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14.5 months old - November 5, 2015

14.5 months old – November 5, 2015

FIFTEENTH MONTH
OCTOBER 21 – NOVEMBER 21 (2015)

HAPPY & AFFECTIONATE

  • “grooving” to music during dinner
  • waves arms wildly
  • he’s always happy but 10/23 was an especially happy morning
  • his big kisses are the best and some days I got lots of them 🙂 (10/30, 11/1)
  • he hugged a kid at Kindermusik (11/3)
  • big hugs with his new, big stuffed bear “Chopper the pillow bear” (purchased 11/3)
  • he sits and leans on his pillow bear, hugs and kisses him
  • he hugged and started to kiss a kid who came up to him at the school playground (11/5)
  • he kisses cats in books
  • we do family “group hugs”
Pillow bear - Love at first sight! - November 3, 2015

Pillow bear – Love at first sight! – November 3, 2015

SO HELPFUL

  • he tried to put Eric’s glasses on (10/21)
  • he tried to put sock on my foot (10/22)
  • he got out a disposable diaper, unfolded it, and sat on it
November 1, 2015

November 1, 2015

LEARNING!

  • one day (10/22) he ran over a sloped section at the school playground and tripped, then the next day (10/23) when we returned, he slowed down/stopped, being careful with his steps
  • he was clearly very nervous about how he was going to get down from Eric’s dresser (when I wouldn’t jump in to help him) after he climbed up there (10/30)
  • he helps line up the yellow shapes to push them into the Tupperware Shape O Ball 
At the school playground - October 23, 2015

At the school playground – October 23, 2015

INDOOR PLAY

  • he zooms his cars on the Hot Wheels track
  • he likes to climb up on Eric’s bed, then dresser, and tries to pull pictures off the walls
  • Eric helps him with Pack ‘n Play “gymnastics” (i.e. swing from rail and flipping over it) (10/27)
  • he likes to stick and unstick fridge magnets (11/11)
  • Eric helps him do somersaults
  • hot tub “swim” (11/15)
  • excitedly spinning and running in place in circles (11/15)
  • jumping on couch cushions (11/19)
  • he runs…fast!  And his right foot/leg noticeably “toes-in” when he walks/runs
Zooming cars - October 26, 2015

Zooming cars – October 26, 2015

HE’S GOT MOVES!

  • check this out!

OUTINGS

  • weekly Kindermusik
  • we regularly went on stroller walks (to the park/school playgrounds and library), until the weather got cold
  • while out shopping, he increasingly wants toys that he sees (especially stuffed animals)
  • our neighbor gave Todd a pair of knitted slippers that she made for him (11/9)
Knitted slippers from our nice neighbor - November 8, 2015

Knitted slippers from our nice neighbor – November 8, 2015

NEW WORDS & SOUNDS

  • “girl” (said at Wal-Mart and then again at home) (10/25)
  • “gah” refers to lots of things (including strawberries, flowers and more)
  • puts tongue to roof of mouth, then does “clock clock” with it (10/26)
  • makes a sort of duck sound (10/26)
  • cute “moo” with lips pushed out (10/27) but his usual “moo” sound is a soft hum
  • when he sees airplanes in the sky, he looks up, raises his right arm and says “geh”
  • dramatically practicing the “t” sound and making his face turn red in the process (10/30)
  • “moppen moppen” (11/8)
  • he said “I love you” to Eric twice, when he got home
  • he does his “sheep” sound (“putt putt putt” with puffed-out lips) for pigs, too
  • “go go” (11/17)
October 23, 2015

October 23, 2015

SIGNS & OTHER COMMUNICATION

  • responds to “Where’s your bear?” without me providing any gestures, looks for bear (in crib) (10/23)
  • arm sign for “airplane” (10/28)
  • he raises his right arm up and makes a sound when he wants something
  • hand sign for “fish” (11/8)
  • he stuck out his tongue after seeing a dog in a book with tongue sticking out (11/11)
  • hand sign for “bird” (11/12)
November 6, 2015

November 6, 2015

DENTAL VISIT

  • Dentist appointment (10/28)
  • Todd’s dentist said his teeth are coming in out of order so permanent teeth should do the same
  • she recommended offering water in sippy cup before bed to rinse his mouth out just before falling asleep
  • she showed how to hold his arms/legs so he’s not able to resist having teeth brushed
  • he loved the big bear there
The bear at the dentist office - October 28, 2015

The bear at the dentist office – October 28, 2015

3 NEW TEETH!

  • tooth #5 = right upper lateral incisor (11/9)
  • tooth #6 = right bottom 1st molar (11/14)
  • tooth #7 = left upper lateral incisor (11/19)

TODD’S SECOND HALLOWEEN

  • no costume this year but he wore his baseball player outfit at Kindermusik that week
  • he loved going to the door to see the kids trick-or-treating and sometimes got upset when we shut the door
Kindermusik class (photo by Shelley)- October 27, 2015

Kindermusik class (photo by Shelley)- October 27, 2015

BABYSITTING

  • his cousin Kylie babysat for 2.5 hours (11/13)
  • 1st times having a babysitter all day (Kylie, 11/18 and 11/20)
  • he responded very well to having a babysitter, no anxiety!
Cousins! Kylie & Todd - October 24, 2015

Cousins! Kylie & Todd – October 24, 2015

FAMILY

  • I worked 3 Sundays this month, so Todd got to spend those days with “dada”
  • out to eat at Jimmy’s with Grammie, Granddad (Eric’s parents) & cousin Kylie (10/24)
  • visit from Grammie, Granddad and Uncle Jeff (Eric’s brother) while Kylie babysat (11/18)

FOOD NOTES

  • doesn’t necessarily eat everything at lunch/dinner anymore but still eats plenty
  • he puts his face to the snack (i.e. dry cereal) instead of picking up with fingers
  • wanted more and more chickpeas (10/21)
  • raspberries are always a favorite
  • new (vegan) foods: Field Roast deli slice, pomegranate arils
  • throwing food toward end of the month
#minivegan - November 9, 2015

#minivegan – November 9, 2015

FORMULA WEANING

  • we opened the last can of formula (#74 on 11/18), which means he went through about 1.25 cans this month
  • he continues to drink equal parts organic soy formula, soy milk, hemp milk and homemade cashew oat milk in his sippy cups
Drinking "Formula Milk" with Pillow Bear - November 5, 2015

Drinking “Formula Milk” with Pillow Bear – November 5, 2015

NAPS

  • last swing nap (10/27)
  • started crib naps (10/28)
  • (easy!) Transition From Swing Naps to Crib Naps (10/28 – 11/2)
  • after 11/4 Todd didn’t cry at all when I put him in his crib for naps
  • shortest crib nap = 1 hour
  • longest crib nap = 3.5 hours
  • he likes to sleep with his pillow blanket over his face, hugging his water
Bedtime - November 13, 2015

Bedtime – November 13, 2015

NIGHTTIME SLEEP

  • despite getting 4 new teeth, this was his best sleep month to date = ZERO nighttime wake ups!
  • Average night-time sleep = 9.95 hours
  • he fell asleep on me on the couch (before bedtime) two days in a row (10/29 & 10/30)
A rare evening catnap - October 29, 2015

A rare evening catnap – October 29, 2015

POTTY TALK

  • 40 poops were done in the toilet
  • 21 poops were “misses” (5 of those times, he did more poop in the toilet as soon as we got him there)
  • possible communication by pushing on my legs (then he went in the toilet) (10/23)
  • I noticed a tiny freckle on his butt after I realized it wasn’t a speck of poop that wouldn’t come off…haha!
  • I led him (walking) to the toilet when I knew he had to go poop, he followed me and went (11/6)
  • using more disposable diapers but still using underwear, too
  • he thinks it’s funny when he pees on the carpet (he waits for me to make eye contact, then grins and laughs)
  • increasingly fights being put on the toilet for pees
He doesn't always let you put him on the toilet like this! - October 25, 2015

He doesn’t always let you put him on the toilet like this! – October 25, 2015

All for now!

Almost 14 months old - October 16, 2015

Almost 14 months old – October 16, 2015

FOURTEENTH MONTH
SEPTEMBER 21 – OCTOBER 21 (2015)

BEING ONE

  • excitedly runs in place screaming (9/26)
  • comes to my lap to sit (10/8)
  • if I don’t read the “right” book, he’ll push it aside and reach for a different one

SO HELPFUL!

  • tries to put shoe on my foot (9/25)
  • tries to put glasses on my face (9/25)
  • feeds me food
  • loads utensils in dishwasher tray (10/17)
  • pulls the handle on the salad spinner (10/19)

EXPLORING

  • racing to the fridge when we start to open it, flings door wide open, and grabs things
  • climbed to 2nd shelf of pantry, grabbing for items (10/12)
He needed some mustard powder - October 12, 2015

He needed some mustard powder – October 12, 2015

SPORTS

  • kicks balls (right foot) (9/26)
  • tries to put football in “tee” (i.e. plastic ring) (9/26)
  • doing the “skeleton” on the skateboard (9/26)
  • playing with skateboard in the house (climb on/off, stand up and walk on it, roll it on floor)
  • rollerblade with stroller on the Centennial trail (10/3)
  • he let me put his helmet on if I did it very slowly (10/14)
Skateboarding - October 11, 2015

Skateboarding – October 11, 2015

AT THE PARK

  • I started taking Todd to play at parks regularly this month
  • he loves going on the slides with me
  • he liked walking on the suspension bridge
  • hanging from rope at Lake Goodwin park (10/5)
  • he decided he loves swinging now (before he didn’t like it) (10/16)
  • I give him Happy Baby Puffs at the park to keep him from putting other things in his mouth
  • while playing at the park next to where Kindermusik is held, he went over to the door and then pushed me to communicate that he wanted to go in (10/14)
Jennings Park - September 29, 2015

Jennings Park – September 29, 2015

MUSIC

  • every Tuesday we go to Kindermusik
  • he waved to another mom at Kindermusik (10/13)
  • he loves playing the kazoo (10/12)
  • he dances to music he likes

ANIMALS

  • he kisses cats in books
  • he kisses a picture of our old cat, Stuart
  • he loves to watch the squirrels outside
  • he loves dogs
Visiting the neighbor's dog - September 23, 2015

Visiting the neighbor’s dog – September 23, 2015

OTHER OUTINGS

  • he loves shopping cart rides, and insists on facing forward
  • when we go to the library he gets to roam around
  • when we get ready to go out, he practically jumps into my arms at the garage door
  • out to eat: Casa Tequila (9/27), Grilla Bites (10/4)
Playing basketball - September 24, 2015

Playing basketball – September 24, 2015

INSIDE PLAY

  • he loves splashing really hard in the bathtub
  • he zooms his cars down the toy garage ramp
  • he likes to climb up on my glider chair and look at books
  • he rolls around in the blankets on the floor
  • he puts things into other things (i.e dominos in a container)
  • he kept putting his pillow blanket on top of his head (10/2)

NEW WORDS & SOUNDS

  • bird (9/26)
  • baby (he said after Elmo said it on Sesame Street) (9/28)
  • bus (9/29)
  • grandma, “anga” (9/30)
  • shoe (10/1)
  • bee (10/2)
  • grandma, “gamma” (10/6)
  • boat (10/7)
  • “a raw” (10/11)
  • he dramatically kept making a hard “C” sound (10/13)
  • he tried to “moo” (10/14)
  • honk (he said after I read that word in a book) (10/16)
  • tries to make the “baa” sound for sheep (10/19)
  • bear (10/19)

SIGNS & OTHER COMMUNICATION

  • waving to Eric (9/24)
  • he does “frog” when he sees it in his book (sticking out his tongue and pulling it back in) (9/24)
  • he does “butterfly” when he sees it in his book (opening and closing hand like the wings flapping) (9/28)
  • he pushes me when he wants food/formula milk
  • he pushed me to tell me to keep playing with him (10/15)

FAMILY

  • visit from my mom (9/30 – 10/7)
  • he loves his Grandma and he lets her comfort him
  • spending days with Eric while I’m at work
Morning snuggles with his Grandma - October 5, 2015

Morning snuggles with his Grandma – October 5, 2015

MISC NOTES

  • he had a mild cold/runny nose (10/2)
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Good Morning! – October 2, 2015

FOOD NOTES & ORAL HAPPENINGS

  • he likes to put pancake pieces to his smoothie (“dippers”)
  • I started adding 1/2 t ground flax in his smoothies
  • he started taking Dr Fuhrman’s Pixie Vites multivitamin
  • he eats/plays with a dry “cereal snack” in the morning (unsweetened Os & brown rice puffs)
  • he loves to eat whole apples while grocery shopping (started 9/24)
  • he loves garbanzo beans and strawberries
  • new food:  date (10/12)
Mmm, Honeycrisp apple - September 24, 2015

Mmm, Honeycrisp apple – September 24, 2015

OTHER ORAL HAPPENINGS

  • he blew air into smoothie pack after I did (9/26)
  • 4th tooth spotted! (top right 1st molar, 10/20)
Centennial Trail Parking Lot - October 3, 2015

Centennial Trail Parking Lot – October 3, 2015

FORMULA WEANING

  • at month’s end, we’re 3/4 of the way through formula can #72 which means he only went through a little more than 1 can this month
  • in his sippy cups, he drinks equal parts formula, soy milk, hemp milk, and homemade cashew oat milk
  • he drank from his sippy cup about ~5x per day (minimum 4)
Daytime snuggles are so nice - September 27, 2015

Daytime snuggles are so nice – September 27, 2015

SLEEP

  • he only woke up at night 3x
  • when he woke up at night, he got back to sleep within 15-45 minutes
  • he averaged 9.78 hours of sleep per night
  • before bed he stays awake longer while rocking in my chair
  • he likes to have several books read to him, and he reaches for the books he wants (upon waking up in the morning, before his swing naps and at bedtime)
  • he’s always asleep when I put him in his crib at night
  • daytime swing naps averaged 1.84 hours
Ready for bed - September 22, 2015

Ready for bed – September 22, 2015

POTTY TALK

  • 48 poops were done in the toilet
  • 39 poops were “misses” (10 of those times, he did more poop in the toilet as soon as we got him there)
  • he refused to stay on toilet even though it was clear he had to poop, then pooped in underwear (9/28)
  • 1st poopy diaper away from home (10/4)
  • likes to shred toilet paper while sitting on toilet
  • he follows direction to put toilet paper shreds in the toilet (10/15)
Little ball player - October 1, 2015

Little ball player – October 1, 2015

Well, that’s a wrap!

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