I guess it's time I update the grandparents (and Ben, who has taken up residence at his office) on the most recent happenings in Lukie Land, so here it goes:
Refrigeration Station: Lucas loves to play in the refrigerator. He opens it and takes out all the bottles in the door and puts them back, then takes them out again, etc. I try to keep the door handles tied shut with a bandanna when I can... this all causes lots of tantrums.
Ketchup: Because of Lucas's fondness of the refrigerator, he has been playing with the ketchup bottle. Once in a while I catch him sucking on the lid. The other day I got him to eat his lunch by putting a little squirt of ketchup on his tray and he dipped his grilled cheese bites into it. He ate the whole sandwich! Hopefully this won't become too habitual.
Blueberries: Lucas's all-time favorite food is still blueberries. He opens the freezer and tries to grab them out all the time. Or he'll point to the frige and make the sign for "more" over and over. Because of this blueberry love affair, the kid often has blue fingers/fingernails - it's not dirt. I do bathe him. Here's a shot from lunch today:
Speaking of a blue and purple boy, Lucas's black eye is looking better. It's almost all cleared up.
Head Banger: His eye may be better, but he's got several other marks from running into walls, counters, corners, etc. He's also got a mark on his forehead from banging his head into the wall. He does this on occasion when he is really mad and throws a fit. My brother says not to worry - it's just the Cutchen coming out in him. I guess my nephews do the same thing... I think I remember my brother doing it too, actually.
Tired and Abusive: When Lucas gets really tired he starts to lose it and becomes mean and destructive. Yesterday at the end of nursery, he was tired and started going around the room pulling kids' hair. Last night he did a similar thing at our friend's house. He went between climbing on the TV stand and attacking people. He went up behind little Eden and just grabbed her ears from the side. It was hard not to laugh.
Hand Holding: If I catch Lucas before he's too tired before nap time we have a sweet moment. After his lunch we know it's time for naps, so he takes me by the hand and we walk up the stairs. Then we get him all ready for his nap and he points me to his bedroom. He's so cute.
Mummy = Mommy: Lucas has a book with a picture of Egypt in it. There's a picture of a mummy standing by a pyramid and when we tell him it's a "mummy" he always points to me and says "Mama." Today he just pointed to the mummy and then pointed straight to me. I guess I do look that bad some days...
Time on the Potty: Lucas really enjoys playing in the bathroom. If one of us is going to the bathroom (TMI, I know) he will always ask for some toilet paper, wipe his bottom, and then he likes to flush it down the toilet and say, "bye bye." Today he actually wanted to sit on the potty, which was cool. He's usually afraid of it, so I took his diaper off and set him up there. Nothing happened, but he kept signing, "more, more, more" because he wanted to get back up. At least he's not afraid anymore - someday diapers will end.
Swimming: We've been going to the pool a lot lately. Somedays alone, sometimes with our friends. Lucas is more afraid of the water than he was last year. Now he doesn't even like me to take him away from the steps, even if I'm holding him. BUT, I did have a breakthrough on Friday when he wanted to look at all the little filter things on the side of the pool, so we swam around the pool a few times and look at all of them. Today he did pretty good again. Some day he'll be a champ swimmer, I know it.
That's all I can think of for now. Ben just got home and it's only 11:24, so I'll go spend 20 minutes with him while we get ready for bed. Have a good one!