Saturday, July 23, 2011

Just Silly

Talmage loves to be silly. He has had an uncanny sense of humor since he was about 6 months old. He catches on quickly to funny situations and loves to make others laugh. The other day he ran around the house shouting, "Joke!" and laughing hysterically. Here are a few of his recent silly moments.
I turned my back for a minute or two to look at the recipe for the dinner I was making, and when I turned around Talmage was covered in chocolate pudding, as was the chair he was standing on, his clothes, the counter, and the rug. I had gotten a bowl of chocolate pudding out of the fridge that I was going to rinse down the drain because it wasn't good anymore and while my back was turned Talmage helped himself to it.
He loves to get into baskets and then wants us to push him around.

He loves putting bowls, pans, etc. on his head and calling them hats!
Maybe he would be better about eating if food wasn't so fun to play with. I wish you could see the large amount of peanut butter smeared on the crown of his head. He doesn't like his hands to be messy, so he has determined that his hair makes a handy towel...I'm forever wiping goop out of his hair. Who knew yogurt leftovers make such a great hair gel?
It didn't take any begging to get him to eat these crepes--his was stuffed with peanut butter, nutella, and whipped cream. :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Talmage Loves...

Here are a few of the things Talmage loves these days...
#1: Puzzles-Oh boy, does he ever love puzzles. He also loves a challenge. He gets bored so easily and always wants to do things that are hard for him, which is a great quality! It just makes it hard to keep him entertained with toys. :) A month or so ago I picked up some used puzzles that said they were for ages 3-6 and he mastered them within days! He will work on puzzles for such a long time.
Yes, he definitely loves puzzles.
#2: Books-Nothing new here; he has always loved books. But he still delights in them. He would probably be content if I would read him books all day long.
#3: Laundry-He especially loves folding towels. He gets so excited to help with the laundry and immediately pulls out the towels to fold them. For a long time he would bring me a towel and ask me to fold it while watching my every move intently. Then he learned how to do it! Note how well he matches up the edges...
He shakes them out to straighten them and even climbs up on the couch to put them on the back of the couch where I normally stack them. Folding laundry while he was awake used to be pretty difficult, but this little obsession has made it a fun activity for us.
#4: Letters-T is his favorite, of course. Today we were in the grocery store and there was a scrolling marquee 30 yards or so away. Talmage stiffened as he noticed a T on the screen and began pointing and shouting, "T! T!" He also loves learning and picking out other letters. He doesn't love numbers quite as much...he does pretty well with counting, but he tires of it really easily. We'll keep working on it.
#5: Shapes-He recognizes and points out circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, stars, hearts, diamonds, and pentagons. I am running out of basic shapes to teach him! He finds shapes anywhere and everywhere--like in the ring of water his cup leaves on the table or in a marking on a rock. Again, he loves a challenge, so for a long time he would ask me to draw a circle and he would watch what I did until he could draw a pretty good circle. Now he always wants me to draw a star or a pentagon and imitates what I do. His attempts at stars are zig-zag lines at the moment.
#6: Colors (sorry, no pictures for the last ones)-He still gets some mixed up, but he's pretty good with red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple, brown, black, white, tan, and pink. He loves pointing them out too, but not as much as he loves shapes.
#7: Sleeping under the bed-A couple of hours into his sleep I discover that he has gotten off of his bed and crawled under it to keep sleeping. Somehow I feel like a bad mother leaving him there, but when I move him we find him right back under there a short time later.
#8: Stacking, sorting, etc.-I am pretty obsessive-compulsive about order and organization. I use a spoon to spread peanut butter on sandwiches so I can smooth the surface in the jar when I'm done, I hang our clothes by color (even my socks are sorted by color from lightest to darkest and from lightest to darkest within each color), and for a while as a teenager I even started being bothered by the dirty clothes in the hamper and wanted to fold them before I put them in. I am seeing some of these same traits in Talmage. He loves to stack the same size blocks together, he puts things back in their place when he's done, he loves helping me clean up, if he finds a miscellaneous speck on the floor he grabs it shouting, "Garbage! Garbage!" and throws it away, and he loves sorting things. One day he took out a bunch of different sets of mixing bowls from the cupboard and re-stacked them all together in one big stack in almost perfect order from biggest to smallest. It is so funny to see him showcasing these traits!
He is growing and learning so much every day. I love watching his personality emerge more and more as he develops.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday, July 8, 2011

Trip to Tucson

Way back in May we took a quick road trip to Tucson to visit Sam's sister, her husband, and their sweet new little baby boy. We left Thursday night, drove through the night (hoping that would make it easier on Talmage), and got to Tucson early the next afternoon. The way back was a lot more long and exhausting with many more stops. I assured Sam that I would be able to drive a large chunk of the way, but of the 40ish hours we spent driving, I drove all of about 3. :) I guess I'm not as tough as I thought when it comes to sleep deprivation.
I was just extremely grateful for the portable DVD player a friend loaned us and the 2 Elmo/Sesame Street movies we brought along with us. I bought one second hand specifically for this trip, and the other one came from the library. Talmage has a slight obsession with Elmo. I'm not sure where it came from...we don't even own a TV. I think it's from the Sesame Street characters featured on his diapers. Anyway, we played those movies over and over and over again throughout the duration of the trip. Sam and I were both a little weary of the Elmo's World theme song by the time we were done, but it was well worth it!
We stayed in Tucson Friday afternoon-Sunday afternoon and then left to come back to Houston. We were grateful our old, rickety car made the trip without any major difficulties. There's not much on I-10 between San Antonio and El Paso. If we had gotten stranded in the middle of the night it would have made things difficult.
I still need to get the adorable pictures of Talmage with his little cousin, but here are a few pictures I took at a gorgeous park we visited! It was so nice to escape the humidity and experience some dry heat again. :)

Thanks to Dan and Amanda for letting us come visit!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Good, Clean Fun

One of the things I love about little kids is how much they love the simple pleasures of life. A couple of weeks ago I was cleaning the stove and filled the sink with soapy water. Talmage saw the bubbles and instantly wanted to play. So I filled the sink again with fresh water and let him have at it!

He thought it was hilarious to smear the bubbles all over his face and head. I was worried about them stinging his eyes when he rubbed them in, but he didn't seem to mind...

In the video below, you can see how he kept eating the bubbles and insisting they were "Mmm!"

He was extremely tired at the time--for some reason instead of his usual 2 1/2 hour nap, he played in his crib for over an hour before starting to fuss and insist that he didn't need a nap. So he had gone all day without a nap. As you'll see in the video, he was a mixture between hyper/silly and sedate. After we cleaned up the bubbles, he crawled onto my lap and fell asleep. Sam came home and found us like this:

He would not stop taking pictures! This look on my face says, "I'm pregnant and it's the end of a long day...definitely not feeling photogenic! No more pictures!" He only took about 10...

And here is the video. Silly and sedate, just like I mentioned above. :)

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