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Todd at 2 years + ~2 weeks - September 7, 2016

Todd at 2 years + ~2 weeks – September 7, 2016

YEAR 3, MONTH 1
AUG 21 – SEPT 20 (2016)

2ND BIRTHDAY

  • my parents had been visiting from Oregon since 8/17 (see last month’s post)
  • Todd’s birthday (August 21) was on the last day of their visit before going back home on 8/22
  • I took a video of me singing “Happy Birthday” to him just after he woke up in the morning, just like I did last year
  • we all went swimming then Todd had his nap, then we had dinner at my parent’s campsite

Confluence State Park - August 21, 2016

Confluence State Park – August 21, 2016

2 years old - August 21, 2016

2 years old – August 21, 2016

He loves grass! - August 21, 2016

He loves grass! – August 21, 2016

COMMUNICATION & COGNITION

  • he says “two” when we ask him how old he is
  • he says “two” when we ask him pretty much any question that has a number for an answer
  • he said “baby” while holding his baby (8/22)
  • he makes a sign for kiss (like blowing a kiss)
  • he said “garbage” (sounds like “cap-odge”)
  • he says “mama, outside” (outside sounds like “oss eye”)
  • he says “oof” for dogs
  • when he backs up he says “beep, beep”
  • he said “wow”
  • he gave me a big wrap around hug when I got home from work
  • he frequently asks “help, please” (“ah-p, pease”)
  • he says “more” when swinging (sounds like “mo”)
  • he said “no way” (9/9)
  • he says “shoe”
  • he stopped needing to sign “more” because he says “mo”
  • he repeated “skinny cat” (it’s what we say when we ask him to put his arms overhead to take off his shirts) (9/15)
  • he said “me” & “you” (9/17)

A FEW OF HIS FAVORITE THINGS

  • playing on our outside deck
  • trying to drop toys off the deck
  • jumping on my bed
  • holding my hand during walks
  • having me get his “formula milk” for him (i.e. he insists “mama”)
  • doing somersaults onto stacked up pillows in the living room
  • taking baths
  • swinging at parks
  • laying down on grass
  • playing with Lego Duplos
  • playing with Lego apps on iPhone/iPad
  • “reading” books in the glider chair
  • watching Formula 1 car racing on TV
  • sitting in the driver’s seat of the car
  • snuggling & dancing with “Pillow Bear”
New Lego dump truck - August 24, 2016

New Lego dump truck – August 24, 2016

Todd "reading" books - August 29, 2016

Todd “reading” books – August 29, 2016

Geared up to watch Formula 1 car racing - September 2, 2016

Geared up to watch Formula 1 car racing – September 2, 2016

Driver's seat - September 20, 2016

Driver’s seat – September 20, 2016

DAY TIME ACTIVITIES WITH ERIC
“Stay-At-Home-Dada” (SAHD)

  • painting with watercolors (8/22)
  • riding a public bus (8/22)
  • riding his Globber
  • watching the “diggers” & heavy equipment trucks at Washington Elementary
  • walking at Mission Ridge (8/31)
  • scenic drive, Wenatchee National Forest (Entiat) (9/2)
  • trying out his bike on the pedestrian bridge over the train tracks
  • checking out model airplanes in East Wenatchee (9/8)
  • walking at Horse Lake Rd (9/14)
  • walking at Dry Gulch (9/19)
  • fossil finding at Old Blewitt Pass (9/20)
1st time painting - August 22, 2016

1st time painting – August 22, 2016

Todd on his Globber - August 25, 2016

Todd on his Globber – August 25, 2016

Eric & Todd selfie - August 26, 2016

Eric & Todd selfie – August 26, 2016

Eric & Todd checked out the landslide at Mission Ridge - August 31, 2016

Eric & Todd checked out the landslide at Mission Ridge – August 31, 2016

Todd at Mission Ridge - August 31, 2016

Todd at Mission Ridge – August 31, 2016

Bridge over train tracks - September 6, 2016

Bridge over train tracks – September 6, 2016

He was a really good boy around the airplanes - September 8, 2016

He was a really good boy around the airplanes – September 8, 2016

Todd at Horse Lake Rd - September 14, 2016

Todd at Horse Lake Rd – September 14, 2016

Todd at Dry Gulch - September 19, 2016

Todd at Dry Gulch – September 19, 2016

Fossil finding - September 20, 2016

Fossil finding – September 20, 2016

FAMILY ACTIVITIES & DINING OUT

  • stroller walks on the Canal Trail (8/27 & 8/28) and picking/eating grapes
  • neighborhood bike ride with Todd riding in the bike trailer, then play at Washington Park (slide, swing, playing with other kids with soccer ball) (9/5)
  • afternoon/evening walk over the train tracks, then stopped into Saddle Rock Brewery for a beer (Eric, Elisa) & apple juice (Todd) (9/6)
  • afternoon/evening play at Pioneer Park; he climbed up rails to the top of the play equipment (9/7)
  • 15 mile bike ride (using bike trailer) to the Apple Capital Loop Trail & (vegan) pizza at Saddle Rock Brewery (9/10)
  • morning walk over the train tracks, then had (delicious!) vegan waffles at The Hunter’s Wife Health Bar (our first time there) (9/11)
  • 9.68 mile bike ride (using bike trailer) to the Apple Capital Loop Trail & walk around at Pybus Market (9/17); we had (dairy free) sorbetto at Ice; later that day we had dinner at La Fuente
  • 4.30 mile hike (with & without stroller) toward Castle Rock (9/19); Todd did some hiking and trail running!
  • afternoon/evening play at Methow Park; he met new friends & went down a big slide by himself (9/19)
  • evening pub trivia at Saddle Rock Brewery (9/20)
Eating grapes on the canal trail - August 27, 2016

Eating grapes on the canal trail – August 27, 2016

Demonstrating his "jump off with both feet stopping technique" - August 27, 2016

Demonstrating his “jump off with both feet stopping technique” – August 27, 2016

Saddle Rock Brewery - September 6, 2016

Saddle Rock Brewery – September 6, 2016

Eric with Todd in the stroller on the trail toward Castle Rock - September 18, 2016

Eric with Todd in the stroller on the trail toward Castle Rock – September 18, 2016

SWIMMING SKILLS PROGRESSION
(see the post “Todd’s Swim Videos (~2 years old)“)

  • he flipped from tummy to back (8/23)
  • he let me put him on his back to go in circles (8/25)
  • he tried to flip over onto his back (8/26)
  • he pushed off from steps, went onto his back briefly, then back to tummy (8/28)
  • he pushed off backward from the ladder in the deep end (8/28)
  • he did a full flip (i.e. feet over head) underwater (8/29)
  • he floats prone with his back/butt right up to the surface (8/31)
  • he did 5 full linked arm swimming strokes (9/3)
  • he put his head back while on the steps (9/9)
  • he kicked while holding on to the steps (9/9)
  • when jumping in from the side of the pool, I let him go under, then bob up before I grabbed him (9/15)
  • last swim in the condo pool this year (9/15)
Todd underwater - August 25, 2016

Todd underwater – August 25, 2016

Todd underwater - August 26, 2016

Todd underwater – August 26, 2016

Elisa & Todd - August 26, 2016

Elisa & Todd – August 26, 2016

Todd underwater - August 28, 2016

Todd underwater – August 28, 2016

Todd & Elisa - September 4, 2016

Todd & Elisa – September 4, 2016

Frame grab from GoPro - September 15, 2016

Frame grab from GoPro – September 15, 2016

SECOND YEAR MOLARS

  • his first second year molar started coming in (bottom, right)
  • that’s his 15th tooth
La Fuente - September 17, 2016

La Fuente – September 17, 2016

FOOD NOTES

  • he’s lost interest in eating pancake & drinking green smoothie for breakfast
  • new favorite breakfast food = plain pasta (twists)
  • he loves cashew pieces, roasted pumpkin seeds
  • favorite fruit = grapes; he also starting eating orange slices
  • he still drinks his “formula milk” upon waking, before nap, afternoon, and evening/before bed…he loves it!
  • he has this funny habit of hanging upside down off the papasan chair to drink it
Mmm, vegan ice cream! - September 4, 2016

Mmm, vegan ice cream! – September 4, 2016

"Todd's chair" - September 4, 2016

“Todd’s chair” – September 4, 2016

Upside down drinking - September 15, 2016

Upside down drinking – September 15, 2016

DAY TIME NAPS

  • Starting this month I’m NO longer tracking nap start/end times & nap durations!
  • Todd did just fine with having Eric put him to bed for naps instead of me (weekdays)
  • his nap time starts in early afternoon, let’s say “1:00 ish” (+/-)
  • sleep duration is unchanged (~2-3 hrs)
  • he wakes up from his nap when I get home from work or just before (i.e. in the 3 or 4 o’clock hour)
  • he’ll say “mama” when he hears me come in the door
  • if he’s already awake & out of bed when I come home, he runs over to me with a big smile and gives me a hug & kiss 🙂

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up crying in the night 4x this month
  • on 3 of those 4 nights he woke up at either 4 AM (once) or 4:30 AM (twice)…unusual times for him to wake up!
  • all 4 times he quickly went back to sleep after having a “formula milk”
  • starting this month, I’m NO longer tracking bed times & morning wake-up times!
  • he still sleeps roughly ~9-10 hours per night (same as it’s been for a looong time)
  • when he goes to bed at night, I lie down with a pillow on the floor next to his crib & I hold his hand through the crib rails until he falls asleep
  • he likes to turn on his Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother (aquarium lights & music) before he falls asleep
August 26, 2016

August 26, 2016

A NEW MORNING WAKE-UP ROUTINE
AKA…where did my snuggly baby go? (sniff, sniff)

  • so…in past months Todd’s morning wake-up routine was that he’d sit & snuggle with me in my glider chair for a long time, while he drank his first “formula milk” of the day & I read books to him
  • well…that started to change during his 24th month because we had to stay in our house without furniture in it for the 2 weeks before our official moving day of August 6th
  • then…once we moved, we had a week when family was staying with us, so Todd liked getting right out of bed to play instead of snuggle with his mama

Which brings us to the current month–

  • early on I recalled at least a few days when he did sit with me & read/snuggle
  • then there were some days when he wanted to just hang out in his bed while drinking his formula milk
  • on 8/27 I sat in the glider chair (next to his crib) while Todd stayed in his crib; I held his stuffed frog like a baby & rocked him. Then, the next day when I sat in the glider chair while Todd stayed in his crib, Todd handed me his frog and his baby to rock…how sweet!
  • he asks to get out of bed by saying something like “es-chew”
  • when he gets out of bed, he pretty much goes straight out to the living room with his pillow blankets
September 14, 2016

September 14, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • starting this month, I’m NO longer tracking every poop in the potty vs. every poop that didn’t make it there!
  • I’d say he generally does more poops in the toilet than not in the toilet
  • the vast majority of pee-pees are going in his diaper (size 6)
  • on 9/6 he seemed like he needed to go poo-poo, so I asked him about sitting on the toilet, but he motioned to his baby potty, then he did one there instead (a first!)
  • 1st poop in the bathtub 😀 (never did that before!) (9/20)
On the canal trail - August 27, 2016

On the canal trail – August 27, 2016

Todd is such a sweet boy and generous with kisses! - August 27, 2016

Todd is such a sweet boy and generous with kisses! – August 27, 2016

 

Almost 2 years old - August 11, 2016

Almost 2 years old – August 11, 2016

TWENTY FOURTH MONTH
JULY 21 – AUGUST 20 (2016)

COMMUNICATION & COGNITION

  • says “Go!” & motions with his arm
  • repeats “burrito” (sounds like “bee-tow”)
  • repeats “poo poo” & “pee pee” and he (sometimes) says it to tell me he has to go
  • practices saying “baby”
  • he makes a sound & pretend-grabs the thing he wants from pictures in books or on the computer
  • he actually started saying “mama” & “dada” to purposefully refer to us
  • he says “beep beep” to refer to Eric because of Eric’s work van ‘back-up beeps’
  • he says “dada, beep beep” a lot
  • started saying “nah” for the word no (8/5)
  • he started using a hand gesture (putting hands up to his mouth) to communicate wanting to have some “formula milk”
  • started saying “no” instead of “nah” (8/14)
  • repeats 2-word phrase “help, mama” & “help, dada” (his “help” sounds like “ah-p”)
  • says no or no-no regularly
  • repeats “apple”
  • he does the Dragon’s Lair game sounds (“chew…chew…ahh!”)
  • he uses an arm motion (like the crawl stroke) to communicate “swim”
  • when my parents visited he said “grandpa” a lot: “gam-PA” (with emphasis on the “pa”)

NOW HE CAN…

  • open “easy” doors
  • Globber! (i.e. Todd’s 1st scooter!) (7/31)

TRUCKS!

  • he liked watching the guys load the moving truck & he walked up and down the ramp
  • the movers loaded up items from our house on 7/21, then unloaded items in Wenatchee on 7/22
  • he loves watching garbage trucks lift up the cans on our street
  • we watched the “diggers” at Jennings Park from his stroller (7/25)
  • he loves the Tonka garbage truck that his cousins gave him for his birthday
  • he loves watching the trucks & diggers working at the new school near our condo
Todd on the moving truck loading ramp - July 21, 2016

Todd on the moving truck loading ramp – July 21, 2016

DAY TRIP TO GUEMES ISLAND

  • on 7/26 we needed to leave the house for the whole day so the guys could install our new carpet
  • even though I used to work in Anacortes, WA, I’d never been over to Guemes Island
  • we took the ~5 minute ferry ride over & Todd’s only complaint was that the ride was too short (he signed “more!” & cried when I had to rush him back into the car)
  •  on island we drove around a bit, then spent some time at the beach
  • Todd loved kicking his shoes off, walking in the water & watching the ferry boats come & go
  • 1st time burying himself in sand!
  • for the ferry ride back, our car was positioned well (Todd could see the water right out his open door), so we stayed at the car. Todd loved it.
  • on the way home, we stopped by my old workplace to visit co-workers.  I weighed Todd on the wheelchair scale & he was exactly 24 pounds (i.e. he gained 3 pounds in the past 5 months)
Elisa & Todd - July 26, 2016

Elisa & Todd – July 26, 2016

Guemes Island - July 26, 2016

Guemes Island – July 26, 2016

 Guemes Island - July 26, 2016

Guemes Island – July 26, 2016

EVERETT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

  • while the guys completed day 2 of new carpet installation, I took Todd to the Everett Children’s Museum (7/27)
  • we hadn’t been there since his 1st birthday
  • highlights were the trains, airplane, water feature, & the slide in the toddler area
Everett Children's Museum - July 27, 2016

Everett Children’s Museum – July 27, 2016

Everett Children's Museum - July 27, 2016

Everett Children’s Museum – July 27, 2016

MUSIC IN THE PARK

  • we enjoyed a free evening music event at Jennings Park (7/29)
  • Todd danced & socialized with people & dogs
  • he even got to strum the bass player’s guitar during 1 song!
  • he joined into a football game with several other kids

MORE FUN FOR TODD

  • sitting/riding in Eric’s van (very slowly, in the cul-de-sac only!)
  • getting into the bathtub & playing with the running water
  • turning on the outside faucet, putting his head under it & playing with the hose (including pouring water on himself)
  • Eric’s employer had a party for his last day of work (8/5); Todd joined the festivities
  • he likes watching the Dragon’s Lair game on the iPad
  • he loves playing with cars & Duplos
Todd wants "more" van! - August 1, 2016

Todd wants “more” van! – August 1, 2016

FAMILY VISITS – (ERIC’S SIDE)

  • we visited Eric’s family at Todd’s cousin Adam’s graduation party (7/30)
  • Todd was drawn to the lake & he liked chasing his Aunt Dallas’ chickens
  • he cracked up playing throw & catch with the dog
  • Eric’s parents came to visit before our final moving day ( 8/4)
Chasing chickens - July 30, 2016

Chasing chickens – July 30, 2016

Todd & his Grammie - August 4, 2016

Todd & his Grammie – August 4, 2016

NEW MOON FARM GOAT RESCUE & SANCTUARY

  • visit to New Moon Farm Goat Rescue (8/3)
  • (it’s where I volunteered weekly for the 5 years before I got pregnant)
  • Todd’s favorite thing was sitting on the tractor
  • he did like chasing the goats/sheep & feeding them snacks
Playing on the tractor at New Moon Farm - August 3, 2016

Playing on the tractor at New Moon Farm – August 3, 2016

New Moon Farm critter - August 3, 2016

New Moon Farm critter – August 3, 2016

SWIMMING SKILLS

  • he tipped his head backward in the water, while standing up
  • he jumped in & Eric caught him
  • he swam with a swim noodle (8/15)
  • he jumped into the deep end (I caught him) & climbed up the ladder (8/16)
  • he tried to do a back float & kick (8/18)
  • from the steps he jumps to me & coasts/kicks (8/20)
July 23, 2016

July 23, 2016

Eric asked Todd "Where's mama?" - August 9, 2016

Eric asked Todd “Where’s mama?” – August 9, 2016

BABYSITTER GOOD-BYES

  • 8/1 was my last day working PRN (as needed)  before starting my new full-time job in Wenatchee
  • Jeri also came to babysit on 8/4 for a few hours
  • we were sad to say goodbye to Jeri because she is absolutely wonderful 🙂
Babysitter pic - Todd loves his Globber scooter - August 1, 2016

Babysitter pic – Todd loves his Globber scooter – August 1, 2016

MOVING DAY!!

  • we officially moved to Wenatchee! (8/6)
  • I had new employee orientation for my full-time job on 8/16, then I worked 8/19
  • Eric started his stay-at-home-dad (SAHD) job!
Moving day! - August 6, 2016

Moving day! – August 6, 2016

The "Welcome Committee" at our condo gave Todd this bear - August 8, 2016

The “Welcome Committee” at our condo gave Todd this bear – August 8, 2016

FAMILY VISITS – ELISA’S SIDE

  • my sister & her kid’s came to visit for a week (8/8 – 8/14)
  • we went to the Rocky Reach Dam to check out the sights, including the fish ladder’s underwater viewing area (8/11)
  • we went to Slidewaters (8/13); he didn’t want to go down the slides except for the little frog slide in the toddler splash area
  • we went swimming at our condo pool
  • dining out with family: La Fuente (8/8), Lemolo (8/13)
Todd & Ashley - August 9, 2016

Todd & Ashley – August 9, 2016

Rocky Reach Dam - August 11, 2016

Rocky Reach Dam – August 11, 2016

Eli & Todd - August 11, 2016

Eli & Todd – August 11, 2016

  • my parents came to visit for 5 days (8/17-22)
  • they camped at Wenatchee Confluence State Park
  • we visited them at their site & had dinner there twice
  • Todd liked playing in the dirt with his Tonka truck
  • he liked checking out the riverfront beach & running in the lawn
  • we all went to White Heron Cellars for a music event (8/20); Todd showed off his best dance moves!
  • dining out with family: La Fuente (8/17), Mai Lee Thai (8/20)
Todd and his Grandpa - August 18, 2016

Todd and his Grandpa – August 18, 2016

Playing at my parents' campsite - August 18, 2016

Playing at my parents’ campsite – August 18, 2016

At Confluence State Park - August 19, 2016

At Confluence State Park – August 19, 2016

FOOD NOTES

  • he enjoyed wild blackberries while out on a stroller walk (7/25)
  • we started trying out a different kind of no-spill cup (8/3)
  • he liked drinking 100% cranberry juice (diluted with some water) (8/4)
  • 1st time eating corn off the cob (8/11)
  • 1st time sitting in a booster seat at the kitchen table (8/20)
  • dining out: La Fuente (7/21, 8/6), Cafe Rio (7/22), Shire Cafe (7/25, 8/3)
La Fuente - July 21, 2016

La Fuente – July 21, 2016

1st corn on the cob - August 11, 2016

1st corn on the cob – August 11, 2016

ANOTHER TOOTH

  • last bottom incisor poking through (the left one)
  • that’s his 14th tooth
At Confluence State Park - August 19, 2016

At Confluence State Park – August 19, 2016

DAY TIME NAPS

  • crib naps were typically 2.25 – 3.25 hours
  • shortest nap = 2 hrs (8/1)
  • longest nap = 3.50 hrs (7/28)
  • when he took naps in the Pack ‘n Play, he loved having a body pillow in there with him
  • he wanted to get into the Pack ‘n Play for his nap on 7/28 & 7/29
  • there were several days when he didn’t get a nap (other than in the car) because of various daytime activities
August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016

NIGHT TIME SLEEP

  • he woke up crying in the night 4x this month
  • when he woke up at night he went back to sleep quickly, after drinking his “formula milk” (1x needed a change of clothes, too)
  • sometimes I held his hand through his crib rails as he fell asleep at night
  • Todd & I slept in the hall on 7/26 because the new carpet installation wasn’t completed in 1 day
  • from 7/27 to 8/6 Todd slept in a Pack ‘n Play for naps & night time sleep because the crib was packed up
  • from 7/22 to 8/6 we were without my glider chair at home for our usual wake up/night time routine
  • the first thing he said when he woke up was “dada” (8/2)
  • after we moved & his crib was set up in his own bedroom, Todd transitioned well!
  • bedtimes were often late this month (so much going on!!)
The first public urinal he used, LOL! - August 19, 2016

The first public urinal he used, LOL! – August 19, 2016

POTTY TALK

  • 19 poops were done in the toilet
  • 23 poops were not done in the toilet
  • he said “poop poop” to tell me he did one in his diaper (8/2)
  • he said “poo poo” & then he went in the toilet after I took him (8/12, 8/20)
  • he refused to sit on the toilet (even though I knew he had to go), then he went in his diaper (8/19)
  • 1st time peeing in a public urinal (8/19)
  • started trying to put things in the toilet
Birthday gift for a boy who turned TWO! - August 20, 2016

Birthday gift for a boy who turned TWO! – August 20, 2016

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