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A LITTLE PETER UPDATE

May 16, 2017

Peter seems so big lately. He is tall and smart and fast and funny. Big kid stuff.

He can open doors. Help us all, he can open doors! I can keep the door to the garage and the front door locked, so those are usually okay. But I need to baby proof the door to the bathroom and the door to our hall closet with all our shoes. We have handles on all our doors - rather than knobs - and baby proofing stuff is harder to find for handles.

He outgrew his first car seat! He has a brand new, fancy, big kid car seat (still facing backwards, lower your weapons!) and so far he hates it.. I have no idea why. 

Last week was a doozy for him. Bad naps, waking up a lot at night, he even had his first big bonk at the playground. But Friday night was the worst of it all. He kept waking up and nothing could console him. He didn't seem like he was in pain, wasn't hungry, had a fresh diaper.. but he would yell and cry and wouldn't sleep. (At first I thought it might be teething because his huge molars are coming in, but then Stefan looked into it more and based on his age we think it could have been night terrors!?) I finally got him to sleep in my arms and tried to put him back in his crib, but he woke up.. got him to sleep again and tried to climb into our bed with him, but he woke up.. finally I got him to sleep and just sat down on the floor of his room. Then laid down with him on my chest. We stayed like that for a while. After who knows how long, he rolled off onto the floor so I seized the opportunity and went to use the bathroom. I thought about crawling into my bed and leaving him on the floor, but it didn't feel right so I grabbed my pillow and a blanket and went back to his room. He woke up a couple hours later and we ended up with him sleeping on top of me again. It was a long night and my back was wrecked the next day (and I had just had a fancy massage the day before lol eyeroll) but it was pretty sweet too. It reminded me so much of those newborn days. And while I don't miss those much at all, it was nice to get all those snuggles just for one night. The next night he must have known it was Mother's Day Eve because he slept like a little angel baby all night long!

Peter still L O V E S to be outside. He asks to go outside constantly. Actually lately he just goes ahead and opens the door.. He seriously could walk around outside for hours, looking at everything, picking up everything (and putting it in his mouth - when does that phase end?), watching animals, pointing at cars and plants and literally everything.

He has some new words! All together he says: sock, shoe, choo choo, maMA (his inflection goes up at the end almost every time), dada, more, yeah, no (all the time with the no's) and for any animal he says, "MAA" hahaha we have no idea why. He still signs a lot, too: more, please, help, all done, milk, outside, Jesus - we're pretty sure he thinks any picture on the wall or in a frame is Jesus.. but we're working on it. He has a picture of Jesus in his room now and loves to point to Him and talk about Him every time we go to put him in or get him out of his crib.

Stefan says Peter gets this one from him and it's true - they both hate to sit down and eat. Peter's high chair is enemy number one. He hates to be put in it and never lasts long. He'll sign "all done," I'll get him out, and then he asks for more food. So, just all done with the high chair, got it.

Mostly in an effort to get him to snuggle us or just slow down for a few minutes, we've been slowly introducing Peter to some shows and characters. Really just Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh. We love both of them, he met both of them last time we were at Disneyland, and now he has stuffed animals of each. And let me tell you, this boy loves his stuffed animals. He has so many already! And I don't even care. We're keeping all of them. I love it. He will always pick one up, hug it tightly, and rock it back and forth while he looks at us and waits for us to say, "awww, so sweet!"

A couple days before we went in for Peter's most recent doctor's visit he started getting lots of goopy junk in his eyes. So there we were at the pediatrician ready to get four vaccines and the doctor confirmed he had pink eye. Talk about a rough day, and he was feeling it. But he also got two dum dum suckers (stickystickystickystickysticky) so I think he felt okay in the end. He also got another sucker during his hair cut (sticky and hair cut don't mix, in case you couldn't have guessed that..) and let me tell you, this boy hates hair cuts.

Basically Peter is our best friend and every day Stefan and I tell each other we could not have dreamed up a more perfect little boy for us.

stefan sent me this picture he took on his fancy new pixel phone, and i think it is hilarious.

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