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Todd at 3 years, 1 month – September 20, 2017

AUG 21, 2017 – SEPT 20, 2017


  • I had to work that day, but was able to stop in for lunch
  • the solar eclipse was a big deal that day
  • we went out to dinner at Casa Tapatia
  • birthday gifts:
    • 2 masks, Spiderman backpack for preschool, Dinosaur ‘big kid’ Lego Creator set, a Hulk book, & Play-doh barber shop set, $$ from his grandparents
    • from my sister’s family he got a Grand Teton shirt, batman house boots, & a bison stuffy

Todd’s 3rd birthday, Casa Tapatia – August 21, 2017

Big kid Legos – August 22, 2017

New backpack -August 22, 2017


  • “let’s go get tree, follow me” (talking about a Lego piece)
  • “I’m doing this” (usually something he’s not supposed to be doing)
  • “I’m going Target, mama…goodbye”
  • “I got to get out of here” (when I tried to comb his hair in bathroom)
  • “It get cold couple weeks” (talking about how it’ll get cold, then we can go skiing)
  • “I miss me” (when he says it, he means “I miss you”)
  • “have to be little bigger for work” (he draws out the word ‘little’)
  • “I being naughty”
  • “I’m sorry” (saying this in a new context…as in “I feel empathetic”)
  • “follow me” (to living room)
  • “I do something new” (he said this a lot, and repeatedly this month, and at random times)
  • “done yet?” (while getting teeth brushed)
  • “you missed me?” (after I got home from work)
  • “that my fault” (ball hit the blinds)
  • “I have something eye. I need go doctor and get shot”
  • “you see that?” (when he wants to make sure we’re watching him)
  • “I’m not finished yet”

Showing off birthday gifts from the Boones – September 20, 2017


  • he liked watching The Creature from the Black Lagoon repeatedly while totally glued to it (9/3)
    • the first night he didn’t want me to let go of him while he watched
    • he got interested in the scuba gear on the movie & wanted to look at scuba images on the computer for the rest of the month
    • he said:
      • “maybe creature coming back, you understand that, dada?”
      • “I want dada’s computer, watch that special gear dive down water like those guys on creature show” (he says computer like “peeter”)

Excited about getting his creature mask – September 14, 2017

The creature from the black lagoon – September 14, 2017


  • new movie interests this month: Minions, Bee Movie
  • he said:
    • “I think that’s funny” (in Elf movie)
    • “I not want mama sing, it make me sad” (during Elf movie)
    • “I dress up like Hulk, Halloween. I bash my own door”
    • “I love minions. Those minions cute”
    • “I sleep. I wake up. I get pollen jock outfit” (thinking about Bee movie)
    • “I not finished that show yet”

August 23, 2017

August 30, 2017

September 7, 2017


  • our book-reading time is before nap & before bed, and Todd asks for “one more book” until I’m the one to call it quits
  • he knows full lines of the stories from memory, because I pause & wait for him to fill in words & phrases; i.e., “I’m not afraid of real live dead people” (in the Halloween book)
  • favorite books this month: Little Critter: Just a Little Sick , Fireman Small, Who Will Haunt My House on Halloween?, Llama, Llama, Red Pajama, Things to See, The Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • he’d been asking about reading a He-Man book for several weeks, so I bought one behemoth of a He-Man book!
  • he said:
    •  “You keep me safe from witches?”, “You keep me safe from spiders?”, “You keep me safe from real live dead people?” (when reading the Halloween book)

You have to be He-Man to lift this He-Man book! – September 8, 2017


  • Todd has a thing for masks!!
  • this month he got a Hulk mask (8/25), Chewbacca mask (9/10), & Creature from the Black Lagoon mask (9/14)
  • we’re teaching him about days of the week & waiting…when ordering things from
  • he loves being chased as we wear his masks
    • he says, “mama/dada, run” or “chase me”
  • he’s patient while we put together ‘big kid’ Legos for him & he’s good about not losing tiny pieces
  • he likes a dinosaur puzzle app on my phone & I decided to unlock all the dinosaurs
    • he said, “thank you for getting new dinosaurs, mama” (repeatedly over the next several days)
  • he goes to open gym at Apple Valley Gymnastics
  • he has great hand-eye coordination for T-ball

We forgot one mask in this pic (Captain America), so Hulk mask was actually #10 not #9! – August 25, 2017

Hulk! – August 25, 2017

Chewbacca! – September 10, 2017


  • he sings lyrics to Mark Knopfler songs:
    • “I know daddy gone” (song: Daddy’s Gone to Knoxville)
    • “Why aye man” (his favorite song)

September 15, 2017

September 15, 2017


  • 8/26, 8/31, 9/15

Todd in his favorite swing at his favorite park – August 26, 2017

August 26, 2017

August 26, 2017

August 26, 2017

August 26, 2017

August 26, 2017

August 31, 2017


  • last water sliding of summer (8/27)
  • he got his courage up to ride the #3 baby slide with Eric
  • he went on the #2 baby slide alone (in addition to #1)

August 27, 2017

August 27, 2017

Baby slide #3 – August 27, 2017


  • we’re regulars on the mini train! (9/2)

September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017


  • we explored the garden once before the season ended (9/9)

Elisa & Todd – September 9, 2017

September 9, 2017

Elisa & Todd – September 9, 2017

September 9, 2017


  • we swam (8/28, 8/29, 9/2, 9/9, 9/13, 9/14, 9/15, 9/17)
  • he wanted Eric to jump into the deep end while holding him
    • he said, “carry me, do big wave jump”
  • he treads water while spinning in a circle
  • he jumps in the pool & swims to the steps or ladder by himself
  • he tries to dive down for toys
  • he loves to pretend that Eric is “creature”

August 29, 2017

August 29, 2017


  • 1st day of preschool (9/12)
  • he goes 2 mornings per week
  • after the first day, he didn’t want to go…
  • he says he cries at preschool but we don’t yet know why

First day of preschool – September 12, 2017

Headed to preschool – September 19, 2017


  • we did a bike ride to Walla Walla Point Park with the trailer (9/16)

September 16, 2017

September 16, 2017

September 16, 2017

Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery – September 16, 2017


  • Dining out: Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery (8/26, 9/2, 9/16), Casa Tapatia (9/4, 9/18)
  • he eats around the perimeter of foods (i.e. corn thin, piece of bread, Gardein crispy tender)
  • he likes to take several bites out of several muffins or pancakes instead of finishing a whole one
  • his appetite seems to be picking up
  • he was my helper while making muffins (he calls them “pies”) by carrying ingredients & measuring them into cups/bowl
  • he said:
    • “go back that restaurant” (after we went out for dinner at Casa Tapatia)

Casa Tapatia – September 4, 2017

Kisses for mama – September 4, 2017

Casa Tapatia – September 4, 2017


  • status quo!
  • he said:
    • “I feel tired” (right when he woke up from nap)

September 20, 2017


  • he woke up in the night 11x this month (much better than last month!)
    • on 2 of those nights he woke up twice…yikes!
    • he said in his sleep at 4 AM, “I like that” (8/29)
    • he asked for a party blower at 1:30 AM (8/30)
    • he had a bad dream, said “I not want sleep in fire” & “you put me in fire” (9/7) (it was probably from a scene he saw in The Creature from the Black Lagoon)
  • he frequently wanted to hold my hand before falling asleep at night this month
  • he tells me if he wants me to “stay, not hold my hand” or else “hold my hand”
  • he says, “I want read one more book” (he repeats until I say it’s time to go to sleep); we usually read 4 books before bed
  • he’s been more interested in reading a larger variety of books (instead of the same ones repeatedly)

August 23, 2017


  • he continues to be potty-trained for pee and poo during the day and wears diaper during naps & night time; for now he goes to preschool in a pull-up
  •  he did a few inappropriate pees on carpet this month
  • he had some bowel irregularity this month (skipping a day a couple times) (which is rare for him)
  • he got up at 11:30 PM one night to poo
  • he said:
    • “no, I don’t want dada do pee-pee. It make me sad and mad”
    • “I just put my finger in my butt”

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