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Todd at ~3 years, 9 months old – May 18, 2018

3 YEARS OLD…MONTH 9
APR 21, 2018 – MAY 20, 2018

TODD SAID…

  • “Correct, mama”
  • “It’s outside time. Let’s do this” (kick the soccer ball)
  • “Forget it”; “That’s it, forget it”
  • “This is pretty serious” (Eric couldn’t find his keys)
  • “Wonderful”
  • “Hey this is my spot” (on the couch)
  • “Me is not into it” (Eric wanted him to look at something on the TV)
  • “Let me read that”

Snuggles – April 24, 2018

DEVELOPING SKILLS

  • Language:
    • He’s learning to using the word “I” instead of “me” (i.e., “I want” instead of “Me want”)
  • Academic:
    • He likes to point out which is ‘bigger’ and which is ‘smaller’
    • He counted the ridges on a Therm-a-Rest pad from 1-18 (he skipped 15) (4/22)
    • He counted to 20 but skipped number 15 (4/26)
  • Fine Motor/Visual-motor integration: [I’m a school-based OT so this is important to me 😉 ]
    • He copies a vertical line, horizontal line, cross & circle (4/26)
    • He traces within forward, diagonal and curved line mazes
    • He cut across a piece of paper independently
    • Able to complete 16-pc interlocking puzzles independently (end of the month)
  • Self-care:
    • He put on his own velcro shoe (undo velcro, pull at tongue, slid foot in, re-do velcro) (4/25)
    • He initiates applying toothpaste & brushing his own teeth (5/18)
    • He’s tall enough to turn on/off light switches (without a step stool)
    • He likes to fling his underwear in the air with his foot when he takes them off
    • He fits into 2T-3T clothing
  • We started using a “1-2-3” warning system to help with unsafe behaviors of Todd not stopping when we say ‘stop’ (5/20); if he gets to ‘3’ we take a highly preferred toy/activity away for the rest of the day.
  • He likes to know what the plan for each day is. He asks:
    • “What us get to go to?”

May 7, 2018

INSIDE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Pretending to be a doctor with a kit that I made (i.e., plastic syringe to give shots, thermometer, bulb syringe to suck out boogers, Band-Aids, medicine cream in foil pack, latex gloves, etc.)
  • Playing with:
    • Legos (i.e., Thor vs. Hulk Arena Clash)
    • Gladiator Hulk figure
    • Avengers diving toys: Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man
  • He said:
    • “_____ is my best superhero”
    • “Me losed it” (he couldn’t find his sticky Hulk toy)
    • “Let’s match up my Hulks” (he puts them together to make comparisons)

April 25, 2018

Elsa’s Magical Ice Palace – April 28, 2018

May 2, 2018

OPEN GYM (MONDAYS)

Shades – April 30,2018

ICE RINK

  • Todd’s 2nd time ice skating (5/11)

Todd ice skating – May 11, 2018

5/11/18

OUTDOOR FUN

  • Riding our scooters/skateboard on the Apple Capital Loop Trail
  • Playing at playgrounds (Walla Walla Point, Washington & East Wenatchee parks)
  • Throwing rocks in the river (4/21)

Compare the riverfront pictures from 4/21 & 5/13, and you’ll see a big difference in the water levels! (See post, “Wenatchee Riverfront (5/13/18)“)

Pre-flooding; Todd throwing rocks – April 21, 2018

Pre-flooding; Todd & Elisa – April 21, 2018

Park after preschool – May 8, 2018

May 9, 2018

Favorite swing – May 13, 2018

EVENING BALL PLAY

  • Kicking the soccer ball or blue ball (until it popped!) & playing in the grass after dinner (9x this month)
  • Eric helped him slide down the light pole
  • He got his first blisters because he ran around in his boots without socks (4/27)

Todd at 3 years, 8 months old – April 21, 2018

April 23, 2018

April 24, 2018

April 28, 2018

May 11, 2018

HIKING – SADDLE ROCK

  • Todd made it to the top of Saddle Rock (4/22)
  • See post, “Saddle Rock Hike (4/22/18)” for all the pictures
  • 2.45 miles, according to my Runkeeper app

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Eric & Todd in the saddle of Saddle Rock – April 22, 2018

LEAVENWORTH

  • Using the playground equipment, skate park & walking trails at Enchantment Park/Blackbird Island (4/28)
  • He loves to hike!
  • He went down the skate park slope on his Globber by himself 4-5x (and never crashed)

Todd & Eric – April 28, 2018

Hiking at Enchantment Park

Elisa & Todd – April 28, 2018

April 28, 2018

OHME GARDENS

  • We walked around the gardens on 4/29 & 5/20

April 29, 2018

Eric & Todd

Elisa & Todd – May 20, 2018

TRIP TO OCEAN SHORES

  • We stayed with Eric’s parents for a long weekend (5/4 – 5/6)
  • We splashed in the waves, rode our scooters/skateboard & played with Legos (Grammie gave Todd a Lego Friends ice rink set). We got to see Darren & Sandie, too!
  • See post, “Trip to Ocean Shores (May 2018)” for more pictures/details.

Ocean Shores – May 4, 2018

Todd & his Granddad – May 4, 2018

Elisa & Todd – May 6, 2018

PRESCHOOL

  • There was a combined Mother’s Day & Father’s Day performance (5/10)
  • Todd stood calmly, searching the crowd for us. No tears this time! When he spotted us, he smirked. The videos are pretty boring but I included them anyway 😉

TOUCH A TRUCK

  • This was Todd’s 3rd “Touch a Truck” event (5/12)

Todd in Helicopter – 5/12/18

Todd in Helicopter – 5/12/18

RAINY DAY

FOOD NOTES & DINING OUT

  • Pizza at Lemolo (4/21); Claudio’s Mexican restaurant (4/28); Saddle Rock Brewery (5/19); Taco Del Mar (multiple)
  • He likes “corn kiff” (corn thin/crisp) with Earth Balance on it
  • He tried herbed quinoa & liked it (5/1)
  • He ate an entire tray of organic blueberries (5/11)

Blue raspberry boy- April 29, 2018

Taco Del Mar – May 16, 2018

DAY TIME NAPS

This month, we started a (very short!) trial of skipping naps. It wasn’t something we pre-planned, but on 5/2 we skipped his nap because we were too busy moving the beds and furniture. We let him skip his nap again on 5/3. On the way to Ocean Shores (5/4), he napped in the car. On 5/5 we skipped his nap, but then he fell asleep at 6 pm and was ‘out’ all night. On 5/6, he napped in the car on the way home. Back home, starting 5/7, we decided that he clearly wasn’t ready to completely give up naps, but he did skip his nap to go to the ice rink (5/11). However, on the last day of this month (5/20), we started the ‘no nap’ schedule again (stay tuned…)

Unplanned nap at Ocean Shores – May 5, 2018

4:55 PM – May 14, 2018

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • He tends to really prolong the bedtime routine, so I started turning off the lights at 9:30 pm regardless of whether we got all 5 books read or not
  • He had some nights when he was afraid at night; he wanted Eric to stay with him (4/30)
  • Bedtime games:
    • He likes to play the ‘owl game’ after reading the book, Night Creatures. [We use an owl that my aunt Elaine gave him to re-enact a page in the book where the owl swoops down & pounces on a field mouse.] He says, “You be the owl and I be the movement in the grass”
    • He likes when we act out “a wiggle, a jiggle, and out pokes a foot” while reading Stick Man. 
  • He likes to learn about the digestive system; we look at a picture in the Anatomy Coloring Book & talk about the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, rectum & how the food comes out as poo-poo; we also look at a picture for the urinary system.
  • He said:
    • “How it works” (This is how he refers to the ‘Perplexis’ toy. He likes to watch me do it, and he helps)
    • “My teacher said be quiet at school” (when I told him to be quiet before bed)

May 15, 2018

TWIN BED

  • Big day! (5/2) We moved the twin mattress into Todd’s room & took out his crib mattress. Also, no more tent enclosure in the house (it will truly be a ‘travel tent’ now)
  • Todd adjusted to the change beautifully!

Todd’s new bed setup – May 2, 2018

Almost 13 months old - September 14, 2015

Almost 13 months old – September 14, 2015

THIRTEENTH MONTH
AUGUST 21 – SEPTEMBER 21 (2015)

THIRTEENTH MONTH “FIRSTS”

  • 1st birthday! (8/21)
  • 1st time clapping hands together (8/26)
  • 1st time saying “car” (8/26)
  • 1st time stepping up a curb (legs only) (8/30)
  • 1st time stepping down a curb (legs only) (9/2)
  • 1st “play date” (9/8)
  • 1st birthday party (9/13)
  • 1st & 2nd full days with Eric while I worked (9/19 & 9/20)

1st birthday party - September 13, 2015

1st birthday party – September 13, 2015

WORDS

  • car (sounds like “gah”)
  • he says car for real cars, toy cars, cars in books and on TV
  • ball (sounds like “bah”)
  • he says ball for real balls, balls in books and on TV
1st full day with dada - September 19, 2015

1st full day with dada – September 19, 2015

OTHER SPEECH/LANGUAGE

  • new sounds:  “um bucka bucka”/”a buckum buckum”
  • he makes a “nam” sound when it’s time to eat
  • he directly addressed one of the kids (“Emil”) we’d just met at the park by name (8/30)
  • he might have said his name (9/5)
  • he might have said “I love you” (he said to both Eric & I separately)
  • he knows what “pillow blanket” means and will look for it (same goes for balls)

FOLLOWING COMMANDS

  • “clap your hands” (no gestural cues) (9/1)
  • “stomp your feet” (9/2)
  • “high five” (9/3)
  • “brush my hair” (9/7)
  • “take your bib off” (he also does on his own) (9/10)
  • “skinny cat” (which means raise arms to help having shirt removed)
  • “throw it” (either a ball or something “yucky” that he picks up outside)
  • “down dog” (9/15)
  • “where’s your ball/pillow blanket?” (he’ll go looking)

MISC MOTOR

  • he walked backward repeatedly with his Little Tikes car (8/25)
  • he stepped over the couch armrest (from the coffee table) using just his legs (8/31)
  • he steps up & down curbs (with & without help)
  • sitting on his Little Tikes car, he “drove” it forward with feet by leaning way forward (9/10)
  • he climbed into a kitchen cupboard (9/16)
  • possible right hand dominance (i.e. when eating)
  • he started doing “down dog” yoga pose before I realized that’s what he was doing (he sees me doing it regularly)
  • he doesn’t just walk, he runs!
  • he trips less frequently
  • he rarely hits his head when falling backward because his abdominal strength is so good
Climbing into a cupboard - September 16, 2015

Climbing into a cupboard – September 16, 2015

FUN TIMES AT HOME

  • “dancing”
  • making us laugh doing his funny “shaky thing”
  • throwing/bouncing balls
  • making “baskets” in the basketball hoop & Pack ‘n Play
  • driving his little cars across the floor (or walls)
  • turning pages of books
  • he laughs hysterically while chasing & being chased, then falls into pillows
  • I cut 1 panel out of a Pack ‘n Play to make him a “fort”
  • putting blocks in container & trying to close lid (9/8)
  • play date with Piper (9/8)
  • watching Sesame Street, Mister Rogers
  • he gets very interested in music documentaries (stops to listen and/or dance)
  • 1st birthday party (9/13)

HE LOVES GOING OUTSIDE!

  • outdoor “roaming” the yard
  • running down the sidewalk (9/9)
  • visiting & petting the neighbor’s dogs
  • 1st mud puddle (9/17)
  • rides in the stroller (walking, rollerblading)
  • hot tub “swim”
  • sitting on the skateboard for rides with Eric

Petting the neighbor's dogs - September 9, 2015

Petting the neighbor’s dogs – September 9, 2015

GOING PLACES

  • playing at Imagine Children’s Museum for his birthday (8/21)
  • looking at the animals at Petco (9/2)
  • hiking (with Ergo carrier) at the Pilchuck Tree Farm (9/5)
  • dining at The Shire Cafe (9/5)
  • “Touch A Truck” (9/12)
  • we started Kindermusik (9/15)
  • he loves shopping cart rides at stores
Touch A Truck - September 12, 2015

Touch A Truck – September 12, 2015

HEALTH

  • he had a runny nose and sneezing that lasted ~2 days (8/24-25)
  • 12 month pediatrician visit (8/25)
  • Weight = 19 lbs at 12 months
  • he got his MMR & Hep A vaccines, but I declined the chickenpox vaccine (9/2)
New clothes from Todd's Great Aunt - August 22, 2015

New clothes from Todd’s Great Aunt – August 22, 2015

ORAL HAPPENINGS

  • he kept handing his spoon back to me after taking bites (instead of resisting letting go like usual) (8/23)
  • he started gnawing on crib rails (so I covered them!)
  • he has a strong tendency for “chewing” (i.e. he’s destructive to board books)
  • we try to brush his teeth daily but it can be almost impossible!
BBQ tempeh - August 30, 2015

BBQ tempeh – August 30, 2015

RANDOM STUFF

  • he put his pillow blanket in the kitchen drawer, then closed the drawer (and repeated it) (9/1)
  • he sometimes claps for himself (9/4)
  • he tried to put the dish towel back on fridge, and tried to pull open fridge door (9/14)
  • he tries to put rose petals back, after he pulls them off

Hiking at the Pilchuck Tree Farm - September 5, 2015

Hiking at the Pilchuck Tree Farm – September 5, 2015

BEING ONE

  • he protests when he can’t have something
  • increasingly distracted sitting in my glider chair in the morning and before naps
  • he resists being picked up by raising arms and arching head and body waaaay back
He carried that step stool up there all by himself - September 17, 2015

He carried that step stool up there all by himself – September 17, 2015

FORMULA & BOTTLE WEANING

  • initially his organic soy formula was mixed with a little hemp milk (3:1 ratio)
  • homemade cashew rice milk was added in (9/2)
  • I started making cashew oat milk instead of cashew rice milk
  • at month’s end he gets a blend of (equal parts):  formula, hemp milk, cashew oat milk and soy milk
  • at month’s end we’re half way through formula can #71
  • he had ~2.5 cans of formula this month which is half as much as last month
Green Sprouts sippy & "pillow blanket" & Seahawks fuzzy slippers - September 14, 2015

Green Sprouts sippy & “pillow blanket” & Seahawks fuzzy slippers – September 14, 2015

SLEEP

  • best sleep month to date!
  • he woke up at night only twice (one was a “rough” night because he stayed awake/restless from 1:30 – 3:30 AM)
  • 1x he woke up at 4:30 AM so I had him sleep in my bed with me for another hour before we got up
  • fell asleep on floor 45 min before bed (9/9)
  • shortest nap:  30 minutes
  • longest nap:  2.75 hours
  • average nap:  1.75 hours
  • wears size 18 month sleepers
Asleep on the floor - September 9, 2015

Asleep on the floor – September 9, 2015

POTTY TALK

  • more solid food = more poop!
  • he poops about twice per day
  • 33 poops were done on the toilet
  • 32 poops were “misses”
  • while sitting on the toilet, he reaches as far down into the toilet as he can
  • increasingly resists staying on the toilet seat (twists to get off)
Outside roaming - September 8, 2015

Outside roaming – September 8, 2015

All for now!

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