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Little Powderwhore - January 16, 2016

Little Powderwhore – January 16, 2016

SEVENTEENTH MONTH
DECEMBER 21 – JANUARY 21 (2015/2016)

HOLIDAYS & FAMILY

  • We spent Christmas in Bend, OR (12/23-27).  See this post!
  • For New Year’s Eve we visited Eric’s parents and their dog, Chico.  Then we went out for a Mexican food dinner at Vera Cruz (Stanwood).
Elisa & Todd - December 25, 2015

Elisa & Todd – December 25, 2015

Eric & Todd - December 26, 2015

Eric & Todd – December 26, 2015

SPEECH & COMMUNICATION

  • he said “coo” for a dove in a book (1/8)
  • he’ll string together various sounds that he’s made before, but in new ways
  • it’s pretty easy to figure out what he wants from his verbal/non-verbal language
  • he pushes on closed doors when he wants something in there
  • he pushes on me if I need to help him get what he wants
  • he understands an amazing amount of what we say…way too much to attempt explaining!
December 29, 2015

December 29, 2015

TEETHING TIDBIT

  • his top left molar started poking through (1/9)
  • that’s his 8th tooth!
  • it took ~1.5 months between tooth #7 (11/19) and tooth #8 (1/9)
  • he tries to bite us (but it’s not too bad)
Finishing his nap on me - January 6, 2016

Finishing his nap on me – January 6, 2016

FINE & GROSS MOTOR

  • he precisely fingers pages of books
  • he pulls Lego Duplo pieces apart
  • he practices with his sippy cup parts (first he sets the circular disc on the glass, then puts on the plastic ring)
  • he likes stepping on several college textbooks lined up on the floor and he’s careful not to step on carpet
  • turning around in circles in place
  • by month end he got good at jumping with both feet off the floor simultaneously

HAVING FUN

  • flying his toy airplanes
  • repeatedly racing into my arms while laughing (= safe zone!!) while Eric makes his cars go fast
  • he “calls” for group hugs
  • he loves to stand on the counter in our laundry room to “organize” the shoe shelf and pantry items
  • he does some “fancy footwork” while “dancing,” with cute arm swings (mostly with the right)
  • laughing repeatedly watching a kid at Fred Meyer climbing on a set of portable stairs that are supposed to be off-limits

MINOR CHALLENGES
Todd is easy to take care of in every way but he does really resist…

  • having a diaper put on (sometimes he’ll playfully give us a look, laugh and make us chase him, but sometimes he cries while he tries to spin away from us)
  • having his butt cleaned (how dare we ??)
  • having his face and hands wiped
  • having his teeth brushed (it’s definitely a 2-person job with massive drama involved, followed by an abrupt end to the crying)
  • getting into bedtime clothes (note that once he’s actually dressed for bed he doesn’t resist the rest of our bedtime routine (i.e. rocking with me in my glider chair, reading books and drinking a sippy cup of water)
Unhappy face - January 18, 2016

Unhappy face – January 18, 2016

COUCH CRAZINESS
(AKA…WHY HE’S LEARNING TO JUMP)

  • started standing on couch and launching himself forward to pillows on the floor (1/7)
  • 1st time climbing onto and standing on the armrest of the couch and balancing there (1/15)
  • from standing on the armrest of the couch, he repeatedly jumps, frog-leaps and does a complete forward somersault onto a well-padded landing zone (1/20)

THINGS CHANGE!

  • when he was much younger he’d always kick blankets off his legs but now he enjoys being under a blanket when I feed him and rock him in my glider chair in the morning
  • when he got some fuzzy slippers for his first birthday he wouldn’t keep them on. Now, he likes wearing them and will indicate his need for help putting them on
Wearing Seahawks slippers and playing with skates - January 15, 2016

Wearing Seahawks slippers and playing with skates – January 15, 2016

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

  • he loves the show “Detectorists” and we watch the same 6 episodes repeatedly (on Netflix)
  • he loves watching movies of himself on our phones/computers and he gets mad when we stop

KINDERMUSIK

  • he kissed a girl his age at Kindermusik (1/5)
  • one kid there plays a little rough with him, so Todd gets a little scared at times
  • last Kindermusik session (1/19)
After the last Kindermusik session - January 19, 2016

After the last Kindermusik session – January 19, 2016

SKIING!

  • practicing skiing in the house on carpet and on a slope (i.e. a blanket over storage bins of different heights)
  • 2 ski weekends in Wenatchee (1/9-10 & 1/16-17)
  • he spent mornings in childcare at the ski area and we played with him in afternoons
  • he enjoys the Mission Ridge childcare and has a buddy named Carl
  • 1st time on skis in the snow (1/9)
  • he loves to walk all over the snow, including up and down sloped terrain
  • he was able to get up on his own after falling down (with all his bulky ski gear on)
  • he loved to “sled” on his back (with help)
  • 1st rope tow (1/17). First, Eric carried him with one arm, then Todd got towed up between Eric’s legs.
  • he wasn’t into napping at childcare but once he got in the car he zonked out
  • back at home he takes shoe insoles and steps on them, tries to “ski” with them
  • at home he likes to put on his ski mitts and other gear
  • he clearly knows what we’re talking about when we say skiing-related words

1st time on skis in the snow - January 9, 2016

1st time on skis in the snow – January 9, 2016

Putting on Eric's old mitts - January 14, 2016

Putting on Eric’s old mitts – January 14, 2016

ROLLER SKATING

  • he got his Fisher Price Grow-With-Me 1, 2, 3 skates and he pushed them all over the house and tried to step in them with bare feet (1/5)
  • he went skating at our local skate rink twice. He did 2 laps around the rink while holding on with both hands (12/30 & 1/6)
  • able to put on both his boots+skates (i.e. they’re already hooked together) by himself (1/14)
Todd did 2 laps with me - January 6, 2016

Todd did 2 laps with me – January 6, 2016

HEALTH & HYGIENE NOTES

  • this month he had a mild cold. Coughing and sneezing lasted a few days (starting 12/23), but it wasn’t bad at all.
  • we stopped using the baby bathtub and started using the regular tub, so now he’s back to loving his baths!

FOOD NOTES

  • no change from last month
Good eats (green smoothie and Chao vegan cheese) - January 14, 2016

Good eats (green smoothie and Chao vegan cheese) – January 14, 2016

BABYSITTER DAYS

  • Todd had a babysitter 8x this month (we love her!).  Jeri takes pictures and sends them to me at work…
Babysitter pic - December 28, 2015

Babysitter pic – December 28, 2015

Babysitter pic - January 7, 2016

Babysitter pic – January 7, 2016

Babysitter pic - January 14, 2016

Babysitter pic – January 14, 2016

NAPS

  • he doesn’t cry when I put him in his crib for naps
  • when visiting family at Christmas, he took 3 naps in the Pack ‘n Play travel bed (2.5 hrs twice & 1.5 hrs)
  • he continues to nap well during long car rides
  • nap duration ranged from 1-3 hours (average ~2 hrs)
  • 3x he extended his nap on me (for up to 1 hour) after he woke up crying in his crib
  • 1x he extended his crib nap for an hour (after I opened his window blinds because I thought his nap was over) (1/13)
Nap extended by 1 hour - January 13, 2016

Nap extended by 1 hour – January 13, 2016

NIGHT-TIME SLEEP

  • he had 3 nights when he woke up once (for 2 of those times he got back to sleep within 20 minutes)
  • his longest stretch without any nighttime wake-ups ended (it was 10/18 to 12/23)
  • sleep duration continues to be ~9.5 to 10 hours per night
  • on 1/12 Eric got to put him to bed because he fell asleep so fast
  • we snuggled together on the couch on 1/18 and he fell asleep. It was bedtime so we had to get him changed into bedtime attire without waking him up too much (it worked!).
  • he sleeps in a 24 mo footed sleeper over a 24 mo short-sleeve onesie and a size 5 disposable diaper
Eric & Todd - January 12, 2016

Eric & Todd – January 12, 2016

Fell asleep before bedtime - January 18, 2016

Fell asleep before bedtime – January 18, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • 10 poops were done in the toilet
  • 49 poops were not done in the toilet (1x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)
  • the number of poops done in the toilet has decreased a lot because he refuses to sit on the toilet more often than not (especially first thing in the morning). And I’m making the attempt less often.
A bit tired! - January 16, 2016

A bit tired! – January 16, 2016

14.5 months old - November 5, 2015

14.5 months old – November 5, 2015

FIFTEENTH MONTH
OCTOBER 21 – NOVEMBER 21 (2015)

HAPPY & AFFECTIONATE

  • “grooving” to music during dinner
  • waves arms wildly
  • he’s always happy but 10/23 was an especially happy morning
  • his big kisses are the best and some days I got lots of them 🙂 (10/30, 11/1)
  • he hugged a kid at Kindermusik (11/3)
  • big hugs with his new, big stuffed bear “Chopper the pillow bear” (purchased 11/3)
  • he sits and leans on his pillow bear, hugs and kisses him
  • he hugged and started to kiss a kid who came up to him at the school playground (11/5)
  • he kisses cats in books
  • we do family “group hugs”
Pillow bear - Love at first sight! - November 3, 2015

Pillow bear – Love at first sight! – November 3, 2015

SO HELPFUL

  • he tried to put Eric’s glasses on (10/21)
  • he tried to put sock on my foot (10/22)
  • he got out a disposable diaper, unfolded it, and sat on it
November 1, 2015

November 1, 2015

LEARNING!

  • one day (10/22) he ran over a sloped section at the school playground and tripped, then the next day (10/23) when we returned, he slowed down/stopped, being careful with his steps
  • he was clearly very nervous about how he was going to get down from Eric’s dresser (when I wouldn’t jump in to help him) after he climbed up there (10/30)
  • he helps line up the yellow shapes to push them into the Tupperware Shape O Ball 
At the school playground - October 23, 2015

At the school playground – October 23, 2015

INDOOR PLAY

  • he zooms his cars on the Hot Wheels track
  • he likes to climb up on Eric’s bed, then dresser, and tries to pull pictures off the walls
  • Eric helps him with Pack ‘n Play “gymnastics” (i.e. swing from rail and flipping over it) (10/27)
  • he likes to stick and unstick fridge magnets (11/11)
  • Eric helps him do somersaults
  • hot tub “swim” (11/15)
  • excitedly spinning and running in place in circles (11/15)
  • jumping on couch cushions (11/19)
  • he runs…fast!  And his right foot/leg noticeably “toes-in” when he walks/runs
Zooming cars - October 26, 2015

Zooming cars – October 26, 2015

HE’S GOT MOVES!

  • check this out!

OUTINGS

  • weekly Kindermusik
  • we regularly went on stroller walks (to the park/school playgrounds and library), until the weather got cold
  • while out shopping, he increasingly wants toys that he sees (especially stuffed animals)
  • our neighbor gave Todd a pair of knitted slippers that she made for him (11/9)
Knitted slippers from our nice neighbor - November 8, 2015

Knitted slippers from our nice neighbor – November 8, 2015

NEW WORDS & SOUNDS

  • “girl” (said at Wal-Mart and then again at home) (10/25)
  • “gah” refers to lots of things (including strawberries, flowers and more)
  • puts tongue to roof of mouth, then does “clock clock” with it (10/26)
  • makes a sort of duck sound (10/26)
  • cute “moo” with lips pushed out (10/27) but his usual “moo” sound is a soft hum
  • when he sees airplanes in the sky, he looks up, raises his right arm and says “geh”
  • dramatically practicing the “t” sound and making his face turn red in the process (10/30)
  • “moppen moppen” (11/8)
  • he said “I love you” to Eric twice, when he got home
  • he does his “sheep” sound (“putt putt putt” with puffed-out lips) for pigs, too
  • “go go” (11/17)
October 23, 2015

October 23, 2015

SIGNS & OTHER COMMUNICATION

  • responds to “Where’s your bear?” without me providing any gestures, looks for bear (in crib) (10/23)
  • arm sign for “airplane” (10/28)
  • he raises his right arm up and makes a sound when he wants something
  • hand sign for “fish” (11/8)
  • he stuck out his tongue after seeing a dog in a book with tongue sticking out (11/11)
  • hand sign for “bird” (11/12)
November 6, 2015

November 6, 2015

DENTAL VISIT

  • Dentist appointment (10/28)
  • Todd’s dentist said his teeth are coming in out of order so permanent teeth should do the same
  • she recommended offering water in sippy cup before bed to rinse his mouth out just before falling asleep
  • she showed how to hold his arms/legs so he’s not able to resist having teeth brushed
  • he loved the big bear there
The bear at the dentist office - October 28, 2015

The bear at the dentist office – October 28, 2015

3 NEW TEETH!

  • tooth #5 = right upper lateral incisor (11/9)
  • tooth #6 = right bottom 1st molar (11/14)
  • tooth #7 = left upper lateral incisor (11/19)

TODD’S SECOND HALLOWEEN

  • no costume this year but he wore his baseball player outfit at Kindermusik that week
  • he loved going to the door to see the kids trick-or-treating and sometimes got upset when we shut the door
Kindermusik class (photo by Shelley)- October 27, 2015

Kindermusik class (photo by Shelley)- October 27, 2015

BABYSITTING

  • his cousin Kylie babysat for 2.5 hours (11/13)
  • 1st times having a babysitter all day (Kylie, 11/18 and 11/20)
  • he responded very well to having a babysitter, no anxiety!
Cousins! Kylie & Todd - October 24, 2015

Cousins! Kylie & Todd – October 24, 2015

FAMILY

  • I worked 3 Sundays this month, so Todd got to spend those days with “dada”
  • out to eat at Jimmy’s with Grammie, Granddad (Eric’s parents) & cousin Kylie (10/24)
  • visit from Grammie, Granddad and Uncle Jeff (Eric’s brother) while Kylie babysat (11/18)

FOOD NOTES

  • doesn’t necessarily eat everything at lunch/dinner anymore but still eats plenty
  • he puts his face to the snack (i.e. dry cereal) instead of picking up with fingers
  • wanted more and more chickpeas (10/21)
  • raspberries are always a favorite
  • new (vegan) foods: Field Roast deli slice, pomegranate arils
  • throwing food toward end of the month
#minivegan - November 9, 2015

#minivegan – November 9, 2015

FORMULA WEANING

  • we opened the last can of formula (#74 on 11/18), which means he went through about 1.25 cans this month
  • he continues to drink equal parts organic soy formula, soy milk, hemp milk and homemade cashew oat milk in his sippy cups
Drinking "Formula Milk" with Pillow Bear - November 5, 2015

Drinking “Formula Milk” with Pillow Bear – November 5, 2015

NAPS

  • last swing nap (10/27)
  • started crib naps (10/28)
  • (easy!) Transition From Swing Naps to Crib Naps (10/28 – 11/2)
  • after 11/4 Todd didn’t cry at all when I put him in his crib for naps
  • shortest crib nap = 1 hour
  • longest crib nap = 3.5 hours
  • he likes to sleep with his pillow blanket over his face, hugging his water
Bedtime - November 13, 2015

Bedtime – November 13, 2015

NIGHTTIME SLEEP

  • despite getting 4 new teeth, this was his best sleep month to date = ZERO nighttime wake ups!
  • Average night-time sleep = 9.95 hours
  • he fell asleep on me on the couch (before bedtime) two days in a row (10/29 & 10/30)
A rare evening catnap - October 29, 2015

A rare evening catnap – October 29, 2015

POTTY TALK

  • 40 poops were done in the toilet
  • 21 poops were “misses” (5 of those times, he did more poop in the toilet as soon as we got him there)
  • possible communication by pushing on my legs (then he went in the toilet) (10/23)
  • I noticed a tiny freckle on his butt after I realized it wasn’t a speck of poop that wouldn’t come off…haha!
  • I led him (walking) to the toilet when I knew he had to go poop, he followed me and went (11/6)
  • using more disposable diapers but still using underwear, too
  • he thinks it’s funny when he pees on the carpet (he waits for me to make eye contact, then grins and laughs)
  • increasingly fights being put on the toilet for pees
He doesn't always let you put him on the toilet like this! - October 25, 2015

He doesn’t always let you put him on the toilet like this! – October 25, 2015

All for now!

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