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Todd at ~3 years, 9 months old – May 18, 2018

3 YEARS OLD…MONTH 9
APR 21, 2018 – MAY 20, 2018

TODD SAID…

  • “Correct, mama”
  • “It’s outside time. Let’s do this” (kick the soccer ball)
  • “Forget it”; “That’s it, forget it”
  • “This is pretty serious” (Eric couldn’t find his keys)
  • “Wonderful”
  • “Hey this is my spot” (on the couch)
  • “Me is not into it” (Eric wanted him to look at something on the TV)
  • “Let me read that”

Snuggles – April 24, 2018

DEVELOPING SKILLS

  • Language:
    • He’s learning to using the word “I” instead of “me” (i.e., “I want” instead of “Me want”)
  • Academic:
    • He likes to point out which is ‘bigger’ and which is ‘smaller’
    • He counted the ridges on a Therm-a-Rest pad from 1-18 (he skipped 15) (4/22)
    • He counted to 20 but skipped number 15 (4/26)
  • Fine Motor/Visual-motor integration: [I’m a school-based OT so this is important to me 😉 ]
    • He copies a vertical line, horizontal line, cross & circle (4/26)
    • He traces within forward, diagonal and curved line mazes
    • He cut across a piece of paper independently
    • Able to complete 16-pc interlocking puzzles independently (end of the month)
  • Self-care:
    • He put on his own velcro shoe (undo velcro, pull at tongue, slid foot in, re-do velcro) (4/25)
    • He initiates applying toothpaste & brushing his own teeth (5/18)
    • He’s tall enough to turn on/off light switches (without a step stool)
    • He likes to fling his underwear in the air with his foot when he takes them off
    • He fits into 2T-3T clothing
  • We started using a “1-2-3” warning system to help with unsafe behaviors of Todd not stopping when we say ‘stop’ (5/20); if he gets to ‘3’ we take a highly preferred toy/activity away for the rest of the day.
  • He likes to know what the plan for each day is. He asks:
    • “What us get to go to?”

May 7, 2018

INSIDE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Pretending to be a doctor with a kit that I made (i.e., plastic syringe to give shots, thermometer, bulb syringe to suck out boogers, Band-Aids, medicine cream in foil pack, latex gloves, etc.)
  • Playing with:
    • Legos (i.e., Thor vs. Hulk Arena Clash)
    • Gladiator Hulk figure
    • Avengers diving toys: Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man
  • He said:
    • “_____ is my best superhero”
    • “Me losed it” (he couldn’t find his sticky Hulk toy)
    • “Let’s match up my Hulks” (he puts them together to make comparisons)

April 25, 2018

Elsa’s Magical Ice Palace – April 28, 2018

May 2, 2018

OPEN GYM (MONDAYS)

Shades – April 30,2018

ICE RINK

  • Todd’s 2nd time ice skating (5/11)

Todd ice skating – May 11, 2018

5/11/18

OUTDOOR FUN

  • Riding our scooters/skateboard on the Apple Capital Loop Trail
  • Playing at playgrounds (Walla Walla Point, Washington & East Wenatchee parks)
  • Throwing rocks in the river (4/21)

Compare the riverfront pictures from 4/21 & 5/13, and you’ll see a big difference in the water levels! (See post, “Wenatchee Riverfront (5/13/18)“)

Pre-flooding; Todd throwing rocks – April 21, 2018

Pre-flooding; Todd & Elisa – April 21, 2018

Park after preschool – May 8, 2018

May 9, 2018

Favorite swing – May 13, 2018

EVENING BALL PLAY

  • Kicking the soccer ball or blue ball (until it popped!) & playing in the grass after dinner (9x this month)
  • Eric helped him slide down the light pole
  • He got his first blisters because he ran around in his boots without socks (4/27)

Todd at 3 years, 8 months old – April 21, 2018

April 23, 2018

April 24, 2018

April 28, 2018

May 11, 2018

HIKING – SADDLE ROCK

  • Todd made it to the top of Saddle Rock (4/22)
  • See post, “Saddle Rock Hike (4/22/18)” for all the pictures
  • 2.45 miles, according to my Runkeeper app

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Eric & Todd in the saddle of Saddle Rock – April 22, 2018

LEAVENWORTH

  • Using the playground equipment, skate park & walking trails at Enchantment Park/Blackbird Island (4/28)
  • He loves to hike!
  • He went down the skate park slope on his Globber by himself 4-5x (and never crashed)

Todd & Eric – April 28, 2018

Hiking at Enchantment Park

Elisa & Todd – April 28, 2018

April 28, 2018

OHME GARDENS

  • We walked around the gardens on 4/29 & 5/20

April 29, 2018

Eric & Todd

Elisa & Todd – May 20, 2018

TRIP TO OCEAN SHORES

  • We stayed with Eric’s parents for a long weekend (5/4 – 5/6)
  • We splashed in the waves, rode our scooters/skateboard & played with Legos (Grammie gave Todd a Lego Friends ice rink set). We got to see Darren & Sandie, too!
  • See post, “Trip to Ocean Shores (May 2018)” for more pictures/details.

Ocean Shores – May 4, 2018

Todd & his Granddad – May 4, 2018

Elisa & Todd – May 6, 2018

PRESCHOOL

  • There was a combined Mother’s Day & Father’s Day performance (5/10)
  • Todd stood calmly, searching the crowd for us. No tears this time! When he spotted us, he smirked. The videos are pretty boring but I included them anyway 😉

TOUCH A TRUCK

  • This was Todd’s 3rd “Touch a Truck” event (5/12)

Todd in Helicopter – 5/12/18

Todd in Helicopter – 5/12/18

RAINY DAY

FOOD NOTES & DINING OUT

  • Pizza at Lemolo (4/21); Claudio’s Mexican restaurant (4/28); Saddle Rock Brewery (5/19); Taco Del Mar (multiple)
  • He likes “corn kiff” (corn thin/crisp) with Earth Balance on it
  • He tried herbed quinoa & liked it (5/1)
  • He ate an entire tray of organic blueberries (5/11)

Blue raspberry boy- April 29, 2018

Taco Del Mar – May 16, 2018

DAY TIME NAPS

This month, we started a (very short!) trial of skipping naps. It wasn’t something we pre-planned, but on 5/2 we skipped his nap because we were too busy moving the beds and furniture. We let him skip his nap again on 5/3. On the way to Ocean Shores (5/4), he napped in the car. On 5/5 we skipped his nap, but then he fell asleep at 6 pm and was ‘out’ all night. On 5/6, he napped in the car on the way home. Back home, starting 5/7, we decided that he clearly wasn’t ready to completely give up naps, but he did skip his nap to go to the ice rink (5/11). However, on the last day of this month (5/20), we started the ‘no nap’ schedule again (stay tuned…)

Unplanned nap at Ocean Shores – May 5, 2018

4:55 PM – May 14, 2018

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • He tends to really prolong the bedtime routine, so I started turning off the lights at 9:30 pm regardless of whether we got all 5 books read or not
  • He had some nights when he was afraid at night; he wanted Eric to stay with him (4/30)
  • Bedtime games:
    • He likes to play the ‘owl game’ after reading the book, Night Creatures. [We use an owl that my aunt Elaine gave him to re-enact a page in the book where the owl swoops down & pounces on a field mouse.] He says, “You be the owl and I be the movement in the grass”
    • He likes when we act out “a wiggle, a jiggle, and out pokes a foot” while reading Stick Man. 
  • He likes to learn about the digestive system; we look at a picture in the Anatomy Coloring Book & talk about the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum & how the food comes out as poo-poo; we also look at a picture for the urinary system.
  • He said:
    • “How it works” (This is how he refers to the ‘Perplexis’ toy. He likes to watch me do it, and he helps)
    • “My teacher said be quiet at school” (when I told him to be quiet before bed)

May 15, 2018

TWIN BED

  • Big day! (5/2) We moved the twin mattress into Todd’s room & took out his crib mattress. Also, no more tent enclosure in the house (it will truly be a ‘travel tent’ now)
  • Todd adjusted to the change beautifully!

Todd’s new bed setup – May 2, 2018

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

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