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A Long Overdue Update

January 29, 2011 1 comment

One moment while I brush the dust off this blog. Okay, we’re back in business …

So much to fill you in on! Where do I start? When last I posted, Emmett had finally started saying ‘mamma,’ and while he still sometimes prefers to call me ‘dadda,’ it’s pretty much a regular thing now.

In other news, we had a great time visiting my family in NJ and PA for Thanksgiving, and I think it’s safe to say Emmett and his cousin Gus became pretty good friends, despite the occasional sharing mishap.

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Emmett & Gus at Pop Pop's for Thanksgiving

Emmett also experienced his second Christmas in Boston and Maine and was much better at opening presents than he was a year ago. His favorite gifts included a harmonica from Gran Lucy and Grandpa Mac and a new laptop (video) from GranD and Nana.

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Emmett gets down with his new harmonica

Emmett’s SpongeBob themed second birthday warranted a fun visit from Aunt Lulu (video), Nana, GranD, Uncle Shawn, Aunt Sara, cousin Ben, and a few friends and resulted in a new basketball hoop, some yummy cupcakes, and Emmett’s first sledding experience.

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Emmett blows out his birthday cupcake candles

So … what now? I’m pleased(?) to announce that we’re now embarking on the exciting new adventure that is… POTTY TRAINING!

Brace yourselves, everyone. James and I are sure to be in for a wild ride…

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Snow Toddler

Photo Links:

See photos from Thanksgiving

See photos from Christmas

See photos from Emmett’s 2nd Birthday

Age Timer: 2 years

Emmett Says ‘Mamma!’

November 17, 2010 3 comments

It’s official, and there’s no disputing it this time: Emmett has totally made me the happiest mom ever, saying ‘mamma’ for the first time while we were sitting on the couch last Friday night watching TV. Okay — so I may have prompted him to say it, but now he’ll say it without question whenever I ask him to, and it’s the best feeling ever. I literally melted the first time he said it. Who knew something so simple would make my night? Anyway, if you don’t believe me, here’s the proof…

This is huge, considering he’d started saying complicated words like ‘purple’ before ‘mamma,’ and I’d starting thinking he and James were playing some kind of crude practical joke on me. Are kids younger than age two even capable of making practical jokes? The jury’s still out. Next stop: saying ‘mamma’ without being prompted.

toddler, fireplace

Emmett watches Toy Story 3 as he lounges by our first fire of the season.

Age Timer: 22 months

Categories: Firsts, Milestones, video Tags: ,

Superman Goes Trick-or-Treating

November 2, 2010 1 comment

With Emmett’s grandparents in tow, James and I took Emmett (AKA Superman) for his first ever trick-or-treating experience this past Halloween.  Emmett made a pretty fabulous Superman, selecting the red and blue suit over the alternative lobster costume (though much to my dismay).

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A sad lobster and Superman. Superman won.

While Superman was a pretty indecisive trick-or-treater when first presented with bowls of various goodies, he got the hang of it by the end of our adventure, knocking on doors himself and saying “Thank you — bye!” without even being prompted (video).

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"Trick or treat!"

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So much to choose from!

Nana and Gran-D even taught Emmett how to appropriately get into the Superman character. Watch the footage below to see Emmett flying and making sound effects like Superman.

Quite a step up from his first Halloween, huh? For more photos from Halloween, check out the Halloween 2010 set on Flickr!

Age Timer: 21 months, 2 weeks

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Emmett Experiences the Jersey Shore

August 25, 2010 3 comments

Last weekend was Emmett’s first trip to the Jersey shore!  The three of us headed down for a couple of days with my parents, and despite my fear that he was going to hate the sand and the ocean, he completely pulled through and loved every minute of it.  Apparently, all you have to do is plop that kid down in the sand, give him a shovel, and he’s good to go.

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Good to Go!

Here’s a video of Emmett with dad and Nana, letting the ocean waves wash over his piggies (AKA toes) and jabbering about who knows what…

Emmett also enjoyed tossing sand, a leisurely bike ride, an evening stroll along the boardwalk, a ride on the carousel (which he was not a fan of) and some public dancing.

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Emmett's First Bike Ride

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Emmett and Dad on the Boardwalk

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"I AM SPARTA!"

Thanks to Nana and GranD for planning such a fabulous long weekend at the Jersey shore!

Fore more pictures from our trip, check out the Jersey Shore set on Flickr.

Age Timer: 19 months, 1 week

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Emmett’s First Buzz Cut

May 26, 2010 2 comments

Emmett’s hair is (correction — was) out of control.  He definitely inherited his full head of hair from both me and James (mainly James), and we recently realized keeping it at the length we like would involve very frequent trips to Snip-its.

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Emmett's Hair at Our Preferred Length

Lately, since it’s been getting hotter, I’ve started feeling sorry for him and the sweaty mop on top of his head.  So this evening I took matters into my own hands, grabbed James’ beard trimmer and started buzzing.  It didn’t bother him as much as I thought it might, and the result was about a pound of hair on the bathroom floor and a much lighter/more naked toddler head.  He definitely looks like he’s a lot cooler now, too.  Introducing the new, buzz cut Emmett …

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A lot cooler

Buzzzz

Buzzzz

Age Timer: 16 months, 1 week

Categories: Firsts, Milestones Tags: ,

Emmett and the Waddlers at My Gym

April 7, 2010 1 comment

For Christmas, my parents decided to give Emmett and me some money to sign up for a parent participation My Gym class.  My Gym is a children’s fitness center with locations all over the world, and there just so happens to be one very close to where we live.  I finally signed us up for a session, and yesterday we participated in our first Waddlers class for children ages 14-22 months.  We had a lot of fun, but let’s just say Emmett’s independent personality was never more apparent, and he has a lot of work to do on his cooperative skills.

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a partial view of My Gym Boston

Emmett was a huge fan of “free play,” where the kids can wander around the room, free to do whatever they want.  And there’s a lot to choose from — a large ball pit, wedge-shaped gym mats, slides, trampolines, climbing walls. Speaking of climbing, there are multiple options for the “climber,” which Emmett has expressed a lot of interest in at home recently. (Let’s just say if I leave the room for 2 seconds, I’ll come back to him standing on top of the coffee table as if he’s just claimed a new land.)  I’m hoping his My Gym experiences will help to satisfy his climbing urges rather than encourage more of them at home, but only time will tell.  He also had no problem with “separation time,” when the kids’ accompanied parents are asked to leave the play area and leave the children alone with the My Gym instructors.

My Gym Separation Time

the Waddlers during "separation time" (looks like one mom didn't understand the concept)

On the other hand, any sort of organized activity was a struggle.  “Circle time,” when all of the children and their parents sit in a circle for specific activities, was not a welcomed part of My Gym time for Emmett.  I’m hoping that in the weeks to come, the class will help Emmett learn how to follow directions and participating in organized activities will become easier.  Again, only time will tell …

In other news, last night before bed Emmett went on Safari, killed and skinned a wild giraffe and then displayed it as a hood ornament …

Emmett on Safari

Age Timer: 14 months, 3 weeks

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Emmett’s First Artistic Experience: Crayons!

March 12, 2010 Leave a comment

My parents sent us a care package yesterday, which included a pack of Crayola crayons and a drawing pad.  It reminded me of when I used to go school supplies shopping near the end of the summer and got way too excited over packs of fresh, new, virgin crayons.

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Emmett's First Drawing

We broke them out immediately, Emmett double-fisting a brown and a purple and running down the hallway in a tizzy.  “Something tells me these will be both a joy and a headache,” James said.  I agree — crayon time is definitely going to have to be a contained and closely monitored activity.  I have a feeling I’m going to get much more use out of  my Magic Eraser in the near future…

Age Timer: 13 months, 3 weeks

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