Nolan LOVES baseball! He carries his bats around the house and swings at or bangs everything. I've been calling him "Bam Bam" lately because he LOVES to whack his bat at anything. Not always the best when the bat is coming towards your head,
so we've been having many a talk about the appropriate use of things.
Nolan LOVES, as Ming Ming of the Wonder Pets would say "Doing it my own way"! My stubborn little boy is so sweet, but definitely has a mind of his own. We've had to try "Time Out" a few times when he chooses not to listen. He goes to his little floor mat by the front door for a minute or two to calm down. He actually does a great job of staying put. He never gets up and always wants to give a big hug when he's done serving his time!
Mark giving Nolan some batting lessons- trying to teach him to swing through, not to chop at the ball- his preferred method of playing.
Nolan also LOVES Dora, as well as Elmo and Cookie Monster, but he LOVES her backpack and always sings along with the "Backpack" song. It's actually one of his favorite words! So we hit up The Children's Place for a more manly version of Dora's purple explorer pack. It's still a little big for him so he doesn't wear it for long, but he tries it on, walks around, and likes to fill it with his balls.
Nolan LOVES his Daddy! He wants to spend as much time with him as possible. Mark is the funniest person in the world to him. They love rough housing and watching sports.
But, unfortunately, Nolan is also going through a little separation anxiety! He does NOT LOVE when we leave him, and especially Mark! He cries when we drop him off to go to work or to the church nursery! And he has become attached to us in large group settings- it takes him a little while to warm up to others and wants us within sight at all times! So we are definitely praying that this is just a phase because he used to go to anyone, not mind if we left him for bit, and was Mr. Social! He is still his happy, silly self, he just needs a bit to feel comfortable- and then he's on the go again- running, dancing, playing "catch", and giving "knuckles" to everyone in the room!
And at the same time, Nolan LOVES being Independent! He wants to walk everywhere, try everything by himself first, and definitely has a mind of his own! He has very little interest in eating- hard to believe, I know! But he'd much rather be on the move then sitting in his high chair!
Nolan LOVES his cousins!!! He has a blast playing with Payton and her pets- Nolan also LOVES animals of all kinds. Katie the mouse and Penny the bunny are a highlight of any visit to the Syers home! He makes so many animal noises and notices creatures of any kind everywhere we go! Brady is also such a great bud as he lets Nolan tackle him constantly! Here's a shot from our dinner tonight! The kids all looked so cute eating their dinner together!
And finally, Nolan LOVES ketchup! Not the healthiest of choices, but hey, at least it gets the kid to eat! He would eat it on anything if we let him! But we'll stick to dipping hotdogs, chicken nuggets, and maybe an occasional odd choice like scrambled eggs or it has been know to show up on cantaloupe sometimes!