Will is now 139 weeks old. This has been a fun, busy week.
Monday morning, Jim packed a bag and moved into a hotel in Charlotte for the week. He has quarterly division meetings that rotate locations. This quarter the meetings were in Charlotte, but managers all stay together, even if it is their home turf, so it was the equivalent to Jim being out of town for the week. Will and I had a late morning play date. He had a blast playing with the kids, while I had a blast hanging out with my friends and eating tons of yummy food. It was a very fun morning. After nap time, Will had his swim class. He did okay. He just has so much fun, but I’m not sure that he is actually doing what he’s supposed to. Ms. Julie just laughs and shakes her head at him. 🙂 After the lesson, I got in the pool thinking that I’d practice all of the little drills with him, but he didn’t want to listen to me; he just wanted to have fun. I probably did more harm than good, but he had fun.
Tuesday, we had a play date at the Rec Center. It was a good time as always. We ran to the dollar store afterwards, and he was very excited to get another little dinosaur. This time is was a Triceratops. After nap time, we went outside and washed the car. About half way through Will and the neighbor’s kids “helping” me wash the car, they all took off to another neighbor’s back yard. It was perfect because I was able to finish up the car without worrying about Will. 🙂
Wednesday morning we had a park play date. Will had tons of fun with all of the other kids. It was a beautiful day, so we all enjoyed a little vitamin D. After nap, we had swimming class. He got in trouble before class even started for trying to go in the wrong part of the pool. It really upset him, and he just wanted to go home. I had to pick him up and put him into the pool kicking and screaming. He literally screamed the entire half hour lesson. The only time he stopped was when it was his turn to practice a skill. Towards the end though, even then it took him longer to calm down. As soon as class was over, he was completely fine. I was drying him off and putting clothes on him, and he shouted, “Swimming class is fun.” Ugh, what are we going to do with him?
Thursday was our only play date free day this week, but I had a ton of errands to run. Thankfully Jim was done with his meetings about the time I was ready to go out, so he came with us before heading into work for the rest of the day. It made it so much easier because many of the stops were so quick that Jim and Will could just stay in the car while I ran in. It made my lengthy list of errands go by super fast. After nap time, we played outside with the neighbors. We are loving the warm weather and longer stretches of day light!!
Friday morning we went to Baxter’s Bunch Playhouse
. We got there right when it opened, and I was a little concerned that without more kids, Will would just get bored. Thankfully, lots of other kids, including friends of ours, came. He proceeded on spending the next 2 hours running, climbing, and jumping. He was covered in sweat. The only bad part about this place, and others like it, is that they do not allow outside food. Well after 2 hours of running, Will needs to eat a snack. I bring tons of snacks with me, but he can’t eat any of them. It makes it hard to explain to a hungry, tired 2 year-old that he can’t have the granola that is right there in my bag. Bermp. Afterwards, we went with some friends out to lunch. He did a great job because it was a little bistro, so a little fancier than our typical Chick-Fil-A. 🙂 They did give all of the kids lollipops if they “made a happy plate,” which just meant that they ate either all of their food or ate enough to satisfy the parents. Will has had dum-dums twice and a real lollipop once, so when they gave him a tootsie roll pop, he was in HEAVEN. After a little bit, I planned to throw it away, but he ate it in about 4 licks and 3 bites. He thought it was the greatest. What a fun morning. After nap, Will and I made some brownies for a bake sale the next morning. Will was stirring the batter, and saw some on the side, so he licked it. Clearly he liked it because he stuck his finger back in the bowl and licked it again. Next he pulled the spoon out of the bowl and tried to eat an entire spoon full. I wouldn’t let him, but clearly, his first taste of chocolate was met with approval. Later, we put together another train/car table that we got Will for his room. He was very excited and eager to help.
Saturday morning, I was supposed to sell our stuff at a huge multi-family yard sale. It rained all night, and was still raining at 6am when I was supposed to start setting up. It finally stopped raining at 8, when the sale was supposed to start, but it was still calling for scattered showers until noon. I didn’t want to take all of our stuff out to the location, set it up, and then have it rain on it. I do hate it though because we have so much stuff to get rid of. 😦 Later that evening, I went out with a group of friends to the movies and dinner. It is always nice to get out with some fun girls. Will kept telling Jim, “momma go bye-bye with friends, daddy stay with Will.”
Sunday was a beautiful day, so we spent the morning in the back yard getting some chores done. Will had fun “mowing” the grass while Jim also mowed the grass. Then Will was digging in the sand box going, “Argh” because he was a pirate, then he told us that he was digging for treasure. He is so cute! 🙂 After nap, we spent some more time outside getting more chores done. I used the pressure washer to clean the grim off of Will’s toys, while the boys pruned some bushes. Will had a great day!
Will has been counting to 10 for a while. We practice almost every time that we go up and down the stairs. Usually when we get to 10, we just start over. At some point, Will has over heard us count higher because one day this week he went down the stairs counting and counted to 14. I’m not sure where he picked it up, but great! Although he is pretty good with numbers, colors are a different story. He is HORRIBLE! Everything used to be red, so occasionally he’d get lucky. Now he just randomly calls out different colors, but is never correct. 😦 But, he does know his shapes. He knows circle, square, triangle, star, flower (dodecagon, which does look like a flower), but he is trying to figure out the difference between a square and a rectangle.
If you’ve been to Charlotte, you know the clover-leaf where 485 and 77 intersect. Whenever we’re in the car going on it, he says, “cars go down the slide.” He thinks it is fun that the cars get to go down the slide too.
He is starting to use more possessive adjectives. He says he is going to “my house” and other things that are his. He has also started saying that he “needs” to do things. We’ll be up in his room playing, and he’ll say, “Will needs to go downstairs and play choo-choo trains,” or “Will needs to go outside.” As though if he doesn’t the world might come to an end. 🙂
Since Jim and I have been going out of town on airplanes a lot. Will is constantly clarifying the situation. “Momma bye-bye airplane; Daddy stay with Will,” or “Daddy go to work; Momma stay with Will.” Then when one of us is gone, he gets super excited when he sees an airplane. The other day we were driving when Jim was out of town, and Will started shouting, “Momma, Momma, Daddy’s airplane! Daddy’s airplane!” He was so excited. Now when he’s at home, he also always says that he’s flying. He likes to pretend to be airplanes and fly around the house.
I’ve talked several times about his nap/bed time routine of reading and then singing to him. Sometimes he just wants to look at books for what seems like ever. Jim and I will just start singing to him to signal that it is almost time to get in bed. If he doesn’t want us to, he’ll start saying, “Hey momma(daddy)!” over and over again. We usually ignore him and keep singing, so he’ll keep saying “Hey momma(daddy)!” over and over getting louder and louder. Sometimes he’ll even take his hand and try to hold our jaw up to stop us from singing. He does like us singing. When he’s in the mood, he’ll sing along with us. He sings, The Barney Song (I love you, You love me), Ba, Ba, Black Sheep, Jingle Bells, Frere Jacques, and sometimes the Lula bye song from the pajanimals.
Will has always been very proud of himself, as we are. Jim went to get him after a nap one day, and Will announced, “good napping Will.” He’ll climb up a ladder and then clap for himself. He’ll jump down from his window and say, “big jumping Will.” It is hilarious. 🙂
In the fall, Will had a couple of dum-dums and then when we went to South Park Mall for Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, he had his first real lollipop. I only let him have a few licks before I threw it away, but clearly he remembers how yummy it was. Now when he sees a lollipop in a book, he licks the book. I’ve tried to get him to stop, but it is impossible. He licks them all.
I was really sick before our trip to Mexico and then again after getting back from New York. Will would say, “feel better momma,” which made me actually feel better. 🙂 There were a couple of days when literally I could not get out of bed. So a few days later, he would say, “momma too sick” if we were talking about doing something. It is amazing the things he focuses on.
With the beautiful weather, Will has been riding his little bikes out front. He is starting to get better at actually pedaling on his tricycle.
One of Will’s favorite games to play is hide ‘n seek. He likes to hide in the ottoman of the loft or under the bed. He hides and then calls one of us and says, “can’t find Will anywhere.”
139 weeks old