Sunday, January 2, 2011

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

In honor of the New Year, it seemed like time for an update on Barrett's favorite things.  I started this blog as a way to keep track of Barrett's happenings, sort of like an electronic journal, and I've been slacking lately on posting about his new tricks~

Current stats, from his 15m doctor appointment:
::  25th percentile for weight; 75th percentile for height (long and lean)
::  75th percentile head circumference (full of brains, no doubt)
A few of his favorite words and phrases:
::  Dada -- #1 favorite word of all time; I talk to Barrett about Dada a lot when Kristopher is at work, so Barrett can perform on cue when he gets home.  Kristopher LOVES being called by name so frequently, but I may have overdone it, because Barrett started calling lots of other people Dada too.  We're working to fix this...
::  Bless you (after a sneeze)
::  Please, and sometimes "thank you"
::  Dog and horse; Barrett's godfather gave him an adorable rocking bull for Christmas, which he is crazy about, but insists on calling a "horse", I guess because it is similar in color to his rocking horse?  In fact, he likes these words so much that he calls ALL animals either a "dog" or "horse"
::  Book
::  Bath
::  Baby; he says this anytime we see a baby at the grocery store, or when he's looking at our bulletin board full of Christmas cards featuring lots of baby pictures, naturally.  He favorite is to pick up a framed picture of Kristopher's godson and say "baby" and then give the glass a wet, messy kiss (we're trying to teach Barrett all about babies and we love the babies, and that it is important to be gentle with babies...hopefully he'll remember this when Charlotte comes along)
We're learning that he understands what we are saying most of the time, and he'll attempt to repeat most words too.  He even said his baby cousin's name on Christmas Day -- "Bo" -- they're destined to be BFFs, obviously ;) along with the other precious cousins too.

Favorite activities:
:: Riding his birthday 4-wheeler; he's learned to hold on tightly to the handle bars and push the button to make it go, but the steering part is elusive.  Regardless, he loves riding it until he bumps into something.

:: Playing with friends, especially his cousins and our neighbors
:: Chasing, petting, and generally harassing Sassy
:: Honking someone's nose and/or his own nose
:: And of course, bath time

Biggest behavior challenge:
:: Barrett loves to drop, and sometimes intentionally throw, food and sippy cups from his highchair.  Heavy sigh.  I have been working on stopping this with close to zero luck.  I consistently follow the rules from Toddlerwise.  I talked to his pediatrician about it.  Nothing is working...  Kristopher and I have a few new tactics planned, and if those don't work, I may just have to accept this stage in the short term.  I know this is normal toddler behavior, but I think it is hard for me to let go because I know he knows not to do it and he does it anyway.  It's not that he doesn't understand.  And as much as I believe in discipline, he's too young for anything more than a disapproving look and "don't drop your food," in my stern voice, which he happens to find amusing.  Hm.  I refuse to give up althogether though, because giving in to unacceptable behavior is a slippery slope, right?  But let me tell you, that nice and easy slippery slope sure looks tempting...

Celebrity baby update:
Remember when Barrett was filmed for a NBC health segment for our local news?  His story was chosen as one of the "top stories of 2010" and was included in a special news broadcast that aired on New Years Eve.  I couldn't find a link to the 2010 special, but this is the original story:


  1. Congratulations on being one of the top stories of the year! Who knew we had famous neighbors! As far as dropping food goes, they are still young and act impulsively but he won't be doing it pretty soon and then you might even miss it. :) Okay maybe not!

  2. If it's any consolation, ALL 4 of our children were crazy about dropping things from the high chair. Just do what you can, and what will let you sleep at night... (and you have my permission to take that ANY way you like!! ;)