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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.

toddlers playing

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.

toddler playing harmonica

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.

toddler birthday cupcakes

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…

toddler in snow

Snow Toddler

Photo Links:

See photos from Thanksgiving

See photos from Christmas

See photos from Emmett’s 2nd Birthday

Age Timer: 2 years

Emmett’s Favorite Playground Activity

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

The slide!  Last weekend, Emmett’s 1-year-old cousin Ben and his family stopped by for an afternoon visit, so we headed to the playground, where Em expressed his undying love for the slide…

toddler in a swing

Ben enjoys some swing time

toddler, dad on slide

Emmett takes a trip down the slide with dad

Age Timer: 21 months, 3 weeks

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An Afternoon at Tougas Farm

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment

It may not be officially fall for another four days, but it sure does feel like it!  Today we spent the afternoon at Tougas Farm in Northboro after a recommendation from James, who’d taken his students there on a field trip a couple of weeks ago.

toddler, pumpkin patch

This is my absolute favorite picture of the day. He was so excited to be standing on that rock!

We  spent the afternoon drinking apple cider, feeding goats (video), getting heckled by roosters, playing on the playground and picking pumpkins.  Despite the fact that there were a million people there and it was basically impossible to snap a photo of Emmett on the tractor (which was very disappointing), we all had a blast!  We also learned, yet again, that a stick is always better than pretty much anything to little boys, even a patch full of pumpkins …

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Emmett the Flower

toddler in pumpkin patch

Pumpkin Picker

Check out more photos from our afternoon in the Tougas Farm set on Flickr.  Happy fall!

Age Timer: 20 months

Last Days of Summer: Labor Day in Maine

September 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Traditionally, Labor Day marks the end of summertime. Usually, this is a major bummer. But this year, I think my family had a pretty awesome summer, making it a little easier to watch it go.

Toddler with Shovel

Emmett and His Shovel in the Boat

Some of this summer’s highlights:

  1. Emmett got his first buzz cut.
  2. James and I got engaged and started planning our wedding. (Have I directed you to our wedding website yet?)
  3. We visited with Cousin Gus, Aunt A and Uncle Mac in Michigan.
  4. Emmett took swim lessons.
  5. We had Emmett’s first trip to the Jersey shore with Nana, Gran-D and Aunt Niki.

A couple of days in Maine with Gran Lucy, Grandpa Mac, Uncle Shawn, Aunt Sara and Cousin Ben were a great way to top off the summer.  We enjoyed a yummy lobster feast (and learned just how much Emmett enjoys corn on the cob), spent some time on the beach and the boat, did some shopping in Freeport for Emmett’s fall wardrobe, and mainly just relaxed.

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Emmett with Gran Lucy and Cousin Ben

Toddler eating corn on the cob

Emmett Devours His Corn on the Cob

Toddler and Lobster

Emmett Confronts a Lobster With a Grill Lighter

Who else is looking forward to toddlers playing in piles of leaves in the fall and making snowmen in the winter?  I know Em and I are.

For more photos from our Labor Day visit in Maine, view the set on Flickr.

Age Timer: 19 months, 3 weeks

Categories: holidays, Weekly Updates Tags: ,

Little Swimmer

August 9, 2010 1 comment

Admittedly, a lot of my free time lately has been taken up by wedding planning (awesome for me, not so great for my blog readers).  I’m sure any mom understands this, but having a kid (or kids) makes it extremely difficult to find time to do everything you wish you could.  Luckily, I’ve been able to motivate myself to squeeze running into my schedule (I used to be a pretty dedicated runner before I got pregnant), and as I said, with the wedding planning, unfortunately my blog has taken a back seat.  Not that I’m going to convert my blog into a place for wedding chatter in any sense, but for those interested, the wedding planning is going along quite swimmingly. We have the venue, the date, the officiant, a wedding website and I even found the dress!

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Emmett and Dad

I’ve partially justified my lack of blogging by the fact that Emmett isn’t hitting the milestones as freqently as he did as a baby.  Still, there have definitely been some developments:

  1. He’s been all about the babbling for quite some time, but he has also been slightly behind on his vocabulary.  Lately though, he’s really been excelling on the talking front. He can now say hi, bye, dad, one, two, blue, choo choo, ball, wow, wee and eye.  Am I forgetting anything, James?
  2. He’s developing quite a little sense of humor.   He fakes sneezes when we sneeze, and he’s just a goofball in general.
  3. He loves to dance. Like — loves it.  He dances whether or not there’s music, and I’m pretty sure he’s already a better dancer than I am.  This kid’s got moves.  I can’t wait to catch him on video.
  4. He now weighs about 28 lbs, and he’s half an inch shy of 3 feet tall.
  5. He likes to swim.  We’ve been taking parent-toddler swim classes at the Fitness and Recreation Center at Boston University, and he’s definitely a fan.
toddler and mom at the pool

Emmett the swimmer

Also, can you believe Emmett is already a year and a half old?  It’s unreal …

Age Timer: 18 months, 3 weeks

His Diaper is Full … Full of Chic

June 6, 2010 3 comments

I was hardly kidding when I said I’d be purchasing a pack of Huggies Jeans diapers (if you missed my previous post, including the awesome commercial, click here now).  Well, needless to say, I bought some, they’re awesome, and James is super embarrassed for Emmett.

It’s been hot, so Emmett’s been modeling them around the apartment quite frequently…

toddler in Huggies Jeans diaper

Now, he poos in blue.

In other news, Emmett also cut his 7th tooth (on the bottom left side) this week, further preparing his chompers to bite into a nice piece of steak.

Age Timer: 16 months, 2 weeks

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.

My Gym Boston

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

Categories: Firsts, Weekly Updates Tags: ,
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