Saturday, April 21, 2012

Penguins, Stingrays, and Seals, Oh My

Griffin and I went on an adventure to the Aquarium today with Connor, his mom Sandy, and his Gma Lorraine.  The boys loved snacking, running up the ramps, snacking, pretending to swim around, playing in the kids play area, and giving each other fist bumps... oh and the fish were cool too. :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Penny & Simon, My First 2 Babies

Oh my sweet Penny & Simon.  Despite having a human baby, these 2 crazy kitties are still my first 2 babies.  I try to give them as much love and attention as I can, and I try to keep Griffin's crazy antics away.  Admittedly, they are still a little nervous around our unpredictable 2 year old; can't blame them.  Here are a few recent pictures of them:

Griffin gave Simon "a drink".  Simon was watching Griff, Harry Bear, and I having a picnic in the living room.

Here is Simon rocking Griffin's blue striped polo, complete with a popped collar.

Here is Penny 'tolerating' Griffin brushing her fur.  Griffin often brings Penny her stuffed cat and mouse...

Penny is relaxing in Griffin's play tent.

Like Mom, Like Son

This happened last week:

For about 15 minutes post dinner, Griffin walked around the house with a pile of half chewed carrots in his mouth.  The carrots were going no where fast.  When I wasn't watching, Griff walked into the kitchen, pulled open his tupperware drawer, which is where we store his bin of hand wipes, took out some hand wipes, spit out his mouthful of carrots, and left them on the floor. 

When I found the carnage, I laughed as this reminded me of myself as a kid when my parents used to make me sit at the table until I completely cleared my plate (a rule I will never enforce).  Unfortunately, I remember sitting at the table for upwards of 2.5 hours alone with large piles of dried/ABC (Already-Been-Chewed) meats in the side pockets of my cheeks.  I used to "have to go to the bathroom" during dinner, where I'd spit my unwanted food into the toilet... or there were also times when my mom finished washing the dishes and as soon as she left the kitchen, I'd cleverly throw my veggies or meat out in an empty milk carton in the trash... Once I vividly remember getting caught red handed, and my mom made me eat all of the milky cold watercrest or spinach or whatever gross greens they were... it was so nasty.

Anyway, it's funny to see Griffin even begin to use these "tricky" tactics, like when he gets put down for bed at nigh,t and as soon as the lights are off and the door is shut, I hear him shout, "Moommmmy, I have to pee on my potty!", which of course, I fell for once. 

I like that Griffin is a little like me.

Pic of Dad & Griff

Omg this is too cute.  I love my 2 boys.  This was taken a week ago, and it's definitely one of my favorite Griff & Dad pictures to date.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Trip to Babci's House & Redd's Pond

Griff and I had a great morning at Babci's (Sesbastian's Grandma Phyllis' house in MHD).  After having played his little heart out with his best buddy from school, Sebastian, aka "Bashy", Griffin is currently napping (hopefully for a long chunk of the afternoon, fingers crossed, though I probably just jinxed myself from typing that).  The boys played bikes on Babci's porch, then Carrie and I took them on a stroller ride to the Gerry School Playground to play, we stopped at Redd's Pond to visit the ducks, strolled back to Babci's for lunch, and then the boys finished up their playdate dumping all of the toys from 2 big treasure chests onto the floor in Babci's living room.

P.S. This morning I made a total novice-Mom move, as I prematurely leaked the news to Griff that we were headed to Babci's house or "Grandma Phyllis" as Griffin calls her.  I did this a solid 2.5 hours before we were actually going with the intention of getting him excited for our day... except, all morning long my little parrot-child kept saying "I want to go to Babci's house to play." (We're talking like 9 times in 2.5 hours).

P.P.S. Darn it. I did totally jinx myself.. I can hear Griff awake upstairs half talking, half whining. Seriously?  He had a super active morning and all I get is 50 minutes of quiet?  Are you kidding me?  It sounds like he is banging his feet against the side of his crib and he is saying something like, "No Mommy, I don't have to wear shoes.  Where is my doggie?"  What?  Back to reality.

Life Goals of a 2 Year Old

During bath time last night, Griffin said, "When I grow up I want to water flowers, and I want to be a fire fighter, so I can drive a fire truck."  These are his current life goals... :) 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Water Table, Hooray!!!

Griffin loves his new water table... yes, he's naked.. as usual.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Hot Dog Griffin

Griffin ate his first hot dog a few weeks ago on March 27th.. It was one of those foods that he's just never been interested in eating.  He ate it totally plain with no bun or ketchup, or utensils for that matter. 

Speaking of hot dogs.. a favorite Dad/Mom & Griff activity is wrapping Griff in a blanket like a hot dog, or wrapping him up tightly in his towel after bathtime.  Griff usually says, "I'm a hot dog; do you want to eat me with ketchup, mustard and relish?" And when either Tom or I respond, "Oh yes, I want to eat you..." and we pretend to chew on him, he freaks out and says "No, don't eat me!!!"

I love wrapping Griffin up.. It's like a giant toddler swaddle. So cute!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Naked Tricycle Riding

Griffin loves being naked... I mean, who doesn't appreciate a naked tricycle ride? 

Griffin at 27 months!

So.... I have so much catching up to do.  It's been about 3 months since I last sat down to blog.  Right now, I'm limited to the twenty-something minutes I have during "a little episode of Caillou" (as Griffin would call it) to jot down what my little, or not so little, boy is up to these days...
Where do I start?

At 27 months, Griffin now speaks in complete sentences.  His ability to communicate is both amazing and extremely helpful in minimizing toddler tantrums.. Example quotes: "Mommy, I want to go to gymnastics fur-ssstt", "May I please watch a little episode of Caillou?", "Mommy, I need a snack!", "Slow down, Mommy"- (yes, he backseat drives), "I had a lot of fun at playschool, I played with the waffle blocks.", "I need another snack", "No, Mommy, I can do it all by myself!", and a few classics, "Mommy, I have a present in my pants!" and one that Dad taught him, "Mommy, do you have a thing for construction workers?"

He sings lots of songs; his repertoire includes Twinkle Twinkle, The ABCs, Jingle Bells, The Wheels on the Bus, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, and many other classic toddler favorites.  Some mornings while I am still snoozing/ignoring the fact that he is awake before 6:30am, I will hear singing to himself, which is so very cute, but not as cute as if he were still sleeping...

Griffin loves his Thomas trains.. his favorite is Victor.  He pees on the potty standing up almost every day, just whenever he happens to be naked and has to go.. no poop yet, though.  He can count to about 20, but often repeats the number 14 a few times, and yesterday Tom taught him how to spell his name "G, R, I, F, another F, I Nnny!"

He is getting really good at riding his little red balance bike up and down "the ramp", which is the slight hill on our street in front of our house.  At swim class, he is now able to swim alone with a bubble about 2 feet to the wall.  When I completely let go of him, he panics/sinks/waves his arms and legs until he can grab a hold of the wall edge.

He loves to do naked running, naked water bucket.. just being naked in general... ut oh, Caillou is over and now Griffin is drawing pink marker on my carpet.. oh crap..

Thursday, April 12, 2012

"Gup Gup"

Watching Griffin eat goldfish makes me laugh.  He says "Gup Gup" and pretends as if the fish swims into his mouth.  Watch this-