Words cannot express how excited I am about how many changes JC has been going through. He really is the happiest little mini-person you'll ever meet.
Most of JC's days lately are spent literally running all over the house. I've saved myself a lot of sanity by just closing all the doors in the house except the door to his room. Since he is no longer happy just hanging out in the living room. He has to be EVERYWHERE. The whole house turns into his playroom. Speaking of which, the definition of "out-of-reach" has changed around these parts. Shelves that once were safe havens for anything you didn't want JC to get into are no longer safe. I found JC digging through his Halloween candy bucket yesterday that he had managed to pull off a shelf in the living room that I thought was out-of-reach. I guess not anymore.
JC also definitely starts to get a little stir crazy after being home all day. I try to make at least one "outing" everyday with him, even if it's just to Target or the grocery store. He loves to go out and about. By far, his favorite outing is going to visit Charles for lunch. We usually have to push nap time a little bit to do so but it's worth it.
Do you see how tall my little preemie baby is getting???? It's out of control.
While JC does love to get out of the house from time to time, he also LOVES nothing more than to bring me 100 books to read to him all day long. Usually I get a good variety but lately he's been obsessed with these Elmo's World books. I have seriously read "Food" and "Babies" at least 15 times each today. And the day is only half over. It makes me really happy to see how much he loves books. I feel bad because he'll bring me a book and pat my legs furiously while I am making dinner and I have to ignore him. He then likes to lay flat on his belly on the kitchen floor and suck his thumb in a "non-violent protest" kind of way.
He hasn't been too big on tantrums but he will get frustrated if I take away something he wants to play with that I don't deem a necessity (like my phone or the remote control) or if I take too long to make him food. God forbid he have to wait 70 seconds while I microwave his pancakes. I wrote a little bit about my foray into disciplining JC a couple months back and I have since decided to give the whole time out a try. I keep his pack-n-play set up in our room and place him in there for one minute. It isn't ideal (the pack-n-play takes up a lot of space, I don't want him to have negative associations with his pack-n-play, blah blah blah) but it seems to have worked a little bit. His biggest issue has still been hitting the dog or cat. So if I see him do it once or if he's about to do it, I tell him "If you hit the dog I will put you in time out" and that alone usually works. Now that he knows what time out is. I may do a more in depth post if this continues to be an issue. But for now, that is working in our house.
No new teeth this month, surprisingly. So we are still at seven teeth. I've been looking but still no molars. JC is wearing mostly 12-18 month clothing and size 4 or 5 shoes. He still has one random pair of jeans that are 6/9 months that still fit him. I really wish baby clothing sizes would be a little more uniform. Help us parents out. One nap a day, usually between 1:30 until 3:30 or so.
JC first fall as a toddler has been so much fun. We had a blast running around pumpkin patches and apple orchards the past weekend. Like I've said before, I am definitely more of a "toddler mom". I'm very much looking forward to Thanksgiving in just a couple weeks! Hopefully JC won't turn his nose up at the turkey!