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May, 2016:

May Brothers

These two love to play together.  Cooper loves to ride and Nicholas loves to push, stroller, cart, toys, anything.  It cracks me up to see little brother pushing big brother around town.

Exhaustion finally won over a Cooper.  I love all the toy action on his floor and then it looks like a pool noodle is what finally took him out for this afternoon’s nap.

A visit to Costco with the Kochman brothers is not complete unless you stop to see the pizza sauce machine in action

Just capturing the daily silliness.

Weekends and grandparent visits are the best because then they get to help with the coffee machine

Family airplane oil change.  I hear rumors in the coming years this could be a boy bonding time activity.  Until then, we will do our best to keep the kiddos entertained/out of the way and have them recount the oil cans over and over again 🙂

A highlight of sheet changing day.  Jumping on Nicholas’ bed in their adorable matching pjs.

27 months


Words, Nicholas’ sounds have grown leaps and bounds this quarter.  We were reminded that back in February he only made a ‘ba’ and ‘ma’ sound.  There were slight differences in the many uses of ba that stood for everything from brother to bottle to airplane.  Now he has a string of sounds and is regularly using two words together.  His first two word saying was “more food”.  Right now he loves to run through a door and yell “elloo, bye bye” to mimic a silly game he plays with Cooper where he runs up to the neighbors and says “hello, goodbye” before running away again.

Nicholas has finished up his first solo year and 3rd year at Woodinville Toddler Group.  He was able to parallel play in different rooms than me and always loved any of the ride or push toys in the hallway.

He is starting preschool at Kindering where he will get his speech and occupational therapy during class.  It is two days a week for 1.5 hours.  This will be a great developmental milestone as he moves to a group setting for therapy and gets to blossom on his own without supervision of his parents and brother.  He is always so excited to get to talk about his day when asked at the dinner table.  Right now there is a lot of translating by me so it will be fun to decipher what happened on his school days.


We have added a clock that turns green at 6:20am to his room to match Cooper’s.  Many mornings he is up closer to 5:30am, but we are trying to see if he can wait until 6:20.  On the mornings that he does wait until his clock is green he is so proud to show it off when we go to get him.  This morning he actually made it until his clock turned green and was so excited he is pointing to it on his bookcase next to his camera.

Speaking of proud, Nicholas really lights up when he does something he is proud of.  It is so cute to see him glowing from ear to ear when showing us a puzzle he did or picture he made.  If they make it until their clocks are green they get to watch some tv in the morning while we finish up getting ready (Rob and I get up at 5:30 to try to be ready before they are up).  Nicholas can last for a few minutes of tv, but quickly enters our room to keep us on track so we can get downstairs to make him some breakfast.  He is at a wonderful stage of wanting to do things himself.  His breakfast jobs are to get out 3 spoons, transfer his yogurt to a ramekin and stir it up, and put 2-3 prunes on both of their plates.  He now regularly climbs into his booster chair at the table and does both buckles.  He is drinking his milk from a rocks glass and we are slowly moving away from other plastic dishes (no real reason we haven’t switched completely, but habit).

Please note how much yogurt actually made it to the ramekin.  The yogurt often touches the ramekin, but is then quickly scooped up again to go right into his mouth.

For snack Nicholas will get out the cheese sticks or circles for him and Cooper and bring them to the table.  He loves Craisins and calls them “du dus.”  He also loves the squeeze pouches.  We then head out to play at either our weekly PEPS play dates, toddler group, the gym care or parks and errand running on our unscheduled days.  Nicholas typically eats a PB&J sandwich for lunch with a fruit and pirate booty.  If he sees a lunch meat or cheese he will also ask for that too.  After lunch he goes up for nap and we do a diaper change and read two books before he goes down.  He is currently sleeping 2-3 hours most days and we are finding if we can get in his room when he is sitting up, but before he starts to cry he is much happier in the afternoon.  On the days he does cry after nap it can take some time to settle him down, but a sure bet is to sit with him in the rocker and snuggle him slightly laid back.  He often falls back to sleep this way.  I love his koala hold that he gives before and after rest times, it is the best feeling.

If you ever need a stirrer, Nicholas is your guy.  Just like his Daddy, this guy love to stir!

It is hard to say no to this face when he wants a Popsicle.  Eating them outside is a definite must!

Meeting Baby Blake

Blake, my “fake” cousin, Shannon’s son was born on 4/30.  The boys are so excited to welcome a baby to our family.  They love to love on him.  They were so happy and convinced that they could make baby Blake laugh and watch him in his swing.  Both boys also decided it would be a great day to wear their birthday number shirts 🙂

Toddler Group, First and Last Days

Our little character on his last day of toddler group 2016, age 2.

First day of toddler group 2015, age 1.5

Boys Weekend and Solo Auntie Visit

Daddy and the boys had a wonderful boys weekend, which included airplane, of course.  They visited the Boeing museum and even caught the Dream Lifter landing.

Auntie had a girls weekend with her nieces and sister in the Santa Cruz sunshine.  Kari and I did some wine tasting and then picked the girls up from school for a fun first day.

With a third adult we also hit the Boardwalk to take advantage of the 1:1 adult ratio for rides.

Next we hit the rock climbing gym to practice before the girls’ birthday party coming up in a few weeks.

It was another incredible trip with some of my most favorite people.  We sure do know how to make the most of our time together xoxo.

Febrile Seizure

One of my scariest experiences as a parent.  Nicholas wasn’t feeling well and was completely inconsolable.  I tried everything, but ultimately I put him in the Ergo and he was finally able to calm a little bit to try and get him to rest.  Just a few minutes after having him in the Ergo and sitting down he began to have a seizure.  It was my first time ever seeing someone have a seizure and to have it be my son was terrifying.  It resulted in my first phone call ever to 911 and having the paramedics come to our house.  The 911 operator told me to strip off his clothes and put him on a cold surface like the bathroom floor.  He had stopped seizing by the time the medics arrived just a few minutes later.

Randomly at toddler group, just two weeks before, two of his friends had just had their first febrile seizures.  Thank goodness those parents were talking about it as I was able to, with some confidence, figure out that is what was probably happening to Nicholas and stay pretty calm.  It was very odd that we all have older children the same age and this happened to 3 of us with our youngest children within weeks of each other and none of us had ever had it happen before.  The other kids did not come out of their seizures as quickly and had to be transported to the hospital so we were very lucky.

What I have learned.  Nicholas had a fever and being in warm clothes held tightly against me he got too hot.  I need to give Tylenol sooner and if he is held take off more layers of clothes.  Cooper continued to watch Daniel Tiger through the entire episode other than a small break to go let the paramedics in.  He seemed to not even notice the paramedics looking at his brother on the floor in the same room.  Later he asked if I was crying because I was scared, so he really is aware of everything going on even if his actions didn’t show it.  We have never been a family to give medications to our kids, Nicholas now gets Tylenol once his fever hits 100, no matter what.  We also learned that calling 911 can have paramedics at our house in less than 5 minutes, which is absolutely incredible and makes me very thankful for where we live.

Mother’s Day Run


It was a day of races this Mother’s Day.  I completed my first 5k, our friend Amanda ran a half marathon and the kids all ran their first kids race too.

I did it!  I completed the couch to 5k running program and finished my first race ever.  The Mother’s Day 5k in Kirkland.  It was such a great experience to stay committed to running every other day for 8 weeks (missed one day due to food poisoning) and much of it was done pushing the double stroller through my neighborhood streets.  The boys loved getting cars to wave back at them during our jogs and I loved the challenge of keeping them both entertained enough to be okay to be in a stroller 30 minutes every other day.  It definitely help keep my mind off the running part.

Cooper finishing up his first kids race with his friend Madeleine



Nicholas finishing up his first kids race

A happy, proud, wet and cold family at the end of the event.

While training for the 5k I decided to try out the 21 day Beachbody challenge too.  I typically did the workouts during nap time, but if the boys were up they loved to join in.