22 Months!

Wow – I can’t believe it, but Alex is 22 months old today!  That means, just 2 months until he is 2!  Oh my goodness!  Time is just flying by – this was Alex just one year ago today.  In tribute to 22 months, I’m going to share 22 things about Alex:

  1. Alex still loves to be read to.  His current favs: Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Llama Llama Red Pajama (Thanks to whoever suggested it!)
  2. Alex has joined the millions of Elmo loving kids.  We can put on an Elmo dvd (courtesy of the public library), and he will sit STILL for as long as it is on the TV (not that we do that very often!).
  3. Alex LOVES his ‘Pappa’.  For the longest time we thought that meant Matt’s Dad – but turns out it means both his Dad and his Mom!  He will repeat Pappa until he see’s one of them – adorable!
  4. Alex still has his strong bond with “puppy”.  He also still sucks on two of his fingers when he is tired.
  5. Alex loves to be overly dramatic – when he crys, he covers his mouth and sobs like he is on a soap opera.  Too much Y&R I guess.
  6. His newest fixation is checking for “toe jam” when he takes off his socks.
  7. Yesterday Alex said “more” for the first time!  He has always signed more – but now he is verbalizing!
  8. Alex as I’ve mentioned, doesn’t have a huge vocab yet.  But here is what he does have: please, more!, peas, berry, bath, ball, puppy, momma, dada, papa, Ma (mason), play, bubbles, baba, bye, hi, bike, up, apple and yeah.
  9. What Alex lacks in vocab, he more than makes up in comprehension. That little monkey understands everything!
  10. He loves to play “ring a round the rosie”
  11. When Alex wants you to play with him, he grabs your finger and pulls you down on the ground – saying please or play repeatedly.
  12. Alex is a singer.  You can catch him every so often bobbing around, singing his heart out.  The sitter says that he loves to play with the microphone at her place when music videos are on!
  13. Earlier this year, Alex started Splashers and Bubblers at our local YMCA. He LOVES the water! He doesn’t always kick like he is supposed to… but he really enjoys jumping off the side of the pool.
  14. Alex makes the funniest faces.  All you have to say is show me your funny face and he squishes his face all up. I’m working on “smile”
  15. Alex still is a pretty good sleeper.  You put him in his crib at 7:30, and he sleeps straight until approx 7am the next day.  I can even take him out around 11pm and change his diaper – without him waking up!
  16. As for diapers… I don’t want to jinx it, but Alex hasn’t removed his diaper on his own yet! Phew!  I know it is coming… but as long as he holds off I’m happy.  He has also not climbed out of his crib yet!
  17. Alex likes to dress himself.  He can get his pants on, and his boots and hat – but not his shirt or socks yet.  He also doesn’t undress himself yet – just his socks.
  18. Alex has started to hit every so often.  When he does, he gets a time out and then when his 2 min are up, I give him a hug and we talk about why hitting is wrong.  After that he will give you a kiss.
  19. Have I mentioned that Alex LOVES hockey?
  20. Alex has become a tad more picky when it comes to food lately.  Not sure why – I’m thinking it is his teeth and the fact that he is a toddler.  But when he does eat – for the most part, he isn’t as messy as he used to be.  He can eat a bowl of spaghetti with hardly any mess!
  21. Alex loves to play Matt’s guitar and his cousin’s drum set – I think we might have a hockey loving, book reading, musician here!
  22. Alex is the most amazing little boy.  I cannot imagine our life without him!