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

3 YEARS OLD…MONTH 1
AUG 21, 2017 – SEPT 20, 2017

THIRD BIRTHDAY – AUGUST 21

  • 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

TODD SAYS…

  • “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

THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON

  • 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

MORE MOVIES

  • 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

BOOKS

  • 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

MASKS & OTHER ENTERTAINMENT

  • 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 Amazon.com
  • 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

MUSIC

  • 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

WALLA WALLA POINT PARK

  • 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

SLIDEWATERS

  • 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

WENATCHEE RIVERFRONT RAILWAY

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

September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017

OHME GARDENS

  • 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

SWIMMING POOL

  • 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

STARTING PRESCHOOL!

  • 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

BIKING

  • 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

FOOD NOTES & DINING OUT

  • 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

DAY TIME NAPS

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

September 20, 2017

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • 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

POTTY TALK

  • 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”

Todd at ~3 years old – August 17, 2017

YEAR 3, MONTH 12
JUL 21, 2017 – AUG 20, 2017

COMMUNICATION…

  • Todd said:
    • “oh, wow” or just “wow”
    • “I seek Walla Walla park” (he still says it all the time)
    • “same time” (he asks to do 2 activities at the same time)
    • “I know…” (he tells us different things that he knows)
    • “so much fun”
    • “I’m making dada happy” (when cleaning up his Duplo Legos)
    • “are you trying to get pay?” (when I’m working on the computer)
    • “I’m too little”
    • “I can’t wait”
    • “like President Trump” (his hair, when we comb it)
    • “I’m watching this show right now” (when Eric asked him a question about something else)
    • “oh…this is scary” (when he’s doing something he’s unsure about)
    • “mama keep me safe”
    • “sorry” (he says it on his own quite a bit)
    • “I want pillow blanket” (he wants us to get it for him instead of getting it himself)
    • “here we are!” (in the car, when he get home)
    • “not go in water” (he repeats safety instructions)
    • “white chewie coming”
    • “I do one thing. I be right back”
  • he knows some of the letters & numbers (in addition to “T is for Todd”)
  • he knows certain letter associations that I taught him
    • “‘I’ looks like 1”
    • ‘A’ looks like “steep mountain”
    • he brings over the ‘K’ and says ‘hulk’ (because Eric spelled it using magnet letters)

COUSINS GO HOME

  • my sister & her kids went back home to Oregon after visiting for several days (7/21)
  • this is only a portion of Todd’s mask collection…

July 21, 2017

INSIDE ENTERTAINMENT

  • he likes watching the same video clips on “mama pee ter” (how he says computer) repeatedly (i.e, the “Lego one” & “Todd all messy”)
    • he asked a question to himself then answered it: “What you do today? I watch this movie” (refers to a movie on the computer)
  • watching The Incredible Hulk episodes (Season 1) & pretending to be Hulk
  • watching movies & TV shows: The Fox and the Hound, Secret Life of Pets, Zootopia, Monsters, Inc., Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
  • watching Batman & wearing his Batman costume
  • he likes to build “really big condo houses” & throw the pieces when he’s done
  • play fighting with or without masks on; with or without lightsabers
  • throwing balls (he tries to hit the ceiling) & playing T-Ball
  • getting chased in the house
  • playing with toys: Batman, Darth Vader, Hulk, and Hulkbuster (looks like Iron Man)
  • playing with Play-doh

A really big condo house – July 27, 2017

  • He says:
    • “I don’t want watch that show, just _____”
    • “I want turn this show off”
    • “maybe Hulk come back” (he says repeatedly while watching The Incredible Hulk)
    • “I’m hulk” or “I be hulk” or “I want be hulk”
    • “I need more!” (when he wants us to rewind certain scenes so he can watch again)
    • “I’m afraid” (he runs to me during certain movie scenes…although he doesn’t want to stop watching)
    • “he’s running” (he poses his Batman & Darth Vader figures)
    • “I love racing with those guys” (while watching F-1 car racing on TV)
    • “I love fox and bunny” (about Zootopia)
    • “That big stacker” (stacking Duplos high)
    • “I want make mess”
    • “I doing this” (he shows me how he holds his bat between his knees)

New Batman suit – July 31, 2017

He wanted to go out as Batman – August 4, 2017

LINCOLN ROCK STATE PARK

  • like last month, we enjoyed evenings here again (7/21, 7/24)
  • we like to get take-out from Taco Del Mar to bring to the beach

Lincoln Rock SP – July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017

WENATCHEE RIVERFRONT RAILWAY

  • 1st time riding in his own seat on the mini train (7/22)

Eric thought it was funny that they both didn’t smile when I asked them to wave – July 22, 2017

Todd has his own seat – July 22, 2017

SLIDEWATERS

  • we went there for a second time this summer (7/27)
  • we didn’t take any sliding pics, we just had fun!
  • like last month, he did #1 and #2 little slides on his own & the big slides (#1 & #4) with Eric; he swam in circles in the lazy river, and watched the bucket fill up and tip over; he liked playing on the seesaw & going down the frog slide in the kiddie area

Snack break at Slidewaters – July 27, 2017

HIKING – LEAVENWORTH

  • we hiked on the Tumwater Pipeline Trail, which goes over the Wenatchee River via Penstock Bridge (7/30)
  • the trail is also known as Old Pipeline Trail or Penstock Trail
  • Todd walked in one direction, then rode on Eric’s shoulders on the way back

Tumwater Pipeline Trail -July 30, 2017

July 30, 2017

July 30, 2017

Penstock Bridge – July 30, 2017

Wenatchee River from Penstock Bridge – July 30, 2017

VISIT FROM MY UNCLE JEFF

  • my uncle Jeff stayed overnight on his way to Anacortes for an art show he was in
  • Todd loves all of his family!
  • Check out my uncle’s work at Jeff Leedy: Art That Makes You Laugh

Todd with my uncle Jeff – August 2, 2017

MOUNTAIN BIKING – SQUILCHUCK STATE PARK

  • Todd rode his bike while we walked the loop (8/6)
  • we met another parent & her 4-year old so they did the loop, too

Todd & Eric at Squilchuck State Park – August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017

Todd & Elisa – August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017

OHME GARDENS

  • we have season’s passes, so we walked around here twice this month, looking for the gnomes & fairies (8/8, 8/17)

Ohme Gardens – August 8, 2017

Elisa & Todd at Ohme Gardens – August 17, 2017

TRIP TO OCEAN SHORES

  • we went to visit Eric’s family at the beach (8/10 – 8/15)
  • see the post this month: Todd’s First Trip to Ocean Shores, WA
  • Todd played in the sand & ocean, rode in the wagon, rode his Globber scooter & bike, explored a house under construction, went to playground, played with Grammie’s dollhouse & new Legos, and spent time with everyone (Grammie, Granddad, Jeff, Darren & Sandie)
  • before our trip he said, “I sleep, I wake up, I go beach, I scoop sand and run” (getting excited for our visit to beach)

Todd with his Tonka truck – August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

Ocean Shores – August 11, 2017

Running out of the waves – August 11, 2017

WHITE HERON CELLARS

  • my last post was about going here for an evening wine & music event: Evening at White Heron Cellars (Quincy, WA) (8/19)
  • Todd danced, squirted things with a water spray bottle, hiked up the trail above the amphitheater, played in the dirt, sat on farm equipment, visited chickens and fed the resident dog some treats

White Heron Cellars – August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

POOL

  • swimming in evenings (7/25, 7/28, 7/29, 8/1, 8/7, 8/17, 8/18, 8/20)
  • Todd likes to see his friend Miley at the pool
  • he ‘floats’ with head out of water with body in vertical position
  • he can swim (without using arm strokes) about a width distance of condo pool, taking 1 breath midway there
  • he swims a distance with head down, lifts head up for breath and swims further with head down
  • I float with a noodle while he swims so he can grab me at any time
  • he started wearing a swim mask (8/17)
  • he likes Eric to throw him high into the air; he says, “I want do another high one and skeem” (scream)
  • he liked standing on then sitting on a kick board (8/20)

August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017

SWIM VIDEOS

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • open gym at Apple Valley Gymnastics (7/31, 8/7)
  • Walla Walla Point Park (8/4, 8/5); we found a shady section near the trail for throwing rocks into the river
  • he loves all shopping trips (Fred Meyer, Costco)

Shopping for new boots at Stans Merry Mart – July 26, 2017

FOOD NOTES & DINING OUT

  • he eats very few things but drinks gallons of “goppa”
  • Dining out: Taco Del Mar (7/21), Saddlerock Pub & Brewery (7/22, 8/5), Munchen Haus (7/30), Lemolo (8/4)

Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery – July 22, 2017

July 22, 2017

July 22, 2017

IN THE CAR

  • he loves songs by Mark Knopfler; he says, “I remember this song”
  • he says “Why Aye song”; he sings along to Why Aye Man & other songs on The Ragpicker’s Dream
  • we moved his carseat to forward-facing & to the opposite side of the car, in preparation for preschool (8/16)

Forward facing – 8/16/17

DAY TIME NAPS

  • status quo…still a solid napper!
  • he said “I love you, too” (after I told him I loved him before nap)

July 30, 2017

Carseat nap – August 15, 2017

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • sadly…it’s now the norm that he wakes up during night (eek!!)
  • the number of times that he didn’t wake up this month: 4
  • sometimes he likes having a “cozy tent” over his crib
  • Favorite “Thomas the Train” books: Stuck in Mud Not So Fast, Bash and Dash
  • he likes to put Thomas stickers on his goppa
  • there were a couple mornings that his sheets were wet because he’s been drinking a lot of goppa before bed (i.e., >2 bottles), so we limited him to 2 bottles at bedtime (or I changed his diaper when he woke up in the night)
  • he typically wants me to “stay” but he tells me “not hold hand” when he falls asleep
  • he says:
    • “hi” (through crib rails, after I turn out the light)
    • “don’t grab me!” (he pretended his stuffed animal cat was grabbing him)
    • “hi, mama, good morning”
    • “I get bigger” (he said right when he woke up)
    • “I be quiet” (when I told him he needed to be quiet or I’d leave his room)
    • “I want mama get some more Goppa for me drink, darn it” (he said first thing when he woke up)
    • “very sad” [he was upset one night & said it was because of “As eye and Ee new” (he missed them)]

July 30, 2017

POTTY TALK

  • he says, “I do pee pee” & runs to the bathroom on his own; all we have to do is check on him
  • he prefers Eric to sit with him for poo-poos, with his “poo-poo book”
  • he asks to have his “diaper off” and get “fresh diaper” (night time)
  • “oo, nice underwear” & “oo, nice tushie” (he says it to us since we joke to him, “nice butt”)
  • he says:
    • “I flush it downtown” or “I just flush it way downtown” (about flushing toilet)
    • “sorry” (after he tells me he went pee in his diaper)

July 22, 2017

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