Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Lots to catch up on!

December has been an exciting month that flew by! The most exciting time was Christmas with William. He's such a goofy baby who loves to make people laugh! I can't believe he's 18 months old. He has lots of words, knows his tummy, eyes, ears, month, nose, cheeks, belly button, hands, feet, fingers, toes, knees etc. He's learning his colors and can point to a couple of letters! He can climb anything (and he will!), he runs super fast and has more facial expressions than any child I know.

Anyway, for Christmas this year I decided that since William was going to be getting lots of presents from Grandparents that we would mostly buy presents for a 1 year old boy on the JcPenny angel tree. But we did get William one big present-a new kitchen! Because we spend Christmas on Cape Cod, we gave it to William a few weeks early.

The day after finals were over we packed up the car and headed up to Boston. William loved watching Sesame Street on the way up (Thanks again Grandpa Edward!!) We spent a lovely week on the Cape and in Boston before Christmas. We watched the snow, we went to an indoor playground and we went to the aquarium.

William loved the fish at the aquarium but he loved the circular ramp that goes up three flights even more. He ran down the ramp so quickly that he couldn't stop at the bottom!!

On Christmas Eve Eve we bundled up and went to Edaville. Edaville is an old fashioned children's amusement park. During December they put up over 7 million lights, have a three mile train ride to see them and invite Santa to come. It was below freezing when we went and I think William was the only one of us remotely warm in his snow pants, coat and boots so we skipped the rides. Brrr.. But we did take the train ride which William loved. He kept pointing to all the lights and saying "lights!" Then we went to meet Santa. By this time it was getting late and he was pretty tired so I wasn't really surprised when he decided he didn't really want to meet Santa this year. We didn't push it. We'll try again next year.

William spent the next two days playing with his Uncle Pat. He loves playing with Uncle Pat who doesn't mind running all over the house with him! On Christmas Eve we had a lovely dinner and William, thankfully, went right to bed while the rest of us spent hours (HOURS) wrapping presents. It was worth it the next morning though when William saw the presents for the first time! He was so excited and wanted to jump right in. So he did!

He quickly grasped concept of opening presents and was ripping off paper. The first present he opened was a basketball hoop. He was so excited by the picture on the box that we had trouble getting him to concentrate on the rest of the presents! After finishing opening all the presents Uncle Pat put it together for him. William spent the next couple of hours playing basketball!

We then packed up and went to my Grandmother's house. There was lots of good food and plenty of stairs for William to run up and down. Everyone thought William was adorable but Taylor and I were exhausted from chasing him by the end of the day!

Taylor was supposed to fly home the next day but he got snowed in! So we had him for another day which was wonderful. And I think that catches us up to now. William, Delilah (who also had a wonderful Christmas and got lots of treats!) and I are still on the Cape. We are staying until Monday when we'll drive home.

Taylor has all the pictures so I'll post them when I can!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

It's that time of year again...

Yes, it is finals season again and that means my already sporadic updates are going to become even more sporadic. We do have new photos of William under the photo album section of the website so please feel free to go browse there. Accompanying stories will come soon.

I don't have time to go sort through photos and pull the best onto the blog today but I do feel the need to document William's development as he nears his 18th month of life.

William is the sweetest, most lovable little guy I hope to ever meet. He may also be the most active! He loves to run, climb, and play ball. He has fantastic coordination and can kick a soccer ball and can use the little hockey stick he inherited from one of the Chesnik boys to knock the ball across the room. He loves to read everything and anything. Ten to twelve times a day he is in my lap with a book, especially "Tickle Monster."

He is becoming very free with his affections and gives kisses and hugs throughout the day. (He used to save kisses and hugs for Delilah, his blankies and his friends but now he's finally branched out to his parents.)

He is developing an active imagination! He loves to "cook" in his own pot and pan while I make dinner and he frequently runs over to give me and Taylor and Delilah a "taste." He colors with crayons and we think he tells us great stories but since half of the story isn't in English it's hard for us to tell.

He says so many words now and his vocabulary grows daily. His favorite words are bus, ball, bubble, Delilah, hot, up, and bye. He is beginning to understand the alphabet and inserts his favorite letter, D in the appropriate place in the song. He can recognize his name and when we spell it out for him he follows the letters.

William loves helping and demonstrates this by vacuuming and moping the floors. He always helps me cook and bake. And of course, he helps with the dishwasher too.

He loves animals and can replicate most of their sounds especially the sheep and the snake. I took him to see horses though and despite my repeating over and over again that horses say "Neigh," he insisted they say, "BAH!" It's pretty funny because Taylor and I have tried to teach him that Dogs say "Arf" but William makes a sound that is a dead ringer for Delilah's "yap." In fact, when he was doing it once a friend asked me why my dog was barking!

William loves his Daddy and will happily tell you. When you ask him, "Who do you love, William?" He responds, "Dadda!" He and Taylor love to go on male bonding excursions to the park and out to lunch on the weekends. (Especially now that I have finals to study for.)

He also loves his trucks and can spend a lot of time collecting them together and playing with them.

Phew, that's it for now! Of course I could go on about William forever but those are some of the little things I don't want to forget as my baby grows up.