Saturday, January 31, 2009

First (Major) Haircut

Gavin's hair has been growing slowly but steadily and, even though I really hated the thought of cutting it because I love it so much, I finally decided it was looking too much like a mullet. Maybe the fact the the front spiky pieces were about to get into his eyes helped me out, too. So, I took him to Chad's cousin Sara for his first (real, major) haircut (he had the back trimmed about 1/4 inch or less in late August). She did a great job, and Gavin complied wonderfully. He pretty much just sat on my lap holding my hands under the drape the whole time (which was 20 or 30 minutes), mostly just taking everything in. It probably helped that Grandma, Grandpa and our friend Mary Kay were there to keep him entertained, distracted, and fully photographed every step of the way. :) And yes, I did keep some of his beautiful red hair. (And I got to get a haircut, too, afterward. Yay!)

Before:

First Haircut - Before (front)

First Haircut - Before (back)


During:

First Haircut - During

First Haircut - During

First Haircut - During

After:

First Haircut - After (front)

First Haircut - After (back)


Thanks to Mary Kay for taking the photos while I held Gavin in my lap!

Cousins

Gavin has a new cousin! Houston Parker Young was born yesterday morning to Andrew (Chad's brother) and Courtney (sister-in-law), who are also Elle's parents. He was somewhere around 6 weeks premature but is doing great and is incredibly cute! We've gotten to see more of Elle in the recent weeks since Courtney was on bed rest in the hospital (she had placenta previa). Gavin and Elle have a great time together now that they interact more! Here are a few pictures Chad snapped the other day when she spent the night at our house, and one from Christmas.

Cousins 1

Cousins 2

Cousins at Christmas

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

A New Favorite Food

Mmmm Alfalfa Sprouts

Who would have ever thought an 18-month-old would love alfalfa sprouts?? But it seems that's the case. Gavin took a bite of my roast beef and alfalfa sprout sandwich yesterday and decided sprouts were the yummiest thing since hummus. So, today he had a hummus and alfalfa sprout sandwich for lunch and made sure every last bit of sprout got into his mouth.

Gavin and his Hummus-Alfalfa Sprout Sandwich

Monday, January 26, 2009

And now for a news update...

New Table and Chair

We've been having a great time recently at our house. Gavin is growing and learning and playing and generally being fun and happy and curious more and more as time goes by. Some fun new things:

  • More and More Words!! There is no possible way I could count the number of words in Gavin's vocabulary at this point. Definitely many hundreds. He has been putting together 2-word sentences for quite a while now (at least since Thanksgiving) and is venturing into 3 or more sometimes. Most of the words he says are pretty recognizable, even to other people :). He will sometimes sit down with a book and start "reading" it, just babbling away and turning the pages (unfortunately I haven't been able to catch this on video yet). He says "please," "thank you" and "no thank you" on a regular basis but often needs prompting. He has started singing two or three phrases to a song I sing him occasionally.
  • Letters and Numbers and Colors, Oh My! Gavin loves to learn! He started asking us what the letters were in one of his ABC books a while back and now knows 17 letters (ABCHIJKLMOPQRUVWY, upper case only). His favorite and first-learned letter is Q. He can spot most of these (especially his favorite ones, like H, M and Q) just about anywhere. Like on the Quizno's sandwich shop sign. Or the big screen at church that says "Mosaic". Or the hospital signs by the side of the road. Or randomly in a book. It's pretty funny to see what he notices. Along with the letters, he wants to know what numbers are, too. He knows by sight 6, 8 and 9. He can also count at least to 4, and sometimes to 6 (but occasionally he leaves out 5), but he doesn't recognize the written numbers for those yet. We initiated teaching him colors a little while ago (before Thanksgiving) and he knows almost all of the major ones now - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, and black. We're working on brown and will add gray later.
  • Books and Nerdy Baby ABCs - Gavin has always loved books, but now he will actually sit down with us through a reasonably long one (70 pages) while we read it to him. His favorites right now are some we got him for Christmas - Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss and Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman. He loves Hop on Pop the most and will randomly repeat phrases from it while he's going about his business - like "pup cup", "play all day!", and "fight all night!" (uh-oh). He either says "pup cup" or "hop pop" to ask to read it. Chad got him some Nerdy Baby ABCs a while ago and he absolutely loves to read them. He knows (and says the words for) about half of the pictures - like Atom, Diurnal, Glaciation, Hydrogen Bonding, Jovian Moons and Lunar Eclipse. It's pretty funny to watch (and I'm hoping to catch it on video soon).
  • Talking on the Phone and Cooking - It's fun to see Gavin's imagination start to take off. He continues to pretend to talk to lots of different people using random things as phones. If we ask him who he is talking to, he usually starts by answering "Grandma!" and then goes through quite a list of people. He has recently started to pretend to cook and/or eat things, too. Yesterday morning he grabbed a bowl and spoon and started stirring, saying "omelet!!". In his bathtub he will use a spoon and pretend to eat, saying "soup! mmm-mmmm! tasty!". He started pretending to take crackers off a tray in his room and eat them, too. He loves to help me while I'm cooking (for real) in the kitchen and he is generally quite helpful (except that sometimes I need both arms/hands, and he doesn't want to be left out of the action!). He asks to see into the toaster, the Crock Pot, whatever is on the stove, the bowl I'm making dough in, etc. and will help me stir things.
  • Puzzles, Tables and Chairs - Gavin likes his simple puzzles (he has this one and this one by Melissa and Doug) and can sometimes get the pieces to go into the correct places, especially on the animals one. He knows where they should go but doesn't quite have the fine motor skills (or patience) to get them in quite yet. He's not too bad, though - he probably gets them in 1/4 of the time. Recently he loves to sit in chairs and use small, low-height things (like my stepstool) as tables. We decided he might like to have his own, so we got him a Gavin-sized table and chair set from Ikea last week. He loves it and has a great time getting into and out of the chair.
  • Scribbling - After seeing that Gavin enjoyed a magnetic doodle board that his cousin Elle had, I found one for him as well. I never knew he could enjoy a toy so much. The first two days he had it, he probably played with it for 3-4 hours. He wouldn't leave the house without it when it was time to pick Chad up from the train station! He loves to scribble and use the magnetic stamps, and he wants us to draw faces for him on it all the time.

The Crazy Things His Aunts Teach Him

Gavin decided to perform the other night when Chad's family was over for dinner. Here's a video of him saying all the crazy things his Aunt Amy and Aunt Lexi have been teaching him...


Walking in Daddy's Boots

Walking in Daddy's Boots

While we had tons of snow outside, our boots were pretty much parked by the front door. Except, of course, when Gavin decided they needed to be taken for a walk. Don't know why, but he loved to put them on and take them off, and sometimes walk around for a while in them. Here's a video: