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Todd at 2 years, 4.5 months – January 8, 2017

YEAR 3, MONTH 5
DEC 21, 2016 – JAN 20, 2017

TODD SAYS…

  • “ouch” [when Eric trimmed his hair for the 1st time, even though it didn’t hurt (1/13)]
  • “gym, jump, slide”
  • “out!” (he says when he wants out of his crib)
  • “want” (this is new; he used to say “need”)
  • “make coffee” (he heard the sound of the espresso machine)
  • “fresh powder pants” (I asked him what I should wear in the snow)
  • “football” (he saw someone wearing a Seahawks hat)
  • “big, heavy dump truck”
  • “dada wash dishes,” “dada toot,” “dada drive, Todd ride, mama ride” (in the car)
  • “watch Todd” (he likes watching pictures on my laptop)
  • “ball hit face, booboo bear”
  • “no way how” (no way, no how)

FAVORITE SHOWS

  • “please, dada, put Elf show on”
  • “more cut tree guy” (meaning Clark Griswold in Christmas Vacation)
  • “white chewie show” (means Frozen)
  • “afraid” (of “white chewie,” which is the snowy monster in Frozen)
  • “watch Oompa show right now!” (he says “right now” a lot)
  • “new Luke” (his name for the YouTube video of dance-mix Darth Vader song, linked below)

COGNITION

  • he tries to count his fingers while trying to put each one up
  • he loves his new “gold bug” book (Richard Scarry)
  • uses descriptors when asking for something i.e. “yellow cup”

Richard Scarry’s Cars & Trucks & Things That Go – January 1, 2017

CHRISTMAS

  • we spend Christmas with my family in Bend, OR (12/21-12/26)
  • on the way there, we took the scenic route & Todd barfed from car sickness (12/21)
  • dinners at my parents’ house (12/23-12/25)
  • swimming at Juniper (12/23)
  • dining out on the way home (El Mirador, Yakima) (12/26); video of him saying “no way, no way, no way!!” and laughing
Apres-ski fries - December 22, 2016

Apres-ski fries – December 22, 2016

Cousins - December 24, 2016

Cousins – December 24, 2016

December 24, 2016

December 24, 2016

Todd's 3rd Christmas morning - December 25, 2016

Todd’s 3rd Christmas morning – December 25, 2016

SKIING – MT BACHELOR

  • skiing at Mt Bachelor, Carrousel chair (12/21 & 12/22)
  • 1st chair lift ride!! (12/22)
Mt Bachelor - December 22, 2016

Mt Bachelor – December 22, 2016

1st day riding a chairlift! - December 22, 2016

1st day riding a chairlift! – December 22, 2016

Eric & Todd at Mt Bachelor - December 22, 2016

Eric & Todd at Mt Bachelor – December 22, 2016

SKIING – LOUP LOUP

  • skiing at Loup Loup Ski Bowl (Okanogan, WA) (12/28)
  • 2 chairlift rides
  • he was excited to see “Chewie guy” (someone with a coat that was all faux furry looking)

SKIING – STEVENS PASS

  • skiing at Stevens Pass (12/30)

Stevens Pass – December 30, 2016

SKIIING – MISSION RIDGE

  • skiing at MR (1/8, 1/15, 1/16, 1/19)
  • 1st time riding a double chairlift (1/8)
  • we took him on Liberator quad chair but Eric had to carry him most of the way down to Midway (1/8)
  • he did Ch 1, Liberator, and Ch 1 (1/15)
  • 5 runs on chair 1 (1/16)
  • Eric took Todd skiing when I was working; they did 5 runs on chair 1)

Mission Ridge – January 15, 2017

Mission Ridge – January 15, 2017

SKI BIKE & SNOW PLAY!

  • 1st time using his bike with ski attachments (12/27)
  • snow play after I got off work (1/9)

Ski bike – December 27, 2016

December 27, 2016

Washington Elementary – December 27, 2016

January 18, 2017

MISC

  • Apple Valley Gymnastics (1/2, 1/7, 1/14)
  • he can walk along a balance beam then jump off the end

He loves his swing! – January 9, 2017

FOOD NOTES & DINING OUT

  • (goppa = his non-dairy milk blend)
  • he asks for specific “goppas” because his sippy cups have different stickers on them (i.e., Chewie goppa, Leia goppa, Falcon goppa, Luke goppa)
  • he said “watermelon” (sounds like “wadoomelon”) when I asked him what we should shop for at the store
  • he calls frozen blueberries “blue candy”
  • dining out: Fonda Oaxaquena (1/20)

Dining out at Fonda Oaxaquena – January 20, 2017

DAY TIME NAPS

  • no change from prior months
  • he starts naps between 1 PM & 2 PM, then sleeps in his crib up to 3 hours
Napping in the car - December 26, 2016

Napping in the car – December 26, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up in the night 4x & fell back asleep pretty quickly
    • woke up ~3:15 AM saying “Boone house” and “out,” then in the morning he said “wake up” (12/22)
    • woke up ~3:30 AM asking for “goppa water”
    • woke up ~4:15 AM asking for “pillow blanket”
    • brief cry at 11 PM but went right back to sleep without my attention (1/9)
    • woke up at ~4:15 AM (had a goppa)
  • bedtime is usually ~9 PM & wake up time is usually ~6 AM = 9 hours of night time sleep (status quo)
  • “nap time” (he said it before bed when he was ready to sleep at night)
  • he doesn’t always turn on his aquarium soother at night
  • giggling before he went to sleep (1/6)
  • I whisper “I love you” before bed, and he whispers “aye yeah”
  • I lie down next to his crib for ~10 minutes, then I leave after he falls asleep

January 19, 2017

POTTY TALK

  • we consider him basically potty trained for poo-poo: he walks into the bathroom, puts the toilet lid up and starts to put his potty ring on the seat when he has to go
  • he does lots of stand up pee-pees in the baby potty (when we ask him to go)
  • I caught him before he was going to pee on my bed, then he peed in his baby potty

Walla Walla Point Park – January 9, 2017

22 months old - June 25, 2016

22 months old – June 25, 2016

TWENTY THIRD MONTH
JUNE 21 – JULY 21 (2016)

COMMUNICATION & COGNITION

  • he pushes his lips out & makes airplane sounds while moving his arm like a plane
  • we have a sign for squirrel (see video)
  • pointing to bee on his sheets & repeats “bee”
  • when I made a phone call he put his hand up to the side of his head & said “hi” (7/4)
  • he does the hand sign for “honk” when looking at the picture of the driver in “The Truck Book”
  • he points out the moon every time he sees it
  • he makes a “beep beep” sound to pretend he’s metal detecting
  • he points to the floor/ground or motions to where he is
  • learning to say help (“ah-p”)
  • repeats “Jo Jo” very clearly (i.e. The Bachelorette 😉 )

NEW SKILLS

  • he put on his hat including the chin strap (7/2)
  • he was able to turn the key on his farm toy for the first time (7/6)
  • he independently steps on the balance board, balances in the middle then jumps off (7/16)

FUN FOR TODD

  • petting & kissing the neighbor’s puppy
  • launching onto a pile of pillows
  • pull trains
  • turning on water faucets & playing with water hoses
  • taking off his shoes
  • stroller walks with Jeri
  • hot tub swims (he does the sign for “all done” when we turn on the jets because he’d rather have  no jets on)
  • organizing hangers
  • very interested in his Lego Duplos
  • doing somersaults
  • riding in shopping carts & waving to everyone & eating the free bananas
  • watching a dump truck deliver a load of bark to our driveway (7/13)
  • he really shows off his dance moves when we play <<this>> YouTube video of Alicia Bridges’ “I Love the Nightlife”
  • riding in stroller while we went rollerblading on the Centennial Trail (7/17)
  • very focused stacking
On our way to Oregon - June 24, 2016

On our way to Oregon – June 24, 2016

FAMILY VISITS

  • we went to Bend, OR to see my family (6/24 – 26)
  • Todd had his first vegan donut on the way (Mighty-O Donuts, Seattle)
  • my mom & dad babysat Todd on 6/24 when we watched my niece’s dance recital
  • we all went to Elk Lake for stand up paddle boarding on 6/25 (see this post for last year’s trip to the lake)
  • visit Eric’s mom’s cousin when we moved an antique organ to her house (7/2)
  • visit from Todd’s aunt Dallas & cousin Adam (7/11)
Elk Lake, OR - cousins - June 25, 2016

Elk Lake, OR – cousins – June 25, 2016

Paddle boarding with Eric - June 25, 2016

Paddle boarding with Eric – June 25, 2016

Hanging out with my family - June 25, 2016

Hanging out with my family – June 25, 2016

Todd with his grandma - June 25, 2016

Todd with his grandma – June 25, 2016

Testing the waters of Elk Lake - June 25, 2016

Testing the waters of Elk Lake – June 25, 2016

PARTY TIME

  • party at Ken & Daisy’s house for her 50th birthday (7/2)
  • Todd liked trying on her footwear & jumping on their bed

4th of JULY

  • we went to La Conner, WA for the live music & fireworks, and my friend Sharon joined us
  • Todd loved dancing, dogs, Kettle Corn, and the toy/bubble car
  • (see this post for last year’s 4th of July in La Conner)
4th of July in La Conner

4th of July in La Conner

TOYota! - July 4, 2016

TOYota! – July 4, 2016

WEEKEND IN WENATCHEE

  • we loaded up a U-Haul trailer with stuff to move into our condo & spent the weekend getting things unloaded & put away (7/9 – 10)
  • we went to a wine tasting & live music event at our favorite winery (White Heron Cellars) (7/9)
  • Todd loved dancing & walking around
  • dining out at La Fuente (7/8, 7/10)

White Heron Cellars - July 9, 2016

White Heron Cellars – July 9, 2016

White Heron Cellars, Quincy, WA - July 9, 2016

White Heron Cellars, Quincy, WA – July 9, 2016

Family selfie - July 9, 2016

Family selfie – July 9, 2016

 BABYSITTER DAYS

  • I worked 1 half day & 3 full days.  I didn’t work as much this month due to moving preparations
Babysitter pic - reading to his pillow bear - June 21, 2016

Babysitter pic – reading to his pillow bear – June 21, 2016

Babysitter pic - June 30, 2016

Babysitter pic – June 30, 2016

MISC

  • he launched forward from coffee table to floor (normally he’d do this onto pillows) which was unsafe! He cried but was okay (6/27)

FOOD NOTES

  • we gave him popcorn (but picked off the larger kernel portion)
  • he loves all different nuts (I break them into small bits)
  • he likes raw onion 😀
  • devouring blueberries from Costco (6/29)
  • he’s less interested in his green smoothies than he used to be
  • 1st shave ice (Kaliki’s Hawaiian Shave Ice, 7/16)
  • dining out: La Rosa (6/25), **King Solomon’s Reef (6/26), Ixtapa (7/16), The Shire Cafe (7/17)

**King Solomon’s Reef (Olympia, WA) has vegan options, including Tempeh Hash, “Chicken-Fried” Tofu Burger, Buffalo Tempeh Sandwich, Vegan 3 Bean Chili, “Chicken-Fried” Tofu Strips (breaded in Olympia Beer), Vegan Chili Fries/Tots and even PIE (which I should have tried!!)**

Dining at King Solomon's Reef in Olympia, WA - June 26, 2016

Dining at King Solomon’s Reef in Olympia, WA – June 26, 2016

Onion tears - July 11, 2016

Onion tears – July 11, 2016

TOOTH NEWS

  • right lower canine tooth poking through (7/30)
  • that’s his 13th tooth
Sitting in a neighbor's car - July 12, 2016

Sitting in a neighbor’s car – July 12, 2016

DAY TIME NAPS

  • crib naps were typically 2-3 hours
  • longest nap = 4.0 hours (7/3 & 7/11)
  • shortest nap = 45 minutes (6/21)
He likes to cover his face when he sleeps - July 4, 2016

He likes to cover his face when he sleeps – July 4, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up crying in the night 5x this month
  • he walked back to his bed after a night time wake up (6/23)
  • just like last month, he no longer falls asleep in my glider chair before bed. First, we read books in my chair, then he climbs down & runs out to the living room to see Eric, then goes to bed awake without a fuss.
  • bed time has often been late (i.e 9:30 – 10:30)
  • he sleeps with his big stuffed frog
July 16, 2016

July 16, 2016

POTTY TALK
Todd is starting to communicate when he has to go (inconsistently)…

  • 17 poops were done in the toilet
  • 26 poops were not done in the toilet (1x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)
  • he regularly pees while sitting on the toilet for Jeri (his babysitter), but he doesn’t always want to sit there for mama or dada
  • I said he needed to cover his penis with a diaper so that the “bugs outside don’t bite it,” so he tested out biting his hand, then bent over like he was trying to reach his penis to bite it (6/22)
  • he took off his wet underwear & then got a new pair (7/1)
  • I hold the small Baby Bjorn potty while he pees standing up
  • he pointed to diaper, then I took him to his baby potty and he peed standing up (7/17)
  • he patted his diaper/bottom, then I took him to the toilet & he pooped (7/17, 7/18, 7/20)
  • he brought his baby potty to me, then peed in it (7/19)
  • he was able to stop peeing (while sitting with me on my glider chair) & then finish on the toilet (7/20)
Our last time using our hot tub before we moved - July 19, 2016

Our last time using our hot tub before we moved – July 19, 2016

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