I love December. Maybe not all things about December (like the fact that we have been having frigid January/February type temperatures) – but I usually don’t work as much and take a little more time off. That means lots of extra time with Carter and time for fun little projects. I am getting absolutely no quilting done, but that will have to be okay.
And can I just say that I loved doing my shopping online this year? I struggle a bit with the fact that much of the business isn’t local, but in a short two hours all 14 kid gifts (and some of Carter’s gifts) are purchased. Two days later they arrive at my door and I didn’t have to drive anywhere or wait in line. Again, more time to be here with Carter or Joel. We drink coffee and play Farkle (Carter has his own cup and dice so he thinks he is playing too). We read Dr. Suess and play puzzles. We practice our letters and try to color and paint without eating the art supplies. And just to keep it real – there are LOTS of Nos. He still likes to sneak his hand into the toilet, turn on the tub water, and other exploring he shouldn’t be doing….. and he is pretty strong-willed about it. He goes from being totally adorable to throwing a fit, all within 5 seconds. Such is life with an 18 month old.
Yes, 18 months already! Today I thought I would share some 18 month pics, along with two little projects I finished for Carter.
First up, I made him a little animal hat to go with his winter coat. I had a hard time coming up with an animal that would match his coat, but settled on this polar bear.
At least, it is supposed to be a polar bear. I thought mine turned out looking more like a wolf. You can find the pattern here. It is written for an adult size, so in the process of downsizing it and adding the facial features, it turned out a little differently than I intended.
Carter is enjoying his first taste of snow – quite literally.
The ear flaps and the ties are nice – considering our cold winters here in MN and Carter’s tendency to take off his hat if it isn’t well secured (and his mittens for that matter).
You can find my Ravelry link here.
The second little project I did for him is one I found on Pinterest. I pin and pin, but rarely do I ever do anything with it. (anyone else in that boat too?) This pin was too cute to pass up.
You turn a pair of pants with a hole in the knee into a monster face!
It only took about 10 minutes, so it is quick and easy to do. My concern is that I know it will not hold up to washings. It is done with felt and the edges are not finished, so I know I will have to hand wash these jeans. I guess if I have to redo it periodically, it will only take a few minutes.
You have no idea how hard it was to get him to sit still and in a position where you could see the monster face! Thank goodness, he loves light switches and riding. I should have photographed them before I put them on! Here is the link to the original pin.
Now, onto a few favorite pictures from the last couple months – sorry for the overload!
Just a few more things for me to come back and read someday . . . when I am trying to remember what Carter was like at this age:
His favorite things to eat are: fruits and veggies, mac and cheese, cookies, juice, chocolate and raisins. He still doesn’t care much for meat.
His favorite toys/things to do are: watch the washi (washing machine), play with Dad’s drill and tape measure, read books, play with magnets, phones, things with flaps or doors to look behind, and emptying cupboards, purses, wallets, etc, watching videos of himself on the phone and playing ipad (once in a while. We have to hide it). He still loves to do anything Daddy is doing, especially if it involves some sort of noise or equipment. He likes to push buttons in my sewing machine and do things in the kitchen (thus the picture with the beaters). His favorite letters are U, Z, E, and O. His favorite number is 2. His favorite book is the Dr. Seuss ABC book.
He talks constantly and is starting to say some two-word phrases – I sit, snow flake, Hi Daddy and Hi Papa being the most popular. At his 18 month check up, he was still in the 98 percentile for head size (as you cans see from his pictures). He was in the 90s for weight and in the 80s for height. He is still drooling and chewing a lot, as we are waiting on those eye teeth.