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Almost 17.5 months old - January 31, 2016

Almost 17.5 months old – January 31, 2016

EIGHTEENTH MONTH
JANUARY 21 – FEBRUARY 21 (2016)

HEALTH

  • 1st barf (1/22)
  • the barf was a one time “thing” & he seemed fine otherwise (Eric & I were quite sick & barfy the 1-2 days before Todd barfed)
  • he got a cold:  sneezing, coughing, runny nose & fever (2/2, lasted about a week)
  • he got another cold:  very goopy eyes, copious runny nose, cough & fever (2/17, lasted about a week)
  • (he must be getting colds from the ski area child care)
An apple a day - February 3, 2016

An apple a day! – Real Tequila (Anacortes) – February 3, 2016

BODY

  • his legs are noticeably straighter this month (i.e. he’s losing the infant bow-leggedness)
  • he discovered his belly button & looked down at it & touched it (2/17)
  • a new freckle (his second one) was spotted on his low back (2/20)
Watching his squirrel friend - February 19, 2016

Watching his squirrel friend – February 19, 2016

TEETHING

  • bottom left lateral incisor poked through (2/15)
  • that’s his 9th tooth
Selfie smile - February 2, 2016

Selfie smile – February 2, 2016

COMMUNICATION

  • repeated “Hi Todd”
  • laughing “ha ha”
  • he put my hand over the sippy cup lid so I would open it (2/8)
  • he wanted me to keep going in circles because it made him laugh (2/9)
  • he “asks” for help putting his fuzzy slippers on
  • this month, in general, he didn’t feel the need to use his familiar words (i.e car) as much, preferring to give a grunt (that we understand) instead
  • he understands more & more, and he follows a sequence of verbal directions (i.e. bring mama her shoes..now get the other one..give me a kiss)
  • he continues to practice making his own “words” by combining different sounds
  • he said “bir” for bird after he saw one & also did the hand sign for bird
  • he says “geh k” to refer to skis
  • lots of hugs and kisses were given

MOTOR CONTROL

  • he tries to turn the lid of his sippy cups instead of just setting the lid over the cap
  • he very carefully set his teething tablets & his sippy cup on the night stand (1/23)
  • he gets on the balance board himself, stands up, balances there & steps off
On the balance board before bed - February 4, 2016

On the balance board before bed – February 4, 2016

STARING AT CERTAIN PAGES OF BOOKS

  • Go, Dog. Go!–  the page with the dogs on bikes & skates and the page with dogs on scooters & skis
  • Hooper Humperdink…? Not Him!–  the page with the boy on a skateboard
  • he loves looking at the skate boarders in Eric’s Concrete Wave magazine
Page from Go, Dog. Go! book - January 27, 2016

Page from Go, Dog. Go! book – January 27, 2016

GO BY CAR

  • laughing in the car on the way to grocery shop
  • walking around at parks:  Harborview (Everett) & Forest Park (Everett) (1/24)
  • outing to Anacortes including a visit to my former workplace & then out for lunch (2/3)
  • dining out:  Casa Tequila (1/24), Real Tequila (2/3), Aye Carumba (2/5)
  • 1st long car ride when he didn’t nap in the car (2/7)
Harborview Park - January 24, 2016

Harborview Park – January 24, 2016

Playing with a new friend - January 24, 2016

Playing with a new friend – January 24, 2016

Harborview Park - January 24, 2016

Harborview Park – January 24, 2016

OUTDOOR FUN

  • stroller walks
  • outside riding the skateboard with Eric (1/24)
  • outdoor “roaming” wearing his “backpack bear” leash (without the leash he’s too fast and will repeatedly try to go in the street or other people’s yard) (1st time: 2/10)
  • brief ride outside on his new balance bike (with help) while wearing skates (because he’s still too short without) (2/20)
Skateboard ride with Eric - January 24, 2016

Skateboard ride with Eric – January 24, 2016

First time outside with "backpack bear" - February 10, 2016

First time outside with “backpack bear” – February 10, 2016

HOT TUBBING

  • he loves to go in the hot tub and lets us know he wants to do it by pushing on the sliding glass door
  • he runs through the house chasing after Eric before Eric & I go outside to get the tub cover off
  • he plays with his stacking cups in the tub
  • when I let go of him standing on one of the seats, he had noticably better balance (2/19)
  • he started to dunk his own mouth/nose underwater, acting brave about it (2/20)
New bike - January 26, 2016

New bike – January 26, 2016

HOME ENTERTAINMENT

  • watching the same 6 episodes of “Detectorists” over & over
  • looking at himself in the window reflection at home while showing off
  • smiling & laughing at videos of himself
  • wearing his boots inside all day
  • using drum sticks like ski poles
  • x-country skiing/skating in the house with his skis/skates, helmet & poles
  • downhill skiing down the sloped Aerobed with Eric’s help
  • running up & down the sloped Aerobed (with good balance!)
  • Eric bounces him on the Aerobed and he loves it
  • riding his balance bike in the house with Eric’s help, while wearing his skates (since he’s still too short to stand on it with just boots)
  • not only does he get stuff “out” he now puts stuff “back”

WENATCHEE SKI WEEKENDS

  • 1/30 – 1/31
  • 2/6 – 2/7
  • 2/13 – 2/14
  • he loves going into Eric’s closet to get all the ski gear out (boots/liners, helmet, gloves)
  • he supervises/helps Eric with the boots & liners to get ready for skiing
  • he likes to look at the Alta picture on the wall, so we have to get it down for him
  • jumping up & down in the bathtub (holding my hands) (2/13)
  • Eric takes him on the rope tow, then skis him down (between his legs)
  • walking back & forth on the little bridge at the ski area, and going up & down the snow steps
  • Paula at the Mission Ridge child care said that Todd’s a sweetheart & that she’s “really fallen for him”❤ (2/13)
Todd's favorite things at the "condo house" - January 30, 2016

Todd’s favorite things at the “condo house” – January 30, 2016

Ready to ski - January 30, 2016

Ready to ski – January 30, 2016

Skiing down with Eric - January 31, 2016

Skiing down with Eric – January 31, 2016

Mission Ridge ski area - February 13, 2016

Mission Ridge ski area – February 13, 2016

BABYSITTER DAYS

  • I worked 8 days this month
  • when I leave for work Jeri holds Todd & they wave at me from the front window
  • on 1/25 I got home from work & he barely acknowledged me, he just threw a fit wanting to stand on the laundry room counter (fortunately this isn’t the norm!)
Babysitter pic - January 25, 2016

Babysitter pic – January 25, 2016

Babysitter pic - January 28, 2016

Babysitter pic – January 28, 2016

Babysitter pic - February 4, 2016

Babysitter pic – February 4, 2016

Babysitter pic - February 11, 2016

Babysitter pic – February 11, 2016

FOOD NOTES

  • he started practicing using a spoon but needs a lot of help
  • he precisely dipped his broccoli into some A1 sauce
  • he loves nutritional yeast & likes to eat lots of it plain
Loving the nutritional yeast - February 10, 2016

Loving the nutritional yeast – February 10, 2016

February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016

January 24, 2016

January 24, 2016

DAYTIME NAPS

  • he didn’t take a crib nap 1x (he was sick that day), but he napped in the car & on me (2/17)
  • frequently he goes to get his pillow blanket out of his crib just before nap time
  • crib naps were 1 – 3.25 hours long
Finishing his nap on me - February 17, 2016

Finishing his nap on me – February 17, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • miraculously he slept in until 9 AM on the day that I was quite sick (1/21)
  • 1x he feel asleep on me in the evening before bed (2/6)
  • he woke up in the night 7x this month (more often than past months since he was sick)
  • night time sleep duration was ~9.25 – 10 hours (as usual)
At the condo - February 6, 2016

At the condo – February 6, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • 17 poops were done in the toilet
  • 26 poops were not done in the toilet (4x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)
  • this is an improvement from last month!
  • when I wipe his butt he always tips over the step stool by the tub & it cracks me up every time!
  • he laughs when I take off his stinky panties and I make a funny face about it

 

It’s time for a new soup flavor!  This delectable Italian-flavored soup is mildly spicy.  Adjust the black pepper and crushed red pepper amounts to your own liking…Enjoy!

Italian Lentil Soup (NSNG)

Italian Lentil Soup (NSNG)

INGREDIENTS

1 T coconut oil

6 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 broccoli stems, chopped
1/2 cauliflower, chopped
20 crimini mushrooms, sliced

dash garlic powder
dash celery salt
1/4 t ground rosemary (use a mortar and pestle)
1/4 t black pepper
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
1 t thyme
1 t oregano
1 t fennel
1 t parsley
1 t basil
1 t sage
4 t Vegebase broth powder
1 T nutritional yeast

1 C lentils, rinsed
28 oz can organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes
5 C water

ASSEMBLY:

Put the coconut oil in your soup pot.  Saute the vegetables with the spices over medium heat for several minutes.  Add the rest of the ingredients.  Simmer covered for about an hour, until the lentils are cooked.  Portion in 1/2 to 1 pint glass wide mouth freezer jars.  Makes about 8 1/2 pints.

(NSNG = No Sugar No Grains)

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