When It Rains – It Pours

All of a sudden this week we went from hot summer days to instantly cool and rainy fall days. I’m not complaining about the weather, in fact I love the rain. It’s just – it hasn’t stopped raining for 3 days straight.

By the looks of it – it’s going to keep on raining for the rest of the week.

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One morning we got up early: showered, dressed (and not just yoga pants & t-shirt dressed, like actual cute outfit dressed) snacks were packed and we were fed – we were ready to head out the door for a fun morning. We hop into the car and … it doesn’t start. At all. Poor girl was dead. I called my friend, who we were meeting up with, and bless her heart she came and got us and we still had a great morning playing and even a pizza lunch date afterwards. How cute are these two?

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On a side note – BabyBird was so excited to play that we had our first ever full blown accident. In the chaos of the car situation, moving car seats and getting to our destination, by the time he got out to play he was so excited that we both completely forgot to stop for a potty break. All of a sudden BabyBird just stopped playing, stood still and looked at me with these sad puppy eyes and that’s when I realized he soaked his pants. And of course since I wasn’t in my car, I had no change of clothes with me. Mommy fail. Lucky, we borrowed a pair of pants from our friends (saving the day, yet again!) and kept playing.

The next day I called around repair shops to see who could replace the car battery and luckily found a shop that could do it the same afternoon. I waddled in, drenched from the rain with BabyBird on my hip. I’m sure I was a sight to be seen. Want to know something awesome about BMW batteries? You can’t just replace the battery like any normal car – oh that’d be too easy. You have to reset the computer chip inside which of course only an authorized BMW shop can do and therefore translates to longer waits and more bling. Sure wish that fancy computer chip told me it was about to die but at least the battery died a tragic death in my garage and didn’t leave a 9+ month pregnant lady and her 2.5year old stranded somewhere. So there’s that.

When we picked up the car later that afternoon, the service guy in a playful manner asked if BabyBird wanted to sign for the on my behalf and without missing a beat BabyBird grabbed the pen from him and wrote MOM across the receipt. How sweet is that?

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He was such a champ since all we did today was drive into town, drop Daddy off at work, back home and back into town to pick up my car & Daddy from the office.

So remember that rain I was talking about earlier? And how it’s been raining continuously for the last 3 days? Now the main road into our neighborhood is flooded and closed. The Boulder Creek is overflowing and flooded along with parts of the city. Flash flood warnings and sirens are going off. Crazy Colorado weather.

Speaking of crazy weather – several weeks ago, we got hit with one freakish and nasty hail storm. Strong winds knocked trees and destroyed roofs in our neighborhood. Now all of our neighbors, us included, are filing roof claims with our home insurance companies and getting new roofs.

Nothing makes you feel like an adult like replacing car batteries and getting a new roof on your house.

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2.5 Years Update

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You are my buddy through and through and we do everything together. You are pretty chill and easy to take places and most days we venture out and do one activity and then hang around the house for the rest of the day. We haven’t hit many any “terrible two” moments other than your great procrastination skills on delaying bedtime but I think that’s pretty normal for your age.

Daddy: Are you having trouble sleeping bud?
BabyBird: <whispers> Yeah…
D: Anything I can do to help?
B: <whispers> Little bit of A/C?
D: Sure… and why are you whispering?
B: <whispers> Mommy’s sleeping?

We are working on having good listening ears but overall you are great at following instructions. I also love that I can ask you to fetch things around the house or to put things away – even if they are upstairs.

You love going to school 2 days a week and pretty much push me out of your classroom at drop off but you run into my arms at pick up. In the car you love to tell me all about your day but in your excitement it ends up being a mess of names, foods and toys all jumbled together. Montessori school has been a great fit for you and I love seeing how proud you are to do things for yourself and cleaning up after yourself. You are so sweet & social and love meeting up with your friends to play or approaching kids at the playground to join their games.

Throughout the day you are either talking or singing the whole day and I love that I have a little buddy to chat with all day long. Your language and speech blows me away sometimes talking in 3-5 word sentences and other times I am speechless with laughter – we are often reminded that sarcasm is a bit lost on you and you take things very directly. In the last few weeks you’ve gotten a lot better on your pronouns and on your past and future tenses.

Lately you have included Baby Sister in games or when we are sharing pretend food and you’ll offer a bite to my belly and say it’s for her ::melt:: and now when you give me a goodnight hug you’ll also give my belly one too. I think the idea of getting a Baby Sister is sinking in for you and I am beyond excited for you to meet her. It has also helped that a lot of your friends have recently become big brothers and it has helped for you to see the new babies.

Kid you are awesome and I love you to the moon and back.

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now the rest of this is more for me & documenting this stage because I’ve loved going back and reading these when he was 3mos, 6mos, 1 year, etc so I know I’ll love this when he’s older so no hurt feelings if you skip all of this and just scroll down for the pictures. Ha!

Milestones 

– know your alphabet, capital letters and lowercase

– can write most “straight lined” letters like H, L, M, N, I, T, W, etc

– spell your name, mom & dad along with our first names

– count above 10 & recognizes all of your numbers

– count to 10 in spanish

– basic colors in spanish

– a few words & verbs in spanish

– talking non-stop, I joke that you are my daily narrator

– a funny sense of humor and you crack yourself up making jokes or purposely saying things incorrectly

– you’ve mastered the pout and putting on a sad face when we say no

– your imagination is awesome and love to play your instruments, especially your guitar

– mimic story lines from books & shows – like Dora the Explorer

– really good at a lot of preschool iPhone games without me ever showing you how they work

– absolutely love to sing songs and know almost all nursery rhymes and children songs

– latest favorite band is Mumford & Sons and sing along to Babel, I Will Wait & The Lion Man

– love going on rides in your chariot (up to 3 to 4 hour trips) and jogging stroller with Daddy and exploring all the parks & playgrounds

– willing to try every water slide, playground, play equipment, ride and pretty much anything I would allow you to do

 

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 Food 

– love pasta of any kind – mac & cheese is still an all time favorite

– breakfast food is your next favorite – pancakes & waffles

– eats most vegetables, your favorite by far is peas, corn, carrots & broccoli

– eats every fruit known to man kind

– love smoothies made by Daddy packed with flax seeds & kale

– still not a big fan of meat but you’ve recently discovered chicken nuggets

– favorite restaurant is Lucky Pie & Sweet Cow – but who could blame you, it’s our favorite too

 

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Stats

– 28lbs and 3ft tall or a bit taller – you come up to my hip (how’s that for an exact measurement?)

– wearing 3T shirts and 18-24mo shorts, you are tall & skinny just like Daddy

– fully potty trained but you do wear a pull-up at night but most mornings you wake up dry

– you can get dressed mostly by yourself and put on/off your own shoes – you love to zip up your bedtime PJs each night

– chore/responsibility: you put away your own clothes in your dresser, put your toys away, get your own utensils out for meals & put dirty dishes in the sink

 

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Sleep

– you sleep from 9pm-7:30am on most days

– nap from 1:30pm – 3:30pm though lately you’ve been going down for your nap later but sleeping a good solid 2 hours, sometimes 3 hours

– a solid nighttime sleeper and you very rarely ever wake up during the night

– 2 weeks before you turned 2.5 years old – we transitioned you to a big boy bed

– master procrastinator on going to bed: need blow my nose, pee, sip of water, missing a certain lovie, need another hug, or my favorite is you sneaking downstairs and saying in a whisper “I’m having a hard time sleeping Mama”

 

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Five on Friday : Toddler Items

 

 

One.

I don’t know why we waited so long to get one, but a video monitor rocks! We got this one the Motorola Blink1 which can be connected to all of your iDevices which is pretty cool. Being able to spy and watch this little guy fall asleep is priceless.

It does have a feature where you can talk and the first time I used it to tell BabyBird to get back in bed {yet again} it freaked him out. Now he reminds me to not make Little Beep {which he named} talk. Ha!

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Two.

We also invested in this little guy, the SleepBuddy clock. Noticing a theme here? It turns on when it’s time to go to bed and turns off to signal that it’s time to get up. We ordered it from Amazon and it arrived all wrapped up and came with a little story book explaining what it is so the presentation was done really well. It also comes with a sticker reward chart which we tried using – though sometimes he doesn’t care too much about earning a sticker.

He does understand the concept and sure enough by 7:31am he comes barreling into our room proclaiming that SleepBuddy is off. Yawn.

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Three.

He is obsessed with letters. Loves them. He can spell his own name, mom, dad and a few other simple sight words. He is constantly asking us how to spell certain things and recognizing store names and logos {cough/Starbucks/cough}. I got a bucket of these letters and I have to say they have been great. Both uppercase and lowercase letters and enough of them to spell out words – they have been a hit.

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Four.

We just started reading the Babar books and the first book is rather disturbing – his mother gets shot in the jungle and he runs away to a city and dresses up in human clothing and marries his cousin. Does nobody else in the town realize that he’s a giant elephant dressed in a nice suit? Same with Curious George if you’ve ever read the original book – the man with the yellow hat basically poaches George from the jungle, smuggles him back home, gives him a bath and a cigar.

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Five.

This is his pile of lovies on his bed. It started innocently enough with MeMe {beloved sock monkey} then we slowly added in Moo {a chick-fil-A cow}, Seahorse and then came Purple Bear {from San Francisco} and then it just went on and on. Each one has a name and they are all tucked along the side of the bed next to the wall. It is pretty adorable to see him snuggling with one during the night but at the rate we are going, he’s going to run out of space to sleep.

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Labor Day Weekend

We had a great Labor Day weekend packed full with end of summer activities as we soak in the last bit of sunshine and weeks of being a family of three.

We kicked it off with a trip to our local outdoor aquatics park. These two boys spent the majority of the day doing the slides over and over. They loved it and had a great time. We met up with a few friends and it was great being able to catch up and see how big our little ones have grown.

By noon it was getting too hot and crowded so we left and grabbed lunch at Larkburger, one of our favorite lunch spots.

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Sunday morning we packed some snacks and headed to Eldorado Canyon State Park to hike and walk around the Boulder Creek and to check out the waterfalls. The first little trail we took was just a half mile but it was perfect for BabyBird to wander and walk on his own then afterwards we ventured out on some smaller trails that were right next to the creek. We stopped many times to admire sticks, pick up rocks and flowers – it was fun letting him explore and wander around. We found a good spot towards the end to throw rocks into the creek – which is by far this kid’s favorite activity.

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We took it easy Monday morning and just hanged out at home in the morning listening to music and playing. This kid loves Mumford & Sons, especially I Will Wait and Babel and we had those two songs & music videos playing on repeat all morning. He’ll take out his guitar {which is really a ukulele we got in Hawaii on our Honeymoon} and strum along with the songs. It’s pretty darn adorable listening to this little guy sing “I will wait for you…”

After nap – Daddy got the bike & chariot ready for an epic 2 hour long bike ride down to Sterns Lake and back for a 25 mile round trip on the bike. This little guy is a total champ and loves these trips with Daddy. They got to see a big freight train go by and wave to the conductor and rode home in the sunset. And they both crashed tonight and I haven’t heard a peep from the little one since we tucked him in – which is a big deal because we’ve been working on the transition to his big boy bed and his new found freedom.

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