Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Working Guy…Another month older (27 Months)

Last month was the first that I almost forgot to write an update and this is the first month that truly feels like Micah hasn't really been all that different from the month before. It's the first month that I am considering retiring the monthly development posts and busting out the Birthday and Half Birthday posts instead. Will everyone be ok with that? Perhaps I will still try to do a photo dump of sorts each month, since he is so adorable. I'm not biased or anything….

This month Micah:
  • was fun to hold conversations with
  • enjoyed both mommy, daddy, and gramma time
  • celebrated Thanksgiving with the Lewins
  • thought about what made him joyful each day
  • had a much better understanding of Christmas and Hanukkah after reading lots of holiday books and listening to holiday music 
  • loved everything tools and working guys
  • had his first real stomach bug with a visit to the Doctor just to make sure that's what it was
  • had his first hot chocolate, first candy cane, first meeting with Santa, and made his first graham cracker house
  • has been counting and reading and even rhyming spontaneously
  • has had lots of little crying two year old moments, especially when leaving the playground

Thanksgiving day at Lincoln Park

Helping me root on the Niners and helping ease my pain when they lose

PNW family Thanksgiving

baking cookies

Favorite accessory

Micah dictated his first wish list to me

Working guy

Paper snowflakes!
Indoor playspace at Hiawatha on his favorite…the excavator!

Family tradition to see the teddy bears downtown!

And to see the gingerbread houses downtown!

Inspired by the gingerbread houses, we made our own. Micah loved counting the smarties on the pathway.

spotting Fabric the Elf was super fun!

This kid is college ready!

super sweet note on the wall at Collins Chiropractic!

this is the "I just got to the zoo and am hiding in the African shelter so I can go poop" look!

West Seattle Tree Lighting Ceremony with Daddy and Gramma and his first hot chocolate!

So serious while meeting Santa for the first time! I could not get him to crack a smile!
So happy to get to spend some holiday time with these four!
The Smith family who has helped us love the PNW in so many ways!

The smiles came out once the candy cane did, of course!

Say Candy Cane!
And the second hot chocolate since it's just sooo Pacific Northwest of us!
Candy dreidel spinning at the JCC's Almost Hanukkah Under the Stars!

Micah loved listening to the Sababas and Recess Monkey play for Hanukkah!

Latke dinner at temple. This is the "I Love Latkes" face!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Baseball and Baking at Twenty Six Months

This was the first month that zoomed by so fast, I almost missed my monthly update. My heart has been bursting with love for this little boy, who is growing up way too fast, that I get to call my own! Each night after he goes to bed, Phil and I look at each other with a sparkle in our eyes and can't stop mushing and gushing about how awesome he is! Even through the crazy two year old mini meltdown moments, he is just so loving and caring and funny and silly and loving and caring and funny!
This month Micah:

  • has been stringing several sentences together. 
  • has been counting everything he sees (starting with 2, but usually goes up to 10 without repeat numbers or out of order numbers!)

  • has been really interested in the alphabet letters and can do a lot of them in order
  • had a great time on Halloween being a little butterfly. We went to a fun neighborhood with lots of scary loud houses with fog machines and he just loved the whole thing. Didn't get scared.
At our Pathways Connect Mtg. in the kid area! Coldest week and he takes off his shirt!

  • played with duplo legos, his cars, baseball with the tee ball inside, football, a bit with his trains, a bit with his stuffed animals and in his play house.
  • loved trying to play hide and go seek. He is good at counting to ten and then saying, "ready or not here I come!" When it is my turn to find him, I narrate the event like, "Is Micah in the bed? Noooo…Is he behind the door? Nooooo. Is he in the closet? Nooo…" So now Micah has been saying similar things randomly and jokingly saying…Noooo! 

  • continued to love reading. He likes snuggling with books with all three of us (daddy, gramma, mommy) and often will just grab a book and read it to himself (based on memory and the pictures).
  • has repeated a few not so great words like dangit, darnit, oh shit. Luckily we were able to stifle our giggles enough to ignore it and not make a scene out of it, so he hasn't repeated them again.

  • continues to say "It's kind of funny" about things that are different, interesting, or sometimes for things that are actually funny.

  • runs around the kitchen island. and around. and around. and around. This month the adventure has been to run around it being a baseball player pretending to run the bases. And…another time we love running around the island is naked time before the bath. LOVE

  • got a few more bumps and bruises and a decent scratch on one leg from a wild blackberry bush jumping out at him.
  • been jumping and balancing while out and about wherever he can. He also helped spot some pretty cool mushrooms growing in our neighborhood. 

  • loves wearing his bird hat and winter mittens.
  • helps Gramma with everything. Baking, cleaning, cooking, picking out recipes in cookbooks. Everything. It is the cutest thing!

  • went to Kelsey Creek Farm and payed a little attention to the animals and more attention to jumping down all the steps in their amphitheater! 

  • sat on a real live excavator thanks to cousin Mark (there is one being used right by their house)!
  • has gotten really into our month of being thankful. Each night we write down on a paper leaf what each of us are thankful for. Micah leads the discussion, "What's Gramma thankful for?" "What's Daddy thankful for?" "What's Mommy thankful for?" Sometimes he answers for us. Sometimes he asks Charlie and always answers that Charlie is thankful for presents. He makes sure that I write it all down. He is sometimes thankful for whatever food he is eating at the time, sometimes thankful for one of us (or all of us), and sometimes has really reflective thoughts like being thankful for gramma's help or the moon. :-) 

  • had another visit from Nana and Papa. We went out to dinners, went wine tasting in Woodinville, went to the zoo, walked around UW, and more. He loved having Papa throw him onto the bed and lift him up so that he could run in the air. 

  • helped Daddy celebrate getting into the UW business school!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Butterfly Boy and Halloween fun

For the last two years during Halloween, we mostly did any pumpkin decorating or Halloween festivities for ourselves since Micah was too young to "get it". This year, however, was so much more about what Micah wanted. And boy did he know what he wanted! I was truly blown away by how dedicated he was and how much conviction he had with his answers to my Halloween planning questions. He was certain that he wanted a silly pumpkin with teeth when carving a jack-o-lantern, not a sad, or mad, or happy, or surprised pumpkin. Daddy finally did the carving, but Micah watched on with intense interest and was very pleased with the end result. He especially enjoyed going outside to look at the candle in the pumpkin. What he wasn't too fond of was touching the pumpkin pulp. For some reason, he let Mommy sift out all the seeds for roasting all by herself. 

Micah may have known what kind of pumpkin he wanted, but I was even more struck by his resolve for what to be for Halloween. I asked him about a month before and he said he wanted to be a butterfly. Throughout October, I probably asked him what he wanted to be about a hundred times or more (ok, maybe more like twenty, but it was a lot!) and each time he replied butterfly! Sometimes, I'd ask if he wanted to be something else and when he responded yes, I'd say…"do you want to be that or a butterfly?" The answer was without fail, butterfly!  I even took him costume shopping with me and held up several cute options that I knew he would like, yet when asked if he wanted to be this or a butterfly, there was no doubt in his mind! So, butterfly it was! I found a cute set of wings at Value Village for about $3 and then used some dollar store pipe cleaners, headband, and ping pong balls to create antenna. He pretty much loved it. 

Until he didn't. Until about five minutes after wearing the butterfly costume on Halloween afternoon. After all that, he wasn't even going to be a butterfly! Well, as toddlers can be somewhat fickle, I had anticipated this and had about three other costumes at the ready. So, we loaded up the car dressed as Nemo. Shark bait ooo lala! Shark bait ooo lala! 
Our wonderful friends, the Collins' family, invited us to celebrate Halloween with them and a few other families. It was just perfect. There were kids of all ages, yummy chili, tons of healthy finger foods, and just the cutest holiday themed touches. My friend Erin is a masterful hostess! 
Photo by the amazing mother of this amazing snuggle buddy. Find her at Abeille Photography

Photo by my friend Dannie at Abeille Photography
Finally after a bunch of time spent chatting with friends over an adult beverage or two and the kids running around in and out of the playroom, all five families packed up and headed out to Trick-or-Treat the neighborhood. Micah even got excited about his butterfly costume again, so we costume changed again before heading out. Oh boy do the Collins' live in one amazing neighborhood to Trick-or-Treat in! Some of the houses went all out with decorations, loud scary music, and fog machines. I was starting to get pretty nervous about how Micah would react for his first true Trick-or-Treat, but he shook off the timid shy thing after the first three houses and lit up with pure joy for the rest of the night! He thought the scary stuff was pretty funny and didn't get spooked at all. I held his hand for the first few houses and then let Daddy walk with him so that I could get in some amazing baby snuggles from my girlfriend Dannie's son! 

I was a little bit nervous wondering how it would go afterwards, envisioning temper tantrum city with the late night and lots of candy at his finger tips, yet to my surprise, Micah did great! Instead of wanting to eat the candy, he had a blast just taking it out of his bag and putting it back in, analyzing the look of it all, asking "what's that, Mommy?" to every piece, and counting it all. 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10! (not one to one matching and we start at 2, but still pretty impressive, right teacher friends?!)

Oh Halloween, I have always enjoyed you, but this year was something truly special. May we never forget these looks of discovery and pure joy on our toddlers face. And may we always help to add a sense of magic to many, many days.