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Carving Up Some Pumpkins


2008.10.26-pumpkins.01.jpgLast weekend we went to the pumpkin patch, well the pumpkin lot, and picked out a couple of good sized pumpkins.  Tonight, we attempted to carve the pumpkins with Ian, however, it didn’t exactly work out the way I thought it would.

He had a blast watching Jesse carve out the hole in the top; so much so that he kept wanting to help hold the pumpkin.  It would have been extremely cute if Jesse wasn’t using a knife at the time.  We finally got to the point where it was time to empty the pumpkin of its guts and Ian wasn’t too sure about what was going on.  We kept having to tell him to stay away from the pumpkin while Daddy was cutting, so he wasn’t about to go running up and dig in.  However, once Jesse showed Ian what to do, fun was had all around.  Ian had a blast pulling the bits out and putting them into the bowl.  I’m not really sure what he was thinking whenever he stuck his hand inside the pumpkin, but he always had the most amusing face.  We’re talking those wide open mouth grins of his.

It got to a point where he loved playing in the guts (we’re saving them for later), but then he started putting them back into the pumpkin.  Now, I can understand his reasoning.   We’ve always told him, If you get something out, then you need to put it back; so he was only doing what we have been trying to teach him.  He got his toys out, now it’s time to put them all away again so he could pull them out again.  Cute, but not really what we were trying to accomplish.

Ian really only helped us with the gut pulling part.  He’s still a little young to use the carving knives, so we waited until after he went to bed to dig those out (Jesse is working on the last one as I type, wait until you see it).

I have to say, I think Ian had a ball with what he did help with and I can’t wait until next year where he should be able to help carve up his own pumpkin.  I have a really cute video of him with the pumpkins, but you’ll have to wait until I go through all of them and figure out which one it is.  Once Jesse gets done with the final pumpkin, and Ian gets into his costume tomorrow night, I’ll take a picture of everything, but for now, I’m going to leave you with these pictures.  If you want to see all of this years pumpkin pictures, then click here.

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Ian and the Pumpkin Patch


We took Ian to the pumpkin patch for the first time yesterday and he seemed to have a ball.  He loved running up and down all the rows and loved picking up all the pumpkins.

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Ian’s Vocabulary


2008.10.19-Ian.02.jpgIan’s vocabulary is starting to grow, so before it really blossoms, I thought I would let you know what he has figured out.

Ian is definitely starting to speak more and more.  There are a few words he loves – “ride” and “mine” being two of them.   He loves going for rides, whether its in his stroller or in the car.  Whenever we need to go anywhere, we just have to tell him ride and he’ll repeat it and get so excited.  Yesterday, Jesse got him his own scooter and now he’s all about “riding” in the house.  He loves going up to it and saying: “mine!  ride!”.  Granted, everything is mine these days.  He even comes up to Jesse and I and claims us as his.

Jesse has already wrote up the anatomy words he can say, but just as a recap, Ian can pretty much point and say the major body parts – eye, nose, mouth, ear, hand, feet, hair.

Ian is also very polite for his age.  He is all over the “please” and “thank you”.  He’ll even say thank you without any prompting from me.

He has figured out how to say “more” and what it means.  It was amusing when Jesse bought some cottage cheese.  The two of them went through a quart of the stuff in one sitting.  Whenever Ian finished his, he would yell “more!”.  It’s really cute.  He has also figured out how to say “bite” and he tends to say it when we’re not sharing our food even though he has his own.  We were running late yesterday morning and we stopped at Tim Hortons for one of their breakfast combos for Jesse.  While Jesse was munching on his bagel, Ian was in the back yelling “bite”.

He’s also doing pretty good with his colors.  Jesse has been working with him on them for awhile.

And of course, he can say every toddler’s favorite word – “NO”.  He answers everything with no, so we really need to start getting him to figure out the word yes.  However, he does know the word “yeah” or “yea”.  There are times he’ll answer with one of those instance, but it’s not consistant or reliable.

Ian has also figured out “baby”.  It’s not just when we see a baby either.  If we’re playing with him or holding him like a baby, he’ll say baby.  And he loves pointing out all the babies.

Another one he’s pretty consistent with is “night night”.  Every night, after I put him in his crib, I say night night to him and he responds with night night.  There are times he even says it before I can.  It’s a little routine, but he’ll say it when I tell him it’s naptime too.

I can’t believe I almost forgot the numbers.  Ian’s counting isn’t perfect, but he knows “one” and “two“.  We’re still working on three, but according to Jesse, he does say it.  He also has “five” and “seven” down.  We’re still working on the rest.

2008.10.16-Ian.02.jpgOf course, Ian is saying the standard “hi”, “bye”, “mama” and “dada”.

And the last word I can think of is “bubbles”.  He loves his bubbles and we’ve started giving him bubble baths again because of it.

I really can’t think of any other words Ian is saying at the moment, but I’m sure Jesse will pop up with a few.  He’s already mentioned the words “out” and “car”, but I can’t remember hearing them.  I’m pretty sure I’m missing a few, but these are the ones that are consistently spoken by Ian.

Even though he’s not speaking a lot of words, he understands way more.  You can tell him what you want and (when the mood strikes) do it.  I can tell hi to go get his plate and he will.  He’s even able to tell you what he generally wants, but getting anything specific is the difficult part.

So that’s it.

I forgot one….“why”.  Do I really need to explain this one?

More words I’ve forgotten:

  1. “Fish” – Whenever we’re near the fish display at Meijers, Ian goes nuts and wants to see the feesh.  We tried getting him his own fish, but we had a hard time keeping the tank warm enough for the beta, so we ended up returning it.
  2. “Yummy” – what kid doesn’t know this one, right?  :)
  3. I can’t believe I forgot “read”.  Ian loves to read and he knows every night he gets read to right before bed.  Right now, Jesse is reading King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable to him and if he’s even late getting to his bedroom, Ian will run out to get him and shout “READ!”.  It’s so cute.
  4. “Cheese” – Ian loves his cheese.  He can’t get enough of it and he makes sure you know by asking for lots and lots of “cheese”.  On the flip side, he also knows what it means when a camera is pointed at him, but you can’t always count on a smile.

Fun in the Leaves


Ian got to play in his first pile of leaves this past weekend.  He had a fun.

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Ian’s New Pillow


Ian loves climbing into our bed and laying on our pillows that I couldn’t resist getting him his own.  We were at Meijer last night and the travel pillows were on sale.  He loves it!

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The following is a list of new words he’s learned:

  • nose (points and says “noce”)
  • ear (points and says “eer”)
  • eye (points and says “eye”)
  • mouth (points and says “maow”)
  • tongue (says “ladldal” as he sticks it out and wiggles it)
  • lip (sticks his bottom lip out)
  • belly (pulls up his shirt and rubs his belly)
  • hand (holds his hand out)
  • foot (sticks his foot out)
  • hair (touches his hair)
  • cheek (occasionally touches his cheek, though usually his mouth or ear)
  • arm (pinches the sleeve on his arm and says “aaahh”)
  • leg (holds his leg out)

More to come, I’m sure- he’s tired right now, so he’s not cooperative.

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