Almost 13 months old - September 14, 2015

Almost 13 months old – September 14, 2015

AUGUST 21 – SEPTEMBER 21 (2015)


  • 1st birthday! (8/21)
  • 1st time clapping hands together (8/26)
  • 1st time saying “car” (8/26)
  • 1st time stepping up a curb (legs only) (8/30)
  • 1st time stepping down a curb (legs only) (9/2)
  • 1st “play date” (9/8)
  • 1st birthday party (9/13)
  • 1st & 2nd full days with Eric while I worked (9/19 & 9/20)

1st birthday party - September 13, 2015

1st birthday party – September 13, 2015


  • car (sounds like “gah”)
  • he says car for real cars, toy cars, cars in books and on TV
  • ball (sounds like “bah”)
  • he says ball for real balls, balls in books and on TV
1st full day with dada - September 19, 2015

1st full day with dada – September 19, 2015


  • new sounds:  “um bucka bucka”/”a buckum buckum”
  • he makes a “nam” sound when it’s time to eat
  • he directly addressed one of the kids (“Emil”) we’d just met at the park by name (8/30)
  • he might have said his name (9/5)
  • he might have said “I love you” (he said to both Eric & I separately)
  • he knows what “pillow blanket” means and will look for it (same goes for balls)


  • “clap your hands” (no gestural cues) (9/1)
  • “stomp your feet” (9/2)
  • “high five” (9/3)
  • “brush my hair” (9/7)
  • “take your bib off” (he also does on his own) (9/10)
  • “skinny cat” (which means raise arms to help having shirt removed)
  • “throw it” (either a ball or something “yucky” that he picks up outside)
  • “down dog” (9/15)
  • “where’s your ball/pillow blanket?” (he’ll go looking)


  • he walked backward repeatedly with his Little Tikes car (8/25)
  • he stepped over the couch armrest (from the coffee table) using just his legs (8/31)
  • he steps up & down curbs (with & without help)
  • sitting on his Little Tikes car, he “drove” it forward with feet by leaning way forward (9/10)
  • he climbed into a kitchen cupboard (9/16)
  • possible right hand dominance (i.e. when eating)
  • he started doing “down dog” yoga pose before I realized that’s what he was doing (he sees me doing it regularly)
  • he doesn’t just walk, he runs!
  • he trips less frequently
  • he rarely hits his head when falling backward because his abdominal strength is so good
Climbing into a cupboard - September 16, 2015

Climbing into a cupboard – September 16, 2015


  • “dancing”
  • making us laugh doing his funny “shaky thing”
  • throwing/bouncing balls
  • making “baskets” in the basketball hoop & Pack ‘n Play
  • driving his little cars across the floor (or walls)
  • turning pages of books
  • he laughs hysterically while chasing & being chased, then falls into pillows
  • I cut 1 panel out of a Pack ‘n Play to make him a “fort”
  • putting blocks in container & trying to close lid (9/8)
  • play date with Piper (9/8)
  • watching Sesame Street, Mister Rogers
  • he gets very interested in music documentaries (stops to listen and/or dance)
  • 1st birthday party (9/13)


  • outdoor “roaming” the yard
  • running down the sidewalk (9/9)
  • visiting & petting the neighbor’s dogs
  • 1st mud puddle (9/17)
  • rides in the stroller (walking, rollerblading)
  • hot tub “swim”
  • sitting on the skateboard for rides with Eric

Petting the neighbor's dogs - September 9, 2015

Petting the neighbor’s dogs – September 9, 2015


  • playing at Imagine Children’s Museum for his birthday (8/21)
  • looking at the animals at Petco (9/2)
  • hiking (with Ergo carrier) at the Pilchuck Tree Farm (9/5)
  • dining at The Shire Cafe (9/5)
  • “Touch A Truck” (9/12)
  • we started Kindermusik (9/15)
  • he loves shopping cart rides at stores
Touch A Truck - September 12, 2015

Touch A Truck – September 12, 2015


  • he had a runny nose and sneezing that lasted ~2 days (8/24-25)
  • 12 month pediatrician visit (8/25)
  • Weight = 19 lbs at 12 months
  • he got his MMR & Hep A vaccines, but I declined the chickenpox vaccine (9/2)
New clothes from Todd's Great Aunt - August 22, 2015

New clothes from Todd’s Great Aunt – August 22, 2015


  • he kept handing his spoon back to me after taking bites (instead of resisting letting go like usual) (8/23)
  • he started gnawing on crib rails (so I covered them!)
  • he has a strong tendency for “chewing” (i.e. he’s destructive to board books)
  • we try to brush his teeth daily but it can be almost impossible!
BBQ tempeh - August 30, 2015

BBQ tempeh – August 30, 2015


  • he put his pillow blanket in the kitchen drawer, then closed the drawer (and repeated it) (9/1)
  • he sometimes claps for himself (9/4)
  • he tried to put the dish towel back on fridge, and tried to pull open fridge door (9/14)
  • he tries to put rose petals back, after he pulls them off

Hiking at the Pilchuck Tree Farm - September 5, 2015

Hiking at the Pilchuck Tree Farm – September 5, 2015


  • he protests when he can’t have something
  • increasingly distracted sitting in my glider chair in the morning and before naps
  • he resists being picked up by raising arms and arching head and body waaaay back
He carried that step stool up there all by himself - September 17, 2015

He carried that step stool up there all by himself – September 17, 2015


  • initially his organic soy formula was mixed with a little hemp milk (3:1 ratio)
  • homemade cashew rice milk was added in (9/2)
  • I started making cashew oat milk instead of cashew rice milk
  • at month’s end he gets a blend of (equal parts):  formula, hemp milk, cashew oat milk and soy milk
  • at month’s end we’re half way through formula can #71
  • he had ~2.5 cans of formula this month which is half as much as last month
Green Sprouts sippy & "pillow blanket" & Seahawks fuzzy slippers - September 14, 2015

Green Sprouts sippy & “pillow blanket” & Seahawks fuzzy slippers – September 14, 2015


  • best sleep month to date!
  • he woke up at night only twice (one was a “rough” night because he stayed awake/restless from 1:30 – 3:30 AM)
  • 1x he woke up at 4:30 AM so I had him sleep in my bed with me for another hour before we got up
  • fell asleep on floor 45 min before bed (9/9)
  • shortest nap:  30 minutes
  • longest nap:  2.75 hours
  • average nap:  1.75 hours
  • wears size 18 month sleepers
Asleep on the floor - September 9, 2015

Asleep on the floor – September 9, 2015


  • more solid food = more poop!
  • he poops about twice per day
  • 33 poops were done on the toilet
  • 32 poops were “misses”
  • while sitting on the toilet, he reaches as far down into the toilet as he can
  • increasingly resists staying on the toilet seat (twists to get off)
Outside roaming - September 8, 2015

Outside roaming – September 8, 2015

All for now!

THIS is my new favorite homemade non-dairy milk!

For years and years I was in the habit of making homemade milks using a combo of some type of raw nut (including Brazil nut, cashew, almond, and hazelnut) and cooked medium grain brown rice.  (See posts “Milk a Plant” and “Coco-Hazelnut Rice Milk” for recipes.)

Now that I’m starting to mix various non-dairy milks into Todd’s formula, I thought I’d try a different flavor.  One advantage to making this milk is that you don’t have to take that step of cooking the rice first.  A second advantage is that it seems to have less sediment (because the fiber in oats is soluble?).  And finally, this milk is soooo deliciously creamy.  I love it in my coffee.  Ahhh…

It’s so simple to make!


4 C water
1/2 C raw organic cashews
1/3 C organic rolled oats
1-2 pitted dates (optional)
1 t vanilla extract

  1. Soak the nuts, oats and dates in the water for at least an hour, up to overnight.
  2. Blend the soaked mixture plus the vanilla extract in a Vitamix or similar high-powered blender.
  3. Refrigerate and use within ~1 week.
  4. One batch fills up roughly 3 pint wide mouth glass jars.

Enjoy!!  (Sorry– no pictures this time!)

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