Preston – 18 months

Today is a beautiful day! It is 58 degrees here. The windows are open, I’m sitting in my newly decorated family room, and Preston is snoozing.

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Every Wednesday after his nap we head to the Farmer’s Market at the Mall.  I buy fresh flowers for our dinner table (it’s a summer luxury :)) and then we head out to Prairie Moon Winery to pick up our weekly CSA share (Community Supported Agriculture). It’s our way of supporting local farmers and putting money back into our community. I cannot wait until Preston is old enough to help up pick out vegetables at the Farmers Market. I’ve already decided I’m going to give him $5 each week so he can budget and buy whatever he would like while we’re there!

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…any who, back to the reason for the post…

Today, my baby is 18 months old!

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He’s been up to so much lately & learning new things everyday.

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He loves dirt.

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{{and many other things: playing outside, swimming, picking tomatoes from the garden (that’s the only time he’ll eat them–freshly picked!), walking his dog, and bath time}}. But mainly, he loves dirt. Eating it, playing with it, throwing it, mixing it with water and smearing it. You name it! If it involves dirt, he loves it! haha! Oh yeah, he also loves sand. YUCK! I hate sand. But he loves it, so the sand will stay. 😉

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One thing he does NOT like is diaper changes! And, now I know why! He is ready to potty train! Even though I’m not ready to start the stresses of potty training, Preston is. He is always coming up to me telling me when he is going potty in his diaper. So I just went with it. I’d sit him on the potty but usually he had already gone in his diaper by then. I’m just glad he knows when he’s going. Well, today of all days, he comes up to me and tells me he has to potty and then takes me to the big potty and grabs toilet paper (lol –monkey see, monkey do). I sit him up on the potty and he poops! Seriously, like 5 seconds after I sat him down. Now I know he is ready. Today when I was at Target I bought some pull-ups! I’m not ready to go straight to undies! Especially with how young he is, and I’m definitely tired of taking a diaper on and off. So, wish me luck as I enter into this whole potty training thing!

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Everyday I am reminded of how big our boy is getting. He hasn’t used his highchair in a few months. He can feed himself with a spoon and a fork and can dip his veggies in hummus!! He is talking all the time. He can say a two word sentence: ‘all gone’. Everyday he is saying new words and copying what we say. He is a master at his puzzles!! I was reading that once they master the puzzle, have them do it upside down, he can do that now! He loves building with his legos and his hot wheels are a new favorite. He either has a car in each hand or his pig in one hand and his horse in another. I love watching his imaginative play; hearing him say ‘vroom’ with his cars as they drive across the coffee table and when he makes animal noises as he plays with his farm is so amazing!

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I feel like I’m rambling. I’m just trying to get as much out as I can while Preston is still napping!! He is down to one nap a day. Usually it’s anywhere between 2-3 hours. It’s really nice because that means we have more daylight to go out and do things! He sleeps about 11 hours a night (give or take a half an hour).

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We recently decorated Preston’s ‘big boy room’. I wanted to get the room all painted and decorated before I ever got pregnant again. I just remember moving when I was pregnant with Preston and I always felt so helpless. It was hard for me to decorate his nursery since I was SO pregnant. I figured I would get his big boy room all decorated and turn it into his toy room, until it was time to move in there. That way he would be familiar with it and love to go in there. It’s not completely finished, but I’ve got the hard parts done!

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Preston does this really cute stance when you say ‘take your mark, get set, GO’. It’s pretty adorable!!! A picture doesn’t even do it justice! Who knows, maybe I will have to upgrade by blog do I can upload videos. Some day. 😛

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Preston still puts his hand down my shirt, pretty much all the time. I’m not really sure why, but he loves it. I don’t even notice it anymore, but I can always feel people getting a little awkward that there is a hand down my shirt pretty much every time I hold him. Haha!!

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He loves his Dada more than anything! It was actually a little heartbreaking, because last time Chad was gone for work (about 4 days) every morning when Preston would wake up he would say “Dada” and when i would come in his room, he would start crying and try to run away from me. Seriously, that’s a really sad story when I write it out. Poor little Preston just wanted his Dada. They are the best of buds!! {{dada wearing Punky’s hat. haha!)

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Prestons second favorite Bestie is his Grandpa Bob. He squeals and runs to him every time he comes over! They have the best little bond.

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Sweet corn is a favorite around here. Especially now that we live in Iowa again. Preston can’t even wait for the corn to be cooked before he starts gobbling it down.

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But let’s be honest, not every moment is as perfect as it sounds!

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Well, I better leave it at that!!! Bring on football season!

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…until next time! xoxo ❤

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