Monday, January 26, 2009

Oh no!

When I was outlining Ty's vocabulary I forgot a very important word that he knows. Yep, the "n" word: No.
No-1. Ty uses this word to let you know that he's aware of what he shouldn't be getting into but wishes that you'd still let him get into it anyway. When used in as defined it involves him turning around and looking at you hopefully as he says the word. 2. When spoken more forcefully this word indicates he knows he's not supposed to be doing what he wants to do. 3. Word sometimes used while moving his head back and forth while moving towards an object, etc. that is forbidden.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ty Communication 101

So here's a summary of Ty's communication methods that I've observed:
METHOD 1-Telling you in HIS language and hoping you understand him so you can give him what he wants.
His current words (and my interpretation of what they mean):
Uh-oh- Means he has dropped something accidentally or on purpose. That's the one Michael and I taught him. :)
Dada-Refers to his dad. But if he's using different inflections this word may apply to others as well. You must listen closely to figure out if it's you he's referring to.
Mam-Sometimes refers to his mom, sometimes mom is called dada.
Hi-Means hi
Bite-This word has many definitions. Currently they are: 1. He wants something to eat. 2. He wants something to drink; this usually refers to milk, but may refer to other drinks as well. 3. Sometimes Bite means one of his soft blankets. 4. Sometimes Bite means one or more of his stuffed animals.
Nana-Really I think he said it today relating to me. We'll have to see if he does it again.
METHOD 2-Crying while saying a word (such as Bite) to emphasize just how desperately he needs (in his mind) whatever it is. I witnessed that one today.
METHOD 3-Demonstrating by his actions what he wants, such as holding onto his blanket and backing himself up so he can sit on your lap while reading a book, playing with a toy, etc...

It's interesting trying to interpret what Ty's saying. Sometimes I/we figure it out right away and sometimes we don't. And that's the way it is all of our lives isn't it? When it comes to communicating, sometimes we get it right and sometimes we don't.
The important thing is to keep trying.


Friday, January 23, 2009

Back in town!

I got back into town yesterday afternoon. It was a very long day. We got up very early to get me to where I needed to go. All went well, but by the time last night came around I was dragging...Carynn and Melinda convinced me to spend the night with all of them and so I did. It was wonderful catching up with everyone (Insert Ty's name here!), and "chilling." I woke up early this morning since my body is used to another time zone. Ty happened to wake up around the same time so he and I enjoyed some time together. He smiled when I gave him the two spoons to bang together while he was eating breakfast; I smiled too.

There's so much to catch up on so first things first...15 month status report...Ty had his appointment (and some more shots) the day before yesterday. He's now 31 1/2 inches tall and weighs 21 pounds 7 1/2 ounces. He's in the 50th percentile for height and in the 110th percentile for intelligence. Okay, so I exaggerated a little bit, but he is very bright. Here's an example from just the other day. Carynn was in the living room when Ty comes walking in with a diaper and the travel size package of baby wipes. Sure enough he was poopy.

Ty's also very quick when it comes to figuring things out. He figured out that not only will the angel figure on his Fisher Price Nativity make the music go on when he puts it in place, but that if he SITS on it it will make the music go too. Fortunately it'll bear his weight. I shouldn't have laughed when he did this, but it looked quite funny.

Ty's also a TOP CHEF! He's not only into spoons, but will open the drawer under the stove (about the only one that isn't babyproofed since nothing in it can hurt him) and pull out the skillets and use utensils to stir food. He even puts them away. When I asked him to close the drawer instead of using his hand he used his belly.

It's so wonderful to see my favorite little guy. I get to spend some time with him again tomorrow as Carynn and Jamie have a bank function to attend. I know we'll have fun.

I love being a nana!


Sunday, January 11, 2009

Missing you!

So it is January 11. Melinda's 19th birthday is tomorrow. Our youngest child is no longer a child, but will always be our child. I miss her.

We were so happy to have Ty over New Year's Eve. Ty celebrated the New Year by sleeping through it. Michael and I saw the New Year in, toasted it with some sparkling cider, and then headed to bed since we knew Ty would be up early. He's such a fun little guy and we wanted to have as much time with him (and with his mom and dad) before we headed south for warmer weather. I miss him. I miss them.

We left on Saturday, January 3 for our Utah experience. We budgeted two days driving because of the time of year. (It's 15 hours door-to-door from where we live in WA to where we're wintering in UT.) The mountain passes were not a problem at all and after spending the night in an Idaho Falls Motel 6 (since they're pet friendly), we arrived at our place around 4:00 PM tired, but safe.

We had a vegetarian dinner of cooked carrots, potatoes and onions since that's what we had with us. The 5th through the 10th we've spent time (it seems like a lot of time) driving to and from WalMart and Home Depot. Things are settling down now though I still have plenty to do. Probably only two trips to WalMart/Home Depot this coming week. :)

We've been enjoying the weather and blue skies and have spent time out in it almost every day. Yesterday we went hiking at Snow Canyon State Park. I don't know that I'd term it "true hiking," since quite a bit of the terrain we covered was flat and some of it even paved, but we did do some rock scrambling.

Bret's been helpful with tips on working with a Mac, since the Apple versus PC conversion is a bit different (and sometimes difficult) for us. It's nice to think we're in the same state as he and Laura. Hopefully they can visit soon. I miss them.

Lynette called and she's spending the weekend at Whistler with friends. I miss her.

I wouldn't say that I'm homesick necessarily. I certainly miss my family and I do miss my friends at home and my home, but I have Michael here and where he is is home. I'm spoiled though in that I'm flying to WA next week so for right now I guess you could say I have the best of both worlds. I'll take that, with pleasure.