It is about time…

Wow! It has been quite some time since I posted here, so I thought it was about time! I am not going to even try to update on everything that has occurred since my last post, but I will hit some of Dylan’s highlights and give you an idea of what we have been doing this summer.

  • He is 2 1/2 years old and 32 pounds!
  • He sleeps in a “big boy” bed.
  • He is potty trained.
  • He can count to 25 (and sometimes 30).
  • He knows all of his ABC’s and sounds.
  • He can finally pedal his tricycle.
  • He is funny!

Dylan has stayed home with me and Kyle this summer and we have had a great time!

We have hung out with friends. Here we are swimming at Phillip and Daniel’s downtown Dallas apartment.

Swimming in the infinity pool.

Swimming in the infinity pool.

Dylan took swim lessons at the local recreation center this year. He loved swimming in the “big pool”.

Waiting for his turn in the big pool.

Waiting for his turn in the big pool.

My grandma turned 80 years old and Dylan got to meet the majority of my family (on my mom’s side) and had fun playing with the other kids.

Posing with the G-Ma.

We spent a week at the Lake of the Ozarks with Jim, Laura, and Liam. We weren’t sure what to expect with two toddlers in the car and an eight hour drive, but it wasn’t too bad."Oooo... look at Liam! Liam touching my hand."

Dylan got to swim in the lake.

Swimming with Daddy.

Swimming with Daddy.

He got to ride in a boat (and loved it).

Sitting with Liam.

Sitting with Liam.

Sporting his sunglasses.

Sporting his sunglasses.

He watched everyone ski and encouraged us all with his shouts of, “You can do it!”

Watching Daddy ski.

Watching Daddy ski.

And here are some pics of Kyle skiing!


One more week of fun and then Dylan goes back to school!

A Trip to the Zoo

I a not a big fan of the zoo… the smells, the crowds, the animals behind bars/fences with people gawking at them, BUT I wanted Dylan to see the animals. He LOVES animals, so we took him to the Dallas Zoo and we had a good time.

I can’t even tell you the last time I went to the Dallas Zoo so I don’t know how much it has changed over the years; overall, I thought it was a pretty good zoo. Although I am sure it is nothing like the actual African Savannah, the zoo has opened a new Giants of the Savannah exhibit that wasn’t too shabby (although the downed “trees” aren’t actually trees… they are concrete pillars in the shape of trees – realism FAIL.)

Dylan was a fan of the animals and we went early to beat the heat and the crowds, so it was a good time had by all.

Here are a few of the highlights…

We are pretending to be lions peeking at our prey.

We are pretending to be lions peeking at our prey.

Raffe! Raffe!

Raffe! Raffe!

These reminded Dylan of Abbey.

These reminded Dylan of Abbey.

Turt-le! Turt-le!

Turt-le! Turt-le!

Take note of the faux tree

Take note of the faux tree

The Savannah

The Savannah

Dylan also enjoyed the lion, cheetah (pronounced chi), tiger and penguins but since they were behind glass I opted to not take photos due to potential glare issues.

He did not, however, enjoy the snakes or lizards (or the really HUGE toad.) Seeing these prompted a little, “Uh, uh,”and head shake from Dylan.

School

Dylan started school again yesterday, and unfortunately, he was not excited to return. This year he is attending a Montessori school near our home, so it is all brand new.

I know he will “get used” to school again and enjoy playing with the other students, but today I felt like an AWFUL mother. I left my baby with strangers while he screamed, “Mommy!”

It HAS to get better.

Smitten

I introduced Dylan to the original Toy Story today.

He was smitten (for about 5 mins.)

Swimming it Up

Dylan loves the pool. He asks quite frequently to get in the,”Poooo -l,” and to go, “Mim-ming.”

He is enjoying swimming more that he is no longer taking swim lessons. He didn’t enjoy the lessons, but I think they helped him learn some basics.

Check him out!

The Dallas World Aquarium

Tuesday Dylan and I met Sarah and Brynleigh at The Dallas World Aquarium. It was a good time.

Due to the awful traffic we encountered on I-75 we arrived about 30 mins late, and Sarah and Brynleigh had already fed a Toucan! They met us at the elevator and we started our journey through the rain forest.

I recently acquired an iPhone 4 so I went a little overboard with the number of videos I took, but they will give you a little on-line tour of aquarium and some of the most exciting things Dylan saw on his rain forest trek.

The otter were little clowns and played up to the audience. They kept swimming right in front of Dylan and Brynleigh. I think they liked the babies. The babies certainly enjoyed watching the sea otters swim it up.

I have been to the DWA before and remembered there were quite a few monkeys in the past, so I was a little disappointed to see a couple of monkeys. I am not sure the babies got a real good view of the monkeys because they were kind of hanging out in the distance. They are cute!

We were able to park the strollers pretty close to the turtles and stingrays so the babies got a great view. Dylan said, “Turt-le. Turt-le.”

Dylan normally asks to walk when we are in stores and other places, but I think he was a little overwhelmed by all the people and animals because every time I asked him if he wanted to get out of the stroller and walk, he responded, “No.”

We spent quite some time in front of the HUGE aquarium. The babies liked watching the fish, turtles and manatee swim around.

After the aquarium we decided to go outside and visit the penguins!

These little penguins seemed a little sleepy. They pretty much just stood their and squinted their little eyes.

Luckily a few of the penguins decided to swim a little.

Here are the cute little stroller buddies checking out the penguins. They are cute!

About this time Sarah and I decided that it was getting a little too crowded with all of the daycare groups and it was almost lunchtime, so we started to make our way back out of the aquarium… and we somehow stumbled on an entire section we had missed!

So we saw some flamingos. (Miss Brynleigh liked these!)

We saw the shark tank. Dylan likes to say,”Shark! Shark! Chomp!”

And we saw a sleepy kitty… or LEOPARD.

We had a great time at the aquarium. When we got home Dylan kept on talking about it. He would say, “Fish! Turt-le,” or make monkey noises.

Although the DWA is a little pricey, I would suggest going, and going EARLY. It gets SUPER crowded after 10:30 or so.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

Swimming and Father’s Day

Dylan has been taking swim lessons for the last week through Infant Aquatics and is doing pretty well. He has floating down  and is working on kicking. He doesn’t mind going under water but HATES floating on his back.

Jim, Laura and Liam came over for breakfast this morning and the boys went swimming. Here they are enjoying the pool on Father’s Day.

Um, We Are Still Here…

Yeah, I apparently haven’t posted anything since VALENTINE’S DAY! I knew it had been awhile but didn’t realize it had been that long!

So, here is a quick run-down…

Dylan is a 1 1/2 years old now! He is getting so big. At his doctor check-up on the 10th he weighed in at just under 27 pounds which put him in the 50th percentile for weight and he was just over 33 inches which put him in the 85th percentile for height. He is starting to slim down; although, he still has a baby belly on him.

We have been lucky to have him home with us since school ended and he keeps us busy all day! He still loves reading and has taken a bigger interest in building things with his blocks (instead of just knocking them down). Oh, and he likes to sort things… ANY things – he arranges them in piles by color, or size, or whatever else his little mind imagines.

And he talks… A LOT! His vocabulary is growing rapidly. Some of his favorite things to say are –

  • Mom-my, Mama, and Mom
  • Dad-Dy, Dada
  • Pup-py and Abbey
  • Mam-maw, Pap-paw
  • Hi
  • Bye-Bye
  • Moo, Oink, Baa
  • Eye, Ear, Nose, Mouth
  • An-i-mal
  • Bo-bo (belly button)
  • Poo-poo
  • Shoe (or sh-oo)
  • Shhh (he likes to put his finger to his mouth and do this)

And of course… “No! No!” He says this to Abbey while shaking his little finger at her.

And one of my favorite new developments is all the hugs and kisses he gives us. He is a good boy. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day Kyle and I decided to take Dylan to the Stonebriar Mall in Frisco so Dylan could ride the carousel.

I didn’t have high hopes that Dylan would enjoy it because I know it frightens a lot of children the first time, but Dylan seemed to really enjoy it. Here he is getting geared up for the big ride.

Once the music and the carousel started, Dylan seemed to be a little uneasy, but he didn’t fuss. His eyes just got big and he looked around. (Sorry the video quality isn’t great. The battery ran out in our Flip and Kyle had to use his iPhone to video).

Towards the end of the ride Dylan got a little fidgety and wanted down from the horse, but overall, he seemed to have fun.

Snow!

On Friday, February 12, 2010, we got lots of snow (7-12 inches in the DFW area)! Here is a photo of the backyard.

Dylan has seen snow in Kansas before but he has never seen it at his own house. We thought he might enjoy the chance to frolic in it, but he did not even like to touch it.

Kyle made Dylan a little Snow Baby, but Dylan wanted nothing to do with it.

Hopefully he will get a chance to play in the snow when he gets a little older… maybe he will like it then.