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Preschool portrait 2017

OCT 21, 2017 – NOV 20, 2017


Elisa & Todd – Damon Point beach – October 22, 2017


  • building puzzles & Lego Duplo “condo houses”
  • helping to build “big boy” Legos & playing with them
  • watching the short video clips for the Lego sets (on Amazon)
  • new interests: reading Stick Man & watching the same show on Netflix
  • he loves taking bubble baths
  • biggest ‘problem’ behavior (not new this month, I just haven’t mentioned it before): throwing things that aren’t ‘soft’ or ‘balls’ (those are the two categories of things he’s allowed to throw)
  • he said:
    • “first beach, first dinosaur show…[then Halloween/trick-or-treat, then Boone’s house]” (he liked repeating the order of ‘fun things’ we had scheduled; he doesn’t yet use the word “second” properly but he’ll say “next”; he has a good sense for time)
    • “enormous” (to describe parts of his animal friends)
    • “me trapped” (after he got himself cornered with toys)
    • “I wish me had race car…go race with those guys” (watching Formula 1 race)
    • “me not panic” (while waiting for me to get the Lego Ninjago Master Falls video clip on the phone for him to watch)

Headstand – October 24, 2017

Lego guy with “special gear to dive down in water” – November 3, 2017


  • Eric takes him to the open gymnastics gym (11/6, 11/13, 11/20); he loved being chased by the girls
  • he loves shopping & was excited about finding The Creature From the Black Lagoon at Fred Meyer for a good price!

Movie find at Fred Meyer! – October 30, 2017

Snack time at the gymnastics gym – November 20, 2017


  • Parents were invited to the ‘Harvest Performance’ (10/26), which involved Todd’s ‘Sprouts’ class singing a few songs. For this, Todd stood next to one of the teachers. When he saw Eric & I he wanted to come over to us but he was good & stayed put…but he started to tear up & fought back wanting to cry. He didn’t join in the singing, but he stayed still (so that made it successful!)
  • he’s adjusting to preschool…one morning he was ready to leave for preschool before Eric was ready
  • he wanted to show us his school work “my H paper” (worksheet)
  • he doesn’t say, “I don’t want go to preschool” as much as he did last month!

Harvest Performance -October 26, 2017

Todd in his group preschool picture

(a vegan zoo…this show features realistic dinosaur puppets!)

  • we saw this show at the Numerica Performing Arts Center (10/27)
  • he was so excited for this…leading up to the show & during the show
  • he loved clapping his hands when the audience would applause
  • he said repeatedly during the show:
    • “maybe dinosaur coming back”

Eric & Todd – October 27, 2017

Todd & Elisa – October 27, 2017

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

“Tricerentops” – October 27, 2017


  • he saw this decoration at Costco during shopping trip & really wanted it (Eric didn’t get it at first); the next time they went shopping, it came home with us!
  • he loves “my decoration” & loves talking about all of the things he sees on it
  • he says:
    • “one Santa skiing, one Santa drive train”
    • “this guy ready ski down this hill”
    • “you turn on my decoration, mama/dada”


  • this was Todd’s first time trick-or-treating; Halloween was highly anticipated this year!
  • Todd wore his Hulk costume, Eric wore a Captain America mask & I wore a Chewbacca mask
  • we had to coach him regarding what to say, then he wanted to go inside the houses (social boy!)
  • he liked when other kids showed up at the same houses (especially a kid dressed as a dinosaur, just like in his Halloween book)

1st time trick-or-treating – October 31, 2017


  • it snowed at least 3″ overnight so Todd had his first ski day! (11/5)
  • eating snow is still a big priority (same as last year)
  • see a recent post for video clips [First Snow Play of Winter (’17-’18)]

First snow of ‘Winter’ – November 5, 2017

‘Ski School’ -November 5, 2017


  • we bought a 2018 Subaru Legacy (11/10)
  • Todd was patient during the long process!

New Subaru – November 10, 2017


  • snow play (11/12)
  • Todd tried to ski & ride his ski bike (but the conditions were difficult)
  • another family let us use their sled
  • Todd had fun throwing snowballs

Todd at Squilchuck – November 12, 2017

Todd at Squilchuck – November 12, 2017

Todd & Elisa sledding – November 12, 2017


  • we skied 2x this month (11/18, 11/19)
  • Todd rode chair 1, the Liberator quad & the rope tow
  • see the last post for video clips [Mission Ridge Ski Videos (3 Years, 3 Months)]
  • his ski skills picked up where they left off last season (and then some!) & he barely had to stop when skiing down from the top!
  • he had fun throwing ice chunks in the creek

Eric & Todd – November 18, 2017

Elisa & Todd – November 18, 2017

November 19, 2017

November 19, 2017

Throwing ice chunks in the creek – November 19, 2017


  • he stayed home sick from preschool (10/24)
  • he had an unusually crusty, inflamed nose after being sick last month, so we self-diagnosed it as a bacterial infection (impetigo?), treated it with some antibiotic ointment & it cleared up
  • Elisa was really sick with strep throat so Eric & Todd got checked out just in case; that gave us a chance to get him weighed & measured!
    • Weight= 30 lb, 13.8 oz (14 kg) = 34th percentile (10/28 @ walk-in clinic)
    • Height= 3 ft, 1.75 inches (0.959 m) = 45th percentile (10/28 @ walk-in clinic)
  • he had his 3-year check up (11/8)
    • Weight= 31 lb (14.1 kg) = 34th percentile (11/8 @ well child check)
    • Height= 3 ft, 0.5 inch (0.927 m) = 16th percentile (11/8 @ well child check)
  • he said:
    • “me have bone” (when Eric asked him if he had to pee because he was grabbing at his groin area)
    • “me have ‘nother bone” (that same evening)
  • he washes his hands with soap & dries his hands pretty well
  • he was able to take his long sleeve shirt off without assist (11/13)
  • he has a rich vocabulary & is very descriptive when talking about things
  • he uses proper use of singular/plural (i.e., that/those, it/all, etc)


  •  he helps me measure dry ingredients to make muffins (he calls them “pies”), then eats several bites before asking for another one
  • he says:
    • “I want capes!” (capers)

“Pies” – November 5, 2017

  • Dining out: Thuy Pho (10/23), Casa Tapatia (10/23, 11/18), La Fuente (11/8), Taco Del Mar (11/10), Lemolo (11/12)
  • he is capable of feeding himself but insists on being fed his beans & rice

Todd & Elisa at Lemolo – November 12, 2017

Eric & Todd at Lemolo – November 12, 2017

Casa Tapatia – November 18, 2017

Hulk says “Eat beans, not beings!!” – November 20, 2017


  • naps are ~2 hours long
  • on 10/29 he cried at the start of his nap (after a very, very difficult night’s sleep the night before); he stopped crying when I rocked him in a semi-upright position in my rocker/glider chair (like old times!) & then he napped on me for a long while; when he woke up he came out to the living room but then fell asleep again on the bed after he took some children’s Advil

He fell asleep after having some medicine – October 29, 2017


  • he woke up in the night at least 16x this month (I might have missed a few more)
  • most nights he wants me to “stay, hold my hand” & some nights he says “I want you go, not close door”
  • 10/29 was his worst night of sleep ever in his life- he was basically up from 12:30-4:30 (on & off sleep 3:30-4:30); we figured it out the next day that he must have had painful pressure in his head while lying down, because he did the same unusual crying in his bed went starting his nap 10/30 (see nap notes above); in the morning I heard him say “I know how go to sleep” (he was possibly not quite awake)
  •  he said:
    • “I want say trick or treat again” (at 2 AM, on 11/1)
    • “I do this page again and that’s it” (while reading books before bed)
    • “me was being frustrated with my covers”
    • “kitty scrape me, I cry” (when he woke up in the morning & told me about his bad night-night show)
    • “I want get out..I want sleep mama bed…those scary guys” (he had a bad night-night show 11/13)


  • I bought a 1-person tent to use as a travel bed for Todd when we go visit family, to replace the Pack ‘n Play (which is getting too small) (11/3)
  • he wanted to sleep in the new tent in the living room, so that’s what we did
  • it turns out that the crib mattress matches the width of the tent perfectly!
  • on 11/4 we took apart his crib because Todd wanted the tent in his room
  • I leave the zipper partially open so he can slip out the door if needed
  • he slipped out of his bed tent on his own just twice (after those instances he would still call for me)
    • #1 was in the middle of the night on his first night in the tent…he got out & managed to find Eric in the dark (it was snowing outside!)
    • #2 was the next night…he was getting out of bed in the morning upon waking (& I nearly stepped on his head!)

New bed tent all set up! – November 4, 2017


  • 1x he went 2 days without a BM (this possibly never happened before)
  • he had an accident (pee) at preschool this month (his first)
  • he said:
    • “I not want pee-pee on mama”

October 24, 2017

Checking out his temporary tattoo – November 10, 2017

Todd at ~3 years old – August 17, 2017

JUL 21, 2017 – AUG 20, 2017


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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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