Friday, July 17, 2009

Toddler Tyler

It's been a long time since I've posted an update on Tyler. Like I say every time, I can't believe how fast he is growing. It's kind of sad. But the new things he does also make me excited. It's so fun to watch how he learns things.

Ty continues to speak his own language for the most part, which is hilarious. He talks with so much emotion and so many expressions on his face. Sometimes he's super excited, sometimes very serious, sometimes sad...I always wonder what stories he's telling, because he sure has a lot to say!

His favorite real words, in the order of frequency of use, are as follows:

-Mas (more)
-Agua (water)
-Yum Yum

I love the way he says No most of the time. Occasionally it's an angry 'no' if he really doesn't want to do something, but most of the time, it's said so sweetly and accompanied by a smile and a shake of the head. Like, "Oh, you're so sweet for asking, but NO!"

One of Ty's favorite things to do is dance when he is pleased with something. Especially if he's eating something he really likes. If he's sitting, he puts his hands up, palms facing forward, fingers spread (almost spirit-finger-like) and shakes his whole body while waving his hands around. If he's standing, he puts his hands in the same position, does a slight squat, and dances in a circle. It's the funniest thing I've ever seen!

For the last couple of months Tyler has gotten the chance to go to nursery! The first day we took him, he stayed the whole time without us. The Sundays following were hit and miss, but last Sunday was the best. Ry and I are working in the nursery now and last Sunday was our first day. Ty had such a good time and I loved watching him! He played nicely with the other kids, and ate all his cookies during snack time (as well as all the other kids' leftovers) and tried to do the actions to the songs during singing time. He's also getting very good about helping to clean up when it's time. It's so fun to see him learn, and I'm so glad there is a nursery in this ward!

Tyler's favorite TV shows right now are Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Super Why, and Barney. I know! Barney?? I swore I would never let my child watch that show. But he saw it once and he loves it. He really likes all the singing. So whatever. The show is annoying, but I really don't think it's going to scar him or anything. Maybe when he gets older I'll teach him the "Barney's hanging from a tree" version of the song. ;)

One of the most exciting things that happened this month was that Ty went poop on the potty for the first time. I was in the bathroom getting ready to go somewhere and Tyler came in and stood next to the toilet and pointed to his bum. I didn't really think he wanted to use the toilet, but he kept pointing and then lifted up the lid. So I took off his diaper and set him on the toilet. He pushed and pushed and nothing happened, so I asked if he was done. He said no. So we sat some more and he smiled and did his little dance while we sang "Poop on the potty is fun to do." And then he went! Then he grabbed the toilet paper and swiped his back with it and threw it in the toilet. It was so cute! He was very proud of himself. I have to admit that I shed a couple of tears. It's a big deal, and it means my baby boy is not a baby anymore! The next day we went and bought a little potty chair for him. We haven't started formal "potty training" yet, but he loves sitting on it. I think he'll be ready pretty soon.

Tyler also loves to walk around in his daddy's shoes.

And he's just as mischievous as ever.

One of the funniest things that happened last month was at Matt's farewell. We were eating in the backyard and Ryan thought he would be funny and pour a little water on Ty's head. Ty laughed and then about ten minutes went by and Ryan went and lay down on a blanket and closed his eyes. Tyler came and got my water, walked over to Ryan...and calmly poured the rest of the water on Ryan's head. It was hilarious!

I think my favorite thing about my little boy right now is that he is so cuddly and loving. He loves giving "besitos" (kisses) and hugs. Sometimes he'll be busy playing and he'll stop and want to sit on my lap and give me hugs. It melts my heart. He's so precious.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


What's the best way to get a pregnant woman to stop eating junk food?

Lower the temperature on the freezer.

SOMEONE turned it down last night and the ice cram was ROCK HARD today! I only had enough strength to dig out two small scoops, when what I really wanted was five or six LARGE scoops. I'm feeling slightly sad now. And extremely weak. MUST HAVE ICE CREAM!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Our newest family member

So although we're still sad about the loss of Thelonius, we HAVE moved on. Yesterday Ryan and I made our first major purchase as a married couple. We bought this 2005 Honda Pilot and we got a GREAT deal on it! It had been rear-ended and so it has a rebuilt title, but the damage was so minimal and was completely fixed. It looks and runs like new (yes, we took it to a mechanic first who said that it's great) and it only has 32,000 miles. So we are now officially SUV owners...which does mean no props from our current president, but uh...ask me if I really care. Until the "Czar of Transportation" (aka the "Czar of try-to-force-everyone-to-drive-a-smartcar-or-a-hybrid) decrees SUV's illegal, this is what we'll be driving. And guess what? I'll be using it to go through the drive-thru at Wendy's too. Until drive-thru's are banned as well, that is, at which time I'll probably form a support group called MIDASDT - Mothers in Defense and Support of Drive Thru's. If you would like to join, just let me know. ;)

On another note, Happy 4th of July! I love this country. I love that I was born here and that I have all the rights that I have. I'm thankful every day for the freedoms that I enjoy here and I pray that we'll continue to be able to enjoy those freedoms always. Of course, as you might surmise from the sarcasm above, I do feel slightly nervous about our future. I find myself wondering all the time what the world will be like when my children are teenagers and adults. I wonder if they'll know the United States that we know now, or if it will be a completely different place. I hope they'll continue to be able to enjoy little things, like having a barbecue and going to see the fireworks on the Fourth of July. And I hope they will always have many reasons to be proud of their country. We live in a wonderful place and I hope to never take it for granted!