Almost 2 years old - August 11, 2016

Almost 2 years old – August 11, 2016

TWENTY FOURTH MONTH
JULY 21 – AUGUST 20 (2016)

COMMUNICATION & COGNITION

  • says “Go!” & motions with his arm
  • repeats “burrito” (sounds like “bee-tow”)
  • repeats “poo poo” & “pee pee” and he (sometimes) says it to tell me he has to go
  • practices saying “baby”
  • he makes a sound & pretend-grabs the thing he wants from pictures in books or on the computer
  • he actually started saying “mama” & “dada” to purposefully refer to us
  • he says “beep beep” to refer to Eric because of Eric’s work van ‘back-up beeps’
  • he says “dada, beep beep” a lot
  • started saying “nah” for the word no (8/5)
  • he started using a hand gesture (putting hands up to his mouth) to communicate wanting to have some “formula milk”
  • started saying “no” instead of “nah” (8/14)
  • repeats 2-word phrase “help, mama” & “help, dada” (his “help” sounds like “ah-p”)
  • says no or no-no regularly
  • repeats “apple”
  • he does the Dragon’s Lair game sounds (“chew…chew…ahh!”)
  • he uses an arm motion (like the crawl stroke) to communicate “swim”
  • when my parents visited he said “grandpa” a lot: “gam-PA” (with emphasis on the “pa”)

NOW HE CAN…

  • open “easy” doors
  • Globber! (i.e. Todd’s 1st scooter!) (7/31)

TRUCKS!

  • he liked watching the guys load the moving truck & he walked up and down the ramp
  • the movers loaded up items from our house on 7/21, then unloaded items in Wenatchee on 7/22
  • he loves watching garbage trucks lift up the cans on our street
  • we watched the “diggers” at Jennings Park from his stroller (7/25)
  • he loves the Tonka garbage truck that his cousins gave him for his birthday
  • he loves watching the trucks & diggers working at the new school near our condo
Todd on the moving truck loading ramp - July 21, 2016

Todd on the moving truck loading ramp – July 21, 2016

DAY TRIP TO GUEMES ISLAND

  • on 7/26 we needed to leave the house for the whole day so the guys could install our new carpet
  • even though I used to work in Anacortes, WA, I’d never been over to Guemes Island
  • we took the ~5 minute ferry ride over & Todd’s only complaint was that the ride was too short (he signed “more!” & cried when I had to rush him back into the car)
  •  on island we drove around a bit, then spent some time at the beach
  • Todd loved kicking his shoes off, walking in the water & watching the ferry boats come & go
  • 1st time burying himself in sand!
  • for the ferry ride back, our car was positioned well (Todd could see the water right out his open door), so we stayed at the car. Todd loved it.
  • on the way home, we stopped by my old workplace to visit co-workers.  I weighed Todd on the wheelchair scale & he was exactly 24 pounds (i.e. he gained 3 pounds in the past 5 months)
Elisa & Todd - July 26, 2016

Elisa & Todd – July 26, 2016

Guemes Island - July 26, 2016

Guemes Island – July 26, 2016

 Guemes Island - July 26, 2016

Guemes Island – July 26, 2016

EVERETT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

  • while the guys completed day 2 of new carpet installation, I took Todd to the Everett Children’s Museum (7/27)
  • we hadn’t been there since his 1st birthday
  • highlights were the trains, airplane, water feature, & the slide in the toddler area
Everett Children's Museum - July 27, 2016

Everett Children’s Museum – July 27, 2016

Everett Children's Museum - July 27, 2016

Everett Children’s Museum – July 27, 2016

MUSIC IN THE PARK

  • we enjoyed a free evening music event at Jennings Park (7/29)
  • Todd danced & socialized with people & dogs
  • he even got to strum the bass player’s guitar during 1 song!
  • he joined into a football game with several other kids

MORE FUN FOR TODD

  • sitting/riding in Eric’s van (very slowly, in the cul-de-sac only!)
  • getting into the bathtub & playing with the running water
  • turning on the outside faucet, putting his head under it & playing with the hose (including pouring water on himself)
  • Eric’s employer had a party for his last day of work (8/5); Todd joined the festivities
  • he likes watching the Dragon’s Lair game on the iPad
  • he loves playing with cars & Duplos
Todd wants "more" van! - August 1, 2016

Todd wants “more” van! – August 1, 2016

FAMILY VISITS – (ERIC’S SIDE)

  • we visited Eric’s family at Todd’s cousin Adam’s graduation party (7/30)
  • Todd was drawn to the lake & he liked chasing his Aunt Dallas’ chickens
  • he cracked up playing throw & catch with the dog
  • Eric’s parents came to visit before our final moving day ( 8/4)
Chasing chickens - July 30, 2016

Chasing chickens – July 30, 2016

Todd & his Grammie - August 4, 2016

Todd & his Grammie – August 4, 2016

NEW MOON FARM GOAT RESCUE & SANCTUARY

  • visit to New Moon Farm Goat Rescue (8/3)
  • (it’s where I volunteered weekly for the 5 years before I got pregnant)
  • Todd’s favorite thing was sitting on the tractor
  • he did like chasing the goats/sheep & feeding them snacks
Playing on the tractor at New Moon Farm - August 3, 2016

Playing on the tractor at New Moon Farm – August 3, 2016

New Moon Farm critter - August 3, 2016

New Moon Farm critter – August 3, 2016

SWIMMING SKILLS

  • he tipped his head backward in the water, while standing up
  • he jumped in & Eric caught him
  • he swam with a swim noodle (8/15)
  • he jumped into the deep end (I caught him) & climbed up the ladder (8/16)
  • he tried to do a back float & kick (8/18)
  • from the steps he jumps to me & coasts/kicks (8/20)
July 23, 2016

July 23, 2016

Eric asked Todd "Where's mama?" - August 9, 2016

Eric asked Todd “Where’s mama?” – August 9, 2016

BABYSITTER GOOD-BYES

  • 8/1 was my last day working PRN (as needed)  before starting my new full-time job in Wenatchee
  • Jeri also came to babysit on 8/4 for a few hours
  • we were sad to say goodbye to Jeri because she is absolutely wonderful🙂
Babysitter pic - Todd loves his Globber scooter - August 1, 2016

Babysitter pic – Todd loves his Globber scooter – August 1, 2016

MOVING DAY!!

  • we officially moved to Wenatchee! (8/6)
  • I had new employee orientation for my full-time job on 8/16, then I worked 8/19
  • Eric started his stay-at-home-dad (SAHD) job!
Moving day! - August 6, 2016

Moving day! – August 6, 2016

The "Welcome Committee" at our condo gave Todd this bear - August 8, 2016

The “Welcome Committee” at our condo gave Todd this bear – August 8, 2016

FAMILY VISITS – ELISA’S SIDE

  • my sister & her kid’s came to visit for a week (8/8 – 8/14)
  • we went to the Rocky Reach Dam to check out the sights, including the fish ladder’s underwater viewing area (8/11)
  • we went to Slidewaters (8/13); he didn’t want to go down the slides except for the little frog slide in the toddler splash area
  • we went swimming at our condo pool
  • dining out with family: La Fuente (8/8), Lemolo (8/13)
Todd & Ashley - August 9, 2016

Todd & Ashley – August 9, 2016

Rocky Reach Dam - August 11, 2016

Rocky Reach Dam – August 11, 2016

Eli & Todd - August 11, 2016

Eli & Todd – August 11, 2016

  • my parents came to visit for 5 days (8/17-22)
  • they camped at Wenatchee Confluence State Park
  • we visited them at their site & had dinner there twice
  • Todd liked playing in the dirt with his Tonka truck
  • he liked checking out the riverfront beach & running in the lawn
  • we all went to White Heron Cellars for a music event (8/20); Todd showed off his best dance moves!
  • dining out with family: La Fuente (8/17), Mai Lee Thai (8/20)
Todd and his Grandpa - August 18, 2016

Todd and his Grandpa – August 18, 2016

Playing at my parents' campsite - August 18, 2016

Playing at my parents’ campsite – August 18, 2016

At Confluence State Park - August 19, 2016

At Confluence State Park – August 19, 2016

FOOD NOTES

  • he enjoyed wild blackberries while out on a stroller walk (7/25)
  • we started trying out a different kind of no-spill cup (8/3)
  • he liked drinking 100% cranberry juice (diluted with some water) (8/4)
  • 1st time eating corn off the cob (8/11)
  • 1st time sitting in a booster seat at the kitchen table (8/20)
  • dining out: La Fuente (7/21, 8/6), Cafe Rio (7/22), Shire Cafe (7/25, 8/3)
La Fuente - July 21, 2016

La Fuente – July 21, 2016

1st corn on the cob - August 11, 2016

1st corn on the cob – August 11, 2016

ANOTHER TOOTH

  • last bottom incisor poking through (the left one)
  • that’s his 14th tooth
At Confluence State Park - August 19, 2016

At Confluence State Park – August 19, 2016

DAY TIME NAPS

  • crib naps were typically 2.25 – 3.25 hours
  • shortest nap = 2 hrs (8/1)
  • longest nap = 3.50 hrs (7/28)
  • when he took naps in the Pack ‘n Play, he loved having a body pillow in there with him
  • he wanted to get into the Pack ‘n Play for his nap on 7/28 & 7/29
  • there were several days when he didn’t get a nap (other than in the car) because of various daytime activities
August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up crying in the night 4x this month
  • when he woke up at night he went back to sleep quickly, after drinking his “formula milk” (1x needed a change of clothes, too)
  • sometimes I held his hand through his crib rails as he fell asleep at night
  • Todd & I slept in the hall on 7/26 because the new carpet installation wasn’t completed in 1 day
  • from 7/27 to 8/6 Todd slept in a Pack ‘n Play for naps & night time sleep because the crib was packed up
  • from 7/22 to 8/6 we were without my glider chair at home for our usual wake up/night time routine
  • the first thing he said when he woke up was “dada” (8/2)
  • after we moved & his crib was set up in his own bedroom, Todd transitioned well!
  • bedtimes were often late this month (so much going on!!)
The first public urinal he used, LOL! - August 19, 2016

The first public urinal he used, LOL! – August 19, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • 19 poops were done in the toilet
  • 23 poops were not done in the toilet
  • he said “poop poop” to tell me he did one in his diaper (8/2)
  • he said “poo poo” & then he went in the toilet after I took him (8/12, 8/20)
  • he refused to sit on the toilet (even though I knew he had to go), then he went in his diaper (8/19)
  • 1st time peeing in a public urinal (8/19)
  • started trying to put things in the toilet
Birthday gift for a boy who turned TWO! - August 20, 2016

Birthday gift for a boy who turned TWO! – August 20, 2016

22 months old - June 25, 2016

22 months old – June 25, 2016

TWENTY THIRD MONTH
JUNE 21 – JULY 21 (2016)

COMMUNICATION & COGNITION

  • he pushes his lips out & makes airplane sounds while moving his arm like a plane
  • we have a sign for squirrel (see video)
  • pointing to bee on his sheets & repeats “bee”
  • when I made a phone call he put his hand up to the side of his head & said “hi” (7/4)
  • he does the hand sign for “honk” when looking at the picture of the driver in “The Truck Book”
  • he points out the moon every time he sees it
  • he makes a “beep beep” sound to pretend he’s metal detecting
  • he points to the floor/ground or motions to where he is
  • learning to say help (“ah-p”)
  • repeats “Jo Jo” very clearly (i.e. The Bachelorette😉 )

NEW SKILLS

  • he put on his hat including the chin strap (7/2)
  • he was able to turn the key on his farm toy for the first time (7/6)
  • he independently steps on the balance board, balances in the middle then jumps off (7/16)

FUN FOR TODD

  • petting & kissing the neighbor’s puppy
  • launching onto a pile of pillows
  • pull trains
  • turning on water faucets & playing with water hoses
  • taking off his shoes
  • stroller walks with Jeri
  • hot tub swims (he does the sign for “all done” when we turn on the jets because he’d rather have  no jets on)
  • organizing hangers
  • very interested in his Lego Duplos
  • doing somersaults
  • riding in shopping carts & waving to everyone & eating the free bananas
  • watching a dump truck deliver a load of bark to our driveway (7/13)
  • he really shows off his dance moves when we play <<this>> YouTube video of Alicia Bridges’ “I Love the Nightlife”
  • riding in stroller while we went rollerblading on the Centennial Trail (7/17)
  • very focused stacking
On our way to Oregon - June 24, 2016

On our way to Oregon – June 24, 2016

FAMILY VISITS

  • we went to Bend, OR to see my family (6/24 – 26)
  • Todd had his first vegan donut on the way (Mighty-O Donuts, Seattle)
  • my mom & dad babysat Todd on 6/24 when we watched my niece’s dance recital
  • we all went to Elk Lake for stand up paddle boarding on 6/25 (see this post for last year’s trip to the lake)
  • visit Eric’s mom’s cousin when we moved an antique organ to her house (7/2)
  • visit from Todd’s aunt Dallas & cousin Adam (7/11)
Elk Lake, OR - cousins - June 25, 2016

Elk Lake, OR – cousins – June 25, 2016

Paddle boarding with Eric - June 25, 2016

Paddle boarding with Eric – June 25, 2016

Hanging out with my family - June 25, 2016

Hanging out with my family – June 25, 2016

Todd with his grandma - June 25, 2016

Todd with his grandma – June 25, 2016

Testing the waters of Elk Lake - June 25, 2016

Testing the waters of Elk Lake – June 25, 2016

PARTY TIME

  • party at Ken & Daisy’s house for her 50th birthday (7/2)
  • Todd liked trying on her footwear & jumping on their bed

4th of JULY

  • we went to La Conner, WA for the live music & fireworks, and my friend Sharon joined us
  • Todd loved dancing, dogs, Kettle Corn, and the toy/bubble car
  • (see this post for last year’s 4th of July in La Conner)
4th of July in La Conner

4th of July in La Conner

TOYota! - July 4, 2016

TOYota! – July 4, 2016

WEEKEND IN WENATCHEE

  • we loaded up a U-Haul trailer with stuff to move into our condo & spent the weekend getting things unloaded & put away (7/9 – 10)
  • we went to a wine tasting & live music event at our favorite winery (White Heron Cellars) (7/9)
  • Todd loved dancing & walking around
  • dining out at La Fuente (7/8, 7/10)

White Heron Cellars - July 9, 2016

White Heron Cellars – July 9, 2016

White Heron Cellars, Quincy, WA - July 9, 2016

White Heron Cellars, Quincy, WA – July 9, 2016

Family selfie - July 9, 2016

Family selfie – July 9, 2016

 BABYSITTER DAYS

  • I worked 1 half day & 3 full days.  I didn’t work as much this month due to moving preparations
Babysitter pic - reading to his pillow bear - June 21, 2016

Babysitter pic – reading to his pillow bear – June 21, 2016

Babysitter pic - June 30, 2016

Babysitter pic – June 30, 2016

MISC

  • he launched forward from coffee table to floor (normally he’d do this onto pillows) which was unsafe! He cried but was okay (6/27)

FOOD NOTES

  • we gave him popcorn (but picked off the larger kernel portion)
  • he loves all different nuts (I break them into small bits)
  • he likes raw onion😀
  • devouring blueberries from Costco (6/29)
  • he’s less interested in his green smoothies than he used to be
  • 1st shave ice (Kaliki’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, 7/16)
  • dining out: La Rosa (6/25), **King Solomon’s Reef (6/26), Ixtapa (7/16), The Shire Cafe (7/17)

**King Solomon’s Reef (Olympia, WA) has vegan options, including Tempeh Hash, “Chicken-Fried” Tofu Burger, Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich, Vegan 3 Bean Chili, “Chicken-Fried” Tofu Strips (breaded in Olympia Beer), Vegan Chili Fries/Tots and even PIE (which I should have tried!!)**

Dining at King Solomon's Reef in Olympia, WA - June 26, 2016

Dining at King Solomon’s Reef in Olympia, WA – June 26, 2016

Onion tears - July 11, 2016

Onion tears – July 11, 2016

TOOTH NEWS

  • right lower canine tooth poking through (7/30)
  • that’s his 13th tooth
Sitting in a neighbor's car - July 12, 2016

Sitting in a neighbor’s car – July 12, 2016

DAY TIME NAPS

  • crib naps were typically 2-3 hours
  • longest nap = 4.0 hours (7/3 & 7/11)
  • shortest nap = 45 minutes (6/21)
He likes to cover his face when he sleeps - July 4, 2016

He likes to cover his face when he sleeps – July 4, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up crying in the night 5x this month
  • he walked back to his bed after a night time wake up (6/23)
  • just like last month, he no longer falls asleep in my glider chair before bed. First, we read books in my chair, then he climbs down & runs out to the living room to see Eric, then goes to bed awake without a fuss.
  • bed time has often been late (i.e 9:30 – 10:30)
  • he sleeps with his big stuffed frog
July 16, 2016

July 16, 2016

POTTY TALK
Todd is starting to communicate when he has to go (inconsistently)…

  • 17 poops were done in the toilet
  • 26 poops were not done in the toilet (1x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)
  • he regularly pees while sitting on the toilet for Jeri (his babysitter), but he doesn’t always want to sit there for mama or dada
  • I said he needed to cover his penis with a diaper so that the “bugs outside don’t bite it,” so he tested out biting his hand, then bent over like he was trying to reach his penis to bite it (6/22)
  • he took off his wet underwear & then got a new pair (7/1)
  • I hold the small Baby Bjorn potty while he pees standing up
  • he pointed to diaper, then I took him to his baby potty and he peed standing up (7/17)
  • he patted his diaper/bottom, then I took him to the toilet & he pooped (7/17, 7/18, 7/20)
  • he brought his baby potty to me, then peed in it (7/19)
  • he was able to stop peeing (while sitting with me on my glider chair) & then finish on the toilet (7/20)
Our last time using our hot tub before we moved - July 19, 2016

Our last time using our hot tub before we moved – July 19, 2016

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