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Almost 17.5 months old - January 31, 2016

Almost 17.5 months old – January 31, 2016

EIGHTEENTH MONTH
JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 21 (2016)

HEALTH

  • 1st barf (1/22)
  • the barf was a one time “thing” & he seemed fine otherwise (Eric & I were quite sick & barfy the 1-2 days before Todd barfed)
  • he got a cold:  sneezing, coughing, runny nose & fever (2/2, lasted about a week)
  • he got another cold:  very goopy eyes, copious runny nose, cough & fever (2/17, lasted about a week)
  • (he must be getting colds from the ski area child care)
An apple a day - February 3, 2016

An apple a day! – Real Tequila (Anacortes) – February 3, 2016

BODY

  • his legs are noticeably straighter this month (i.e. he’s losing the infant bow-leggedness)
  • he discovered his belly button & looked down at it & touched it (2/17)
  • a new freckle (his second one) was spotted on his low back (2/20)
Watching his squirrel friend - February 19, 2016

Watching his squirrel friend – February 19, 2016

TEETHING

  • bottom left lateral incisor poked through (2/15)
  • that’s his 9th tooth
Selfie smile - February 2, 2016

Selfie smile – February 2, 2016

COMMUNICATION

  • repeated “Hi Todd”
  • laughing “ha ha”
  • he put my hand over the sippy cup lid so I would open it (2/8)
  • he wanted me to keep going in circles because it made him laugh (2/9)
  • he “asks” for help putting his fuzzy slippers on
  • this month, in general, he didn’t feel the need to use his familiar words (i.e car) as much, preferring to give a grunt (that we understand) instead
  • he understands more & more, and he follows a sequence of verbal directions (i.e. bring mama her shoes..now get the other one..give me a kiss)
  • he continues to practice making his own “words” by combining different sounds
  • he said “bir” for bird after he saw one & also did the hand sign for bird
  • he says “geh k” to refer to skis
  • lots of hugs and kisses were given

MOTOR CONTROL

  • he tries to turn the lid of his sippy cups instead of just setting the lid over the cap
  • he very carefully set his teething tablets & his sippy cup on the night stand (1/23)
  • he gets on the balance board himself, stands up, balances there & steps off
On the balance board before bed - February 4, 2016

On the balance board before bed – February 4, 2016

STARING AT CERTAIN PAGES OF BOOKS

  • Go, Dog. Go!–  the page with the dogs on bikes & skates and the page with dogs on scooters & skis
  • Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him!–  the page with the boy on a skateboard
  • he loves looking at the skate boarders in Eric’s Concrete Wave magazine
Page from Go, Dog. Go! book - January 27, 2016

Page from Go, Dog. Go! book – January 27, 2016

GO BY CAR

  • laughing in the car on the way to grocery shop
  • walking around at parks:  Harborview (Everett) & Forest Park (Everett) (1/24)
  • outing to Anacortes including a visit to my former workplace & then out for lunch (2/3)
  • dining out:  Casa Tequila (1/24), Real Tequila (2/3), Aye Carumba (2/5)
  • 1st long car ride when he didn’t nap in the car (2/7)
Harborview Park - January 24, 2016

Harborview Park – January 24, 2016

Playing with a new friend - January 24, 2016

Playing with a new friend – January 24, 2016

Harborview Park - January 24, 2016

Harborview Park – January 24, 2016

OUTDOOR FUN

  • stroller walks
  • outside riding the skateboard with Eric (1/24)
  • outdoor “roaming” wearing his “backpack bear” leash (without the leash he’s too fast and will repeatedly try to go in the street or other people’s yard) (1st time: 2/10)
  • brief ride outside on his new balance bike (with help) while wearing skates (because he’s still too short without) (2/20)
Skateboard ride with Eric - January 24, 2016

Skateboard ride with Eric – January 24, 2016

First time outside with "backpack bear" - February 10, 2016

First time outside with “backpack bear” – February 10, 2016

HOT TUBBING

  • he loves to go in the hot tub and lets us know he wants to do it by pushing on the sliding glass door
  • he runs through the house chasing after Eric before Eric & I go outside to get the tub cover off
  • he plays with his stacking cups in the tub
  • when I let go of him standing on one of the seats, he had noticably better balance (2/19)
  • he started to dunk his own mouth/nose underwater, acting brave about it (2/20)
New bike - January 26, 2016

New bike – January 26, 2016

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

  • watching the same 6 episodes of “Detectorists” over & over
  • looking at himself in the window reflection at home while showing off
  • smiling & laughing at videos of himself
  • wearing his boots inside all day
  • using drum sticks like ski poles
  • x-country skiing/skating in the house with his skis/skates, helmet & poles
  • downhill skiing down the sloped Aerobed with Eric’s help
  • running up & down the sloped Aerobed (with good balance!)
  • Eric bounces him on the Aerobed and he loves it
  • riding his balance bike in the house with Eric’s help, while wearing his skates (since he’s still too short to stand on it with just boots)
  • not only does he get stuff “out” he now puts stuff “back”

WENATCHEE SKI WEEKENDS

  • 1/30 – 1/31
  • 2/6 – 2/7
  • 2/13 – 2/14
  • he loves going into Eric’s closet to get all the ski gear out (boots/liners, helmet, gloves)
  • he supervises/helps Eric with the boots & liners to get ready for skiing
  • he likes to look at the Alta picture on the wall, so we have to get it down for him
  • jumping up & down in the bathtub (holding my hands) (2/13)
  • Eric takes him on the rope tow, then skis him down (between his legs)
  • walking back & forth on the little bridge at the ski area, and going up & down the snow steps
  • Paula at the Mission Ridge child care said that Todd’s a sweetheart & that she’s “really fallen for him” ❤ (2/13)
Todd's favorite things at the "condo house" - January 30, 2016

Todd’s favorite things at the “condo house” – January 30, 2016

Ready to ski - January 30, 2016

Ready to ski – January 30, 2016

Skiing down with Eric - January 31, 2016

Skiing down with Eric – January 31, 2016

Mission Ridge ski area - February 13, 2016

Mission Ridge ski area – February 13, 2016

BABYSITTER DAYS

  • I worked 8 days this month
  • when I leave for work Jeri holds Todd & they wave at me from the front window
  • on 1/25 I got home from work & he barely acknowledged me, he just threw a fit wanting to stand on the laundry room counter (fortunately this isn’t the norm!)
Babysitter pic - January 25, 2016

Babysitter pic – January 25, 2016

Babysitter pic - January 28, 2016

Babysitter pic – January 28, 2016

Babysitter pic - February 4, 2016

Babysitter pic – February 4, 2016

Babysitter pic - February 11, 2016

Babysitter pic – February 11, 2016

FOOD NOTES

  • he started practicing using a spoon but needs a lot of help
  • he precisely dipped his broccoli into some A1 sauce
  • he loves nutritional yeast & likes to eat lots of it plain
Loving the nutritional yeast - February 10, 2016

Loving the nutritional yeast – February 10, 2016

February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016

January 24, 2016

January 24, 2016

DAYTIME NAPS

  • he didn’t take a crib nap 1x (he was sick that day), but he napped in the car & on me (2/17)
  • frequently he goes to get his pillow blanket out of his crib just before nap time
  • crib naps were 1 – 3.25 hours long
Finishing his nap on me - February 17, 2016

Finishing his nap on me – February 17, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • miraculously he slept in until 9 AM on the day that I was quite sick (1/21)
  • 1x he feel asleep on me in the evening before bed (2/6)
  • he woke up in the night 7x this month (more often than past months since he was sick)
  • night time sleep duration was ~9.25 – 10 hours (as usual)
At the condo - February 6, 2016

At the condo – February 6, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • 17 poops were done in the toilet
  • 26 poops were not done in the toilet (4x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)
  • this is an improvement from last month!
  • when I wipe his butt he always tips over the step stool by the tub & it cracks me up every time!
  • he laughs when I take off his stinky panties and I make a funny face about it

 

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

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