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On the Apple Capital Loop Trail - October 2, 2016

On the Apple Capital Loop Trail – October 2, 2016

YEAR 3, MONTH 2
SEPT 21 – OCT 20 (2016)

COMMUNICATION & COGNITION

  • he made up a hand sign for car steering wheels (he puts hands/fingertips together & rotates them back & forth)
  • he’ll say “go” when he wants you to move, or when we are going somewhere
  • he asks to get out of his crib by saying “es chew” (but we’re not sure what that word is)
  • he repeated “boo-boo” (10/5)
  • he repeats “Obiwan has taught you well,” one syllable at a time
  • loves to say “noway!”
  • he counts “two, two, two” as he points to things
  • he can repeat all letters of the alphabet
  • he repeated the numbers 4-10 (10/9)
  • he matched 5 colors with his 2-piece puzzles (i.e. pink > pig, yellow > banana, etc)
  • he said “pillow blanket” and “owl” (i.e. he names things in his crib)
  • he says “show” for Star Wars movies
  • he says “stay” (i.e. he wants to stay at the park)
  • we prompt him to say “I need ___.”
  • he calls his formula milk “Goppa” (who knows where that came from?!)
  • he said “more pancake” & “fresh diaper”
  • he repeated “stop” & “no bueno”
  • he says/asks for Walla Walla Park (“Walla Walla Pok” or “Walla Walla Walla Walla Pok”)

Watching Star Wars in his "Obiwan robe" - October 3, 2016

Watching Star Wars in his “Obiwan robe” – October 3, 2016

NEW ABILITIES

  • he lifts his leg way up when riding his Globber scooter
  • able to climb up on my bed without help (the mattress is high off the floor)
  • first time riding his bike a significant distance because he’s finally tall enough (to Washington Park, 9/25)
  • he helped take his shirt off
  • sliding down a big slide by himself (Lincoln Rock Park, 9/28)
  • Todd’s 1st mountain bike ride (1 mile round trip, Horse Lake Reserve)
  • he did some jumps with really high knees (10/19)
  • doing back floats in the bathtub (10/12)
  • we do “art class” with crayons & paper (until he starts to put the crayons in his mouth)

SILLY THINGS

  • he imitates the Lego Duplo (phone) game characters when they lick their lips for the ice cream
  • laughing hysterically watching a clown burp & barf on an iPad game app (10/8)
  • he wanted to strip off his clothes while outside (and it wasn’t very warm out!) (9/24)
Somewhere near Blewitt Pass - September 24, 2016

Somewhere near Blewitt Pass – September 24, 2016

DAY TIME ACTIVITIES WITH ERIC
“Stay-At-Home-Dada” (SAHD)

  • Rocky Reach Dam (9/21)
  • visit Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park (Vantage, WA) (9/23)
  • Lincoln Rock Park (9/26)
  • Apple Valley Gymnastics (10/17)
  • sitting in the Princess car while grocery shopping
  • he LOVES to swing at Walla Walla Park
Eric & Todd - September 26, 2016

Eric & Todd – September 26, 2016

Todd on his Globber - October 12, 2016

Todd on his Globber – October 12, 2016

October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016

FAMILY ACTIVITIES & DINING OUT

  • near Blewitt Pass (9/24)
  • 11.85 mile bike ride with trailer on the Apple Capital Loop Trail
  • Lincoln Rock Park (9/28)
  • riding his bike in the neighborhood & meeting new kids & playing (Castlerock, 9/29)
  • dinner at La Fuente (9/30)
  • Todd on his bike, Eric & Elisa on foot…Horse Lake Reserve (10/1)
  • White Heron Cellars music event (10/1)
  • Todd on his bike, Eric & Elisa on foot…Rock Island portion of Apple Capital Loop Trail (10/2)
  • went to a baby shower (10/3)
  • sitting on parked diggers at Washington elementary school (10/7)
  • Rocky Reach Dam & lunch at Cafe Rio (10/8)
  • 10 mile bike ride with trailer on the Loop Trail (10/9); and Walla Walla Park
  • Todd on his bike, then we went to the Saddle Rock Brewery (10/11)
  • 2.5 miles on the north section of the Loop Trail – Todd on his bike & in the stroller (10/15)
  • morning at Walla Walla & dinner at La Fuente (10/16)
  • evening at Walla Walla Park & dinner at El Porton (10/20)
Todd's 1st mountain bike ride - Horse Lake Reserve - October 1, 2016

Todd’s 1st mountain bike ride – Horse Lake Reserve – October 1, 2016

Biking at Horse Lake Reserve - October 1, 2016

Biking at Horse Lake Reserve – October 1, 2016

White Heron Cellars - October 1, 2016

White Heron Cellars – October 1, 2016

White Heron Cellars - October 1, 2016

White Heron Cellars – October 1, 2016

White Heron Cellars - October 1, 2016

White Heron Cellars – October 1, 2016

Driver's seat - October 15, 2016

Driver’s seat – October 15, 2016

HEALTH

  • 2 year check up with his new doctor (10/5)
  • weight = 25 lb + 11.2 oz (18th percentile)
  • height = 2 ft + 8″ (4th percentile)
  • he got a very mild cold (runny nose, 10/8)
  • screening by birth to 3 for his expressive communication (10/10)
  • he has a “boo-boo bear” ice pack that he uses when he bonks himself– we put it on the hurt spot, then he gets to lightly bite the ears
When Todd gets upset! - October 19, 2016

When Todd gets upset! – October 19, 2016

Swinging at Walla Walla Park - October 20, 2016

Swinging at Walla Walla Park – October 20, 2016

DENTISTRY

  • spotted his right upper 2nd year molar (9/28)
  • spotted his left bottom 2nd year molar (10/2)
  • that’s tooth #16 & tooth #17
  • Dentist appointment (10/10)
La Fuente - September 30, 2016

La Fuente – September 30, 2016

FOOD NOTES

  • loves corn on the cob
  • he ate carrot pieces in coleslaw & wanted more (9/27)
  • interested in eating pancakes for breakfast again (no blueberries but with a smear of sunflower butter & a drizzle of maple syrup)
September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016

October 4, 2016

October 4, 2016

DAY TIME NAPS

  • status quo…see last month!
  • he likes to throw all his stuff out of this crib
Before nap - September 22, 2016

Before nap – September 22, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up crying in the night ZERO times this month…YAY!
  • status quo…sleeps ~9 hrs per night (roughly ~9 PM to 6 AM)
  • most nights before bed, he takes a bath
  • our night time routine: we read books together in the glider chair, then Todd decides when to get down. He runs out to see Eric, then Eric puts him in his crib
  • he doesn’t like to keep his socks on
  • when I lie down on the floor next to his crib at night, he likes to pile everything from his crib on me…then takes back his pillow blanket(s) and a “fuzzy” (the word I use with Todd for blanket)
  • he wanted his “Hooper Humperdink?..Not Him!” book in his crib with him (10/10)…then a few days later, when he had it in bed with him during a nap, he ripped up several pages 😀
Todd & Pillow Bear - October 20, 2016

Todd & Pillow Bear – October 20, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • he does most poops in the toilet (he tells us when) and some pees in the toilet (we take him)
  • he had a streak when he told us he had to go poo-poo 5 days/times in a row (accurately!)
October 12, 2016

October 12, 2016

Todd's excited to spend lots of time with family - August 7, 2015

Todd’s excited to spend lots of time with family – August 7, 2015

This month, my sister and her kids came up from Oregon for what has become an annual summer vacation.  We usually split the time at our house (north of Seattle, WA) and our condo (in Wenatchee).

Last year was the only exception:  they still came up, but not to do all the fun stuff mentioned below.  We were #WaitingForTodd to be born.  That was no vacation (at least for me)!

Here’s what we did on each fun-packed day this year….

AUGUST 7

Family arrived on Friday!  Todd was so happy to see his aunt and cousins.  It was like, “See ya later, mama!”  We took a short stroller walk to the library before Eric got home from work, then Todd got to open his first 1st birthday present(s) early.  (Thanks, guys!!)

Todd helps set up the beds for our house guests - August 7, 2015

Todd helps set up the beds for our house guests – August 7, 2015

AUGUST 8

We had a morning soak in the hot tub before us girls went to the Taylor Swift concert.  That meant Eric was in charge of two kids for the entire afternoon/evening!  Note that it was ~8 year old Eli who pointed out that the movie “Stand By Me” had “a lot of bad words.”  (Rated R!)

Hot Tubbin' - August 8, 2015

Hot Tubbin’ – August 8, 2015

AUGUST 9

En route to our condo in Wenatchee, we stopped in Leavenworth for a late lunch/early dinner at South.  It’s a restaurant with Latin cuisine that different people over the years recommended we check out.  It was okay, but nothing worth getting excited about.  They do give the kids Wikki Sticks, though…

Eli with his Wikki Sticks glasses - August 9, 2015

Eli with his Wikki Sticks glasses – August 9, 2015

In Wenatchee, we took Todd for his first “car cart” ride at the grocery store.

Riding in a car cart - August 9, 2015

Riding in a car cart – August 9, 2015

AUGUST 10

In late morning, we rolled, strolled, and/or biked for 6.15 miles along the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail.

On the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail - August 10, 2015

On the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail – August 10, 2015

In the afternoon, we cooled off in the condo pool.  Todd tried his covered pool float for the first time, while chewing on vegan squid.  Before it was time to go, I dunked his head underwater for the 1st time.  He handled it well!

Elisa & Todd - August 10, 2015

Elisa & Todd – August 10, 2015

AUGUST 11

August 11th last year was Todd’s due date.  Obviously this August 11th was a LOT more fun!

When my sister and her kids come to Wenatchee during the summer, it’s a tradition to play certain games that Karin and I loved in the 80’s (Stop Thief and Lost Treasure…remember those??)

It’s also tradition to spend a day at Slidewaters in Lake Chelan.  That’s what we did on Tuesday.  At first, Todd was content to simply attempt putting every rock he could find in his mouth.  He wasn’t too impressed with the “Aqua Zoo” area for little kids.  Pretty quickly, though, he realized how fun it was to slide down the small slides with Eric (they’re actually fun for all ages).  In the afternoon, we all floated on tubes in the Lazy River.

Elisa & Todd at Slidewaters - August 11, 2015

Elisa & Todd at Slidewaters – August 11, 2015

AUGUST 12

On Wednesday we took a short hike (1.89 miles total) up Beehive Mountain.  Todd enjoyed his ride in the Ergobaby™ carrier.  (We don’t use it enough!)  After that, we stopped by Beehive Reservoir.

Todd - August 12, 2015

Todd – August 12, 2015

Beehive Mountain - August 12, 2015

Beehive Mountain – August 12, 2015

After getting sweaty in the heat, another trip to the pool was in order.  This time, Eric did the “Todd dunking”…

That night, Todd was so tired that he bagged out on Ashley on the couch.  We teamed up to change his diaper, don a onesie, then move him to his bed.  He never woke up!

Todd & Ashley - August 12, 2015

Todd & Ashley – August 12, 2015

AUGUST 13

On Thursday, Ashley had the great idea to do some miniature golfing in Leavenworth, at Icicle Junction.

Mini golf in Leavenworth - 8/13/15

Mini golf in Leavenworth – 8/13/15

Afterwards, we ate lunch at Munchen Haus, where they have vegan dogs loaded up with all the good stuff:  tons of different mustards, warm sauerkraut, onion, relish, and jalapenos (if you like).

Finally, we checked out the vegan fudge selection at The Flavor Express.  They had 3 options.  All were excellent, but the chocolate raspberry was phenomenal.  I should have bought more than a 1/4 pound!

And– a third trip to the pool!

Eric & Todd - August 13, 2015

Eric & Todd – August 13, 2015

AUGUST 14

While we all packed up to go back home on Friday, we engaged in another tradition:  watching “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.”  (We have a pretty sweet collection of VHS movies at the condo!)

Other highlights for the week (that I didn’t already mention):

  • Slumber party-type sleeping arrangements for our guests (in a small house/small condo!)
  • There was a little “tree incident” (enough said!)
  • Todd loved when his cousins shared their Os cereal with him
  • Hanging out on the condo deck
  • Watching movies (“Harry & the Hendersons,” “Father of the Bride”)
Todd & Eli on the deck - August 12, 2015

Todd & Eli on the deck – August 12, 2015

I think that’s a wrap!!

Todd - August 10, 2015

Todd – August 10, 2015

C'mon, Eric- the water's fine! - August 10, 2015

C’mon, Eric- the water’s fine! – August 10, 2015

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