We had a great Christmas this year. All of our family came to visit us this year since the doctor won't allow me to travel anymore with this pregnancy. Griffin was much more aware of what was going on and talked about Santa Claus a lot. He was shocked Christmas morning when he walked into the den to see all the toys that Santa left for him. I can't wait until next year when we have two kids to share this special time with.
Griffin is 21 months old! He is really able to communicate well and uses 2-3 words together at a time. He has even learned how to give orders. For example, "mama up", "mama floor", "dada walk". Griffin loves to talk and he has learned so many new words. It really amazes me at the things he says somedays.
He is also in love with cars and trucks. He races them around the house and talks about them all of the time. We talk about cars and trucks a lot and I hear "truck", "car", "fire truck", "dump truck" and "ambulance" at least 20 times a day. We even point out trucks, buses and trains when driving down the road. We also rarely leave a store without a new toy car or truck.
Griffin has become a picky eater. One week he likes something and the next week he hates it. He is keeping me and Scott on our toes because we're always trying to come up with new stuff for him to eat.
Griffin really seems to enjoy preschool. He goes in every morning and starts playing! It's such a relief taking him to a place where he feels comfortable. There are eight kids in his class and they all seem to play together well, plus he loves his teachers!
He loves to help do chores. He helps unload the dishwasher and puts all the silverware in the drawer. It's usually not in the right place, but at least it's in the drawer. He also loves to help with laundry. He will pick up the dirty clothes and dump them into the bathtub. Guess it's close enough. I mean, if he gets clean in the bath tub, then the clothes should too, right?
Every morning before school, Griffin climbs in our bed and eats breakfast while he watches cartoons. I love having snuggle time with him before work! He runs straight into our room when he wakes up and says "bed, bed, bed". I guess it's good that he likes the big bed because he will be moving into his big boy room soon!
Griffin was not a fan of visiting Santa this year. We talked about it a lot before the visit and looked at lots of pictures of Santa Claus. Griffin would say his name and I thought he was excited about our trip to the mall. Well, after waiting in line for 45 minutes it was finally his turn. We took two steps near him and then a full melt down occurred, there were tears, kicking and crying. Griffin refused to sit on his lap so I sat with Santa while Scott took pictures. Hopefully next year Santa won't be as scary and Griffin will visit with him.
However, when we were 20 feet away from Santa, Griffin finally yelled down the mall that he wanted Santa to bring him a choo choo train for Christmas!
Monday was filled with Halloween fun. Griffin's preschool had a party at school and all of the kids wore their costumes. Griffin was the cutest Superman I've ever seen. Then we headed out for trick or treating. After the first two houses Griffin turned into a pro. He was running up to everyone's house trying to fill his bucket with candy. He even snuck in a few bites of chocolate before we made it home.
We went to the State Fair and Griffin was amazed at all of the rides, lights and animals. He was so busy running around that I didn't get any pictures, but here is a video of him riding the train. He was so excited to get on the train and he must have said "choo choo" a hundred times during the day.
We went to the museum this weekend and saw the dinosaur display. Griffin loved running down the path saying "roooaaarrr" at all of the dinosaurs. He was amazed at how big they were and he even got to dig for fossils before we left.
We took a road trip to South Carolina on Saturday to celebrate Aunt Kim's birthday. Christian-Kate organized a cookout and we had a great time. The weather was wonderful and Griffin loved playing with his cousins.
Also, here is a short video of Griffin helping the girls bob for apples.
Griffin is becoming such a little boy. He has always gravitated towards blocks, balls and airplanes and now he is slightly obsessed with cars, trucks and trains. When we go into a store he can spy one from a mile away and to keep him happy I end up buying it, which means we have a ton.
Now, I never pictured myself playing in mud puddles, talking about cars and motorcycles, making siren sounds and choo choo noises. But I wouldn't change a thing and couldn't imagine it any other way.