Devon is such a fun little kid. He says the most hilarious things everyday that Joe and I sit around after he has gone to sleep and trade quotes and laugh and laugh and laugh.
He suddenly decided that he is too big for his high chair and now sits at a regular chair at the table ... without a booster seat. He won't sit in them at restaurants so I decided to skip it and see how he does at home without one and he seems to be doing fine.
His current favorite things to say are:
"Mama/Daddy, sit down right there."
"Take (item) with us."
"Big sword. Kill dragon. Save princess."
"This is my handbag."
"Mama/Daddy tell story. Once upon a time ..."
He is in love with the Incredibles and insists that he is Incrediboy and that he has rocket shoes on. He also watches Shrek and talks about dragons, swords, princess, and Prince Charming. It is totally adorable to see him actively using his imagination and turn random things into swords and guns to kill the dragon.
He is getting better and better at articulating what he wants and will tell me when he's hungry and "irsty" (thirsty). He has also started helping himself to food in the pantry and will suddenly have a sucker or a mouth full of crackers. He loves to eat macaroni and cheese, jello, ice cream, apples and cheese. He also loves soup ... the broth in particular. He picks up the whole bowl and drinks the broth without spilling.
Devon loves to dance and sing and constantly sings with me when we are in the car. He really likes classic rock. He nods his head and raises the roof while singing along even if he doesn't know the words. He does know a surprising amount of lyrics and his current favorite singer is Pink.
Devon is such a tough little kid. Sometimes he wipes out and I think he is going to crumble into tears, but he just gets up and moves on and he's fine. When he does cry I know he must be really hurt. He does the sweetest thing ... if he gets hurt he sort of hides his face as if he doesn't want me to see him hurt until he can "pull it together". He might ask me to kiss it better and magically he's fine. Ahhhh the magic of Mama's kiss!
A few days before Xmas Devon got a super high fever. 104. It would spike, we'd give him Tylenol and it would go back down. 4 hours later it would go right back up. We were so worried we wanted to keep an eye on him through the night so we had our first sleep over in our bed and I LOVED it. I totally get why people let their kids sleep in their bed. I loved waking up with him and giggling, snuggling and just seeing him so cute and sleeping. I wouldn't let him do that on a regular basis, but it was fun that one time. Anyway, his fever suddenly went away after 2 days and he got a rash all over. He had what is called Roseola and apparently lots of kids get it. It's not contagious, but you just have to monitor their temperature and make sure the fever and rash don't occur at the same time.
He loves to play cars, play in his kitchen, build with blocks, play trains and race in his Plasma car. If you haven't seen these cars, Google them and watch the video ... they are AWESOME! I wanted to get Devon a new car for Xmas and when I saw this car I knew he would not only love it, but grow into it as well. I got him a red car and Uncle B (Ben) got him a blue car so I can ride one and Devon can ride one and we race around the house and bump into each other and go as fast as we can! It's a total blast and we do that several times a day.
Uncle Ben also gifted him his super cool REAL stethascope. His little heart started beating faster when he realized that he could actually hear it beating.
This was the first year that Devon really got to experience Xmas and it was so fun as his Mom to share it with him. We let him pick out the tree and let him decorate it all by himself. There were a number of ornaments grouped together at the bottom of the tree, but I think that gave it some charm since it was pretty obvious that Devon placed the ornaments right where he wanted them to go.
Our first Xmas tree completely died 2 weeks before Xmas, but the place that we got it from totally replaced our tree no questions asked. It sounds like a pain to do the whole tree-getting process twice, but with such little kids it was actually fun to decorate and re-decorate.
My parents got him this super cool kitchen and I got him pots and pans and food to go with it. He loves to pretend that he is a "little chef" and prepares gourmet meals. He didn't really enjoy opening toys, but once he saw what was under the paper he wanted to open everything and play with it on the spot. His Dad picked out this set of toys (from the infamous "Swap Meet") and it came with an M-16, walkie talkie, head set, handcuffs, etc. He loves to pretend to shoot us and we love to play along. Aunt Crystal and Uncle Jordan also got him some revolver guns and he shoots us with those complete with little boy sound effects.
Devon loves to help his Dad grill food, work outside and help out in the garage. He will do anything with his Dad and wants to be around him all the time. They love to wrestle, punch, kick and jump on the bed.
Devon does have pretty spectacular tantrums from time to time and he just lays down on his tummy and cries. All I can do is laugh because it is so much emotion coming from such a tiny person over something so (usually) ridiculous. They are getting fewer and fewer and thankfully they only happen at home.
Devon is really good about taking baths, but has a new found love for showers. As soon as he hears the water turn on his head pops up, his eyes get wide and he takes off running to the shower shouting "Shower! Take shower!" all the way there. He has gotten so brave about going under the water, something he used to really hate.
He has reached that age where he wants to do things himself and I thought it would be annoying to have to wait for him to do things that I could do for him in a split second, but it has been really nice to have him gain some independence and start being a big boy. He will get into his car seat, brush his own teeth and undress himself. Sometimes when I go into his room to get him in the morning he is standing there in his crib wearing only a diaper, we have a good laugh and he declares that he's funny.
Devon loves to go to Gamma and Gampa's house and pick oranges to make juice. He even brought his own fancy glass from home to drink from. Cheers!
Joe and I are so in love with this little boy. He is calm, quite, thoughtful, funny, shares his toys, plays well with other kids and loves to spend time with his extended family. He loves to give out hugs and kisses and we can't get enough of them!