Friday, December 16, 2016

Garrett Turns 2

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.


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!!


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. 


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!


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!**


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.**

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!!