Sunday, September 11, 2011

Red Barn Farm

Today, Cody, Brett and I headed to Weston to visit the Red Barn Farm.  The DSG provided everyone with lunch, hayrides, face-painting and tons of games (they do a pretty good job at spoiling us).  However, our main goal was to find a pumpkin for Brett. 

We didn't do much in the way of Fall activities last year since Brett was still a wee one.  This year is going to be different.  Brett was going to roam through the pumpkin patch and pick out the perfect pumpkin to decorate.

Brett wasn't as excited as I thought he would be and there was no roaming.  We did, however, sit down next to a stack of Brett size pumpkins and look at them.  I tried to encourage Brett to touch them and show his they aren't as bad as they look.

That didn't work, so I tried a more forceful approach.

Brett finally grabbed onto a pumpkin and we quickly took some snapshots before he took off in the other direction. 

It turns out that Brett was ignoring the Brett size pumpkins, because he was interested in the actual Brett sized pumpkins!

All in all it was a fun day and Brett came home with a pumpkin that fits right in his hands. 

Next weeks' post:  How to help a 1 year old decorate a pumpkin without getting covered in paint. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Brett's New Tricks

I know, I know, I've been slacking on my posting.  Brett crawls faster than the speed of light and requires that someone be within a few feet at all times.  Not only is this because the boy is spoiled and feels neglected if someone isn't clapping and cheering for him every minute, but he is constantly knocking over glasses, grabbing anything he can reach and sticking anything he can find in his mouth.  Basically, he is being a boy.

He is also becoming increasingly mobile and I love it!  People constantly tell me that I will wish he wasn't walking as soon as he starts, but I beg to disagree.  I love watching this boy crawl after me down the hall and I take pride in the fact that he can pull himself up to unroll the toilet paper.  Watching my boy get closer to this goal everyday makes me want it even more.

This video is from a month or so ago and is the first time Brett really walked on his "own". 

Since then he has become quiet proficient at it and we are now working on squating, sitting appropriately (not falling on our butt) and standing independently. 

Brett continues to surprise us by how quick he catches onto things.  It took him 2 days to learn to squat to pick up his toys.  He now has 3 signs he consistently uses (he would have more, but I'm kind of a slacker when it comes to signing), he is learning where his belly is, he can cruise around the funiture like a champ and he is able to stand for longer periods each day.  We haven't really made progress on falling to sit, but we will get there.