I don't know where to begin...it's been so long! But I've missed this! And I've missed you! I started to realize just how valuable it is to be able to document Kolton's toddler years in this way. I won't be able to update everything that's happened in the past few months in just one post. So here is a start...
Kolton's vocabulary is increasing every day. He knows all of his colors and can count to 20. He especially loves talking about all of his friends at school. One night we were naming the kids in his class and he named one I didn't know. This is so encouraging! For him to talk about something not in plain sight is wonderful progress. And he sings! The song from The Sound of Music; Doe A Deer is his favorite. Followed by Rock A Bye Baby, Jingle Bells, and a song I made up called Goodnight Kolton. Along with singing he also loves to dance. He grabs my phone ALL OF THE TIME and plays his music. Pit Bull and Britney Spears are his jams.
We were back in Minnesota for Mike's niece's wedding this weekend. Kolton stayed with my mom so we could enjoy ourselves. The day was beautiful and the bride was especially stunning. The hard part about this event for us was it may have been the first time we felt incredibly old. At 23 both Carson and Erin have their shit together...world traveled, good jobs, even home ownership, and now married. When the party at the reception really got started Mike and I quickly realized we didn't necessarily fit in with the kids going crazy on the dance floor. Even though they were dancing to all of the music we like. I felt like I aged 10 years in a flash. And then I aged another 10 years when Carson told me I was young at heart...ouch! Never the less we had a very relaxing weekend with Mike's family and even snuck in some time with a few friends. So all was well with the world until it was time to go home...
A 4 hour delay with a non-napped toddler. We didn't go back to our house in Richmond until 3:30 in the morning! Poor Kolton didn't know what hit him. He had an absolute meltdown at the airport screaming "Daddy Do!" about 100 times. (Mike and I take turns asking him who loves him the most and he changes his answer depending on who's asking) He was like CD skipping for over 20 minutes. Finally he crashed on my shoulder shortly before we boarded at 11:30pm. FAA regulations state that all ticketed passengers; even 2 year olds need to be seated in their seats with their seat belts fastened to take off. Ugh! Kolton was so tired all he wanted to do was nuzzle my neck and sleep! So I hunched over as far as I could and thankfully he slept through it, then continued to sleep on Mike the rest of the way.
Am I rambling? I think I'm rambling... Better go to bed!
Last night I went to cycle class. Near the end, when legs were dragging, in order to motivate us the instructor said "Time is your most precious gift, you are always losing it so spend it wisely." I don't know if he was quoting someone or just made it up on the spot but I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.
I often find myself getting frustrated with Kolton when he isn't sticking to schedule. I'm rushing out the door but he wants to practice putting his shoes on...refusing to eat at meal times resulting in me chasing him around the house with a banana...wanting to lay and play in "Mama bed" when he should be napping already. I get all worked up and sometimes snap at him; why? I have no where else to be and really wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
With that in mind this afternoon he didn't go down for a nap until 2pm. He typically naps for 3 hours but yesterday was only 2. So I decided to just roll the dice. Today he slept for over 4. I thought about waking him up around 5:00 but then thought better of it. If he wanted to stay up until 10:00 so be it. He went down at 8:30!
No Tears, No Tears, No Tears, YaaaaaaaaayYYY! I love how first day of school photos have some how morphed into the new way to display creative skills (or lack there of in my case!) I misjudged where to start the P in preschool on my sign and now I have to live with the shame forever =) Ha, ha
The most important thing is Kolton had a really good day. I was a little nervous because I have to help him unpack and hang up his bag...water, snack, folder. At his school last year I just handed him over at the door without ever entering the room. And usually walked away to the sound of his wails. So, I definitely thought there would be a scene as I tried to leave. Nope, K became interested in a puzzle and I quickly exited doing a happy dance. It was an abbreviated day (only 1.5 hours) but still enough time for me to go get my nails done!
Thursday will be a real test to see if we can get there by 8:00. His teacher told me its honestly fine to bring him up until 9:00. But I don't want to fall down that slippery slope, I think it'll be good for us both to get going earlier.
One week from today Kolton will start preschool Tues & Thurs mornings. There is a part of me that finds it hard to believe we actually have 4 years of preschool to go before he'll start kindergarten. Maybe its all of the "first day" photos I saw on Facebook today. I don't mean to be a whiner, especially since September is childhood cancer awareness month. But running errands with K Puppy (his current favorite nickname) is quite the spectacle. He demands to be carried so I ultimately end up balancing him on my right arm while I push the cart. Since the grocery store is only 5 minutes away my trips aren't very organized. So there is always something I need. Once school starts I'm hoping to avoid taking Kolton into stores completely. I wonder how long I'll last?
I think its kind of funny that the end of summer is some how supposed to signify the end of fun. Of course a change of season is always a little exciting too. In a couple of weeks Kolton will be in preschool Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8-12. I plan on grocery shopping on Tuesdays and doing something for myself (mani/pedi, shopping, etc) on Thursdays. Yay!
So as summer winds down here is what we've been up to....
Kolton regularly requests to sleep in "mama bed". Most of the time he gets rambunctious and proceeds to bounce all around so I've been hesitant to constantly give in to his requests. However on this day he went to sleep right away and napped for 3 hours. If he's good, I'll let him watch TV for 15 minutes before transferring him to his crib. I'm going to wait to tackle his own big boy bed until he turns 3. I think of this as a nice little warm up.
Shopping! I really do love the outdoor malls here. I'll remember this summer as the summer of the hat. He gets so many compliments everywhere we go!
Soaking in the last days of the pool. It kind of sucks that it closes after labor day. It doesn't look like we are going to make it to the beach this year and I'm honestly OK with that. Having the pool just steps from our front door has been so great I can't imagine packing up, sitting in traffic and all the other hassle just to sit and play in the sand.
Proof that they actually will run down and fall asleep eventually! Last weekend Kolton didn't nap both Sat and Sun. (That was my bad because I missed his 1-1:30 window both days) This was the result Sun night at 6:30. Did you notice in both sleeping pictures that Kolton's hand is down his shirt? Yup, he still rubs his nipple to soothe; love him!
This afternoon was his last Early Intervention therapy session. Kolton's vocabulary continues to grow every day. He is still going to receive speech services through the public school system but I'm no longer really worried like I once was. I think his therapist is going to miss him! And even though I've had my differences with her I actually think we could be friends. We talked about getting together sometime and I hope we do. Today was also his 2.5 year doctor appointment. He sat up on the exam table all by himself and looked like such a big boy. Suddenly time is flying by!