- Davin is a terribly picky eater (no, this part is not funny) It's very frustrating, but he proves to be more stubborn the more you push him, so we make his food available all evening and usually he will at least try some before he goes to bed. A couple of nights we've made it all the way to bath time without him being willing to give it a go, so we took his plate into the bathroom and tried to feed it to him as he played in the tub. Both times we've done that he's ended up eating his entire plate of food...it's a bath time miracle. Eventually we'll work on eating our food at the dinner table, but for now I'm more concerned with actually getting it into his fat little tummy.
- Along the same line, him and I have some similar texture issues. Things that are thick and creamy will sometimes make me gag. The other day he took a big bite of sour cream (i'm sure thinking it was yogurt) i'm a terrible mother because I knew what would happen but didn't stop him. He about died and looked at me as if I had betrayed him. He also sometimes just touches things and decides they're too slimy or unacceptable for his delicate palate . For instance, he has never eaten lunch meat because it's cold and somewhat slimy. He acts like he will but as soon as he touches it he changes his mind.
- He has so many cute little friends where we live now. He knows them by name and gets very excited when we get to play with them. However, sometimes when we're at the park by our house playing he will just start walking home, look and me and insist, "mommy, home!" He knows his limits.
- We've had quite a few people comment on his expansive vocabulary. He really does quite good. He knows all his colors, counts to ten (sometimes creatively, he doesn't seem to like the number 4), knows most his basic shapes, knows a couple handfuls of letters, and surprises us daily by spewing out random words we had no idea he knew. He gets excited when he sees "yetters" places. Like the big ones on the walls at the grocery store that say Dairy, and Produce etc. He yells out "yetters! yetters! O! A! O! I! O!" He really likes the letter O.
- Every time I say we're going to the store he says "yeah! store! Buy toys!" I let him pick out a matchbox car at the store ONE TIME months and months ago and for some reason he can't let it go.
- He thinks every present contains a car.
- We recently took him to see his first movie, Brave, at the theater by our house. I felt like a terrible mother because I'm pretty sure he was terrified. It turned out to be pretty intense, and we were sitting close to the front so all the action was directly in front of him. We thought about leaving part way through (seeing as we get in free because taylor's a student it wouldn't really matter) but we decided he would have been more upset if we left because he was waaaay into it. He sat on taylor's lap the whole time absolutely glued to the giant screen. When it got scary he would grab taylor's hand, place it strategically over his eyes so they were mostly covered but could still see, and wouldn't let him pull away until it wasn't scary anymore. I was a little worried it would bother him for a while, or maybe at nights but it didn't seem to at all. He's a champ, but I think I will screen our next movie a little more carefully.
- Some of my favorite words or phrases of his include: "Yove you too!" "Silly Mommy" or "silly" anything. "Here you go" said while handing us completely random objects we have no use for. "Yightening mcqueen, kachow, kachow!" "Mommy, watch dis" and then he pauses so he can think of something silly to do. "help me mommy!" as he lays on the floor and pretends like he can't stand up on his own. Plus so many more...
- My last blog post about how he tried to kick me out of the living room so he could create mischief has become a favorite strategy of his and he uses it almost daily. The other day he tried to convince me that I should go inside and let him stay outside. I couldn't figure out why, until I noticed the piece of candy on the sidewalk. Nice try Dav.
- Sometimes after we read our bedtime stories, Taylor and I will forget to say prayer. He will usually very quickly say "no mommy, pray."
- He has started to become sensitive to my feelings. If I act sad about something (usually to tease him) he will stare at me for minute looking very concerned, and then throw out his arms and say "mommy, big hug!"
- A couple nights ago we were reading a book about shapes. We were on the heart page so I decided to tell him that he has a heart inside of him that he could feel if he put his hand on his chest. He was super fascinated with this concept and for a couple days would randomly pull up his shirt, put his hand anywhere from his belly to his actual heart and then say "Davin heart." Seriously adorable. Well, tonight as we were getting ready for bed he was lying on the floor doing the same thing and he started saying something that I couldn't quite figure out. It took a few times but I finally realized he was saying "Heart mommy, get heart out"
He has grown up so much in the last few months and has really started to come out of his shell, try new things, and acts a lot braver than his old timid little self. He still is usually very careful when it comes to new situations and, thankfully, still needs his mommy and daddy. There are about a billion more things that are adorable to us, maybe not so much to you, I will post some more as they come to me. And this took too long, so i'm not even going to add pictures at the moment. In the near future perhaps...
Oh little Davin, Mommy and Daddy love you so much. I hope that as you grow up you can maintain your careful approach to life but at the same time can be brave enough to live a life full of adventure and excitement. There are so many people that love you and your sweet smile. Being a mom isn't easy. But when I think about all the things you've learned, how far you've come, and your sweet little personality that is all your own I've realize I've never felt more gratified or happy. Please always remember you are the most important thing to your Dad and I. We love you, would do anything for you, and pray for you every night. We're sorry that you're our "experiment child" and hope we don't mess up too bad. I believe you'll be resilient enough to bounce back from any of our mistakes. Always try to be happy, keep an eternal perspective, and enjoy life. We love you little goose!