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Almost 2 years old - August 11, 2016

Almost 2 years old – August 11, 2016

TWENTY FOURTH MONTH
JULY 21 – AUGUST 20 (2016)

COMMUNICATION & COGNITION

  • says “Go!” & motions with his arm
  • repeats “burrito” (sounds like “bee-tow”)
  • repeats “poo poo” & “pee pee” and he (sometimes) says it to tell me he has to go
  • practices saying “baby”
  • he makes a sound & pretend-grabs the thing he wants from pictures in books or on the computer
  • he actually started saying “mama” & “dada” to purposefully refer to us
  • he says “beep beep” to refer to Eric because of Eric’s work van ‘back-up beeps’
  • he says “dada, beep beep” a lot
  • started saying “nah” for the word no (8/5)
  • he started using a hand gesture (putting hands up to his mouth) to communicate wanting to have some “formula milk”
  • started saying “no” instead of “nah” (8/14)
  • repeats 2-word phrase “help, mama” & “help, dada” (his “help” sounds like “ah-p”)
  • says no or no-no regularly
  • repeats “apple”
  • he does the Dragon’s Lair game sounds (“chew…chew…ahh!”)
  • he uses an arm motion (like the crawl stroke) to communicate “swim”
  • when my parents visited he said “grandpa” a lot: “gam-PA” (with emphasis on the “pa”)

NOW HE CAN…

  • open “easy” doors
  • Globber! (i.e. Todd’s 1st scooter!) (7/31)

TRUCKS!

  • he liked watching the guys load the moving truck & he walked up and down the ramp
  • the movers loaded up items from our house on 7/21, then unloaded items in Wenatchee on 7/22
  • he loves watching garbage trucks lift up the cans on our street
  • we watched the “diggers” at Jennings Park from his stroller (7/25)
  • he loves the Tonka garbage truck that his cousins gave him for his birthday
  • he loves watching the trucks & diggers working at the new school near our condo
Todd on the moving truck loading ramp - July 21, 2016

Todd on the moving truck loading ramp – July 21, 2016

DAY TRIP TO GUEMES ISLAND

  • on 7/26 we needed to leave the house for the whole day so the guys could install our new carpet
  • even though I used to work in Anacortes, WA, I’d never been over to Guemes Island
  • we took the ~5 minute ferry ride over & Todd’s only complaint was that the ride was too short (he signed “more!” & cried when I had to rush him back into the car)
  •  on island we drove around a bit, then spent some time at the beach
  • Todd loved kicking his shoes off, walking in the water & watching the ferry boats come & go
  • 1st time burying himself in sand!
  • for the ferry ride back, our car was positioned well (Todd could see the water right out his open door), so we stayed at the car. Todd loved it.
  • on the way home, we stopped by my old workplace to visit co-workers.  I weighed Todd on the wheelchair scale & he was exactly 24 pounds (i.e. he gained 3 pounds in the past 5 months)
Elisa & Todd - July 26, 2016

Elisa & Todd – July 26, 2016

Guemes Island - July 26, 2016

Guemes Island – July 26, 2016

 Guemes Island - July 26, 2016

Guemes Island – July 26, 2016

EVERETT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

  • while the guys completed day 2 of new carpet installation, I took Todd to the Everett Children’s Museum (7/27)
  • we hadn’t been there since his 1st birthday
  • highlights were the trains, airplane, water feature, & the slide in the toddler area
Everett Children's Museum - July 27, 2016

Everett Children’s Museum – July 27, 2016

Everett Children's Museum - July 27, 2016

Everett Children’s Museum – July 27, 2016

MUSIC IN THE PARK

  • we enjoyed a free evening music event at Jennings Park (7/29)
  • Todd danced & socialized with people & dogs
  • he even got to strum the bass player’s guitar during 1 song!
  • he joined into a football game with several other kids

MORE FUN FOR TODD

  • sitting/riding in Eric’s van (very slowly, in the cul-de-sac only!)
  • getting into the bathtub & playing with the running water
  • turning on the outside faucet, putting his head under it & playing with the hose (including pouring water on himself)
  • Eric’s employer had a party for his last day of work (8/5); Todd joined the festivities
  • he likes watching the Dragon’s Lair game on the iPad
  • he loves playing with cars & Duplos
Todd wants "more" van! - August 1, 2016

Todd wants “more” van! – August 1, 2016

FAMILY VISITS – (ERIC’S SIDE)

  • we visited Eric’s family at Todd’s cousin Adam’s graduation party (7/30)
  • Todd was drawn to the lake & he liked chasing his Aunt Dallas’ chickens
  • he cracked up playing throw & catch with the dog
  • Eric’s parents came to visit before our final moving day ( 8/4)
Chasing chickens - July 30, 2016

Chasing chickens – July 30, 2016

Todd & his Grammie - August 4, 2016

Todd & his Grammie – August 4, 2016

NEW MOON FARM GOAT RESCUE & SANCTUARY

  • visit to New Moon Farm Goat Rescue (8/3)
  • (it’s where I volunteered weekly for the 5 years before I got pregnant)
  • Todd’s favorite thing was sitting on the tractor
  • he did like chasing the goats/sheep & feeding them snacks
Playing on the tractor at New Moon Farm - August 3, 2016

Playing on the tractor at New Moon Farm – August 3, 2016

New Moon Farm critter - August 3, 2016

New Moon Farm critter – August 3, 2016

SWIMMING SKILLS

  • he tipped his head backward in the water, while standing up
  • he jumped in & Eric caught him
  • he swam with a swim noodle (8/15)
  • he jumped into the deep end (I caught him) & climbed up the ladder (8/16)
  • he tried to do a back float & kick (8/18)
  • from the steps he jumps to me & coasts/kicks (8/20)
July 23, 2016

July 23, 2016

Eric asked Todd "Where's mama?" - August 9, 2016

Eric asked Todd “Where’s mama?” – August 9, 2016

BABYSITTER GOOD-BYES

  • 8/1 was my last day working PRN (as needed)  before starting my new full-time job in Wenatchee
  • Jeri also came to babysit on 8/4 for a few hours
  • we were sad to say goodbye to Jeri because she is absolutely wonderful 🙂
Babysitter pic - Todd loves his Globber scooter - August 1, 2016

Babysitter pic – Todd loves his Globber scooter – August 1, 2016

MOVING DAY!!

  • we officially moved to Wenatchee! (8/6)
  • I had new employee orientation for my full-time job on 8/16, then I worked 8/19
  • Eric started his stay-at-home-dad (SAHD) job!
Moving day! - August 6, 2016

Moving day! – August 6, 2016

The "Welcome Committee" at our condo gave Todd this bear - August 8, 2016

The “Welcome Committee” at our condo gave Todd this bear – August 8, 2016

FAMILY VISITS – ELISA’S SIDE

  • my sister & her kid’s came to visit for a week (8/8 – 8/14)
  • we went to the Rocky Reach Dam to check out the sights, including the fish ladder’s underwater viewing area (8/11)
  • we went to Slidewaters (8/13); he didn’t want to go down the slides except for the little frog slide in the toddler splash area
  • we went swimming at our condo pool
  • dining out with family: La Fuente (8/8), Lemolo (8/13)
Todd & Ashley - August 9, 2016

Todd & Ashley – August 9, 2016

Rocky Reach Dam - August 11, 2016

Rocky Reach Dam – August 11, 2016

Eli & Todd - August 11, 2016

Eli & Todd – August 11, 2016

  • my parents came to visit for 5 days (8/17-22)
  • they camped at Wenatchee Confluence State Park
  • we visited them at their site & had dinner there twice
  • Todd liked playing in the dirt with his Tonka truck
  • he liked checking out the riverfront beach & running in the lawn
  • we all went to White Heron Cellars for a music event (8/20); Todd showed off his best dance moves!
  • dining out with family: La Fuente (8/17), Mai Lee Thai (8/20)
Todd and his Grandpa - August 18, 2016

Todd and his Grandpa – August 18, 2016

Playing at my parents' campsite - August 18, 2016

Playing at my parents’ campsite – August 18, 2016

At Confluence State Park - August 19, 2016

At Confluence State Park – August 19, 2016

FOOD NOTES

  • he enjoyed wild blackberries while out on a stroller walk (7/25)
  • we started trying out a different kind of no-spill cup (8/3)
  • he liked drinking 100% cranberry juice (diluted with some water) (8/4)
  • 1st time eating corn off the cob (8/11)
  • 1st time sitting in a booster seat at the kitchen table (8/20)
  • dining out: La Fuente (7/21, 8/6), Cafe Rio (7/22), Shire Cafe (7/25, 8/3)
La Fuente - July 21, 2016

La Fuente – July 21, 2016

1st corn on the cob - August 11, 2016

1st corn on the cob – August 11, 2016

ANOTHER TOOTH

  • last bottom incisor poking through (the left one)
  • that’s his 14th tooth
At Confluence State Park - August 19, 2016

At Confluence State Park – August 19, 2016

DAY TIME NAPS

  • crib naps were typically 2.25 – 3.25 hours
  • shortest nap = 2 hrs (8/1)
  • longest nap = 3.50 hrs (7/28)
  • when he took naps in the Pack ‘n Play, he loved having a body pillow in there with him
  • he wanted to get into the Pack ‘n Play for his nap on 7/28 & 7/29
  • there were several days when he didn’t get a nap (other than in the car) because of various daytime activities
August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up crying in the night 4x this month
  • when he woke up at night he went back to sleep quickly, after drinking his “formula milk” (1x needed a change of clothes, too)
  • sometimes I held his hand through his crib rails as he fell asleep at night
  • Todd & I slept in the hall on 7/26 because the new carpet installation wasn’t completed in 1 day
  • from 7/27 to 8/6 Todd slept in a Pack ‘n Play for naps & night time sleep because the crib was packed up
  • from 7/22 to 8/6 we were without my glider chair at home for our usual wake up/night time routine
  • the first thing he said when he woke up was “dada” (8/2)
  • after we moved & his crib was set up in his own bedroom, Todd transitioned well!
  • bedtimes were often late this month (so much going on!!)
The first public urinal he used, LOL! - August 19, 2016

The first public urinal he used, LOL! – August 19, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • 19 poops were done in the toilet
  • 23 poops were not done in the toilet
  • he said “poop poop” to tell me he did one in his diaper (8/2)
  • he said “poo poo” & then he went in the toilet after I took him (8/12, 8/20)
  • he refused to sit on the toilet (even though I knew he had to go), then he went in his diaper (8/19)
  • 1st time peeing in a public urinal (8/19)
  • started trying to put things in the toilet
Birthday gift for a boy who turned TWO! - August 20, 2016

Birthday gift for a boy who turned TWO! – August 20, 2016

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