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

APR 21, 2018 – MAY 20, 2018


  • “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


  • 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


  • 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


Shades – April 30,2018


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

Todd ice skating – May 11, 2018



  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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

April 29, 2018

Eric & Todd

Elisa & Todd – May 20, 2018


  • 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


  • 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 😉


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

Todd in Helicopter – 5/12/18

Todd in Helicopter – 5/12/18



  • 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


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


  • 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


  • 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

Todd's excited to spend lots of time with family - August 7, 2015

Todd’s excited to spend lots of time with family – August 7, 2015

This month, my sister and her kids came up from Oregon for what has become an annual summer vacation.  We usually split the time at our house (north of Seattle, WA) and our condo (in Wenatchee).

Last year was the only exception:  they still came up, but not to do all the fun stuff mentioned below.  We were #WaitingForTodd to be born.  That was no vacation (at least for me)!

Here’s what we did on each fun-packed day this year….


Family arrived on Friday!  Todd was so happy to see his aunt and cousins.  It was like, “See ya later, mama!”  We took a short stroller walk to the library before Eric got home from work, then Todd got to open his first 1st birthday present(s) early.  (Thanks, guys!!)

Todd helps set up the beds for our house guests - August 7, 2015

Todd helps set up the beds for our house guests – August 7, 2015


We had a morning soak in the hot tub before us girls went to the Taylor Swift concert.  That meant Eric was in charge of two kids for the entire afternoon/evening!  Note that it was ~8 year old Eli who pointed out that the movie “Stand By Me” had “a lot of bad words.”  (Rated R!)

Hot Tubbin' - August 8, 2015

Hot Tubbin’ – August 8, 2015


En route to our condo in Wenatchee, we stopped in Leavenworth for a late lunch/early dinner at South.  It’s a restaurant with Latin cuisine that different people over the years recommended we check out.  It was okay, but nothing worth getting excited about.  They do give the kids Wikki Sticks, though…

Eli with his Wikki Sticks glasses - August 9, 2015

Eli with his Wikki Sticks glasses – August 9, 2015

In Wenatchee, we took Todd for his first “car cart” ride at the grocery store.

Riding in a car cart - August 9, 2015

Riding in a car cart – August 9, 2015


In late morning, we rolled, strolled, and/or biked for 6.15 miles along the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail.

On the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail - August 10, 2015

On the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail – August 10, 2015

In the afternoon, we cooled off in the condo pool.  Todd tried his covered pool float for the first time, while chewing on vegan squid.  Before it was time to go, I dunked his head underwater for the 1st time.  He handled it well!

Elisa & Todd - August 10, 2015

Elisa & Todd – August 10, 2015


August 11th last year was Todd’s due date.  Obviously this August 11th was a LOT more fun!

When my sister and her kids come to Wenatchee during the summer, it’s a tradition to play certain games that Karin and I loved in the 80’s (Stop Thief and Lost Treasure…remember those??)

It’s also tradition to spend a day at Slidewaters in Lake Chelan.  That’s what we did on Tuesday.  At first, Todd was content to simply attempt putting every rock he could find in his mouth.  He wasn’t too impressed with the “Aqua Zoo” area for little kids.  Pretty quickly, though, he realized how fun it was to slide down the small slides with Eric (they’re actually fun for all ages).  In the afternoon, we all floated on tubes in the Lazy River.

Elisa & Todd at Slidewaters - August 11, 2015

Elisa & Todd at Slidewaters – August 11, 2015


On Wednesday we took a short hike (1.89 miles total) up Beehive Mountain.  Todd enjoyed his ride in the Ergobaby™ carrier.  (We don’t use it enough!)  After that, we stopped by Beehive Reservoir.

Todd - August 12, 2015

Todd – August 12, 2015

Beehive Mountain - August 12, 2015

Beehive Mountain – August 12, 2015

After getting sweaty in the heat, another trip to the pool was in order.  This time, Eric did the “Todd dunking”…

That night, Todd was so tired that he bagged out on Ashley on the couch.  We teamed up to change his diaper, don a onesie, then move him to his bed.  He never woke up!

Todd & Ashley - August 12, 2015

Todd & Ashley – August 12, 2015


On Thursday, Ashley had the great idea to do some miniature golfing in Leavenworth, at Icicle Junction.

Mini golf in Leavenworth - 8/13/15

Mini golf in Leavenworth – 8/13/15

Afterwards, we ate lunch at Munchen Haus, where they have vegan dogs loaded up with all the good stuff:  tons of different mustards, warm sauerkraut, onion, relish, and jalapenos (if you like).

Finally, we checked out the vegan fudge selection at The Flavor Express.  They had 3 options.  All were excellent, but the chocolate raspberry was phenomenal.  I should have bought more than a 1/4 pound!

And– a third trip to the pool!

Eric & Todd - August 13, 2015

Eric & Todd – August 13, 2015


While we all packed up to go back home on Friday, we engaged in another tradition:  watching “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.”  (We have a pretty sweet collection of VHS movies at the condo!)

Other highlights for the week (that I didn’t already mention):

  • Slumber party-type sleeping arrangements for our guests (in a small house/small condo!)
  • There was a little “tree incident” (enough said!)
  • Todd loved when his cousins shared their Os cereal with him
  • Hanging out on the condo deck
  • Watching movies (“Harry & the Hendersons,” “Father of the Bride”)
Todd & Eli on the deck - August 12, 2015

Todd & Eli on the deck – August 12, 2015

I think that’s a wrap!!

Todd - August 10, 2015

Todd – August 10, 2015

C'mon, Eric- the water's fine! - August 10, 2015

C’mon, Eric- the water’s fine! – August 10, 2015

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