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.
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!
This week I have had quite a bit to do for my job at Prairie Harvest for the Anniversary Weekend, which means Emmet has been my little tag along. Yesterday we went to see Maggie and Adam play and take pictures for the store, but really it was just a mini adventure for Emmet. He ran around on the mezzanine eating orange cookie samples, playing with trash, climbing on the furniture, turning off the sound systems, pressing the elevator buttons, attempting to go down the stairs, and of course playing with little Arlo. He is NEVER around other babies so it was really cute to see him LOVING spending time with another little guy. He gave him his sippy cup, giggled at everything little Arlo did, and said "Hi" to him so many times. It was adventure for me too, I was able to get my work done AND try out what it was like to have two kids. We lasted an hour before I went home and crashed from exhaustion.
a photo of Emmet every week in 2017
On Emmet and I's daily walks we always walk past these bushes no matter where we go. He loves to stick out his hands and feel them pass through his fingers as we walk past. He seems to be kind of an outdoorsy guy, despite his mama's indoorsy tendencies. Which I'll admit makes me happy, I always pictured him as the little boy with rock and leaf collections, who marvels at all of the bugs and flowers out on the prairie. These days he begs to go outside. He brings us his socks and shoes and stands by the door. He loves to stand in the door way and giggle at Moose while Moose runs around the yard with big sticks in his mouth. He runs around in the grass and mud and kicks his feet in frustration when I pick him up to go back inside.