Seventeen Months

If I had to sum up this last month in three words, they would be, “read this again.” Or, alternatively, “hide. that. book.”

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Likes: Books, books, books! All of a sudden this kid can’t get enough of his books. He brings them to us all. day. long. As thrilled as I am he’s enjoying reading, I can only read ‘Are You A Cow?’ so many times before going insane. I also found these amazing BabyLit books at Costco a few weeks ago, and Gus loves them. Moby Dick is one of his current favorites (we also have Sherlock Holmes, The Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland).

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Dislikes: Gus’ idea of a perfect day would probably consist of: 1) dumping the dogs water on the floor, 2) climbing up and down the stairs 400 times, and 3) affectionately beating the dogs with his drumsticks. Since I rarely allow him to do any of those things (occasionally I’ll indulge him and we go up and down and up and down the stairs) there are a lot of mini meltdowns.

Sleep: He’s pretty consistently down to one nap a day (I’ve pushed his morning nap back a bit and he sometimes naps, 2-3 hours) While he tends to get a little whiny later on if it’s a shorter nap, it’s been great for bedtime, he’s usually sound asleep pretty quickly.

Eating: This kid loves pickles. Salty sour dill pickles. He’s really into grapes and raisins, and really, any fruit. And he LOVES cottage cheese. I’ve been trying to feed him more of what we’re eating versus making him his own meals, it’s about 50/50 right now. And I made the mistake of letting him eat some chocolate, thinking he wouldn’t like it because it was pretty dark, but no. He loves dark chocolate.

Clothes: 18-24 months, size 4 diapers.

New Tricks: Imaginary Play! A few weeks ago, Gus pretended to scoop something out of a bucket, and then he would walk to me or Mike and put it in our hand, and he did it over and over again. He knows where his nose, mouth, belly, and feet are, and he’s been practicing walking backwards. He’s still mostly babbling, with a few words thrown in, but it’s becoming very conversational, and the few words he does use regularly are becoming more pronounced.

Teeth: His final first molar has (finally! Thank you, God!) broken through. Tooth talley: 12

Vocab:
Mama & Dada
Nana
Woof!
Daisy (Dasa)
Jake (Jak)
No
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
Yes!
Up!
Down!
*Elmo (Momo! which also applies to Cookie Monster)
*Nose (nana)
*Uh-Oh! (He’s been mimicking the uh-oh sound for months, but he’s just started using it on his own, very clearly, and in the right context. He’ll drop things on purpose just so he can say it.)

*new this month

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New House Chronicles: Good Foundations

Thanks to a break in the (not horrible, but definitely annoying) winter weather, our project manager was able to excavate and start pouring our foundation.

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Here you can see the garage door bays, and what will eventually be the kitchen. This is where we plan to add my mom’s addition.

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The back of the kitchen/morning room, family room, and steps out from the basement.

We also got the chance to drive up our eventual driveway, which is a straight shot from road up to our cul-de-sac .
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Last week we replaced the hideous family room carpet. It’s something we’ve wanted to do since we moved in five years ago, and it just never happened. The old carpet was (I’m not kidding, the photo doesn’t do it justice) an old pink and purple shag that had turned an unfortunate shade of gray and brown over the years. The new carpet is lovely and soft, and another shining example of wtf were we waiting for?

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Our current house is going on the market in a few days (interested?!), and I’m just about finished with downsizing, painting and staging (thank you, baby Jesus.) Now I just need to trick the baby into helping me keep it that way.

Sixteen Months

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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

Vocab:
Mama & Dada
Nana
Uh-Oh!
Woof!
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
*Yes!
*Up!
*Down!

*new this month

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.

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*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.