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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 ūüôā (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!

Charming the ladies at The Shire Cafe - March 28, 2015

Charming the ladies at The Shire Cafe – March 28, 2015

EIGHTH MONTH
(MARCH 21 – APRIL 21)

WEEK 31 (PARTIAL WEEK)

Todd got to play with my sister’s family on his 7th month “birthday” (March 21st). ¬†They stopped by our house for lunch and a visit on their way from Oregon to Canada, for a ski vacation. ¬†We hadn’t been together since Christmas, and Todd has really changed since then!

My sister's family visiting - March 21, 2015

My sister’s family visiting – March 21, 2015

Poor Todd had a couple **rough nights of sleep this week, and crying in the night didn’t seem to indicate he was simply hungry. ¬†Sure– he’d take some formula and it helped settle him, but something else was upsetting him. ¬†He cried, “ma ma ma” and I’m pretty sure it meant he wanted me.

When I tried putting him back in his crib, he tended to cry more and it took several attempts with rocking him in my glider chair to essentially get him asleep before I could put him in bed and then quietly slip away. ¬†I have to admit, it feels wonderful to be wanted! ¬†It’s precious the way he stands at his crib rails and pulls on my shirt, as if pleading me to pick him up.

**Fortunately, a “rough” night for Todd means waking up either more than once, or else waking up just once but taking a long time (i.e. up to 2 hrs) to go back to sleep. ¬†Believe me– I know I’m lucky that most nights Todd sleeps through the night without a peep!!

Sleepy Todd, ready for bed - March 24, 2015

Sleepy Todd, ready for bed – March 24, 2015

Since Todd started really crawling last week, I’m now in “baby-proof” mode!

Getting into everything! - March 23, 2015

Getting into everything! – March 23, 2015

Developmental highlights:

  • he does what I call the “Bruce Lee shriek,” especially when he’s concentrating or excited
  • tries to put a toy in my mouth, offers me food, gives “kisses”
  • lots of drool and blowing large drool bubbles
  • has a ticklish neck
  • sits and turns around in place on his butt by “walking” his legs
  • standing up in his crib when we open the door to his room in the mornings
  • looking down at his penis while on the toilet…or is he watching where the “pee-pee” goes?
Pulling-to-stand everywhere he can! - March 26, 2015

Pulling-to-stand everywhere he can! – March 26, 2015

Other highlights:

  • we got a Little Tikes Push & Ride Racer car for seated rides and assisted walking
  • evening catnaps on mama and dada before it’s actually bed time
  • “baby-proofing” in process!

New (vegan) foods this week:

  • refried beans
  • tofu
  • mashed avocado

WEEK 32

This week I have to mention how much I love Todd’s kisses! ¬†He does seem to know what he’s doing when I ask for a kiss by bringing him near my face and pursing my lips. ¬†He “kisses” by first holding still (instead of offering a head butt!), then he opens his mouth wide and leans in. ¬†It’s so darn sweet! ¬†If I’m lucky, he’ll give me up to 5 of those sloppy, wet kisses in a row!

In addition, Todd sometimes brings a toy to his mouth and then he brings it to my mouth, as if he is sharing his toy with me. ¬†I tell him, “Thank you! You are such a nice boy!”

Still using the swing for naps but getting so big! - March 27, 2015

Still using the swing for naps but getting so big! – March 27, 2015

On the food front– ¬†In addition to handling finger foods, Todd is quite receptive to being spoon fed various purees. ¬†I offer the spoon near his mouth and he helps pull it in with one hand. ¬†He might first use an index finger to feel the food, sweep it off, then suck his finger. ¬†I have 2 spoons available for the process because he doesn’t always let me have the spoon back.

If I put the pinch bowl containing green smoothie up to his mouth, he insists on dipping his fingers in the bowl before he’ll slurp it down. ¬†Finger painting with food is a given!

Green smoothie face paint - March 31, 2015

Green smoothie face paint – March 31, 2015

Developmental highlights:

  • able to crawl up 1 “step” (we don’t have stairs but we made a 6″ step out of an upside down storage container)
  • jumps on the couch while holding on
  • repeatedly throws and retrieves a toy ring
  • can crawl quickly and goes from room to room
  • seems to want more hugs and gives lots of kisses
  • 1st time turning on his own Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother (it might have been an accident, who knows? – 3/31)
Enjoying the fresh air, the sights and sounds - March 27, 2015

Enjoying the fresh air, the sights and sounds – March 27, 2015

Other highlights:

  • standing at the window to look outside and feel the breeze
  • loves to splash in his baby tub
  • loves feeling dried moss out the sliding glass door
  • smiles big when waking up in the morning and after naps
  • stroller walk on the trail by the Arlington airport and lunch at The Shire Cafe (3/28)
  • we lowered the crib 1 increment (3/29)
  • stroller walks at Jennings Park (3/29, 4/1)
Jennings Park - March 29, 2015

Jennings Park – March 29, 2015

New (vegan) foods this week:

Jennings Park - April 1, 2015

Jennings Park – April 1, 2015

WEEK 33

Developmental highlights:

  • he gave kisses to his stuffed frog, Wilbur, and his bird rattle friends
  • 1st time standing up with just leg strength (video below) (4/5)
  • 1st crawl across the kitchen floor (sort of a crab walk – 4/8)
  • doesn’t like to stay just where his toys are, so explores the house

Other highlights:

  • having an issue with some diaper rash
  • eczema has been much better but he continues to scratch above his left ear
  • 1st time swinging at a park and sliding down a slide (4/5)
1st time in a swing - April 5, 2015

1st time in a swing – April 5, 2015

New (vegan) foods this week:

  • flour tortilla
  • Gardein Beefless Tips
  • black olive
April 5, 2015

April 5, 2015

WEEK 34

This week we drove to Bend, OR to visit family for a 4-day weekend. ¬†Todd hadn’t done a car ride of that duration since Christmas. ¬†He did sleep quite a bit during the drive, but when he was awake, he’d practice his ear-piercing shrieks. ¬†I made a mental note to pack earplugs next time!!

My sister’s house has 2 stories, so during the weekend I was able to confirm my suspicion– that Todd is capable of crawling up stairs. ¬†Sure enough, he tackled a flight with ease. ¬†Of course, the only problem (as expected), is that he’ll stop to sit up mid-step which would topple him backward if someone wasn’t ready to catch him.

Another first during the weekend: ¬†Todd said “da da” and “ga ga”/”gee ga.” ¬†Of course, that was extra exciting for dada and mama to hear.

At a park in Bend, OR - April 9, 2015

At a park in Bend, OR – April 9, 2015

Developmental highlights:

  • 1st nap in the Pack ‘n Play travel bed (25 minutes – 4/11)
  • 1st time crawling up flight of stairs (Bend, OR – 4/11)
  • new sounds: “da da” (4/11), “ga ga,” “gee ga”
  • scoots backward while sitting to slide across the kitchen floor
  • follows me through the house/prefers to be where I am
  • attempts to take one step but he sits down at the same time
  • touches his penis while sitting on the toilet
  • he likes to knock over stacked toys
Ashley, Todd & Eric at Old Mill - April 10, 2015

Ashley, Todd & Eric at Old Mill – April 10, 2015

Other highlights:

  • 4-day weekend in Bend, OR to visit family (4/9-4/12)
  • stroller walks in Bend
  • dining out in Bend (Spork (4/9),¬†La Rosa¬†(4/10), Bonta (4/10)
  • one poop in the diaper (4/13)
  • laughing when Eric snuck up on him at the couch (4/13)
Eric & Todd enjoying some live music after dinner at La Rosa and vegan gelato at Bonta - April 10, 2015

Eric & Todd enjoying some live music after dinner at La Rosa and vegan gelato at Bonta – April 10, 2015

New (vegan) foods this week:

  • licks of gelato at Bont√†¬†in Bend, OR
  • homemade tamale with lentil/veggie fillings
  • roasted baked potato stick
Homemade vegan tamales by my parents - April 11, 2015

Homemade vegan tamales by my parents – April 11, 2015

WEEK 35 (PARTIAL WEEK)

Developmental highlights:

  • able to take a step with one hand support instead of two
  • crawls and pulls to stand¬†very fast!
  • launches forward from sitting onto outstretched arms
  • emerging object permanence
  • making a new, musical “motorcycle mouth” sound
  • he seems to need to “get out of the house” most days now
1st time on grass - April 17, 2015

1st time on grass – April 17, 2015

Other highlights:

  • 1st time sitting in the grass (4/17)
  • rollerblade with stroller on the Centennial Trail (4/18)
  • birthday party for a friend’s 3 year old (Jennings Park, 4/19)
  • likes picking flowers in the yard (4/20)
  • interested in the sound of his pee splashing in the toilet and watching the toilet flush
  • he bonks his forehead too often!
Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail - April 18, 2015

Rollerblading on the Centennial Trail – April 18, 2015

New (vegan) foods this week:

  • pancake containing pumpkin
  • avocado slice in the peel
  • ground veggie taco meat
  • cantaloupe wedge
  • watermelon wedge
  • pear slice
  • Cabbage Roll Casserole filling
1st taste of watermelon - April 19, 2015

1st taste of watermelon – April 19, 2015

EIGHTH MONTH WRAP-UP

Food–>

Right now, Todd is finishing his 46th can of “formula milk.” ¬†He’s just¬†starting to be able to tip his own bottle back from an upright position. ¬†When reclined, he can hold his own bottle with just one hand. ¬†Often, distraction gets the best of him when he’s left to feed himself (he flips over and sits up before he’s done), so I prefer holding him while he eats. ¬†I like that bonding time with him, anyway! ¬†Even when I hold him, he starts and stops. ¬†Mr. Curious About Everything!

Todd eats solid food about twice per day, consisting of a combo of purees and finger foods. ¬†Every morning he gets a green smoothie and a pancake. ¬†Every afternoon or evening he gets other foods based on what we’re having. ¬†I typically feed him the pureed food first and then offer the finger foods. ¬†Todd will try pretty much anything he can get into his mouth…and more is getting down the hatch all the time! ¬†He’s a good eater.

Todd eats the same foods that Eric and I eat, but I do open a jar of Earth’s Best organic baby food a couple times per week. ¬†It’s definitely convenient and Todd really likes the sweet potatoes and the carrots. ¬†(We first tried the jarred food when Eric’s mom gave us a small assortment.)

Sleep–>

Todd still takes a very consistent and long morning nap in his swing (2-3+ hours). ¬†He may or may not take an afternoon nap. ¬†Sometimes he doesn’t take one simply because I don’t offer one (it depends on the length of the morning nap and our afternoon activities). ¬†An afternoon nap in the swing does still happen, but more often Todd catches a few Zs in the car, in the stroller, or on a warm body (usually on Eric in the late evening if he’s lucky!).

I started out this post mentioning that Todd had some rough nights of sleep in that first week (week 31). ¬†I thought maybe a tooth would show up this month, but there’s still no sign of that yet.

After that week, he more or less continued his pattern of sleeping through the night 10-ish hours per night on 4-5 nights per week.  2-3 nights per week he woke up once in the night.

Over the past week, though– that pattern seems to be reversed. ¬†Presently, he’s waking up once per night most nights and only sleeping straight through the night a couple nights per week…

For example, last night (April 20 to 21), Todd went to bed at 8 PM and he was asleep when I put him in bed. ¬†He woke up crying at 11:15 PM. ¬†I fed him 1 1/2 oz formula, but then he didn’t want anymore. ¬†He just seemed ready to go back to sleep. ¬†I was able to get him back in his crib by 11:30 PM, then he slept soundly until 6:45 AM.

A rare daytime catnap on me - April 19, 2015

A rare daytime catnap on me – April 19, 2015

Toileting–>

Things are going great, here! ¬†The only poop that didn’t make it directly into the toilet this month happened because I failed to immediately react to an obvious sign that Todd had to go. ¬†I actually said something to Eric before it happened. ¬†It was totally my fault.

I have a running tally of the number of poopy diapers since we started taking Todd to the toilet (starting 12/03/14). ¬†We’re only up to 16 poopy diapers, which seems pretty awesome to me!!

Todd’s definitely more aware of himself when he’s on the toilet now. ¬†When he starts to pee, he immediately looks down between his legs as if watching where the pee is going. ¬†He’s definitely aware of the sensation of peeing and pooping. ¬†He still smiles big when I praise him for going in the toilet. ¬†Afterward, he likes to look in the toilet and watch it flush.

Well– I guess that’s all for now!

It’s been a busy month and I predict it’s only going to get busier. ¬†It’s all good, though…Happy Spring!

Enjoying some fresh air with Eric after he got home from work - April 20, 2015

Enjoying some fresh air with Eric after he got home from work – April 20, 2015

 

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