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.
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.
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.
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…
Age Timer: 2 years
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…
Age Timer: 21 months, 3 weeks
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.
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 …
Check out more photos from our afternoon in the Tougas Farm set on Flickr. Happy fall!
Age Timer: 20 months
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.
Some of this summer’s highlights:
- Emmett got his first buzz cut.
- James and I got engaged and started planning our wedding. (Have I directed you to our wedding website yet?)
- We visited with Cousin Gus, Aunt A and Uncle Mac in Michigan.
- Emmett took swim lessons.
- 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.
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
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!
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:
- 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?
- He’s developing quite a little sense of humor. He fakes sneezes when we sneeze, and he’s just a goofball in general.
- 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.
- He now weighs about 28 lbs, and he’s half an inch shy of 3 feet tall.
- 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.
Also, can you believe Emmett is already a year and a half old? It’s unreal …
Age Timer: 18 months, 3 weeks