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19.5 months old - April 1, 2016

19.5 months old – April 1, 2016

TWENTIETH MONTH
MARCH 21 – APRIL 21 (2016)

OUTDOOR FUN

  • outdoor roaming
  • stroller walks
  • hot tub swims
  • petting the neighbor’s dog
  • getting things out of the garage to play with (i.e. skateboards, ski poles)
  • waving at cars
  • sitting on “his” (serpentinite) rock
March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016

Sitting on Serpentinite - April 14, 2016

Sitting on Serpentinite – April 14, 2016

COMMUNICATION & LEARNING

  • started doing “thumbs up” with both hands (3/25)
  • he repeated “magic carpet” (3/27)
  • he repeated “eye” to command (4/1)
  • he likes to do “body part identification & review” by pointing to different parts on himself or us while I name the thing (i.e. nose, eye, ear, hair, etc)
  • correctly pointed to ears when I asked, “Where is Pillow Bear’s ear?” and “Where is Todd’s ear?” (3/30)
  • said ski “sgee” constantly (5/5)
  • likes to make loud sounds
  • likes to make sounds in cardboard tubes/vacuum cleaner tube
  • I told him to count with his fingers and he seemed to imitate by holding up thumb & 1st finger (4/12)
  • this was the first month he really started waving
  • he tries to open the oven door even though he knows he’s not supposed to
Thumbs up! - March 25, 2016

Thumbs up! – March 25, 2016

SKI WEEKENDS IN WENATCHEE

  • Mission Ridge (3/26)
  • Stevens Pass magic carpet (3/27)
  • Mission Ridge (4/2 – 4/3)
  • Mission Ridge (4/9 – 4/10)
  • playing outside on the condo deck
  • Todd loved playing on the grass with our condo neighbors (4/9)
  • nap on both Eric & me before driving home (4/10)
  • we stopped at a park in Cashmere and he loved interacting with the other kids, he started to kiss one little girl and was super smiley & happy (4/15)
  • Mission Ridge (4/16) – our last day skiing of the season
Eric & Todd on the Mission Ridge rope tow - March 26, 2016

Eric & Todd on the Mission Ridge rope tow – March 26, 2016

Stevens Pass Ski Area - March 27, 2016

Stevens Pass Ski Area – March 27, 2016

Mission Ridge ski area - April 2, 2016

Mission Ridge ski area – April 2, 2016

SILLY BOY

  • when Eric picks him up he “jogs” his legs in the air
  • he scrunches up his eyes & mouth to make silly expressions
  • he loves looking at himself in window reflections
Dada's skis - March 22, 2016

Dada’s skis – March 22, 2016

GROSS MOTOR

  • he does multiple solid jumps in a row without stopping (~10x)
  • jumping off the couch & landing on his feet on the floor
  • “skiing” up & over the upside-down balance board (4/1)
  • crawling under coffee table without hitting his head
  • able to sit on a regular park swing by himself while being gently pushed
  • climbing up park slides & going down by himself (close supervision)
  • able to walk up stairs without holding on

Cashmere, WA - April 15, 2016

Cashmere, WA – April 15, 2016

PLAY

  • skateboarding in the house
  • driving his Little Tikes car over the upside-down balance board (4/1)
  • likes the “Twinkle twinkle” song on the “lap pup,” plays it repeatedly & dances as he sits
  • stacking cans 3 levels high & knocking them over
  • likes to “dive” over the handlebars of his Little Tikes car
  • new Razor Scuttlebug bike (4/19)
  • watching our ski videos on YouTube

BABYSITTER DAYS

  • I worked 12 full or half days.  He loves when his babysitter, Jeri, comes to play with him!  They go outside daily to explore…
Babysitter pic - March 30, 2016

Babysitter pic – March 30, 2016

Babysitter pic - March 31, 2016

Babysitter pic – March 31, 2016

Babysitter pic - March 31, 2016

Babysitter pic – March 31, 2016

Babysitter pic - April 13, 2016

Babysitter pic – April 13, 2016

Babysitter pic - April 20, 2016

Babysitter pic – April 20, 2016

FAMILY VISIT

  • visit from Darren & Sandie (4/18)
  • this was the first time Todd met his Uncle Darren (Eric’s brother)
  • Todd took a little while to warm up, but then snuggled with Darren a lot & gave out kisses 🙂
Todd with Darren & Sandie - April 18, 2016

Todd with Darren & Sandie – April 18, 2016

TEETH

  • bottom right lateral incisor poking through (4/6)
  • that’s his 11th tooth
  • Dentist check-up (4/8)

HEALTH

  • start of (yet another!) cold (4/10)
  • this was the worst one yet because he really “acted” sick (for the first time)
  • 4/11– he spent a lot of time in my chair in the morning (and fell asleep there), and he took naps on couch & Aerobed instead of his crib
  • 4/12– he napped twice on the Aerobed, in addition to a 1 hr crib nap
  • 4/13– he napped once on the Aerobed, in addition to a 1.5 hr crib nap
Sick Todd - April 11, 2016

Sick Todd – April 11, 2016

Sick Todd - April 11, 2016

Sick Todd – April 11, 2016

FOOD

  • now he can handle eating a banana “whole” instead of needing it cut up
  • Cafe Rio (4/1)
  • eating ketchup plain (4/8)
  • Carlos 1800 (4/8)
  • Carlos 1800 (4/15)

DAY TIME NAPS

  • crib naps were generally 2-3+ hours
  • longest nap = 3.75 hours (4/15)
  • shortest nap = 1.0 hour (more than once)
  • when he was sick he had informal naps on Aerobed (as described above)
Car nap - March 26, 2016

Car nap – March 26, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up crying in the night 13x this month
  • this was Todd’s worst sleep month since he was ~9 months old (thanks to teething & being sick…ugh!)
  • he followed my instruction “hold my hand” when I’d put him back to bed after night-time wake ups. (I held his hand through the crib rails while he fell back asleep.) (3/31) (4/5)
  • he fell asleep on Eric on the couch before bed (4/4)
  • starting 4/20 I stopped letting Todd look at books when he woke up in the night because it was getting more difficult to get him back to sleep quickly
Eric & Todd - April 4, 2016

Eric & Todd – April 4, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • 39 poops were done in the toilet
  • only 5 poops were not done in the toilet (3x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)…yay!
  • 1x it was obvious he had to go poo but he refused to sit still, then went in pants
Dada mitts! - April 19, 2016

Dada mitts! (Babysitter pic) – April 19, 2016

See you next month!

18 months old - February 29, 2016

18 months old – February 29, 2016

NINETEENTH MONTH
FEBRUARY 21 – MARCH 21 (2016)

COMMUNICATION

  • he put on his coat to express his desire to go outside (2/21)
  • he points to things in books so I’ll tell him what they are
  • he laughs when I say “funny” (as in “that’s funny” or “you’re funny”)
  • after taking a break from doing some of his familiar signs, he finally did his (tongue-out) sign for “frog” again (3/17)
  • he repeated “ski pole” (3/19)
  • he repeated “ski sock” (3/20)
  • he makes “animal sounds” when watching animal show
He wants to zoom on skates! - March 5, 2016

He wants to zoom on skates! – March 5, 2016

KISS, KISS!

  • gave lots of kisses & held them extra long (2/25)
  • kissing/trying to kiss 3 dogs during one outing (3/4)
  • he had an especially mellow/happy/laughing evening (3/1)
  • we did FaceTime with my sister & Todd kissed her on the phone (3/4)
  • chatty & gives lots of kisses
  • generous with kisses this month!

MOTOR FUNCTION & LEARNING

  • able to walk under table and not hit his head (ducking head) (3/5)
  • he loves to jump off the back of the couch, onto a bin (with hands held)
  • likes to push buttons on TV/VCR/DVD/CD
  • he jumped off the condo coffee table & landed on his feet (3/12)
  • he crawled all the way under condo bed (3/12)
  • he jumped up then landed 180 degrees turned (3/14)
  • he jumped off the couch & landed on his feet (3/18)

INDOOR PLAY

  • wearing boots & ski gear in the house and practicing skiing inside
  • he tried to buckle his helmet (3/2)
  • he likes toothbrushes and holds them like ski poles
  • in the garage he always wants the ski poles
  • zooming around the kitchen on skates (with help)
  • jumping on the therapy ball (with help)
  • playing with (throwing) fabric scraps
Going for a ride in the sled - March 5, 2016

Going for a ride in the sled – March 5, 2016

Fun with fabric - March 16, 2016

Fun with fabric – March 16, 2016

OUTDOOR FUN

  • he loves being outside and would go out as often as possible
  • outdoor roaming with his “backpack bear” and leash (it can be difficult though because of confusing messages regarding where it’s okay to go and not go)
  • mud puddle jumps (3/4)
  • stroller walks
  • hot tub swims; he practices walking along all the seats with just one hand hold
  • he loves to laugh while chasing after Eric (before we soak)
He likes this outdoor light at the condo - March 12, 2016

He likes this outdoor light at the condo – March 12, 2016

SKI WEEKENDS
At Mission Ridge our routine is:  1) Todd plays in the snow or skis with Eric; 2) Todd goes to child care while Eric & I ski together; 3) by 1 pm we get him so he can play or ski again in the afternoon; 4) he naps in the car while we do errands and drive back to the condo.

  • Mission Ridge (2/27-28)
  • Mission Ridge (3/5)
  • Stevens Pass magic carpet (3/6)
  • Mission Ridge (3/12-13)
  • Eric put “skins” (i.e sticky back felt) on Todd’s skis so they wouldn’t be so slippery (3/13)
  • after ski weekend said “geh” repeatedly (3/13)
  • Stevens Pass magic carpet (3/20)
  • he loves to walk around the ski area, up & down the stairs, do laps with Eric on the rope tow, check out others’ ski gear and generally take in the whole scene
Getting ready to ski - March 5, 2016

Getting ready to ski – March 5, 2016

Magic carpet at Stevens Pass - March 6, 2016

Magic carpet at Stevens Pass – March 6, 2016

Already tree skiing! - March 13, 2016

Already tree skiing! – March 13, 2016

He loves to go up and down the stairs - March 13, 2016

He loves to go up and down the stairs – March 13, 2016

HEALTH & BODY

  • 18 month doctor appointment (2/23)
  • Weight = 20 lb 13 oz (9th percentile)
  • Height = 30.25″ (2nd percentile)
  • Head circumference = 45 cm (4th percentile)
  • Hep A vaccine (3/2)
  • new freckles this month:  right 1st knuckle (2/23), right shin (2/23), right armpit (2/26)

TEETHING

  • bottom left molar breaking through (2/26)
  • that’s his 10th tooth
Feeling his teeth - March 1, 2016

Feeling his teeth – March 1, 2016

March 1, 2016

March 1, 2016

DINING OUT & FOOD NOTES

  • Aye Carumba (2/26)
  • he can handle small bits of tortilla chips
  • Leavenworth Pizza (3/11)
  • I started giving him little bits of soft nuts (i.e. cashew, walnut)
  • he shares his food with me
Celery teether - March 12, 2016

Celery teether – March 12, 2016

BABYSITTER DAYS

  • he had a babysitter 10 days this month (Jeri 9x, Kylie 1x)
  • he happily greets Jeri when she arrives and 1x he kissed her
  • they watch me from the window when I leave for work
 Babysitter pic - March 8, 2016

Babysitter pic – March 8, 2016

Babysitter pic - March 11, 2016

Babysitter pic – March 11, 2016

FAMILY VISITS

  • visit from his aunt Sandie (3/2)
  • visit Eric’s parents & brother, Jeff;  Todd kept trying to kiss Chico (dog) precisely on his mouth (3/10)
  • visit Eric’s parents (without me) (3/19)
  • Todd liked to walk on the deck and all the way around the house
  • he let his uncle Jeff hold him
Visit from Todd's Aunt Sandie - March 2, 2016

Visit from Todd’s Aunt Sandie – March 2, 2016

Kisses from uncle Jeff - March 10, 2016

Kisses from uncle Jeff – March 10, 2016

DAY TIME NAPS

  • crib naps were generally 2-3 hours
  • longest nap = 3.5 hours
  • shortest nap = 1.0 hour
  • he generally starts his naps without any fuss
  • 1x he napped on Eric on the couch (2/21)
  • if he does fuss, I lie down on a pillow next to his crib & put my hand through the crib rails to touch him until he falls asleep
  • 1x he tossed me his “bed friends” (out of his crib) when I pretended to sleep on the floor next to his crib (2/25)
  • 1st time making a very small attempt to climb the side of crib (2/25)
Nap on Eric - February 21, 2016

Nap on Eric – February 21, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • Our routine continues: I give him a sippy cup with water, read books & rock him in my glider chair until he falls asleep in my arms; then I carry him to his crib
  • he woke up crying in the night 4x this month
  • 1x he got back to sleep right away; 2x it took 45 minutes to get back to sleep; 1x it took 1.5 hours to get back to sleep
  • 1 additional time he woke up at 4:15 AM and I didn’t think he’d go back to bed so he just had an early nap that day
  • night time sleep duration was (the usual) 9-10 hours
  • longest sleep = 11.25 hours
  • shortest sleep = 7.0 hours (because of late bedtime on a ski weekend)
  • he wanted to wear his mitts at bedtime (3/2)
Wearing his ski mitts before bed - March 2, 2016

Wearing his ski mitts before bed – March 2, 2016

March 17, 2016

March 17, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • 31 poops were done in the toilet
  • 16 poops were not done in the toilet (4x he pooped more in the toilet once I got him there)
  • he generally didn’t resist sitting on the toilet too often
  • he seemed to do more pees in toilet but we could probably take him more often than we do
February 26, 2016

February 26, 2016

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