A few weeks before Thayer turned 21 months, he busted his head.
A few days before Thayer turned 21 months, he bruised his nose.
Thayer absolutely LOVES Olaf, and frequently mimics several of his lines. One of his favorites is grabbing his nose with his chubby fingers and chattering in a high pitched voice. "It's so cute, it's like an itty bitty unicorn!" He also loves waving his fingers, like the big Norwegian in Wandering Oaken's Trading Post. "Whooo-üüü!" He is so sensitive, and hates the part in the middle of "Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?" where the King and Queen are lost at sea. He comes running and crying, saying "sad! sad!"
Every time he wakes up, he has to tell me "sleep". Because of course I had been wondering what he was doing all that time... ;)
When I'm nursing him to put him down, and cradle him like a baby, he either says "shh shh, baby" or "snuggle". He does love some snuggles. He also likes the word cozy: "tozy" :)
He knows pretty much every color, maybe with the exception of grey. I got pretty tickled when I realized this connection happened. Now he likes to announce the color of almost everything he sees.
He has [at last!] conquered the art of the restful night. I am so very thankful and pretty much giddy at this development. Now he sleeps from 8/8:30pm-8 am with the occasional middle-of-the-night waking, but he is completely night weaned and even if he wakes upset, Daddy takes care of him and he goes right back to sleep quickly. It's amazing. I've almost re-trained my body to actually sleep at night. :)
He has a couple quirks related to sleeping. His shirt must be down. Whether we are snuggling/nursing, or I'm putting him down. "Uh Oh! Sheet! Fix it!" So I pull it down. If' he's wearing socks, they always have to come off before he can settle down and nurse while I sing to him. Then I have to put "dophie" in just the right spot. To the left of his head, against the side of the crib. Then make sure pant legs are down. And cover him with his favorite blanket. Then the quilt Gramma made him on top of that. Then he leans his head back as far as it will go and say "tiss". And I get a sweet kiss. <3 I never want to forget these sweet patterns, these moments that make our days "normal" and "special" all at once.
Some of his favorite foods:
bee-wees (frozen berries)
He also didn't take long to learn the word "no-nuts" (donuts) when we finally tried Duck Donuts last weekend! :)
Of course he gets bullied a bit because he's the youngest, but don't confuse that to mean "smallest". He also does his share of bullying. He's also an epic tattle-tale for 21 months. He will run in to tell me "Ahn-ee! Take! Give it back! Nice!" He is also a fan of the word "mine" and "no way". I'm usually the recipient of the last one, if he doesn't want to obey. He has a lot of heart and will, which is great, but at this stage when we are guiding those things toward kindness and love, sometimes things explode and end with *someone* throwing a fit and smacking their head on the floor or a wall. Usually him. hehe.
With all his funny quirks, I adore this buddy of mine. My heart truly does run around outside my body with these two loves, it's special and scary all at once.
So once I take some photos and measurements, I do plan to update this post...but I decided to go right ahead and post it regardless because you know, life. You just never know if those plans will ever go through.