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September, 2015:

19 Months

Nicholas is getting more silly and smiley each week. This month marks the first complete month of having a weekly social therapist and bi-weekly physical therapist to work with Nicholas on social interactions and movements that give him the big feedback he craves. He is warming up to them and we are all learning new ways to interact and play together. A highlight of Nicholas’ day continues to be when Daddy comes home and he gets to help him open a beer. He insists on a sip of each beer he helps pour. The boys and their beer During the boys weekend Nicholas had his first corn on the cob and loved it. When the water is warm Nicholas is a big fan of swim lessons with Daddy. We are also working on extending the time that he is in care at the gym with a quick visit each Saturday during brother’s swim lesson. Firsts: Swim lessons, corn on the cob, toddler group, Mariners game, Weekend away from Mama

Boys Weekend

This weekend was Mama’s first weekend away from the boys since Nicholas was born. Daddy started off showing some super powers by watching our friends’ kids too, 4:1, he is a brave man. They had some park time, digging, running and playing together. Even a trip to Costco, where Cooper declared “look it is almost Halloween” when seeing the Christmas decorations. They ended the boys weekend with some pizza, beer and football at Bellevue Brewing. It was reported to be a very successful weekend! I had an amazing weekend away with my best friend, Nicole, in Erie, CO. We enjoyed cider, hiking, family time with her boys and husband, shopping and catching up. The timing was perfect for our hike. The fall colors were gorgeous. We ended up hiking to Black Lake which we later looked up the details: marked ‘strenuous’ in the book with 1,480 ft elevation gain to 10,600 ft and 4.8 miles each way. We saw moose on the hike back and we ended it watching an entire herd of elk crossing the main street of town on our way home.

Toddler Group

I have really been looking forward to this time when I get to go do an activity with just Nicholas. We started our weekly toddler group today on one of the days Cooper is at preschool. Nicholas was pretty cuddly and slower to warm up, but you could tell it felt familiar to him after coming last year with his brother. Ball pit snuggles.