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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

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!

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