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Todd at ~3 years old – August 17, 2017

YEAR 3, MONTH 12
JUL 21, 2017 – AUG 20, 2017

COMMUNICATION…

  • Todd said:
    • “oh, wow” or just “wow”
    • “I seek Walla Walla park” (he still says it all the time)
    • “same time” (he asks to do 2 activities at the same time)
    • “I know…” (he tells us different things that he knows)
    • “so much fun”
    • “I’m making dada happy” (when cleaning up his Duplo Legos)
    • “are you trying to get pay?” (when I’m working on the computer)
    • “I’m too little”
    • “I can’t wait”
    • “like President Trump” (his hair, when we comb it)
    • “I’m watching this show right now” (when Eric asked him a question about something else)
    • “oh…this is scary” (when he’s doing something he’s unsure about)
    • “mama keep me safe”
    • “sorry” (he says it on his own quite a bit)
    • “I want pillow blanket” (he wants us to get it for him instead of getting it himself)
    • “here we are!” (in the car, when he get home)
    • “not go in water” (he repeats safety instructions)
    • “white chewie coming”
    • “I do one thing. I be right back”
  • he knows some of the letters & numbers (in addition to “T is for Todd”)
  • he knows certain letter associations that I taught him
    • “‘I’ looks like 1”
    • ‘A’ looks like “steep mountain”
    • he brings over the ‘K’ and says ‘hulk’ (because Eric spelled it using magnet letters)

COUSINS GO HOME

  • my sister & her kids went back home to Oregon after visiting for several days (7/21)
  • this is only a portion of Todd’s mask collection…

July 21, 2017

INSIDE ENTERTAINMENT

  • he likes watching the same video clips on “mama pee ter” (how he says computer) repeatedly (i.e, the “Lego one” & “Todd all messy”)
    • he asked a question to himself then answered it: “What you do today? I watch this movie” (refers to a movie on the computer)
  • watching The Incredible Hulk episodes (Season 1) & pretending to be Hulk
  • watching movies & TV shows: The Fox and the Hound, Secret Life of Pets, Zootopia, Monsters, Inc., Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
  • watching Batman & wearing his Batman costume
  • he likes to build “really big condo houses” & throw the pieces when he’s done
  • play fighting with or without masks on; with or without lightsabers
  • throwing balls (he tries to hit the ceiling) & playing T-Ball
  • getting chased in the house
  • playing with toys: Batman, Darth Vader, Hulk, and Hulkbuster (looks like Iron Man)
  • playing with Play-doh

A really big condo house – July 27, 2017

  • He says:
    • “I don’t want watch that show, just _____”
    • “I want turn this show off”
    • “maybe Hulk come back” (he says repeatedly while watching The Incredible Hulk)
    • “I’m hulk” or “I be hulk” or “I want be hulk”
    • “I need more!” (when he wants us to rewind certain scenes so he can watch again)
    • “I’m afraid” (he runs to me during certain movie scenes…although he doesn’t want to stop watching)
    • “he’s running” (he poses his Batman & Darth Vader figures)
    • “I love racing with those guys” (while watching F-1 car racing on TV)
    • “I love fox and bunny” (about Zootopia)
    • “That big stacker” (stacking Duplos high)
    • “I want make mess”
    • “I doing this” (he shows me how he holds his bat between his knees)

New Batman suit – July 31, 2017

He wanted to go out as Batman – August 4, 2017

LINCOLN ROCK STATE PARK

  • like last month, we enjoyed evenings here again (7/21, 7/24)
  • we like to get take-out from Taco Del Mar to bring to the beach

Lincoln Rock SP – July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017

WENATCHEE RIVERFRONT RAILWAY

  • 1st time riding in his own seat on the mini train (7/22)

Eric thought it was funny that they both didn’t smile when I asked them to wave – July 22, 2017

Todd has his own seat – July 22, 2017

SLIDEWATERS

  • we went there for a second time this summer (7/27)
  • we didn’t take any sliding pics, we just had fun!
  • like last month, he did #1 and #2 little slides on his own & the big slides (#1 & #4) with Eric; he swam in circles in the lazy river, and watched the bucket fill up and tip over; he liked playing on the seesaw & going down the frog slide in the kiddie area

Snack break at Slidewaters – July 27, 2017

HIKING – LEAVENWORTH

  • we hiked on the Tumwater Pipeline Trail, which goes over the Wenatchee River via Penstock Bridge (7/30)
  • the trail is also known as Old Pipeline Trail or Penstock Trail
  • Todd walked in one direction, then rode on Eric’s shoulders on the way back

Tumwater Pipeline Trail -July 30, 2017

July 30, 2017

July 30, 2017

Penstock Bridge – July 30, 2017

Wenatchee River from Penstock Bridge – July 30, 2017

VISIT FROM MY UNCLE JEFF

  • my uncle Jeff stayed overnight on his way to Anacortes for an art show he was in
  • Todd loves all of his family!
  • Check out my uncle’s work at Jeff Leedy: Art That Makes You Laugh

Todd with my uncle Jeff – August 2, 2017

MOUNTAIN BIKING – SQUILCHUCK STATE PARK

  • Todd rode his bike while we walked the loop (8/6)
  • we met another parent & her 4-year old so they did the loop, too

Todd & Eric at Squilchuck State Park – August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017

Todd & Elisa – August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017

August 6, 2017

OHME GARDENS

  • we have season’s passes, so we walked around here twice this month, looking for the gnomes & fairies (8/8, 8/17)

Ohme Gardens – August 8, 2017

Elisa & Todd at Ohme Gardens – August 17, 2017

TRIP TO OCEAN SHORES

  • we went to visit Eric’s family at the beach (8/10 – 8/15)
  • see the post this month: Todd’s First Trip to Ocean Shores, WA
  • Todd played in the sand & ocean, rode in the wagon, rode his Globber scooter & bike, explored a house under construction, went to playground, played with Grammie’s dollhouse & new Legos, and spent time with everyone (Grammie, Granddad, Jeff, Darren & Sandie)
  • before our trip he said, “I sleep, I wake up, I go beach, I scoop sand and run” (getting excited for our visit to beach)

Todd with his Tonka truck – August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

Ocean Shores – August 11, 2017

Running out of the waves – August 11, 2017

WHITE HERON CELLARS

  • my last post was about going here for an evening wine & music event: Evening at White Heron Cellars (Quincy, WA) (8/19)
  • Todd danced, squirted things with a water spray bottle, hiked up the trail above the amphitheater, played in the dirt, sat on farm equipment, visited chickens and fed the resident dog some treats

White Heron Cellars – August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

August 19, 2017

POOL

  • swimming in evenings (7/25, 7/28, 7/29, 8/1, 8/7, 8/17, 8/18, 8/20)
  • Todd likes to see his friend Miley at the pool
  • he ‘floats’ with head out of water with body in vertical position
  • he can swim (without using arm strokes) about a width distance of condo pool, taking 1 breath midway there
  • he swims a distance with head down, lifts head up for breath and swims further with head down
  • I float with a noodle while he swims so he can grab me at any time
  • he started wearing a swim mask (8/17)
  • he likes Eric to throw him high into the air; he says, “I want do another high one and skeem” (scream)
  • he liked standing on then sitting on a kick board (8/20)

August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017

SWIM VIDEOS

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • open gym at Apple Valley Gymnastics (7/31, 8/7)
  • Walla Walla Point Park (8/4, 8/5); we found a shady section near the trail for throwing rocks into the river
  • he loves all shopping trips (Fred Meyer, Costco)

Shopping for new boots at Stans Merry Mart – July 26, 2017

FOOD NOTES & DINING OUT

  • he eats very few things but drinks gallons of “goppa”
  • Dining out: Taco Del Mar (7/21), Saddlerock Pub & Brewery (7/22, 8/5), Munchen Haus (7/30), Lemolo (8/4)

Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery – July 22, 2017

July 22, 2017

July 22, 2017

IN THE CAR

  • he loves songs by Mark Knopfler; he says, “I remember this song”
  • he says “Why Aye song”; he sings along to Why Aye Man & other songs on The Ragpicker’s Dream
  • we moved his carseat to forward-facing & to the opposite side of the car, in preparation for preschool (8/16)

Forward facing – 8/16/17

DAY TIME NAPS

  • status quo…still a solid napper!
  • he said “I love you, too” (after I told him I loved him before nap)

July 30, 2017

Carseat nap – August 15, 2017

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • sadly…it’s now the norm that he wakes up during night (eek!!)
  • the number of times that he didn’t wake up this month: 4
  • sometimes he likes having a “cozy tent” over his crib
  • Favorite “Thomas the Train” books: Stuck in Mud Not So Fast, Bash and Dash
  • he likes to put Thomas stickers on his goppa
  • there were a couple mornings that his sheets were wet because he’s been drinking a lot of goppa before bed (i.e., >2 bottles), so we limited him to 2 bottles at bedtime (or I changed his diaper when he woke up in the night)
  • he typically wants me to “stay” but he tells me “not hold hand” when he falls asleep
  • he says:
    • “hi” (through crib rails, after I turn out the light)
    • “don’t grab me!” (he pretended his stuffed animal cat was grabbing him)
    • “hi, mama, good morning”
    • “I get bigger” (he said right when he woke up)
    • “I be quiet” (when I told him he needed to be quiet or I’d leave his room)
    • “I want mama get some more Goppa for me drink, darn it” (he said first thing when he woke up)
    • “very sad” [he was upset one night & said it was because of “As eye and Ee new” (he missed them)]

July 30, 2017

POTTY TALK

  • he says, “I do pee pee” & runs to the bathroom on his own; all we have to do is check on him
  • he prefers Eric to sit with him for poo-poos, with his “poo-poo book”
  • he asks to have his “diaper off” and get “fresh diaper” (night time)
  • “oo, nice underwear” & “oo, nice tushie” (he says it to us since we joke to him, “nice butt”)
  • he says:
    • “I flush it downtown” or “I just flush it way downtown” (about flushing toilet)
    • “sorry” (after he tells me he went pee in his diaper)

July 22, 2017

Todd at 2 years, 10 1/2 months old – July 1, 2017

YEAR 3, MONTH 11
JUN 21, 2017 – JUL 20, 2017

This is PART 2 of this month’s post because we did so many different activities!

COMMUNICATION

  • he emphasizes certain words:
    • really hot
    • let’s see here
  • he says:
    • “I want to say hi that kid”
    • “hi, I’m Todd”
    • “you okay?” (to me when I coughed)
    • “mostly use Globber”
    • “just a little dot. I don’t wipe off” (when we put sunscreen on him)
    • “this shirt, I love this shirt” (while wearing his Champion tank top)
    • “double time” or “double time it”
    • “I’m not baby anymore”
    • “keep talking” (we don’t know if it means we’re supposed to keep talking or stop talking!)
    • “remember…”
    • “I want open it, see what’s in it” (when we get boxes delivered)
    • “I’m sorry” (for peeing on fan…throwing ball in plants…etc)
    • “I try put mama upside down”
    • “I check one thing. I be right back”

INDOOR PLAY

  • Favorite activities:
    • he loves putting on his masks (he calls them “mask es”)
    • playing lightsabers with Eric
    • playing with his Batman & Darth Vader figures
    • building “condo houses” with me, out of Duplo Legos (then busting them down)
    • watching favorite shows & movies all cozy in his mini tent
    • playing games on our phones (i.e. Lego City) & looking at pictures & videos
    • looking at his Ultimate Bugo-pedia & Ultimate Dino-pedia books & repeatedly asking “what that?”
  • he says:
    • “I need goppa and pillow blanket and other pillow blanket”
    • “I doing good” or “I did it!” (when playing games on phone)
    • “I need help” (when he gets ‘stuck’ while playing Lego City)
    • “power dark side” (while lifting his arm & fist up like in Star Wars)
    • “I like Doc Ock” (book character)
    • “Batman! Robin! Catwoman! Joker! Penguin! Riddler!” (while watching opening scene of Batman movie)
    • “duda duda duda duda…duda duda duda duda…Batman!” (to the tune of the Batman song)
    • “duda duda duda duda…duda duda duda duda…Vader!”
    • “I need fix it better” (when he needs his masks adjusted)
    • “accident” (he said about tearing pages out of a book)
    • “Tri en cerentops” (how he says Triceratops)
    • “Hi, today I go swimming'” (he spoke directly into his popcorn bowl)
    • “get out” (he told Eli when he tried to get into Todd’s tent)

Todd’s cozy tent – July 11, 2017

T-BALL PLAYER

  • he does a 2-handed grip/swing & really connects bat to ball
  • he also likes to do ‘chops’ instead of swings

POOL

  • swim (6/27, 6/28, 7/2, 7/7, 7/9, 7/10, 7/13, 7/14)
  • he initiated a back float from his tummy (6/28)
  • he does big jumps into the pool
  • he wore goggles…just one day (7/7)
  • practicing back float with very light assist (7/13)
  • assisted backward flip at surface (7/14)
  • he said:
    • “mostly be kids in pool”

July 2, 2017

July 2, 2017

July 2, 2017

July 13, 2017

Todd lets me help him on his back – July 13, 2017

WENATCHEE RIVERFRONT RAILWAY

  • we’re regulars riding the mini train (7/4)

We’re regulars on this mini train! – July 4, 2017

PRESCHOOL CAMP

  • 1st preschool experience for “dinosaur camp” (Mon 7/10 – Th 7/13, from 8:30-11:30 AM)
  • Eric & I went mountain biking together (7/11, 7/13)

1st day of preschool camp – July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017

OHME GARDENS

  • exploring the gardens (6/28, 6/30, 7/7)
  • he likes to throw pennies in the ponds

Ohme Gardens – June 28, 2017

Ohme Gardens – June 30, 2017

LINCOLN ROCK STATE PARK

  • we love going to the little pea gravel beach in the evening (6/29, 7/3)
  • he likes going in the cold water & throwing rocks
  • he loves to say hi to other kids
  • he said:
    • “I like naked”
    • “I want go farther” (out in the water)

Lincoln Rock State Park – June 29, 2017

June 29, 2017

July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017

July 11, 2017

MOUNTAIN BIKING – SQUILCHUCK STATE PARK

  • mountain biking (7/1)

Squilchuck State Park – July 1, 2017

BABY SHOWER & VISITING ERIC’S FAMILY

  • the shower was for Todd’s cousin, Justin (7/8)
  • he said, “ready go see Grammie house” (it was really at Todd’s aunt Dallas’ house)
  • Todd’s favorite part was following the chickens around
  • on the way there, we stopped by the Espresso Chalet on Highway 2 (Index, WA)

Potty stop over Hwy 2 – July 8, 2017

Todd didn’t want to leave this car – July 8, 2017

Todd with Cousin Kylie & Adam – July 8, 2017

Todd & Kylie – July 8, 2017

3 generations – July 8, 2017

July 8, 2017

Todd’s uncle Darren, Aunt Sandie, granddad, grammie & uncle Jeff – July 8, 2017

Abigail & Cousin Justin – July 8, 2017

WALLA WALLA POINT PARK

  • he was drawn to the water…of course! (7/12)
  • before he went in the water, he wanted to wear his fleece jacket in 95 degree weather at the park

July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017

RIDING THE MINI TRAIN – SKYKOMISH

  • on the way to Everett we stopped in Skykomish to ride the mini train (7/15)
  • he loved playing with the train set inside the gift shop/visitor center

The mini train in Skykomish – July 15, 2017

Eric & Todd – July 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

WEDDING CELEBRATION

  • we drove over Steven’s Pass to the Everett Yacht Club to celebrate the marriage of Eric’s college friend, Chris (7/15)
  • Todd loved dancing with the little girls & twirling like they did

Everett Yacht Club – July 15, 2017

July 15, 2017

Dancing with the girls – July 15, 2017

OTHER ACTIVITIES

  • open gym at Apple Valley Gymnastics (7/3)
  • Riverfront Rock Gym (7/5)

La Fuente – July 12, 2017

DINING OUT

  • Pizza: Lemolo (7/3); Saddle Rock Pub & Brewery (7/4)
  • Mexican: El Porton (7/1); La Fuente (7/12)
  • Shire Cafe (7/8)

July 2, 2017

DAY TIME NAPS

  • he continues to be a solid napper, with no changes
  • his diaper is usually wet after naps but it was dry on 6/27

June 30, 2017

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up in the night 18x this month (we’re going in the wrong direction…eek!)
    • 1:30 AM (7/17)
    • 2 AM (7/3, 7/15)
    • 3 AM (6/28, 7/12)
    • 3:30 AM (6/21)
    • 4 AM (6/27, 7/1, 7/2, 7/4, 7/8, 7/9, 7/18, 7/20)
    • 5 AM (7/10)
    • 5:30 AM (7/5)
    • 3 AM & 5:30 AM (7/6)
    • 3:30 AM & 5:45 AM (7/7)
  • I left his room at bedtime and he said he was “so mad,” then “want mama come here, I miss her” (6/21)

POTTY TALK

  • no more using Baby potty at home (starting 6/27)
  • he pees straight into toilet by standing on a step stool
  • he started to aim his own penis during pee-pees (6/30)
  • like last month, he only needs a diaper during naps & at night
  • he said:
    • “I pee-pee self” (meaning he didn’t need us to help him aim)
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