Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Cameron overload and a few thoughts on toddlerhood.

It's been a long time since I've posted anything about Cameron- and since I don't do the monthly updates anymore, I figure it's time to post some pictures! I also wanted to jot down a few of my thoughts about his little life after his first birthday. I know there are several of my blog friends who are new moms, and moms to be, so maybe you'll benefit from my note-taking. =)

A little about Cameron at 14 months:
It was so much easier to feed Cameron a few months ago. Purees were such a breeze. I took pride in the fact that he would eat anything and everything, including veggies- which now he will only eat if the veggie is disguised in cheese. Yes, his favorite foods these days are grilled cheese, mac n' cheese, cheese pizza, shredded cheese, broccoli and cheese... you get the trend. Definitely not lacking Calcium!He loves to read!

Cameron sleeps from 8pm- 7:30/8am, with about a 2.5-3 hour nap in the afternoons.

I don't know if I have mentioned it, but Cameron is quite a ladies man. At Panera the other day, he was flirting and laughing with some pretty girls at the table next to us the whole entire time we were there. I'm pretty sure they didn't even get a conversation in between themselves, because Cameron made sure he was he center of their attention. He also flirts with every waitress we have- including one the other day, whose skirt was a little too short- so he made sure to let her know that by glancing up it every time she returned to our table.

9 times out of 10, if Cameron is missing in action, he can be found playing in the toilet.

Cameron loves to walk around with a pen and pad of paper in hand, scribbling and drawing "pictures" (ha!). I hope he loves to color when he gets a bit older, because I still enjoy it and would love to color in books with him!
When Cameron was born, he looked a lot like me. His dark brown eyes and brown skin tone definitely proved he was my son! But as he gets older, one of the first things people say is how much he looks like his dad. Fine by me, I think his dad is the most handsome man I know!

Developmentally, he seems to be right on track. He "talks" up a storm, can answer a question with a "ya" or "no", can make a lot of animal sounds (thanks to our fridge farm!), can throw and kick a ball, and can climb pretty much anything- including our bar-height dining chairs! He's wearing mostly 18month-2T shirts, and 18 month pants.
A little about my thoughts on the toddler stage:
Each month I always say "this is the funnest age!" But really, this is such a fun age. I love that he understands most of what we say. He is full of energy and life, and is a constant source of entertainment. I feel like he is fairly obedient right now- we have been firm at establishing some boundaries, but I also feel like he's able to be a toddler too. I wish I could say that it would always be this easy!

There was a discussion on The Nest forums the other day about the changes you go through when you have a new baby; how hard things can be and how emotionally and physically exhausting it all is to adjust to your new life. My comment was a nod in agreement, but I also mentioned that it never really gets any easier per se- it just gets different. You get into a routine, so in that respect, things flow smoother, and you seem to get your life back when you can catch an amazing 6-7 hours of solid sleeping. Things got easier for awhile- but here recently I feel like I spend a majority of the day sweeping up food chunks and crushed crackers off the floor, picking up toys (again and again) wiping his nose (and wiping my jeans off because he wiped his nose on my them), putting tupperware back into the drawer, chasing after him... it's downright exhausting. And he's a great kid- we're not even into the terrible two's yet.
Despite that it's a tough job being a parent to a toddler parent in general, I cannot even put into words the joy and blessing he brings to us on a daily basis. Our lives have been enriched tenfold. It's difficult to hear about the things you will sacrifice when you do become a parent. 'Cause lets be honest- giving up your blissful sleep and all your free time for the next, oh, 18 years hardly sounds appealing- that is until you see firsthand all the joys that far outweigh it. There's nothing I wouldn't sacrifice to be my son's mom. Nothing.
I just love him, and think he is the cutest kid (obviously, like most parents think of their own children)!


Kristal said...

Great post!! And he really is the cutest kid. That smile! So mischievous. ;)

Samantha said...

He is so dang cute.. and looking like such a little BOY- not baby!

mrs.messi said...

This is such a great post! Cameron is adorable!

Mrs. McB said...

Thanks for the update! He is adorable and I love hearing about your parenting experiences.

Kathy said...

seriously les he is too cute! and i have no doubt where he got those tastebuds from. I just noticed your header btw, "the diary of a half-black woman" ROFL! that is the funniest thing i've seen all day!. I see you're almost up to 100 followers, any plans to celebrate?

Joi said...

Aww...thanks for your thoughts and photos. He is the cutest little boy---you are correct! : )

Leslie G said...

Kathy- I've been noticing- and thinking about coming up with some sort of giveaway!
And that header is perfect right? I've had it up there for a long time, and I really want to get a new blog design and make it a little more prominent!

Audra Laney said...

Well he is DEFINITELY a cutie pie! I love the picture of him climbing through the table. Priceless!

I agree with you. It doesn't so much get easier (minus the long stretches of sleep--bliss), but it just gets different. There are still challenging things, but the things change with time. I'm with you. I sweep the floor constantly. Whereas I used to only mop once every 2 weeks, I feel like I need to mop twice a week or more now! The house is NEVER clean, but it's okay. :) We only get to be moms once. When we die we won't care if our houses remained spotless. :)

Good post. :) Oh and FYI--Flashforward starts back in March!

Lyr said...

What a great update and he is just too cute! Growing up so fast... they really need to stop!

Jessica said...

He is so darn cute!!! I love the pic of him crawling through the coffee table, that cracks me up! :)

passport in my pocket said...

what a cutie!!! And I love that green-and-white striped chair.


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