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May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016

TWENTY FIRST MONTH
APRIL 21 – MAY 21 (2016)

SPEECH/COMMUNICATION & LEARNING

  • practicing the concepts “up” & “down” by pointing up/down down repeatedly after I said the words
  • he pointed to the ceiling when I said his hair was sticking straight up (4/30)
  • he tries to imitate kiss sounds with his mouth
  • he tried to “cut” his toenail with nail clippers
  • he motions to himself with both hands on his chest & says “Ta” to his written name & when asked “You are…?”
  • he puts both hands on his behind when we ask where his butt is (then he’ll touch our butts)
  • he puts his knuckles together for the sign “more” (5/19)
  • very animated laugh (HA HA!)
  • highly expressive with his face
Home Depot, Wenatchee - May 14, 2016

Home Depot, Wenatchee – May 14, 2016

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

  • tries to stand on skateboard with one leg & push with other leg, then he does it while holding onto the board
  • able to walk down stairs without holding on (step to pattern)
Babysitter pic - April 26, 2016

Babysitter pic – April 26, 2016

OUTDOOR FUN

  • he likes pointing out bugs & bees
  • taking things out of the garage to play with (i.e. skateboards, ski poles, broom)
  • rollerblade (10.17 miles) with stroller on the Centennial Trail (5/7)
  • he wanted to take his Little Tikes car outside
  • likes pushing his car off the curb
  • putting his hands in running water at the outside faucet (5/9)
  • hot tub swims:  jumping in place & out toward the “deep;” helping get flower blossoms out of the water; learning how to walk along the perimeter without slipping & going under
  • stroller walks
  • helping Eric rake (5/17)

April 25, 2016

April 25, 2016

May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016

INDOOR PLAY

  • slow dancing with Pillow Bear
  • he tried to ride a matchbook car…haha! (5/14)
Fireman Todd - May 10, 2016

Fireman Todd – May 10, 2016

WEEKENDS IN WENATCHEE

  • 3 day weekend (4/29 – 5/1);  regular weekend (5/14 – 15)
  • skateboarding on the Apple Capital Loop Trail
  • miniature train ride at Wenatchee Riverfront Park (4/30)
  • Todd loves spending time outside on the condo deck
  • interested in kites
  • walking around the condo grounds
  • playing with a soccer ball with other kids (Seth & Chloe)
  • standing on the cooler to reach the kitchen sink
Fun at the sink - April 28, 2016

Fun at the sink – April 28, 2016

Kite flier - April 30, 2016

Kite flier – April 30, 2016

Eric & Todd playing football - April 29, 2016

Eric & Todd playing football – April 29, 2016

Apple Capital Loop Trail - April 30, 2016

Apple Capital Loop Trail – April 30, 2016

Miniature train ride - April 30, 2016

Miniature train ride – April 30, 2016

RANDOM STUFF

  • he let me put sunglasses on him & then he gave me 2 kisses with them on (5/2)
  • he loves to wave to all the other shoppers at the grocery store
  • testing boundaries! (i.e., he purposely repeats doing something after I say “no” or “stop” which means I end up having to take things away from him)
April 24, 2016

April 24, 2016

Sunglasses & kisses - May 2, 2016

Sunglasses & kisses – May 2, 2016

BABYSITTER DAYS

  • I worked 13 full or half days & Jeri babysat him on those days
  • Todd’s cousin, Kylie, babysat him 1 day (4/22)
  • he asks Jeri to pick him up (with grunt/gesture) & kisses her
Kylie & Todd - April 22, 2016

Kylie & Todd – April 22, 2016

Kylie's pic - April 22, 2016

Kylie’s pic – April 22, 2016

Babysitter pic - May 17, 2016

Babysitter pic – May 17, 2016

A SUDDEN RASH

On 4/23 Todd broke out in hives after drinking his “formula milk” in the morning. Eric was home with him and I was away at a course. At first we thought he had suddenly and mysteriously become allergic to one of the ingredients in his non-dairy milk blend (consisting of soy milk, hemp milk & homemade cashew/oat milk). As a result, we initially withheld the soy milk and the homemade cashew/oat milk, and instead we gave him a mix of hemp milk and commercial oat milk.

Eric took him to the lab because Todd was due to have his blood retested for peanut IgE anyway (his allergy doctor had recently placed the order). But– unfortunately after more than 1 attempt, the lab tech wasn’t able to get the blood sample, and it only ended up being a semi-traumatic experience for all.

When it was obvious that the red spots weren’t quickly fading like when Todd reacted to peanuts a year ago, I started to suspect that it wasn’t a food allergy after all. I determined (on my own) that Todd’s rash was a symptom of viral illness.  He had been sick in the weeks prior.

On the evening of 4/25, the rash significantly faded, and on 4/26 I resumed giving Todd his usual “formula milk” blend.  As expected, he had no further symptoms.

Todd's rash - April 23, 2016

Todd’s rash – April 23, 2016

OTHER HEALTH NOTES

  • on 4/26 Todd fell off the back of the couch and we heard the loudest crack when he landed with the back of his head against a wood end table.  It was the scariest sound!  He cried briefly, but then seemed okay.  Oddly, there was no bruise. Phew!
Babysitter pic - May 11, 2016

Babysitter pic – May 11, 2016

TEETH

  • his right upper canine tooth starting poking through (5/17)
  • that’s his 11th tooth
Babysitter pic - Feeding his Pillow Bear - May 4, 2016

Babysitter pic – Feeding his Pillow Bear – May 4, 2016

FOOD NOTES

  • eats sunflower seeds
  • he likes tipping back jars/cups to eat things (as if liquid)
  • bit into raw garlic & then kept wanting to do it more & more (5/6)
  • dining out:  La Fuente (4/28 & 5/13)
  • 1st time sitting in a booster seat instead of high chair while dining out (5/13)
  • eats tortilla chips (whole, not broken up), cabbage and salsa
  • he likes to drink from a glass during meals (with close supervision)
Mmm...espresso! - May 2, 2016

Mmm…espresso! – May 2, 2016

Drinking green smoothie from a glass - May 9, 2016

Drinking green smoothie from a glass – May 9, 2016

La Fuente, Wenatchee - May 13, 2016

La Fuente, Wenatchee – May 13, 2016

DAY TIME NAPS

  • crib naps were typically ~2.5 hours
  • naps typically started between 11 AM & 12:30 PM
  • longest nap = 4 hours (5/6)
  • shortest nap = 1.5 hours (5/5)
Babysitter pic - Before nap - April 21, 2016

Babysitter pic – Before nap – April 21, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up crying in the night 8x this month, but…
  • I might have forgotten to record up to 1 or 2 nights when Todd woke up in the night (??)
  • it took 20-50 minutes to get him back to bed when he woke up
  • when he slept through the night, his sleep duration was typically 9-10 hours (no change)
  • wide awake chatty & giggly before bed (5/6)
  • super smiley & cute when he was awake at ~4 AM (5/10)
Sleepy Todd - May 4, 2016

Sleepy Todd – May 4, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • 37 poops were done in the toilet
  • 11 poops were not done in the toilet (1x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)
  • 1x he clearly needed to poo but refused to sit on the toilet, then went in his pants
Wearing Eric's glasses - May 14, 2016

Wearing Eric’s glasses – May 14, 2016

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

 

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