This kid has been cracking us up lately. Sure he has his tough moments, but most of the time he is doing something absolutely hysterical. These photos represent my current favorite two things that he does; wearing baskets on his head and doing most activities with his eyes closed. The basket thing started a few weeks ago, he went through a phase where everything went on his head and it slowly transformed into being mostly this basket. He puts his head all of the way in and then runs around the house throwing toys and giggling. When there isn't a basket on his head he is doing regular activities (giggling) with his eyes squeezed shut. Like walking, dancing on the couch, and eating. Last week we made some pies with friends and he sat and ate an entire bowl of peppernuts all with his eyes closed. He makes for great entertainment at parties.
I've been a little bit obsessed with crafting with felt these days, but is just so fun to use! I've got a couple of different ways to use these felt flowers that I shared awhile ago and the first one is this adorable felt flower garland using our DIY felt leaf garland. These would look so cute in a kids room or in a cute craft room.
This kid. I don't even know where to start. We learn a little something more about his personality everyday it seems like. Always changing, always growing, always learning and it is keeping this mama on the very tip of her toes. There are so many things about his personality, it is hard to narrow down. But here is a suuuper quick over view of Emmet at 1.5 years old.
-Emmet now wears 2T clothing, but all of the pants are a little too long (he gets is unusually short legs from his mama, I'm afraid). The feet on his footy pajama's drag all over the floor and he slips all around, but they are the only thing that keeps him warm at night. Plus he looks pretty darn cute in them.
-Emmet is a PICKY eater. He won't eat any of the meals that we eat, which means even more food prep for me. We're trying to figure out new things to give him though and I have read a few articles that have definitely helped. Right now his favorites are Annie's mac and cheese, ketchup, chicken nuggets (not too salty), ketchup, waffles, ketchup, pizza, ketchup, yogurt and granola, ketchup, and apple sauce. He is starting to figure out how to use a spoon. We struggled for a long time, but I finally got him this silicone set that he LOVES and now he is willing to use it. Plus it helps me with proportions AND we give a few different foods at a time, because I read that that helped with a picky eater. We'll get there.
-He LOVES water. He drinks so much of it and one of his favorite things to do is hold it in his mouth and spit it out all over himself and the floor (we call it fountain). He loves to play in water too, bath time is his favorite (except for when he gets soap in his eyes). Unfortunately though he has become quite the regular shower/bath pooper...
-Emmet is super mobile. He walks and runs everywhere. He spins and dances. and he climbs on absolutely everything. He is always up on the chairs at the dining room table or standing on the coffee table. Which means he can now reach everything. So we have to hide everything we don't want him finding. He also LOVES going to the playground by our house to climb up the stairs and go down the slide. He loves running up and down hills.
-He gets into everything! He loves to open drawers and cabinet drawers (so we finally had to baby proof). His favorite is to get out the pot and pan lids like a classic baby and he LOVES getting out our old spinning spice rack. He puts his toys on them and spins them around and around.
-Emmet is very observant. He watches everything we do and subtly copies us too. My favorite, that we just figured out, is that he takes all of his toys and stashes him behind his back, like we do with the remotes when we don't want him to find them.
-Emmet says quite a few words! "Hi, Mama, Dada, Up, Done, Water, More, Help, Banana" and will repeat "I and Love" and sometimes others. He hasn't added a new word in a while but he is ALWAYS talking about something. He babbles and laughs most of the time.
-Emmet loves to play with blocks, puzzles, remotes, duplos.. anything that require some figuring out or that fit together. He loves to stack his stacking toys and to make towers with blocks. He loves to put shapes in his shape sorter (he is getting pretty good!) and he loves to pick things up and dump things out and put things on his head.
You guys, parenting is hard. It's wonderful, but it's hard. I feel like I'm constantly trying to figure this little guy out and can never tell how to entertain him, what to feed him, what toys to get him, how to play with him etc. but we are trying to figure that out! I've been talking with friends and testing out new ideas and slowly but surely I think I'm figuring out how to entertain him (I don't know that I'll ever figure out the whole feeding thing. He is the weirdest picky eater.) Of course as soon as I figure it out though he'll be ready for new things. The adventure of parenthood.
Emmet has been loving playing with this little plastic animals lately. He dumps them out of the basket and fills it back up over and over. So as I walked around my floors covered in plastic animals and I started to think... "how could we make this educational and a game so that I don't go completely crazy?" And I decided it would be super fun to make a sorting game! I won't like to you and say that Emmet gets it yet. It is still probably a little out there for an 18 month old. But we are starting to talk about and play with animals and I figured we can work together on this one. Instead of sorting the animals in these photos, being his first time seeing this new game/toy, he played with the berry baskets. The ever so classic give a child a toy and they play with the box scenario.
This game is super easy to make though AND it comes with a free printable of illustrations by yours truly! Enjoy!
I think even last Halloween I started planning Emmet's costume for this year. Last year he was Max from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack and it was absolutely precious. Our friend gave us the little wolf suit sweater onesie and we found a crown and it was PERFECT for the age he was. I knew thought that one day Emmet needed to be a little old man, and the little old man from Up is even better!
So we gathered up out outfit and watched the movie a few times through and dressed Emmet up! He absolutely hated having the hair spray put in, but LOVED almost everything else! He took off, and put on his glasses all by himself probably a thousand times. He walked around in his walker just like we showed him how. He smacked all of the balloons and laughed hysterically (and somehow managed to only pop one!). AND the even funnier part was that he couldn't get out of his walker without help so the whole time we were taking pictures he was saying "Up!!" It was pretty cute.
I'm not sure how I got decent photos of this outfit, let alone how I got 30 of them and then had to narrow down for one post! Juggling one toddler, eight balloons, a pair of glasses, AND a walker was no easy task! Luckily I had Meredith around to help re-put on the glasses, untangle the balloons, re-get the toddler in place, keep the toddler from running in the street, AND carry it all over to the place we were taking pictures. She is amazing! This photoshoot also reminds me how much I love living in our small town. It all came together with the help and generosity of others! Not only did we have the amazing help of Meredith, My friend (and local mama-Emmet's "Lolly") surprised us by making this walker for Emmet after I had said I didn't think I would get it done in time (and she got it done overnight!!). AND our neighbor (who I only kind of know!) let us take pictures in front of their house because it resembled the house from UP.
We can't wait to go out trick or treating!