but I really think he didn't like that one because he didn't like wearing the glasses.  He kept complaining about them.  I also think he'll like the topic of this movie better because he LOVES animals. 
  • Carter loves to pick out his own clothes.  Most of the time they match, but every now and again, I have to go change the shirt he picks out. 
  • He played a sport for the first time this year!!!  He was on the Hunter Street Upwards Soccer team league.  It took some time for him to figure out the game.  I think he loved all the running back and forth, but he wasn't competitive at all.  He didn't like trying to steal the ball from the other team because he said that was "mean".  I don't see sports in Carter's future at this point, but we'll see what the future holds.  I'm not saying he won't be good at them.  He'll be good at whatever he puts his mind to.  I just don't think his personality is that of a sports guy.  He opted out of basketball but has said he wants to do baseball so we'll sign him up for the same Upwards league in the spring to do baseball.  He is enrolled in a class at school that meets once a week called "Playball".  They go in the gym when school is over for about 45 minutes and they work on all sports related skills (dribbling, throwing, rolling, running bases, Frisbee, etc).  He loves that class!  He got his evaluation back this week and he was in the green for all skills, meaning that he wasn't struggling to pick up on any of the skills.  I'll be interested to see if he likes baseball.  I hope he does.  Part of me kind of always wanted to be a baseball momma.  We'll see!
  • He remembers EVERYING.  And I mean…EVERYTHING.  We can’t promise him something and not follow through because he will totally call us out on it.  He also repeats absolutely everything he hears so if you come around my child and curse, be prepared to see the bad side of this momma!!  **I actually wrote this bullet point in his 3 year post but left it in his 4 year post and I’m leaving it here because it is STILL true**
  • Sadly we don't play outside much right now because it's so cold.  I'm hoping we may have a couple of warm days over Christmas break where we can go on walks outside.  Both boys love to walk around the circle we live on.  It's almost a mile long circle so I'm shocked they like doing it.  They just both love being outside. 
  • He has seven trillion stuffed animals on his bed.  It's ridiculous!!! 
  • And yes, he still loves and adores all things related to Buicks!

    I love this kid to the moon and back y'all.  There are days where he makes me want to pull my hair out, but I just can't fathom my life without this precious blessing.  He made me a momma and for that, I will forever be indebted to him.  Happy Birthday Carterman!

Garrett Turns 2



Diapers
He's still in size 5's and I don't forsee ever outgrowing these prior to potty training.  Potty training isn't even on the horizon though.  I'm shooting for summer when school is out and I can focus on his training.



Shoe Size

He still wears his size 7 shoes we got him a while back.  I have bought him two new pairs of shoes and made them both 8s, but those are more like church shoes.  He seems to fit just fine in the 7s so I'll wait till closer to Christmas and have him resized then.



Clothes

I'm beginning to put up all the 18 month clothes and get out the 2t stuff.  There's a handful of 18 month clothes he can still wear so I have those in his closet.  The weather is killing me though because he's about outgrown several pairs of shorts but I don't want to buy more shorts when it's about to be time for pants!  All the 2t clothes I have are pants because Carter wore those in the winter.  I need cooler weather to hurry up!!



Sleep


The kid still loves his sleep.  He still takes one nap a day from about 1:30-4:30 or 5.  Yes, his nap is sometimes 3.5 hours.  He goes to bed at 7:30 every night but he doesn't always fall asleep at 7:30.  He loves to play with the music mobile attached to his crib and it keeps him from going to bed.  But he's always asleep by 8-8:30 at the latest.  Usually those nights he doesn't fall asleep until 8:30 is the days he naps till 5.  Poor thing just isn't tired yet!  He wakes up everyday around 7-7:30.  What is interesting about Garrett is that he LOVES to be rocked.  Carter wasn't a fan of rocking and Garrett wasn't a fan of it until he was over a year old.  But it is certainly a requirement now.  You read him his books and then he says "rock" and points to the chair in the room.  So we rock him for a few minutes before going to bed.  He also loves when you sing to him.  And not just any song...he has a favorite.  And it's Row Row Row Your Boat.  We have to sing that dang song like 12 times before he lets you sing something else.  He even does thing where if you attempt to sing something else, he'll interrupt your song and say "row row row row row row...." until you stop singing that song and start singing his song.  It's hilarious. 

 
 
Feeding

Interestingly enough, his 21 month post talked about how much he loves pizza.  Well he basically refused pizza for months.  Just yesterday he ate a few pieces for the first time in forever so hopefully he's opened his taste buds back up.  We went through a phase that I kinda think we're still coming out of.  He got to where he refused certain foods or would eat 2 or 3 bites then say he's done.  I got to the point where I did the whole "eat what you have because you're not getting anything else and if you don't finish what you're given, you'll eat the leftovers tomorrow".  Mama don't play y'all.  I'm tired of wasting food.  It didn't take long for him to figure it out so he seems to be back on eating all of his food.


 
 Mother's Day Out
 
Garrett loves his new school!  His first day led to tears for about 10 seconds and then he was done.  His teachers love him and always talk about how easy he is.  He goes 2 days a week this year and he's in the older toddler room.  Next year he'll be in the 2 year old room and I'm hoping for him to go 3 or 4 days next year.  The days he goes to school he goes from 9am-1pm.  Next year will be tough because big brother will be in elementary school and getting out at 2:45.  That hardly leaves enough time for baby brother to have a nap before we pick up big brother.  We'll see how the naps are once that happens.  While at school, Garrett has reading time, music time, play on the playground, play in a playroom and all kinds of other stuff.  He's pretty entertained!

 
 
Abilities

He is beginning to talk A LOT!  He still doesn't talk in full coherent sentences, but he's beginning to string together 3-4 word sentences.  Like "mama car right there" or "daddy cup" or "bye bye dog" or "over here".  We're still working on colors.  The only colors I've ever heard him say is "purpa" (purple), "boo" (blue) and "geeeen" (green).  For some reason he just doesn't repeat after me when I try to teach colors.  He does count after me, but only number 3.  So I'll say "one" and he'll say "two", then I say "two" and he says "teeee", but we haven't gotten further than that.  We have some sight word DVDs that go over colors, letters, shapes and numbers so I try to get him to watch those while we're in the car driving, but sometimes it's boring for big bro so we have to switch up what we watch.  He knows all his body parts though which is great.  He doesn't repeat after me when I say them, but he points to them when I say them.

He loves taking walks around the neighborhood, riding his toy cars outside and even inside too.  He has a toy Mercedes that's inside and Carter has a tricycle and they chase each other in circles around the house.  It gets annoying at times, but they love it and you can tell by their facial expressions.  He still plays with cars during his free time. He and Carter both just lay in the floor with a hot wheel in each hand and drive them on the floor.  He could do this all day.  He still loves bath time.  It's probably his favorite time.  Sadly, the busyness of our lives cause him to only have a few baths a week.  We have a pretty set schedule right now too.  He goes to school Monday, goes to the YMCA with me Tuesday while big brother is at school, then we all go to church Tuesday night while I do a running ministry.  Wednesday he goes to school again and Wednesday night we all go to church again for Bible study.  Thursday we go to the YMCA again and then Friday we usually hang out at home or run errands with him and big brother (neither are in school on Friday).  So you can see that there's not a lot of free time for baths in there!  Don't worry, he's not the stinky kid.  He gets bathed plenty!



**Yeah this happened once.  Luckily he hasn't tried to crawl out of the crib again since then.  Carter did this one time and then fell out and he was too scared to ever try to crawl out again.  Garrett just gave up once he got to this point.  He could life himself up a little bit, but he hasn't exceled at climbing yet so I think we're safe for a little bit.  But my guess is that a toddler crib isn't too far off!**

Statistics

His appointment was November 8th and y'all...have mercy.  He was TERRIFIED.  You know it's bad when at the end of the appointment it's time for shots so the nurse comes in with a friend to help "hold the baby down".  Ugh.  So embarrassing.  Carter never had issues at his doctor appointments.  He didn't like shots, don't get me wrong.  But he didn't cry the ENTIRE. APPOINTMENT.   Garrett did.  The entire appointment.  He even hid behind the trashcan when the doctor came in.  Ugh.  Luckily we don't have to do that for another year so maybe he won't be so skeptical of strangers then.  But as of 2 years old, he's in about the 15th percentile for height, 60th percentile for weight and I honestly can't remember the head circumference percentile.  He weighed 28lbs, 12oz and was 33 inches long.  Now technically, he may be taller than that....there was a TON of squirming on that table.  Regardless, Garrett's always been short.  Shorter than even Carter was at his age.  Garrett is done with his vaccinations so he only got one shot, the flu shot.  As soon as he walked out the door of the room we were in, he stopped crying.  He smiled and said bye to everyone as he left.  I was like "Really kid??  You just threw the world's biggest fit and now you're completely fine?!?!".

 
 
**This is what these two kids do all day.  They lay on the floor and play with cars together.  Seriously.**

Teething
 
Still has all but those 2nd year molars.  Maybe they will come soon.  Still have no plans to take him to the dentist until he's at least 3.

 
 
Isn't he the cutest thing ever!?!?!  Well that's about it!  Next post on G-Money will be his 2 1/2 year post!  You'll notice I'm struggling to get these done on time.  Garrett turned 2 on October 27th and I'm just now posting this on December 16th.  In my defense, I'd written out everything in October/November, but just didn't add the pictures.  Obviously it's not close to Carter's birthday (December 28) so I'm working on his 5 year post as I do Garrett's 2 year post so Carter's 5 year post will be next up!  Maybe one day I'll get caught up!!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Garrett - 21 Months

My sweet chunk turned 21 months old on July 27, 2016.  From birth to 12 months old I posted on Garrett monthly, 12 months to 2 years I plan to post quarterly and then starting at 2 years old I'll do it twice a year.  That's how I did it with Carter so that's the plan for G-Money too.  Here's what he's into now:

 




Diapers

We moved up to size 5's.  Technically he can still fit into 4's, but I had so many size 5's around the house that I didn't want to spend money on 4's so he just started wearing 5's.  I think Carter got potty trained at a size 5.  Maybe Garrett will be the same, but we'll see.  Potty training isn't even on the horizon though.


Shoe Size

At 18 months old I had Garrett's foot measured and he was a 5 1/2 Wide.  I had tons of those size shoes that Carter passed down.  But in the last couple of weeks, I started noticing it being harder to put his shoes on.  So right before he turned 21 months old, I went to have him measured again.  Turns out, sweet boy is actually a 7 Wide.  Those poor feet of his.  We got him a brand new pair of shoes and then I went home and dug around to find all of Carter's old size 7s.  Luckily we have tons!


Clothes

He's still wearing 18 month clothes for the most part.  Some of his stuff is 24 months that was handed down from Carter and has been washed and dried a lot.  I'd say he's somewhere between 18 months and 2T though.  We'll probably whip open the 2T box of clothes within the next couple months.

 
Sleep

One nap during the day usually starting at 1pm.  This kid....y'all.  He loves to SLEEP.  His naps are anywhere from 2-3 hours long, sometimes lasting as long as 3.5 hours long.  He goes to bed for the night at 7:30-8pm and will usually sleep until about 8am the next morning.  He's pretty easy!
 


Feeding

Still loves pretty much all foods.  Really really LOVES pizza.  So unlike big bro.  He loves sandwiches and all things bread.  Again, so unlike big bro.  Feeding these kids the same meal sometimes is tough!!  Right now Garrett isn't loving corn.  Sadly I haven't given it to him very consistently so I need to do better at that.  His veggies usually include green beans, peas, corn and sometimes carrots, broccoli or sweet potatoes via a pouch.  We don't eat a lot of carrots or sweet potatoes in our house so I make sure his pouches he eats as a side are one of those. 
Also unlike big bro, he's not big into fruits.  He loves strawberries, peaches and a variety of fruit flavored yogurts.  But he won't eat blueberries or grapes like big bro will.  He loves applesauce, but we haven't tried an actual apple slice yet.  I don't think his teeth are ready for that.  He is very good at eating with a fork now.  We haven't really practiced with the spoon yet.  I'm a tad terrified to try!  He has shown huge interest in eating at the table like the rest of us instead of in his high chair, so just this week, Justin took the tray off his high chair and adjusted the height so that he can be rolled up to the table at the same level with the rest of us.  He loves it.
 
 
 
Mother's Day Out
We haven't started school just yet.  His first day is August 22nd.  We changed schools to a school at a church significantly closer to our house so neither of the boys really knows anyone that will be in their classes nor do they know their teachers.  I hope and pray this isn't going to be an issue.  They have become super comfortable with all things associated with our church so this is definitely a change for them.  But I'm confident they will do fine.  
 

Abilities

Flags.  Garrett's activities include the American flag.  Numerous flags in fact.  Justin just did a bathroom renovation for us and each time he went to Home Depot with Garrett, he had to buy one of those 99 cent flags that they had at checkout.  Garrett points them out everywhere he goes.  Flags to Garrett is like Buicks for Carter.  He also loves jumping on mom and dad's bed.  Which is frustrating.  I remember that about this exact age, Carter went through a head-banging phase.  Well G-Money is there now too.  Every time you say "ouchie" he bangs his head on something.  So weird.
 
 

He loves to be outside but that has been tough lately because of how hot it is outside!!  He is loving the splash pad at the Birmingham Zoo.  He also really LOVES going to the YMCA into the child care room.  He adores playing in there and the women in there say he always has so much fun.  He's obsessed with cars just like Carter is. They frequently fight over cars even though we literally have every single Hot Wheel ever made in our living room.

He's starting to talk a lot more and we can understand a lot more words.  He's not talking in full sentences yet.  In fact, I think he's only said two words together such as "big car" or "red car" a handful of times.  I'm not worried by this though.  It's pretty typical for this age.  I just try not to get bogged down comparing him to Carter because Carter was very vocal at a very young age.  Doc says that Garrett may just not be a talkative child like Carter is.  Fine by me ;)


Still working on body parts and he knows a ton.  His favorite by far is belly button.  He loves lifting his shirt and showing you his belly button and sometimes, if he knows you well enough, he'll lift your shirt and look at your belly button too!  He also knows head, eyes, ears, mouth, nose, arms, legs, and feet.  So pretty much all the big ones.  Once every blue moon he'll mix up arms and legs for some reason, but most of the time he gets it right.

He is amazing at walking on his own and staying next to me.  Anytime I take both boys somewhere, Garrett knows that as soon as his feet hit the pavement in a parking lot, he has to hold me and Carter's hands.  We get a lot of comments going into places of people saying how cute they are holding hands.  I think so too.  But honestly I'm just trying to keep everyone together and not get hit by a car!


Statistics

Sadly I don't know these.  I have a scale, but just haven't weighed him.  I can't get the kid to stand still long enough to measure him.  He has a growth scale on his wall and the last mark he had was at 20 months so we do a mark on his chart about every 2-3 months.  If I had to guess though, I'd say he's roughly 50% for weight and maybe 40% or so for height.   
 
 
Teething
 
Garrett has all of his teeth except his second year molars.  Every time he chews on stuff a lot and gets cranky, I think he's getting them in, but then they never come.  So I have no clue when they will come in!  I don't plan to take him to the dentist until he's 3.  I know some dentists want you to bring them in once they get their first tooth but I am so not doing that.  Plenty of dentists want you to wait until they're 3 so that they don't get traumatized by the dentist and always have a bad memory of that building and of him/her.  I agree whole heartedly.  We brush Garrett's teeth twice a day and once those molars come in, we'll begin flossing too.  I'd rather wait to take him to a dentist until he's old enough to comprehend instructions and obey them.  Any earlier than that and it will be a disaster!
 
That's about it!  Next post on G-Money will be his TWO YEAR post.  I can't even comprehend that!!!!

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