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22 months old - June 25, 2016

22 months old – June 25, 2016

TWENTY THIRD MONTH
JUNE 21 – JULY 21 (2016)

COMMUNICATION & COGNITION

  • he pushes his lips out & makes airplane sounds while moving his arm like a plane
  • we have a sign for squirrel (see video)
  • pointing to bee on his sheets & repeats “bee”
  • when I made a phone call he put his hand up to the side of his head & said “hi” (7/4)
  • he does the hand sign for “honk” when looking at the picture of the driver in “The Truck Book”
  • he points out the moon every time he sees it
  • he makes a “beep beep” sound to pretend he’s metal detecting
  • he points to the floor/ground or motions to where he is
  • learning to say help (“ah-p”)
  • repeats “Jo Jo” very clearly (i.e. The Bachelorette ūüėČ )

NEW SKILLS

  • he put on his hat including the chin strap (7/2)
  • he was able to turn the key on his farm toy for the first time (7/6)
  • he independently steps on the balance board, balances in the middle then jumps off (7/16)

FUN FOR TODD

  • petting & kissing the neighbor’s puppy
  • launching onto a pile of pillows
  • pull trains
  • turning on water faucets & playing with water hoses
  • taking off his shoes
  • stroller walks with Jeri
  • hot tub swims (he does the sign for “all done” when we turn on the jets because he’d rather have ¬†no jets on)
  • organizing hangers
  • very interested in his Lego Duplos
  • doing somersaults
  • riding in shopping carts & waving to everyone & eating the free bananas
  • watching a dump truck deliver a load of bark to our driveway (7/13)
  • he really¬†shows off his dance moves when we play <<this>> YouTube video of Alicia Bridges’ “I Love the Nightlife”
  • riding in stroller while we went rollerblading on the Centennial Trail (7/17)
  • very focused stacking
On our way to Oregon - June 24, 2016

On our way to Oregon – June 24, 2016

FAMILY VISITS

  • we went to Bend, OR to see my family (6/24 – 26)
  • Todd had his first vegan donut on the way (Mighty-O Donuts, Seattle)
  • my mom & dad babysat Todd on 6/24 when we watched my niece’s dance recital
  • we all went to Elk Lake for stand up paddle boarding on 6/25 (see this post¬†for last year’s trip to the lake)
  • visit Eric’s mom’s cousin when we moved an antique organ to her house (7/2)
  • visit from Todd’s aunt Dallas & cousin Adam (7/11)
Elk Lake, OR - cousins - June 25, 2016

Elk Lake, OR – cousins – June 25, 2016

Paddle boarding with Eric - June 25, 2016

Paddle boarding with Eric – June 25, 2016

Hanging out with my family - June 25, 2016

Hanging out with my family – June 25, 2016

Todd with his grandma - June 25, 2016

Todd with his grandma – June 25, 2016

Testing the waters of Elk Lake - June 25, 2016

Testing the waters of Elk Lake – June 25, 2016

PARTY TIME

  • party at Ken & Daisy’s house for her 50th birthday (7/2)
  • Todd liked trying on her footwear & jumping on their bed

4th of JULY

  • we went to La Conner, WA for the live music & fireworks, and my friend Sharon joined us
  • Todd loved dancing, dogs, Kettle Corn, and the toy/bubble car
  • (see this post for last year’s 4th of July in La Conner)
4th of July in La Conner

4th of July in La Conner

TOYota! - July 4, 2016

TOYota! – July 4, 2016

WEEKEND IN WENATCHEE

  • we loaded up a U-Haul trailer with stuff to move into our condo & spent the weekend getting things unloaded & put away (7/9 – 10)
  • we went to a wine tasting & live music event at our favorite winery (White Heron Cellars) (7/9)
  • Todd loved dancing & walking around
  • dining out at La Fuente (7/8, 7/10)

White Heron Cellars - July 9, 2016

White Heron Cellars – July 9, 2016

White Heron Cellars, Quincy, WA - July 9, 2016

White Heron Cellars, Quincy, WA – July 9, 2016

Family selfie - July 9, 2016

Family selfie – July 9, 2016

 BABYSITTER DAYS

  • I worked 1 half day & 3 full days. ¬†I didn’t work as much this month due to moving preparations
Babysitter pic - reading to his pillow bear - June 21, 2016

Babysitter pic – reading to his pillow bear – June 21, 2016

Babysitter pic - June 30, 2016

Babysitter pic – June 30, 2016

MISC

  • he launched forward from coffee table to floor (normally he’d do this onto pillows) which was unsafe! He cried but was okay (6/27)

FOOD NOTES

  • we gave him popcorn (but picked off the larger kernel portion)
  • he loves all different nuts (I break them into small bits)
  • he likes raw onion ūüėÄ
  • devouring blueberries from Costco (6/29)
  • he’s less interested in his green smoothies than he used to be
  • 1st shave ice (Kaliki’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, 7/16)
  • dining out: La Rosa (6/25), **King Solomon’s Reef (6/26), Ixtapa (7/16), The Shire Cafe (7/17)

**King Solomon’s Reef (Olympia, WA) has vegan options, including Tempeh Hash, “Chicken-Fried” Tofu Burger, Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich, Vegan 3 Bean Chili, “Chicken-Fried” Tofu Strips (breaded in Olympia Beer), Vegan Chili Fries/Tots and even PIE (which I should have tried!!)**

Dining at King Solomon's Reef in Olympia, WA - June 26, 2016

Dining at King Solomon’s Reef in Olympia, WA – June 26, 2016

Onion tears - July 11, 2016

Onion tears – July 11, 2016

TOOTH NEWS

  • right lower canine tooth poking through (7/30)
  • that’s his 13th tooth
Sitting in a neighbor's car - July 12, 2016

Sitting in a neighbor’s car – July 12, 2016

DAY TIME NAPS

  • crib naps were typically 2-3 hours
  • longest nap = 4.0 hours (7/3 & 7/11)
  • shortest nap = 45 minutes (6/21)
He likes to cover his face when he sleeps - July 4, 2016

He likes to cover his face when he sleeps – July 4, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up crying in the night 5x this month
  • he walked back to his bed after a night time wake up (6/23)
  • just like last month, he no longer falls asleep in my glider chair before bed. First, we read books in my chair, then he climbs down & runs out to the living room to see Eric, then goes to bed awake without a fuss.
  • bed time has often been late (i.e 9:30 – 10:30)
  • he sleeps with his big stuffed frog
July 16, 2016

July 16, 2016

POTTY TALK
Todd is starting to communicate¬†when he has to go (inconsistently)…

  • 17 poops were done in the toilet
  • 26 poops were not done in the toilet (1x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)
  • he regularly pees while sitting on the toilet for Jeri (his babysitter), but he doesn’t always want to sit there for mama or dada
  • I said he needed to cover his penis with a diaper so that the “bugs outside don’t bite it,” so he tested out biting his hand, then bent over like he was trying to reach his penis to bite it (6/22)
  • he took off his wet underwear & then got a new pair (7/1)
  • I hold the small Baby Bjorn potty while he pees standing up
  • he pointed to diaper, then I took him to his baby potty and he peed standing up (7/17)
  • he patted his diaper/bottom, then I took him to the toilet & he pooped (7/17, 7/18, 7/20)
  • he brought his baby potty to me, then peed in it (7/19)
  • he was able to stop peeing (while sitting with me on my glider chair) & then finish on the toilet (7/20)
Our last time using our hot tub before we moved - July 19, 2016

Our last time using our hot tub before we moved – July 19, 2016

Todd at 9.5 months old - June 7, 2015

Todd at 9.5 months old – June 7, 2015

TENTH MONTH
(MAY 21 – JUNE 21)

WEEK 40

Todd’s first tooth…but not the way you’d think!

On the afternoon of May 26th, I was taking clothes out of the dryer and Todd–always right on my heels– stood up at the open dryer door as he’s done several times before. ¬†He usually picks at the laundry.

This time, something caused him to slip, and he bonked his face against the metal door. ¬†He cried and I saw blood on his left cheek. ¬†I was able to locate the source of the bleeding, which was inside his mouth at his right upper gum. ¬†It appeared swollen. ¬†Todd calmed down quickly with a hug and a bottle of cold formula. (Todd’s been drinking his formula cold ever since he was less than a month old. ¬†This time, the cold must have been soothing to the area.)

Within 15 minutes of the incident, Todd was back to his “old self”: ¬†playing, smiling, and putting toys in his mouth. ¬†There was little residual bleeding. ¬†I made an e-mail inquiry to a local pediatric dentist.

Todd had a good night’s sleep and we had an uneventful morning on May 27th. ¬†Then, at some point after lunch (Todd ate cantaloupe, curried vegetables, applesauce and green smoothie), I found a tooth near where he was standing, looking out the window. ¬†A TOOTH?

Todd's right front top tooth - May 27, 2015

Todd’s right front top tooth – May 27, 2015

It was his upper right front tooth! ¬†I looked at it in disbelief. ¬†I knew it had to be his, but I couldn’t believe that he could knock out a tooth that hadn’t even started to come in yet! ¬†I tried to get a thorough look inside his mouth, but it was impossible because Todd declined my attempts. ¬†I phoned the dentist office, but they made it sound like it wasn’t an urgent matter.

Once Todd fell asleep on me at bedtime, I was able to palpate his upper gums with my clean finger and I could feel a spongy depression in the frontal plane, where the missing tooth had been. ¬†The opposite side had its familiar firmness. ¬†I was able to snap this picture, which shows the bloody area and the “slit” where the tooth must have slipped out.

View of "missing" right front top tooth - May 27, 2015

View of “missing” right front top tooth – May 27, 2015

On May 28th, I decided that Todd should be seen by a dentist. ¬†I called several places, and¬†Dr. Olga Ortuzar, at Children’s Dental Center (Everett, WA), was nice enough to accommodate us that afternoon. ¬†She was fantastic! ¬†She explained that the tooth slipped out because the tooth was still developing, therefore it lacked the full root length and the ligamentous support that would have formed a bit later. ¬†The blow to the mouth was enough to do that damage.

What this means for Todd is:  1)  the permanent tooth will be delayed coming in, 2)  the adjacent teeth may or may not use some of the vacant space, and 3)  there will be bone loss in the area, but the permanent tooth will bring bone with it.

I’m bummed that this happened! ¬†It’s too bad that Todd won’t have a full set of baby teeth. ¬†Fortunately, it’ll just be normal for him. ¬†And I know he’ll still be a cutie pie with one tooth missing. ¬†Needless to say, I don’t let Todd come near the open dryer door anymore. ¬†Gosh, it’s so hard to keep that kid from getting into everything! ¬†(Feeling guilty…sigh.)

At any rate, we found a really awesome dentist for Todd.  She suggested that our next appointment with her could wait until next Spring.

Todd and Dr. Olga Ortuzar - May 28, 2015

Todd and Dr. Olga Ortuzar – May 28, 2015

Developmental highlights:

  • 9 month doctor appointment, including blood draw for peanut IGE (5/22)
  • weight = 18 pounds, 5 ounces at 9 months old (5/22)
  • new sound: “va va” (5/23)
  • he took 11 steps, twice (5/25)
  • instead of couch “cruising,” he does couch running
  • playing pat-a-cake with Eric, on the toilet
  • he opens kitchen cupboards
  • when placed in the grass, he immediately goes over to pick at whatever plants and dirt he can find. (I’m teaching him the word “yucky” every time he tries to put something inappropriate in his mouth.)
Climbing the wall! - May 22, 2015

Climbing the wall! – May 22, 2015

Other highlights:

  • visit to the birth center and Eric’s work (5/21)
  • 1st visit to a beach (on Camano Island, 5/23)
  • visit with Grammie, Granddad and Uncle Jeff (5/23)
  • bike rides, out to eat (The Shire Cafe), hot tub “swim”
  • he’s always super smiley when I brush my teeth
1st time at a beach - May 23, 2015

1st time at a beach – May 23, 2015

May 23, 2015

May 23, 2015

Stopping at a park in Arlington - May 25, 2015

Stopping at a park in Arlington – May 25, 2015

WEEK 41

This week Todd started to walk on his own!  In weeks 39 and 40 he took his first steps (up to 11 at a time).  ButРthose steps happened when Eric really encouraged him.  This week, Todd started to taking steps that he initiated.  When encouraged, he walked even further (up to 20 steps).

Developmental and other highlights:

  • initiated walking 4 steps at a time (without encouragement)
  • walked 12 steps (5/30)
  • likes to slide toys on the floor while he crawls
  • possibly showing a special preference for his large stuffed frog, Gilbert. ¬†And he gave him a kiss (6/4)
  • funny spitting before bed (6/3)
  • likes playing the drums with Eric
  • walked 20 steps (6/4)
May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015

Food notes:

This week Todd started doing unsafe movements while sitting on the counter of our kitchen island in his small, portable Fisher Price booster seat. ¬†He’d push with his legs, causing the chair to move backward and/or he’d tip the chair back against the edge of the stove range. ¬†Instead of strapping the booster seat to a chair, I decided that Todd would use his big Chicco high chair for meals at home.

After rollerblading the Centennial Trail - May 30, 2015

After rollerblading the Centennial Trail – May 30, 2015

WEEK 42

June 7th was a big day! ¬†Todd stood up twice without holding onto anything. ¬†The “problem” was that I didn’t get to see it! ¬†Only Eric saw it. ¬†(Except– before that– I did watch Todd stand up next to the couch and I was pretty sure that I saw him touch the couch only¬†after¬†he was already up.) ¬†He wouldn’t repeat this important skill again until the start of his eleventh month (stay tuned!).

On June 8th I went into Todd’s room only a minute after he went to bed, to plug in the monitor. ¬†I noticed him already snuggling up to his “pillow blanket.” ¬†(Sorry for the blurry image– it was taken in the dark with a flash.)

I started putting Todd’s pillow blanket (a gift from his cousins) in bed with him during his ninth month (when he had a few rough nights of sleep). ¬†His crib also has a small lamb rattle and a small stuffed baby in it. ¬†When he wakes up in the morning, it’s so cute to seeing Todd sitting, grinning and holding his pillow blanket and/or baby in his hands.

Todd with his pillow blanket - June 8, 2015

Todd with his pillow blanket – June 8, 2015

Developmental and other highlights:

  • initiating lots of walking spurts, starting from a pull-to-stand at various surfaces
  • lower gums feel bumpy, like the teeth are on the verge of coming through
  • crawls fast, then gets up into a tall half kneel, almost able to stand up from that position (6/6)
  • he touches things in books and helps turn the pages
  • 1st stand up from floor level without using something to pull-to-stand (6/7)
June 7, 2015

June 7, 2015

Stopping at a park in Arlington while out on a bike ride - June 7, 2015

Stopping at a park in Arlington while out on a bike ride – June 7, 2015

WEEK 43

The first tooth started coming in! ¬†On June 15th, I could see the tip of the bottom left front tooth just starting to break through Todd’s gums.

Todd's first tooth is barely visible - June 15, 2015

Todd’s first tooth is barely visible – June 15, 2015

Developmental and other highlights:

  • instead of getting frustrated when he pushes his Little Tikes car into a wall, he now goes around to the other side and then walks his car from that end.
  • he loves when Eric gives him rides on his car, and he gets mad when the ride stops
  • party at Dan’s house (6/13)
  • 1st hike being carried in the Ergobaby carrier (Anderson Butte, 6/14) (See that post for details)
  • 1st tooth visible (bottom left front, 6/15)
  • started treatment for buttock eczema using 2.5% Hydrocortisone cream (the redness wasn’t resolving using the 1% over-the-counter strength)
Making friends with a dog at Dan's party - June 13, 2015

Making friends with a dog at Dan’s party – June 13, 2015

Anderson Butte hike - June 14, 2015

Anderson Butte hike – June 14, 2015

WEEK 44 (PARTIAL WEEK)

This week we drove to Bend, OR for an action-packed 3 day weekend (June 19-21).  Todd met his great aunt Ginny for the first time because she was in town for a visit, too.  (She lives in Texas.)

Todd & Eric at our usual coffee stop on the way to Bend - June 19, 2015

Todd & Eric at our usual coffee stop on the way to Bend – June 19, 2015

On Friday the 19th, Eric and I went to Ashley’s dance recital while my mom and dad babysat Todd for about 4.5 hours. ¬†That was the longest I’ve been away from Todd (except when he’s sleeping, of course), and it was the first night that someone besides myself put Todd to bed. ¬†According to my mom, Todd went to sleep within a few minutes of putting him down, after chatting just a little bit. ¬†He was tired. ¬†Then, he slept through the night. ¬†It was just like at home…yay!

On Saturday the 20th, we went to Elk Lake, which is just past the Mt Bachelor ski area.  See the Paddleboarding at Elk Lake post for the full report, but here are a few more pictures:

Todd at Elk Lake - June 20, 2015

Todd at Elk Lake – June 20, 2015

South Sister from Elk Lake (and my mom & dad are paddleboarding in the lake)

South Sister from Elk Lake (and my mom & dad are paddleboarding in the lake)

After the day at the lake, we gathered at my mom and dad’s house for margaritas, Mexican lasagna and homemade tamales.

My aunt Ginny & my mom

My aunt Ginny & my mom

The boys (Eric, Todd, uncle Jason, cousin Eli)

The boys (Eric, Todd, uncle Jason, cousin Eli)

My dad & Gary (Jason's dad)

My dad & Gary (Jason’s dad)

Highlights:

  • trip to Bend, OR (6/19-21)
  • my parents babysat Todd for 4.5 hours (6/19)
  • 1st time being put to bed by someone besides me (6/19)
  • 1st time at a lake and 1st ride on a paddleboard (6/20)

10TH MONTH WRAP-UP

Sleep–

This was definitely Todd’s best sleep month so far: ¬†he only woke up during the night 5 times. ¬†Like “usual,” when he did wake up in the night, it was just once (usually before midnight), and he went back to sleep easily after a bottle offering and some rocking in the glider chair.

Todd’s typical bed time remains between 8 and 8:30 PM. ¬†This month it was a¬†mixed bag whether he was asleep or awake when I put him to bed. ¬†When he went to bed awake, he always fell asleep within minutes. ¬†He slept a solid 10-ish hours per night, waking up in the morning around 6 to 6:30 AM. ¬†Less often, he woke up before 6 AM or after 7 AM.

The swing is still¬†a “thing” for naps, and he still sleeps soundly for 2-3 hours each morning. ¬†The swing technically holds up to 25 pounds but every day I wonder how much longer Todd will accept it. ¬†For now, he’s quite docile (to use Eric’s term) when I strap him in, and he seems relaxed and “at home” there. ¬†He falls asleep within a few minutes.

Afternoon naps are informal and typically of ~30-45 minute duration. ¬†They’re taken in the car seat or stroller when we’re out and about. ¬†Only once this month did Todd take an afternoon swing nap (30 minutes).

Sleeping soundly in his "special swing chair" - May 31, 2015

Sleeping soundly in his “special swing chair” – May 31, 2015

Food–

At month’s end, we’re working on can #58 of Todd’s “formula milk.” ¬†He’s definitely starting to go through the cans slower now, though.

He eats “regular food” for 3 meals per day pretty consistently. ¬†New foods introduced this month were: ¬†red grapes, kiwi, cherries, and green beans. ¬†He does what he can with larger finger foods and small cut-up food pieces, but I also help feed him via spoon or my finger. ¬†He seems to like having some help. ¬†He’s got a hearty appetite for pretty much anything I give him.

Balancing his olive and his garbanzo bean with his right hand - June 13, 2015

Balancing his olive and his garbanzo bean with his right hand – June 13, 2015

Toileting–

Things are status quo (meaning Todd goes pee and poo on the toilet daily), with just a couple exceptions.

First, Todd is much more distracted these days sitting on the toilet, so we tend to look at board books there. ¬†Sometimes he won’t pee on the toilet, but yet he’ll pee in his underwear (“trainer”) just minutes later.

Second, Todd’s had more “poo misses” this month: ¬†(i.e. 9 poops didn’t make it into the toilet.) ¬†For all but 3 instances, the “poo miss” was his second poop for that day. ¬†Now that Todd’s eating more solid food (and more variety), he’s “doing a poo-poo” a bit more often than before. ¬†That second poop of the day can be a surprise!

Lizard boy! - June 6, 2015

Lizard boy! – June 6, 2015

Well, that’s all for now!

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