Milo ~ 19 months

We’ve had a great month. The weather has been lovely and we’ve been able to play outside almost everyday. We’ve had no teething or sickness issues, and Milo has been so happy and fun-loving.

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19 Month Stats & Pediatrician Visit

Milo had his 18 month wellness visit this past Monday (somehow, we’ve fallen a bit behind on the schedule by about a month). He measured in at 33″ tall (59th percentile) and 23 pounds 13 ounces (39th percentile). Whenever I look at him, he seems like such a big guy! At the beginning of the month, I moved him into size 5.5 shoes and now he’s starting to wear his size 6 shoes. I’m in the process of retiring his 12 month clothes and bringing more and more 18 month pieces into rotation. It just astounds me what a big kid he is!

Language

Milo’s verbal skills are finally taking off! Gone are the days when he only said a few different words each week, to be abandoned the next week for a new set of words. I’ve heard that the 18-19 month timeline can be a springboard for many kiddos in terms of verbal expression and that definitely seems to be the case with Milo.

His full list of words that are enunciated well-enough to understand (and that do actually sound like the correct word, rather than saying ‘mom’ for ‘cracker’ for example) is probably around 15 words, and include ‘moon’ and ‘zebra’ (which I think are neat words for him to have).

Here’s a video of him seemingly trying to sing the ABC song, and ends with him waving and saying “bye”.

Skillz!

Milo is definitely an athletic guy. This month, he’s mastered climbing up and down stairs, which I find extremely impressive.

He can also navigate a lot of playground equipment by himself. He can pull himself up most things and climb many of the ladders and climbing things successfully by himself. Of course, we always ‘spot’ him for safety – – just because he ‘can’ do these things by himself, we’re always hovering our hands right next to him just in case he slips or misses a step.

School Haps

School has been great. I continue to be delighted with his new day care provider. Milo absolutely loves going to school and he seems to really be learning.

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I also love all of the crafts they do! Last week, they learned about the Three Little Pigs and ‘built’ houses out of straw, sticks, and bricks.

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They also had a St. Patrick’s Day party and encouraged everyone to wear green. (Below is Milo with Miss Kellie, one of his teachers).

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They did face painting as part of their celebratory activities.

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This is Milo sitting on his spot in the ‘circle’ area. When I had picked him up on this day, they were all outside playing on the playground, and when Milo and I went to his classroom to sign him out, I gave him is water cup and he went over to his moose to sit and drink.

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This Friday, they’re having a ‘Teddy Bear Picnic’ and parents are invited (and I am excited!)

Playdates

We’ve had some fun playdates this month. Several months ago, I joined a moms & toddlers group and it’s nice for us to meetup and socialize.

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This particular group is kind of a ‘learning’ group where we meetup once a month and the mama host organizes some kind of learning-through-play activities. Milo and I both had a fantastic time at this month’s gathering.

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He’s definitely playing with kids more, rather than just doing his own thing. He’s had some great playdates with his friend Una where he’s actually played with her. I just think it’s so wonderful to watch him playing with kids.

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Adventures!

  • The Zoo

Now that the weather is nice, we’ve been going to the zoo a lot. Our zoo does a lot of awesome conservation work and is a great community partner for education and service. We have a yearly pass because it’s a fantastic place to take kids.

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Milo has increased his mimicking of animal sounds and when we were at the zoo last he tried making all of the different animal sounds. He was growling a lot and it was both adorable and hilarious.

I think he might love climbing on the animal structures than actually looking at any of the animals.

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  • Parks & Playgrounds

He and I have been exploring the Fish & Game Nature Center several times this month.

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I thought this was cool, to get a picture of him with a big moose (since he’s Milo Moose at school).

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They have some very interesting observation areas.

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Last weekend, I took Milo to a state park to explore and, despite me telling him not to, he walked right out into the cold (and very shallow) lake. He has definitely been trying to exert his independence a lot more this month, intentionally doing the exact thing I tell him not to. I’m not sure the best way to handle this behavior, but in this situation I didn’t bother physically preventing him from going into the water (because I knew he would have a mini-tantrum about it and be even more intent on going into the water). Instead, I tried to compassionately explain that the water was cold and would make his feet cold. He completely ignored me and walked into the cold water. Sure enough, his feet got cold and he wanted me to pick him up 10 seconds later. And then I carried him back to the car, to change out his wet clothes for dry, and since I didn’t have a spare pair of shoes that was the end of that adventure.

I’m not sure how to respond when he’s like this. I want him to understand that when I tell him not to do something, there’s a reason and it’s not that I don’t want him to have fun. I’m definitely supportive of him being able to explore, though I obviously intervene if there’s a safety issue.

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Anyway.

Here are Milo and Josh playing in the sand.

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Two weekends ago, we went to the Foothills Learning Center where they were having a family education day around fire awareness and safety. There were several craft activities and interesting demonstrations. In the photo below, we saw how fire spreads across different types of spaces with different fuel configurations.

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We also went on about an hour hike, with Milo hiking and exploring with us.

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Here he is exploring one of the artistic structures.

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We also took Milo on his first mountain bike ride! We rode a very gentle, beginner trail and it was fun.

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Unfortunately, our ride was cut way short because my tire blew out and Josh had to do some major McGyvering to get my bike ridable-enough to go home.

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Harvest Monday (March 20, 2017) and Official Spring Garden Update

Spring came to us early this weekend, with glorious temperatures and sunshine. I was fortunate to spend time in the garden AND harvested my first batch of asparagus, both for the year and in my lifetime! This weighed in at 181 grams and I sauteed the spears in butter, with pepper and the juice from half a lemon. DELICIOUS!

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I also wanted to provide an update on the garden.

But first, a follow-up about the weather. Previously, I described how we received record-breaking snow this year. So did the mountains all over Idaho and it’s starting to melt. What happens with record-breaking snowfall… record-breaking snowmelt. Currently, the Boise River is (literally) overflowing with water, as evidenced in the below photo where the walking path, which is normally about 20 feet away from the river (and 5 feet higher), is completely flooded.

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Anyway, we have continued to receive higher than average snow and rain this past month. About a week ago, I rode my bike to work with the trailer hitched on, thinking it was nice enough that I could pick up Milo from daycare on the bike. Instead, I had to dash home after work to get the car because a snowstorm hit and it was FREEZING.

However, it looks like spring is finally on its way in! The snow is melted, temps are rising, forsythias are blooming…

The asparagus is coming in strong!

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The rhubarb is coming up nicely.

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And the peas I sowed in early February are finally emerging. No photo, but I also noticed that the carrots and beets are also coming up (also direct sowed in early February).

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In between the storms, Milo has been helping me in the garden and I love it. He has a mini set of garden tools and last weekend we were clearing off the last of my beds together. I pointed out worms when I found them and he was fascinated. If you look closely, there is a worm he is observing.

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After we cleared off the beds, he helped me plant the broccoli I started whenever ago (end of January?). He loves moving dirt around, so he was thrilled to help with this. Although, he also loves continuing to move the dirt around, so there’s that. But, a week later, the broccoli has settled in nicely. This is Acadia and Atlantic broccoli.

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Not garden related, but I had decided to get Milo a sandbox so that he could move dirt around to his heart’s content and not disrupt my veggie beds. And just this past Thursday on our neighborhood’s NextDoor social network, a family in my neighborhood  was giving away (for free) their well loved sandbox and two new bags of play sand. The timing was amazing because on my list for the very next day was to obtain a sandbox and play sand. Score!

Also, in that garden bed with the volunteer tulip, I planted potatoes – – this year I’m growing Epicure and Red Gold. Normally, I plant potatoes directly in the ground, but I always have a hard time finding all of the potatoes in our rocky riverbed soil (it’s so weird how Idaho is an agricultural state but we have terrible soil).

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Anyway, this past Friday, I took the day off work so I could get some work done in the garden. The weather was GLORIOUS and I had a blast! Of course, the list of things I wanted to accomplish stretched across two pages of legal sized paper and I was barely able to make a dent on the first page.

The main thing I wanted to accomplish was to build new strawberry beds. Last year, I pulled up all of my strawberries because they were no longer performing and their runners never produced a single blossom, so decided to start from fresh stock. I also decided to change the location of my strawberries and to significantly expand them.

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I was able to complete two new strawberry beds (I’m hoping to have one more). This one above is home to ten Fort Laramie strawberries and below is home to ten Tristar strawberries. I was able to use boards we’ve had laying around for years, from an old mini-pergola that someone gave us. So it was nice to use up material that’s been taking up space.

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That’s it for this garden update. I expect to harvest more asparagus this week and accomplish a few more things on my list.

I’m linking my post today to Harvest Monday, hosted by Dave at Our Happy Acres.