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Todd at ~3 years, 5 months old – January 14, 2018

DEC 21, 2017 – JAN 20, 2018


  • “You know what I’m talking about?”
  • “I love you, mama..Mama is family, dada is family, Todd is family…us together…mama good, dada good boy, Todd special boy” (1/10)
  • “That/this is cool”
  • “Yeah, easy” (he says when I say something is not easy)
  • “Me cracking you up”
  • “Oh nice.”
  • “But it’s my job” (when we say not to do something)
  • “Don’t leave your shirt here” (on the couch)
  • “First cousins, not me pishin” (he likes to randomly say something that sounds like that, frequently)
  • “keep me safe!” (when Eric runs the blender)


  • Christmas 2017 was the focus of the last post!
  • we went to Bend, OR (12/20 to 12/27)
  • Activities: swimming, checking out the train display at the library, skiing at Mt. Bachelor, celebrating my dad’s birthday (Christmas eve), and Christmas
  • when we got home he was excited about waiting for his dinosaur egg to hatch (gift from Ashley)

Todd with Grandma & Grandpa – December 24, 2017

Master Falls! – December 25, 2017

December 25, 2017

December 26, 2017

Waiting for the dinosaur to hatch – December 30, 2018


Castle groomer – January 1, 2018

Castle groomer – January 1, 2018

Hampton Lodge – January 1, 2018


  • Books: The Very Noisy Night (he calls it “Scared in Night time”), Pinky Dinky Doo (he loves to match the shoes at the end), How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • TV/DVD: Room on the Broom, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Movie: The Fox and the Hound
  • YouTube: Lego Death Star review & speed build, Ryan’s Toy Review (while sick over New Year break)
  • super fun new toy: marble run (1/17)

New marble run – January 18, 2018


  • he counted 1-11 on his own
  • he asks “what letter?” certain words start with
  • he learned how to point the camera (phone) at me & take a picture
  • he said:
    • “Oh, I have to get a bigger stepper” (to reach for something on top of the freezer)
    • “Clean up, clean up!”


  • Eric takes Todd to the gymnastics open gym on Mondays
  • turning into Hulk…all the time!
  • fighting with lightsabers
  • he said:
    • “Put your phone away” (when I was taking his picture but we were having so much fun playing with the marble run) (normally he’d try to take my phone!)
    • “I want you ‘nect’ this together” (‘nect’= connect)
    • “Don’t sing” / “Don’t dance” or “I don’t want you sing” / “I don’t want you dance”
    • “But me not done with my tools yet. I doing my jobs. Me have one more job.” (wearing his worker gear)
    • “I doing straddle jump, dada. Like this!” (then he does a straddle jump)
    • “Me might fall…that is nice falling session” (playing on couch)
    • “You keep your hands to yourself, me swing my pillow blanket around, you knock me over, k?, m’kay!” (playing a game with Eric) (see video below >>)


  • he loves playing with Legos (i.e., Garmadon’s Volcano Lair, Master Falls, big motorcycle, small tow truck set, Star Wars Duel on Naboo)
  • he likes to watch Jangbricks (YouTube) reviewing Lego sets & “the lady building that set” (A.L.F)
  • he said:
    • “Dada, you not doing right” (while building Lego forklift)
    • “I want it really so bad” (Lego Star Wars Death Star set…costs $500)
    • “This is the windshield, protects me from the rain” (on a Lego tow truck)
    • “This guy not have alternate face” (a Lego head)

Lego play – January 10, 2018


  • this month Todd really started becoming an actor
  • he loves making different faces: happy, mad, sad, surprised, etc.

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018

January 15, 2018


  • the three of us skied together 5 times (1/1, 1/13, 1/14, 1/15, 1/20)
  • he likes to turn into Hulk at the lodge & push me off my chair
  • after skiing he likes kicking the snow in our parking lot
  • see the next post for: “Mission Ridge Ski Videos (~3 years, 5 months)
  • he says:
    • “Mama, keep skiing” (when I stop to wait for Todd & Eric while skiing)

Chair 4

Chair 4

After skiing – January 20, 2018


  • he was sick (fever) & stayed home from preschool (1/4)
  • he was sick (fever) & fell asleep on the couch (1/10)
  • he said:
    • “You coughing? Cover your mouth!”

Sick – January 10, 2018

Sick – January 10, 2018


  • when eating banana, Todd likes to grab half of it after we peel it (and if he wants more, then he wants to start a whole new banana instead of eating the other half)


  • he still naps between ~1.5-2.5 hours, starting at about 2 p.m.
  • he comes out of his room on his own after naps (and sometimes first thing in the morning)


  • it’s a mix of waking up once in the night (he asks for Goppa) or sleeping through the night
  • we bought him 2 new pillow blankets for Christmas; he immediately accepted the new ones (of course, I’m keeping the old ones)
  • he laughed trying to get a sticker off the middle of his back (that I put there), one night before bed
  • he likes playing with Lego tow truck and motorcycle at bedtime; we read 5 books
  • he said:
    • “Me looking for a certain book”
    • “I got all me awesome toys” (picking out toys to sleep with)

Fighting with lightsabers – January 20, 2018


  • he still uses the toilet except he wears a diaper for naps & night time sleep
  • he said:
    • “You smell something coming right out my butt?” (after Eric said he smelled something while Todd was sitting on the toilet)

Todd at ~3 years, 4 months – December 15, 2017

NOV 21, 2017 – DEC 20, 2017


  • “You call me you need me”
  • “I love my mama. I love my dada. Me love everybody.” (in the morning)
  • “Are you okay? You feel better?” (and he patted my arm)
  • “us together” (he was so happy about all three of us being together)
  • he likes to point out how one thing is the same as something else (i.e., “that like ___”)
  • “Thanksgiving means everyone together”
  • “I guarantee it”


  • (see the last post for the full Thanksgiving 2017 trip report)
  • we went to Bend, OR to visit my parents & my sister’s family (11/22 – 11/26)
  • activities: nature walk at Shevlin Park (11/23); walk along the river by Old Mill (11/24); swimming at Juniper Swim & Fitness Center (11/24); visiting Santa this year (11/25)
  • he said:
    • “I need to ask you something/”I need to tell you something” (to cousin Eli)
    • “It’s a scary one. You sure you want to watch it?” (to Eli regarding a YouTube video)

Old Mill – November 24, 2017


  • “Chriffen time” is how it sounds when he says ‘Christmas time’
  • this is the first year he understands what is coming up for the holidays
  • he had fun decorating the “Chriffen tree” (11/28) & he was pretty good about keeping it safe all month (i.e., it only tipped over once & only one ornament broke!)
  • #1 highly anticipated gift from Santa: Lego Ninjago Master Falls set

Decorating our tree – November 28, 2017


  • Books:
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Stick Man, Peekaboo Sophie, I Love You, Baby, Ultimate Dinopedia, his ‘red books’ and ‘black books’ (Me Readers), In the Tall, Tall Grass, Night Creatures, and Because It’s My Body. 
  • he likes to go to certain pages & ‘read’ the same page over & over
  • he likes to count things in books (this month he counted up to eleven)
  • in one of the ‘red books’ he goes to a page where he likes to “act out” the story for ‘knocking me over with his power punch’
  • when we read Stick Man one night, he said that stick man was “sad…like at preschool…I miss daddy”
  • Shows:
    • PBS Kids: Dinosaur Train, Super Why!
    • He likes to watch the “making of” segment on the Creature From the Black Lagoon
    • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (sounds like, “Gitch”)
    • Ghostbusters (while watching he said, “Those guys save the day…yay!” and he clapped)
    • Santa Clause 3 (especially the Jack Frost character played by Martin Short)
    • he’s still a big fan of The Incredible Hulk (Season 1)!

Todd at open gym – December 4, 2017


  • Eric takes Todd to open gym every Monday; they regularly see the same friends
  • he loves to fight with lightsabers with Eric
  • Todd doesn’t complain about going to preschool too much; in the mornings he’ll have his boots on at the door even before Eric’s completely ready.
  • the preschool teacher said he doesn’t try to do his pencil worksheets much, so we tested him out on some line drawing & tracing skills & he did just fine
  • he is showing some more interest in water painting on Water Wow reveal pad & coloring with magic pens (high interest); when he does want to do it his focus is good & he uses a supinate dagger or quadrupod grasp (he’s probably right handed but he does switch to his left) (sorry folks..I’m a school-based occupational therapist!!)
  • he likes to peel & stick stickers

November 27, 2017

Preschool craft! -December 7, 2017


  • Todd’s preschool had a holiday performance at the Numerica Performing Arts Center (12/13)
  • he seemed excited to go; first we went out for a pizza dinner
  • during his part of the show, he walked out with his class wearing reindeer antlers (so cute!); all the ‘Sprouts’ sat down & he appeared content while the group sang the first song
  • after the first song, he addressed the audience, “Dada?” & Eric responded. He smiled big & put both closed fists to his cheeks, then appeared to get emotional. For the rest of the performance (multiple songs!), he fought back tears or cried. His teacher motioned him over to her so she could comfort him.
  • when the class filed off the stage, he asked “Dada?” again & Eric made contact with him briefly. Once we were able to pick him up at the stage door, he was all smiles again.

All dressed up for his preschool holiday performance – December 13, 2017

Elisa & Todd at Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery – December 13, 2017

Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery – December 13, 2017

Before the performance – December 13, 2017


  • the three of us skied together 4x (12/2, 12/3, 12/10, 12/16, 12/19)
  • Eric & Todd skied together 2x (12/8, 12/15)
  • it’s been easier getting him geared up at the parking lot this season (so far, anyway!)
  • he turns back & forth while on reins & he goes alone down the slope at the rope tow area (like last season)
  • the videos this month show how well he can turn & stop
  • he likes to get ‘yellow chips’ in the lodge (Lay’s potato chips)

December 2, 2017

December 10, 2017

December 15, 2017

December 19, 2017


  • this is the first month I noticed that he’s developed his unique ‘smile for the camera’; this creates dimples way up by his eyes
  • he is really getting taller, it seems!
  • Eric trimmed his hair

December 16, 2017


  • on 12/20 we drove to Bend, Oregon for the holidays
  • on the way there, we had pizza at Pete’s Pizza (Goldendale, Washington)
  • we stayed overnight at my parent’s house for the first time
  • Todd opened up his Christmas gift from his Grammie (Eric’s mom) that evening: the Lego Ninjago set, Garmadon’s Volcano Lair
  • (all of the details of this trip (covering 12/20 – 12/27) will be the focus of the next blog post…)

Todd at Pete’s Pizza – December 20, 2017

Grandpa (my dad) & Todd – December 20, 2017

Todd & Elisa building Garmadon’s Volcano Lair – December 20, 2017


  • he still drinks a lot of Goppa & eats a very low variety diet
  • he’s perfectly capable of feeding himself with a spoon but he insists on being fed his beans & rice when we go out for ‘chips, salsa’
  • Dining out: Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery (11/29, 12/13), Casa Tapatia (12/8), Pete’s Pizza (12/20)


  • not much as changed; he can still sleep for solid 2-hour naps (+/-)

Still tired after his nap on a ski day – December 2, 2017


  • At 3 years, 4 months I’ve decided this is the last month I’m keeping track of how often he wakes up at night. I started slacking off, so I don’t have an exact count for this month, but he woke up at least 12 times this month (possibly more).
  • during Thanksgiving (away from home), he woke up every night (even twice a night), whereas at home he was more likely to not wake up.
  • he did have a solid 6-night stretch of not waking up at night, which was nice! (12/12-12/17)
  • before he falls asleep he says either “go, not close door” or “hold my hand, keep me safe” (mostly hand holding)
  • Sleeping in the travel tent is working well! I leave the bottom part of the door unzipped so he can slip out if he needs to. He usually stays in, though. In the middle of the night he always calls for me (i.e., “mama come in here”), whereas in the morning he either calls for me or gets out of bed by himself
  • he says, “morning time?” when he wakes up & wants to know if it’s morning time yet; next he asks to have the lights turned on in the living room

December 3, 2017


  • status quo: he’s potty trained for daytime but wears diapers during naps & night time
  • he had a few misses this month (when he waited too long to get to the toilet & ended up peeing on the bathroom floor)

Silly face Todd – December 10, 2017

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