Saturday, September 26, 2009


We went on a train ride in Old Sacramento today with our friends, Becky and Jason and their two little ones. We planned the playdate a few weeks ago, not knowing that this is the last weekend that the train is running for the year (well, there are special holiday rides coming up, but the regular schedule is ending), so we were really glad that we didn't plan it for next weekend. Anyway, the kids all had a blast on the train ride, and after the ride we went and had lunch at Annabelle's Family Restaurant. Yeah. If you're ever in Old Sac and don't want to spend a ton of money on lunch... go to Subway!

Anyway, Jason snapped a bunch of shots of the kids on the train, and Becky emailed some of Timothy over tonight. Man, I wish I had a camera like theirs! (I guess the fact that Becky is an awesome photographer means that she gets to have toys like that... tools of the trade. Hehe!)

We had a lot fun - we'll have to get together again to take the kids on the Polar Express train ride at Christmas time!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Shake your body like a belly dancer!

We went down to the Bay Area to visit my dad over Labor Day Weekend, and I took Billy and Timothy to El Morocco for the first time. As some of you know, long ago in another life, I used to be a featured dancer there, so I thought it would be fun for them to see what I used to do before I decided to become a tax attorney... hehe! Anyway, Timothy really enjoyed getting his hands washed at the table at the beginning and end of the meal, sitting on a big cushion on the floor, running around all over the restaurant before the dancer came out, playing with a light-up camel (mamoo!) by the sound system, and most of all (of course!) the dancer!

I have NO idea what I was thinking, because I left the camera at home when we went, so I was only able to get a few fuzzy, dark shots with my phone. They're still pretty priceless, if you ask me!

Anyway, before the dancer came out, Timothy was rocking out, totally entertaining everyone. Once she came out, he was mesmerized, and just stood there and stared for a while.

Then he saw her belly button, and he turned to one of the tables that had really been cracking up over his dancing earlier, pulled up his shirt, and showed them his belly button. It was SO cute!!

And then she came and danced with him. It was so funny, because I think he just didn't know what to make of it all. He wouldn't dance when she was right there, but once she moved on, of course he was at it again.

And then, he got brave and he tipped her. The crowd went wild! :)

A good time was had by all. And boy, oh boy am I craving some harira (Moroccan lentil soup) right about now!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

18 month well baby visit stats

Timothy is a well-baby, indeed! The doctor said that his language skills are very advanced - he's starting to put together 2-word sentences, which is a 2-year skill, and his vocabulary is upwards of 50 words (it's been a while since I've counted, but at last count 3 months ago he had 40+, so I'm sure I'm making a conservative estimate). At this age, they're looking for 7-10 words, so apparently he's following in his chatterbox mommy's footsteps :).

As for his stats, he is:
32.5" tall = 50th percentile
23lbs 7oz = 20th percentile (up from 10th!)
19.5" head circumference = don't know about the percentile, but it sure looks big! Heehee!

So, all in all, he's doing VERY well. (As if we didn't know that!)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fun at school

My friend Lacy was at the Infant Center last week taking pictures, and she was kind enough to share them with me. Timothy was asleep for the better part of the time she was there, but she managed to get some really cute ones of him when he finally got up and joined the party.


"Aren't I cute?"

"Buh! Buh! Buh!" (Bus! Bus! Bus!)

"Mine! Shaaare!"

Friends in the end

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

18 months old!

The last 6 months have gone by in an absolute blur. Yes, there has been a lot going on, but my, oh my! I never imagined that the second year would go so fast!

So, what's the little man been up to? Well, his sense of humor is really developing. He's doing more and more things for effect, and he's really watching for our reactions. If he gets a laugh, he doesn't stop doing whatever it was that engendered said laugh until... well, until he gets distracted by something bigger and better, I suppose. So, while this is really cute and funny most of the time, we have to be really careful about laughing when he does something naughty.

He's also talking. A LOT! I'd heard about an 18-month language explosion, but I never imagined it would be like this. He's picking up at least one, and sometimes two or three words every single day! And he's retaining them, for the most part, as he learns new ones. I'll have to sit down and really try to put together a comprehensive list, but here are some of our favorites from this past week: "dattie" (daddy), "mamoo" (animals), "noonuh" (noodles), "ba-pa" (backpack), "yebow" (stroller and/or lawn mower), "bike" (um, I think you got that one). The list goes on and on. It's so much fun! And again, having to watch what comes out of our mouths more than ever before, because he's really into repeating stuff. Yeah. Mommy's working hard on that one!

And then there's "Yeah!" and "no". "Yeah!" is sooooo cute - he says it a lot, but when he's excited, he'll yell it with a tone of wonder in his voice. It's hard to explain. I suppose I'll have to attempt to capture it on video. "No", up until the last couple of days was actually "oh" while shaking his head. He does use it at appropriate times, and is not yet using it in the "terrible twos" kind of way. Did I say yet? Yeah, I know, I know; yet. Just tonight at dinner he said "no, no, no, no, no" and laughed, though. Hopefully he was just happy he got the "n" sound down. Heehee!

Let's see, what else? Well, he's doing really well at self-feeding with a spoon. He still eats mostly with his hands (70-ish% of the time, I'd say), but he can and does use a spoon quite well, and he is adamant about having one at mealtimes. Very cute!

He's also very cutely wanting to hold our hands when we're walking together, and if he wants to show us something, he'll come and get us by the hand and lead us to see it. Who knew it could be so heartwarming having a toddler take you by the hand and drag you over to check out a leaf or bug?

Oh, and he's also completely obsessed with busses, trains, large trucks of any sort, RVs, and airplanes. Whenever he sees or hears one he will yell "buh, buh, buh" for busses, trucks and/or RVs, "tchuh, tchuh, tchu" for trains, and "affwa" for airplanes and/or helicopters. (Incidentally, "affwa" also sounds like his words for outside and other side - as in when he's nursing. Heehee!)

And shoes - how can I forget shoes? He is so funny about wanting to put on his shoes. We think it's because at school they don't wear shoes until it's time to go outside, so whenever he wants to go out and play, he'll bring his shoes over and say "shuss? Yeah, yeah!". He also is really into trying on our shoes now. Which, as you can imagine, is hilarious! And he'll also bring our shoes to us if we ask for them or if he wants us to go somewhere. And if a shoe obsession is not proof-positive that he's his mother's son, then I don't know what is! :)

So that's about it for the 18 month update. All in all, he's just a cool little dude. Our well-baby visit is next week, so I'll post some stats afterwards. He's been standing on our scale at home and it says 24.5lbs, but it tends to be pretty inaccurate, so I'm guessing 23.5-ish, and he's 31" on our growth chart. So we'll see!

Yep... that's how he rolls... heehee!