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March, 2015:

Egg Hunt

Cooper and Nicholas both enjoyed their first public Easter Egg hunt this year.  Nicholas didn’t end up wanting to crawl towards any eggs when the time came, but he did have the official participant wristband so I think it should count.

During the 5 minute count down Cooper was brimming with excitement to get out there and fill his basket with eggs.  Then the Easter Bunny came to our section.  This froze him in his tracks and Cooper wanted nothing to do with the eggs anymore.

He mustered up enough courage to collect 9 eggs and then headed back to find us.  The competitive side of us wanted to encourage him to keep picking up eggs (as you can see from the photo there were still plenty there), but we resisted and celebrated with him while he opened his eggs.  The best part of the 1-2 year old egg hunt is that they requested the parents stay behind the flags.  When people followed the rule, for 5 minutes, it was fun to see the kids adventuring out on their own before it became a mass of adult bodies and you could no longer see the eggs or kids.

A highlight of the day for Cooper was the post hunt soccer.  He isn’t into the bouncy houses and other activities that had incredibly long lines so this worked out perfect.

Just one more perk of living where we do.  We strollered the kiddos to (me) the egg hunt and back up the hill home (Rob) afterwards avoiding all parking and traffic troubles.

13 Months

Development:  Nicholas has now climbed his first step and is getting even faster at crawling.  He loves to chase after his brother.  After months of sign language he signed back his first sign, all done, during a meal.

Nicholas loves when you tell him no in a teasing way and remove him from an object.  Example: playing the piano when his brother is sleeping.  Once removed from the object he crawls as fast as he can back to it giggling the entire time.

Another favorite area to crawl to is the bathroom.  This time he spent a second too long in there alone before we got him out.

Nicholas and Elliott – Photo Credit: Amanda

Nicholas is also starting to interact more with his little friends.  He has a buddy, Trigg, at toddler group that he often shares slobbery toys with and he is starting to engage with his PEPS friends too.

Physical:  The elusive 8th tooth, bottom second left, finally came through this month.

Eating:  His meals are very greasy and fatty now.  Breakfast is often sausage and eggs with whole milk and cheese.  Fruit is smothered in olive oil and butter is added to nearly everything.  We still haven’t made big progress in using a sippy cup or the volume of food that he eats, but hopefully it is just a slow change that is harder to see on a daily basis.

Sleeping:  Nicholas will fall asleep about 50% of the time in the morning and do so for 30 minutes.   His afternoon nap is an hour long 90% of the time unless it is the weekend.  Having Daddy home must be exhausting because on the weekend he will more often sleep 2 hours in the afternoon.  Nicholas goes to bed at 7pm and wakes up between 5:30am and 6:30am.  Some weekends he will sleep until 7.  If he gets up before 6am I will nurse him and put him back in bed where he will often fall back to sleep until a little after 7, when big brother wakes up.

Nicholas loves to sleep at the far left end of his crib where he is hidden from the camera.  The only way to know he is still in bed if one of us isn’t home is by whether his bedroom door is closed or open.

Firsts: Climbing a step, sign language “all done,” black eye, and eating all things super fatty.

Outnumbered Restaurant Experience

After a failed attempt to workout at the gym with the kids in childcare (called back after just 15 minutes) I decided to take advantage of needing to get the kids loaded up in the car again.   We adventured out to Chiptotle, at noon, on a beautiful sunny workday.  The restaurant was packed and the line was to the back of the store.  Fortunately, the line moved quickly and a table opened up just as we looking to sit down.  Cooper needed a potty break mid lunch and we successfully made it back to our table before the staff cleared our lunch.  Overall a successful first solo restaurant experience for me and the boys!

Crib Climber?

Not yet.  It is getting a bit ridiculous, but everyone says we should continue to enjoy this time before he moves to a big boy bed.  We wanted to capture the few inches remaining before he touches both ends of his crib when he is laying down.

After his afternoon nap, Cooper waits for me to come into his room and will then lift his leg up on his crib.  As soon as he gets up on the edge he asks me to tickle him so he falls back into the crib.  I don’t even have to touch him, just the idea of tickles makes him fall back in full of laughter.

He is getting so tall that he can get his knee on top of the crib with his other foot still firmly planted on the mattress.

Bath Time Giggles

Just one of those moments that we feel so lucky to have captured so we can enjoy it over and over again.  Nicholas has the best laugh!

Indoor Playground

Cooper and his PEPS buddies Nolan and Luca let their creativity flow during a pretend lunch at the Rainbow indoor playground.  We love this place as a great way to get energy out when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

Cooper loved pushing Nicholas in the swing and Nicholas loves to swing.  Cooper’s push strategy is to not get go and instead run back and forth with Nicholas.

March Messy Art Classes

We finished up the March sessions of Messy Art class this week.  Cooper gradually warmed up to getting messy again.  We were lucky enough to have a good friend, Zoey,  in class with us to help with the getting messy and using lots of glitter mentality.  Nana was even able to join us for one session.  The spring weather meant we headed to the playground across the street after each class which was a nice treat.

All of the other students named their leprechaun “Lucky,” but Cooper wanted to name his “Frosty.”  Yes, it is March and he is still singing “Frosty the Snowman” almost daily.

Digging Helper

Cooper was keen on keeping Jeremy on task while he was digging out the rhododendron bushes from our front yard.  Apparently, Cooper didn’t stop talking the entire time.

Professional Pics at Newcastle Park

Nicholas got us safely to the photo shoot at Newcastle Park.  That or we were a bit early and he decided it wasn’t much fun to stay in his car seat any longer.  As soon as our photographer Ashley showed up Nicholas was all smiles for her.  This was a first for us, to have him so happy for a photographer, so we were very optimistic this family session would be a good one.  We had a really fun time walking through the woods and playing in the grass during the photo shoot.

All of the pictures from the session are here.

We sprung for the extra package which included a video.  It was well worth it!


Nana Fun

Nana shared her secret to making Rice Krispy treats with Cooper, add peanut butter.  We are all huge fans of this addition!   One of my favorite parts is hearing Cooper ask for what sounds like “Christmas Trees” when he wants Krispy Treats.

We love outside time and Nana is a great sport bundling up to join us.

When there is a break in the soccer action with big brother, Nicholas is quick to pick it up too.

A great perk of having visitors in town is that often this means Daddy gets to ride in the backseat with the boys.