daxton's vocabulary seems to again be growing exponentially. lately he's saying things like - "daxy", "sweet boy", "me", "wawa" - for water, "go", "yaya" - for iliana, "peees" - for please, "more", "nani", "cup", "yee-haw", "hat", "mimmy" - for minnie mouse, "show", "bird", "nana" - for banana, "pee yew" - for his stinky feet!, and he will even string words together with and - "mommy and dada","oh wow", "here you go", "get you", "hi you". at night time we even get a blessing. he will repeat - "dear God, thank you, Amen." the prayer just melts your heart. if all he ever knows is the love of Jesus, then we've done our jobs! he worked hard to learn some body parts and now can correctly identify and say the following: "eye, ear, nose, mouth", and "hair". we get him to point them out on his toys and even on the dogs and he loves doing it to daddy and especially peeling daddy's eye lid open while he says "eye". however, if he is feeling a little goofy he will tell you wrong names on purpose. what a ham. he's got a sweet little voice and his friends and relatives love to hear him talk on the phone. we learned that he does not care for the speaker phone, but he will chat away if you put him on my old school cisco work phone.
dax may be demonstrating some terrible two's type behavior. he's certainly continuing to test the boundaries and is still pretty persistent about climbing on the coffee table, standing on the couch, turning on the faucets on the tub in the master bathroom, and playing in the dog's food and water. he knows he is not supposed to do those things, but he (for some reason) loves them and gets into one of the four of them anytime we turn our eyes off him. if he is the center of attention he's golden - but if you focus on anything aside from him he'll be off doing one of those things. we know it's a test of our patience and persistence and as long as we continue to be firm and in control that over time he should stop attempting these tricks.
daxton's food battle still just seems to be a battle of will. this is a battle we've let him win. it's not worth the fight. i've reverted back to pouches of baby food veggies for nutrition because i can get him to ingest those, but other than that he is in love with clementines, mango, banana, popcorn, crackers, and he still loves tomatoes. however, he will now rarely eat a sweet potato, his pasta, or anything that used to be in my "guaranteed" list. so, when he gets fussy we resort to lots of oatmeal, macaroni, and smoothies. hopefully this too - shall pass. he's eating a lot one day and then not much the next. this worried me at first, until we noticed the pattern which seems pretty common at this age - and so now we just take his word for it when he says "nah, no - all done" and puts a piece of food back into your hand. it's better than throwing it on the floor, so we'll take it. he does like feeding himself and tries to work his spoon and fork to get food into his mouth. we help him out by holding the utensil level so the food doesn't fall off on his tray before it makes it to his mouth, but he's on his way to completely self feeding.
daxy's super fun charlotte weekend had him touring down town charlotte by stroller, walking down the city streets, eating at side walk cafe's, and checking out a discovery kids museum. he loved running around the museum and checking out all of the exhibits they had on display. his favorites included a water table and a drum set. he loved staying in the hotel and made good use of the pots and pans in the kitchenette. we took quite a few toys with us, but the cookware won hands down. he was a good boy in the car and did lots of resting. it seems more little trips may be in his future!
we're looking forward to a family beach vacation full of fun and relaxing with lots of people who love to spend time with our boy. he's going to be the center of attention and you know he'll just eat that right up. we've gotten him some new clearanced beach toys including water guns, shovels, and buckets. surely he'll just want to play with sand and seashells - but then maybe the adults will play with all of his toys instead!