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February, 2016:

2nd Birthday Party!

We celebrated Nicholas with a small party at our house.   He loved having just a few friends and family over for his construction themed birthday.

Nicholas aka Itty, Nicoletoe Burrito or Nickel with Mama and Daddy

Singing to the birthday boy

Pinterest and vehicles from Nene for the carrot birthday cake win.

2 Years Old

Our little guy is 2 today!  We are loving seeing more and more of this silly, clever and loving little guys personality each day.

Stats: Weight 30lbs (74%), Height 34.5in (54%), Head Circumference 20in (97%)

Getting his last night of rest as a 1 year old.

Says Mama when he wakes up.  After a couple of minutes (at the most) he will sign “eat” telling us he wants to go downstairs for breakfast right away.  We use tv in the morning to stall breakfast  a few minutes if we are still getting ready.  The parent alarm goes off at 5:30 and the kids are waking up anywhere from 5:30 to 6:20 when Cooper’s clock is set to turn green.  On occasion Nicholas will sleep until nearly 7am, but that is pretty rare.  Nicholas is now taking one 2-3 hour nap after lunch.  He still moves a ton when he sleeps, but he will stay in bed quiet for the 3 hours most afternoons.


Meals:  All breakfast items go in his yogurt dish.  Usually fruit, but when there are things like eggs or waffles they go in with the yogurt too.  At dinner he races to the pantry as soon as he hears the vitamin jar being opened.  He loves his 1/2 Flinstone chewable vitamin he gets with dinner each night.

Development:  Words are coming.  Has the O sound and still working on the elusive E sound.  Says All Done, Apple, Eggs.  Loves to put up gates with his arms to stop anyone, anywhere, anytime.  Loves to be outside and playing with water.  He is a fantastic problem solver and enjoys making messes especially emptying his bookshelf or dumping all the fruit out of the shopping cart.  Cleaning up is equally as much fun and you will find him with a broom in hand many times every day.

Eating tater tots with a spoon…Nicholas loves to eat and doesn’t mind the extra time it takes to use utensils.

Physical:  All molars are in, wears size 5 diapers and 2T clothes, with size 7 shoes.  He shows a strong preference for his right hand and foot.

Loves: Vitamins, yogurt, shrimp, prunes, cheesy smile, bike racks and rocks

He will stop mid stride just to pick up a rock he sees.  Nicholas is really good about throwing them back in the rock collection he took it from and appears to have a decent arm for throwing.

All bike racks catch his eye.  He loves to stand on the U shaped racks and climb under and over them repeatedly.

Firsts: Bowling, Sitting in the haircut chair by himself,

A Walker and a Pusher

It looks a bit silly, but it just shows how different kids can be.  Cooper would hands down rather ride in a cart or stroller, always.  Nicholas really dislikes riding in a cart or stroller and there is some heavy negotiations happening each trip which usually includes at least some walking time.

Woodinville Toddler Group Reunion

We met an incredible group of families when we started Woodinville Toddler Group with Cooper in 2013.  This group has grown with siblings, many who are close in age to Nicholas.  We try to get together a few times a year and every time I am reminded just how lucky we are to have met in the co-op.  Not sure why our boys have their arms in the air, but they are looking at the camera 🙂

Haircuts and Celebration Taco Time

Another successful haircut in time for the big 2nd birthday.  These boys love getting their haircut by Auntie Di Di and both sat in the chair by themselves.

After the haircuts Daddy met us in Redmond where we headed out for dinner.  Daddy’s favorite line “Cooper what time is it?”  Cooper “Taco Time!”  This was the first time the boys got to sit next to each other on the same side of the table in a restaurant.  To say they loved it would be an understatement.

Cooper at 3 3/4

Cooper loves jumping.  It is his go to dance move.  He is a big fan of the Kinect Adventure game where you have to jump to go fast down a train track.

He rarely naps, but when he does it is often in a unique place as if he just collapsed mid play.  Building pillow piles to jump in is a daily activity for C and N.

Cooper loves to dig, be outside and hangout with Grandpa.  Doing all three at the same time is the best!

Tape, everything needs tape.  Wrapping presents is a favorite activity for our “Mama/Cooper” time each afternoon after his 1 hour 5 minute rest time and Nicholas is still napping.  If there are no presents to be wrapped, there is still a need for tape.

Sock gloves, they are a staple of his outfit each day.  This might have come from us using socks on Nicholas’ hands in the winter, but it has had some serious staying power with Cooper.  He even wears them to school, but takes them off when asked and they come home in his school bag.

Nothing makes him happier than a chance to go flying with Daddy.  He has reached expert passenger status and does a great job listening and knowing each step of the process.  He even reminded Rob to grab the chocks after one of their stops.

Our regular commercial flights are also making an impact in his play.  With our new shoe holder he decided to set up an airport security line where you put your shoes in the bin.  It always amazes us what he picks up on from our day to day experiences.

Finally, I leave you with this.  Yes, I am the parent who gives my kid real pruners to cut the grass.  This is not a punishment, he loves it and it is only second to pulling weeds…  I love Cooper’s love of the outdoors and yard work.

Veggie Plate

In an effort to let go and give Cooper more experiences, we put him in charge of making the veggie plate for a super bowl party.  He opted for the layered approach with the veggies so you had to dig for the cucumbers, but had easy access to the peppers 🙂


The boys are loving to dress alike these days.  This means each night Cooper comes into Nicholas’ room to check what jammies he is wearing and then go look in his own draw to see if he can match him.

It does result in super cute pictures as the boys wave goodbye to Daddy in the morning when he walks to the bus

They even have a pair of matching dress shirts that they very happily wore to the symphony with Grandma and Grandpa.

Proud Daddy Moment

Cooper decided his airplane needed to be tied down, just like Daddy’s.