Sixteen Months


Likes: This kid is obsessed with bellies. His belly. My belly. Your belly. He wants to see it, he wants to poke it, and he wants to crack up about it. He’s starting to show more interest in his books, and will flip through the pages or ask you to read to him, as opposed to just chewing on them like before.

Dislikes: Gus despises the nosefrida, which is unfortunate for all of us during cold season.

Sleep: Nightmares are no joke. Coupled with ongoing teething and a cold, our nights have been less than restful, but it’s not every night, so I still can’t complain too much.

Eating: This boy is going to turn into a block of cheese, or a bowl of blueberries. He prefers to feed himself whenever possible, and has a fair amount of success with a fork.

Clothes: 18-24 months, size 4 diapers.

New Tricks: Legitimate kisses! With the mmmmwah! sound and everything. AND he’s starting to pucker up (as opposed to just licking us like before).

Teeth: One of first bottom molars has finally broken through, while the other hovers just below the surface, just mocking us. Tooth talley: 11

Mama & Dada
Daisy (Dasa)
Jake (Jak)
No (Nah)
Bye (Bah)
Hello (Nehneh – we think it means “hello,” he says it whenever the phone rings, and when he hands me the toy phone.)
Night-night (Nye-nye)
Yay! (Yayayayayaya!)
Toot-toot! (Tootoo, and for whatever reason, every time he says it he pokes his own belly, and then cracks himself up)
Gus Gus

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Master Bath Remodel

A few weeks ago we redid our very dated and uneven foyer floor, as part of our Things To Do Before We Sell The House checklist.

Alternatively known as the, God We’re Lazy: Why Didn’t We Do That Five Years Ago?! list.

That’s what I hate about the moving and buying/selling real estate process. You finally fix up all the little things you said you would, only to move, and someone else gets to enjoy it (or rip it out and start over again).

At least this time we’re moving into a brand new house, so I (hopefully) won’t have to update anything for a while.

The last two weeks our (teeny tiny*) master bath has been under construction.

It’s still teeny tiny, but at least everything is new and shiny, and perfect, and I can’t stop staring at it.


*excluding the shower our bathroom is about 20 square feet. Once you add a sink and a toilet, there isn’t much room for two people. Is it the smallest bathroom in the world? No. But now, at least, it’s the prettiest.

New House Chronicles: Bye Bye Trees

We’re in the process of building a new house, which I haven’t talked a lot about, only because it wasn’t officially set in stone.

But now?


Now, it’s official.

We periodically drive through our new neighborhood (which is only about five minutes away from our current house) to watch the other houses come together, and see if any of the neighboring lots have been sold.

Usually our lot is just sitting there, minding it’s own business, covered in trees.

Until last week!

We drove by last Saturday and noticed they’ve stared clearing some of the trees.

Now, before you’re like, but trees! nature! Mother Nature must be weeping!

They’re only clearing about a third of the lot, and the rest of the trees are all protected by forest conservation, and can never, ever, be cut down.


Initially, from the car, it sort of looked like maybe a dozen or so trees? I snapped a quick picture, since Gus was sleeping in the back, and we headed home.


The next day, while Gus was with his grandparents, Mike and I went back and walked around on the lot.

1) It was more than a dozen trees.
2) I’m terrible at estimating things like that.
3) See that little stack of tree trunks, off to the right? Here’s a closer shot, with Mike posing for some perspective.


We’re scheduled to break ground in another week or two, and I’m excited to watch our new (and last!) house come together over the next few months!

Fifteen Months

This month Gus mastered walking (and now running doesn’t seem too far off), got his first haircut (which he despised), and talkstalkstalkstalks all day (but we mostly have no idea what he’s saying).


Height & Weight: 21 pounds, and 31 inches. #stringbean

Likes: While Gus still plays with a lot of his birthday and Christmas presents throughout the day, the thing he plays with the most is one of his father’s belts that he found in a laundry basket. He loooooves Sesame Street (particularly Grover and Elmo), The Octonauts, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. While I hate occasionally relying on the TV, it does buy me some time to grab a shower, and get some chores and some packing done. I can’t wait until we’re moved and unpacked all over again.

Dislikes: Like sands through the hourglass, toddlers don’t like to be told, “no.” Lately we’ve seen some really dramatic reactions when Gus is told no, or we have to take something away from him. In particular, he’ll burry his face in his hands and cry, or throw his head back and scream silently before wailing.

Sleep: As long as he’s not actively teething, this kid sleeps like a champ. He’s been talking in his sleep too, which is just adorable.

Eating: Bananas about bananas, and still obsessed with blueberries. Would eat his weight in cheese and avocado if possible. Earths Best fruit bars are his favorite too. Gus can feed himself with a spoon as long as I load it up for him, but he loves feeding himself with a fork, and he’s getting pretty good at it.

Clothes: 18-24m for length, even though the waists are too big. He can still wear 12-18m stuff as long as they’re separates.

New Tricks: On Christmas Eve, Gus started legitimately walking, and now he walks everywhere. He even tries to chase the dogs (albeit very slowly), He consistently waves hello and goodbye, even if he sees someone wave on TV, or hears someone say one or the other. He also says hello (which for him is, “nehneh!”) whenever he hears a phone ring. He currently thinks fart sounds and the word “doh!” are hilaaaarious.

Teeth: Oh brother. Two months ago I was convinced this kid would never have teeth, and then his mouth exploded. The front four are all in on the top and bottom and his top first molars have broken through. The bottom molars are not too far behind, I don’t think. Tooth tally: 10.

Mama & Dada
Daisy (Dasa)
Jake (Jak)
No (Nah)
Bye (Bah)
Hello (Nehneh – we think it means “hello,” he says it whenever the phone rings, and when he hands me the toy phone.)
*Night-night (Nye-nye)
*Yay! (Yayayayayaya!)
*Toot-toot! (Tootoo, and for whatever reason, every time he says it he pokes his own belly, and then cracks himself up)
*Gus Gus

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Fancier Foyer Floor

Alternately titled: Why Didn’t You Do This Five Years Ago?

The foyer is one of my least favorite spaces in our house.

The floor was uneven (five years later, and I’m still not sure why), the railings to the second floor are old and metal, and look like they should be outside, and the old linoleum was dark green, and shiny (but also dull?!).

The uneven floor drove me nuts. The previous owners just added another metal threshold cover, so it was awkwardly in the middle of the floor.

Now that we’re building a new house and getting ready to put our house on the market, we decided to update the foyer space with new (even!) floors.

We didn’t do the work ourselves, but watching the new floor go down, I’m sure we could have handled it with a little practice. I decided to leave matching and leveling the subfloors to a professional too.

Our contractor recommended a vinyl tile product, which we found at Home Depot and I’m so happy with the final product.

We toyed with the idea of updating the banisters as well, but it ended up being way more than we expected.


The new floor makes such a huge difference. I wish we did it a long time ago, but at least we get to enjoy it for a few months.

Next up: a Master Bathroom remodel!