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

Almost 22 months - June 15, 2016

Almost 22 months – June 15, 2016

TWENTY SECOND MONTH
MAY 21 – JUNE 21 (2016)

SPEECH/COMMUNICATION & LEARNING

  • very clearly said “Todd” (5/22)
  • learning concepts of “hard” & “soft” using the wood part vs fabric part of my glider chair:  Todd tests “hard” by gently tapping his head against the wood; he does this with other objects, too
  • using hand sign for “more” (he does it with closed fists, tapping his knuckles together) (6/1)
  • signs “more” food, “more” swinging
  • practiced shaking head “yes” (6/12)
  • learning 1 + 1 = 2 and says “two” while putting up index fingers of both hands
  • he repeats lots of different words when asked to do so
  • he shook head “no” when asked if he wanted socks on

GROSS MOTOR PLAY

  • rolling on a soccer ball with his tummy & lifting his legs up
  • jumping up & then landing on his knees
  • playing with balls
  • he brushed his hair (5/21)
  • he kissed lots of things (5/21)
  • stacks 6 blocks (5/22)
  • walking up & down the ramps at the skate park (5/21)
  • swinging at Washington Park, Wenatchee (6/11)

Todd at Jennings Park - June 5, 2016

Todd at Jennings Park – June 5, 2016

Swinging at Washington Park (Wenatchee) - June 11, 2016

Swinging at Washington Park (Wenatchee) – June 11, 2016

ENTERTAINMENT

  • watching a show about bears on Netflix & laughing hysterically (5/23)
  • he carefully took items out of a kitchen drawer one at a time & arranged them on the floor (and did the same with Jenga pieces) (6/16)

WATER PLAY

  • he loves to sit on the edge of the kitchen sink & play with water (i.e. putting his hands & feet in the running water, filling up cups & pouring them over himself, getting sponges wet & squeezing them)
  • he loves to play with ice water/ice cubes at restaurants
  • hot tub swims:  he can stand up by himself in the middle (i.e. deepest part) on tip-toes; he can climb up to the seat by himself; he practiced keeping his chin up when I told him to do so
  • playing in the condo pool (6/12)
  • there was a lot of water play in Kauai!

  • Condo pool - June 12, 2016

    Condo pool – June 12, 2016

    Todd at the faucet - June 16, 2016

    Todd at the faucet – June 16, 2016

KAUAI VACATION (5/27 – 6/4)

  • See the last post, “Kauai Vacation 2016 (With a Toddler),” for all the details!
  • Todd loved roaming around, going in the pool, playing with other kids, waving to people from the lanai, touching surf boards, going after footballs, throwing food to the chickens, walking in flippers, and more!
  • Here are other some pictures not featured in that post…
At the pool - May 28, 2016

At the pool – May 28, 2016

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Todd – May 29, 2016

Todd in Kauai - May 29, 2016

Todd in Kauai – May 29, 2016

Eric & Todd - May 29, 2016

Eric & Todd – May 29, 2016

Elisa & Todd - May 31, 2016

Elisa & Todd – May 31, 2016

Eric & Todd on the boogie board - June 1, 2016

Eric & Todd on the boogie board – June 1, 2016

Todd & his Grandma & Grandpa - June 2, 2016

Todd & his Grandma & Grandpa – June 2, 2016

Todd walking in flippers - June 3, 2016

Todd walking in flippers – June 3, 2016

FAMILY VISIT

  • Eric’s parents came over to visit (5/26)
Todd's Granddad & Grammie - May 26, 2016

Todd’s Granddad & Grammie – May 26, 2016

BABYSITTER DAYS

  • I worked 9 full or half days & Jeri babysat him on those days
Babysitter pic - May 25, 2016

Babysitter pic – May 25, 2016

Babysitter pic - June 8, 2016

Babysitter pic – June 8, 2016

Babysitter pic - June 20, 2016

Babysitter pic – June 20, 2016

MISC

  • On 6/10, after driving to Wenatchee (we’d just rolled into town), Todd suddenly projectile-vomited his “formula milk” all over himself in his car seat.  Fortunately, we had a packed car so we quickly changed his clothes and lined his car seat with a dry towel.  After the incident Todd was back to himself and we proceeded with the evening and the rest of the weekend normally. Odd!
  • he fell off his Little Tikes car and hurt himself; he was able to point to where it hurt
Pool without water? No problem! - May 23, 2016

Pool without water? No problem! – May 23, 2016

June 9, 2016

June 9, 2016

TEETH

  • he likes to lick his lips & position his jaw with an underbite & rub his lower front teeth on his upper lip
  • left upper canine tooth poking through (6/8)
  • that’s his 12th tooth
Demonstrating the underbite - May 27, 2016

Demonstrating the underbite – May 27, 2016

Todd's teeth - June 8, 2016

Todd’s teeth – June 8, 2016

FOOD

  • new food:  onion rings (at the Honu Bar in Kauai)
  • dining out:  La Fuente (6/10), Lemolo (6/18)
Babysitter pic - Post smoothie face - May 26, 2016

Babysitter pic – Post smoothie face – May 26, 2016

June 7, 2016

June 7, 2016

Munching on a banana at Lemolo - June 18, 2016

Munching on a banana at Lemolo – June 18, 2016

DAY TIME NAPS

  • crib naps were typically 2-3 hours
  • longest nap = 3.75 hours (in Kauai, 6/1)
  • shortest nap = 1.50 hours (6/7)
  • he wanted to wear his boot liners to bed (6/10)
Day time nap - June 6, 2016

Day time nap – June 6, 2016

Napping in his boot liners - June 10, 2016

Napping in his boot liners – June 10, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up crying in the night 6x this month
  • it took 10-30 minutes to get him back to bed when he woke up (except 1 night it took 1 hr)
  • when he slept through the night his sleep duration was between 8 and 11.50 hours (average ~9.5 hours)
  • One night, I put my hand on his cheek while rocking him before bed. When I tried to take my hand off he placed it back on his cheek (5/25)
  • the BIG change this month is –> after we got back from our Kauai vacation Todd started going to his crib awake instead of asleep, and he would communicate with me (in a non-verbal way) that he was actually ready to go to bed (motioning in that direction and leaning his head out) (starting 6/5)
  • when I put Todd to bed awake, I leave his door partially open at first, then close it after he falls asleep
Crashed out in the travel bed - June 17, 2016

Crashed out in the travel bed – June 17, 2016

POO-POOS

  • 28 poops were done in the toilet
  • 27 poops were not done in the toilet (5x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)
  • made motions to try & wipe his own butt (5/31)
  • he pointed to his diaper after he did a poo in it (6/5)
  • he did 4 poops in one day, possibly because we used romaine instead of kale/collard in the smoothie (6/7)
Todd puts on helmet & mitts - June 8, 2016

Todd puts on helmet & mitts – June 8, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • this month Todd frequently refused to sit on the toilet, although he’d sit there for his babysitter
  • he completely removed his underwear (6/5)
  • 2 pees in small potty (Baby Bjorn) after I put him there (he touched his undies) (6/7)
  • he refused to sit on the regular toilet but he peed in his small potty (6/9)
  • he sat on his small potty & pointed to his undies so Jeri (babysitter) took his undies off & sat him on the potty.  He peed (6/9)
  • he sat on his small potty with undies on & peed (6/9)
  • he pulled down his undies then peed on the kitchen floor (6/19)
I love this kid! - June 17, 2016

I love this kid! – June 17, 2016

 

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