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Tooth, TV, and Throwing – Isaac at 16 months


Books: Go, Dog, Go, Curious George, Little People flap book, and One Fish Blue Fish
Finding the balls on his clothing
Letters in the bathtub, on TV, his clothes, etc. He says “Ay, Eh, Ay, Eye”
Singing the Alphabet (normal song, Superwhy version, and “A, You’re Adorable version”)
Singing Superwhy songs in the car
Watching Superwhy! (Gasps while running from the bedroom)
His juice (half water, half apple juice), only gets 4 oz per day.
Climbing on us while we lay on the floor (he points to the floor to start the game)
Saying hi to the monkey in the tree at church
His little people toys: barn, tractor, bus, airplane. Obsession!
Hugging Elmo and Scout
Walking in the snow
Dancing to the music on Superwhy and his little people toys
Raisins, teddy grams, pear, pancakes with syrup
Pretending to sleep on our bed making snoring noises
Running & climbing

When he cannot get his Little Tikes truck through the doorway
When the silo doesn’t stay connected to his barn
If I take keys away from him
Sometimes cries when Mommys leave on Thursday nights to teach
The TV being turned off after his show
Having an itchy, runny nose, and of course when it has to be cleaned

Lost his front right tooth playing peekaboo. (Story here)
Went to the dentist for the first time and got an X-ray
Pumping his arm and saying “Choo-choo!”
Puzzle pieces matching (advanced ones like animals, vehicles)
Some motions to Wheels on the Bus (swish, beep, & shh ones)
Throwing a ball – overhanded
First time at the Cincinnati Children’s Museum
First (bad) haircut by mom
Sitting at the table in his wooden chair
Saying “mommy”, “bible”, “uh oh”, “no way”, “go dog go” (kinda), “open” (kinda)
Signs “please”,”eat”, and “all done”. Nods his head “yes”.
Watching the cookies cook in the oven
Putting lotion on his face
Fell asleep sitting up during nap time at co-op
Pointing to his ears, hair, nose, eyes, toes, etc. (but gets bored after first few)
Using plates and bowls more often
Starting to give kisses

Working On:
Coloring -mostly likes to move the crayons around on the table & put them into container
He did try to do dots & lines like mom, though
Eating with a spoon – getting better, still messy (Not interested in fork)
Not whining so much, especially when Mom comes to grandmas
Not touching things (light, fireplace screen)
Keeping his hand out of the garbage

28 lbs and 2 oz at the doctor when he lost his tooth
Wearing his 6 wide shoes, just a little big
18 month PJs starting to be small
Sleeping 7:15 p.m. – 7:00 a.m.
Still napping 2 times a day, but sometimes taking 1 nap @ 12:30 for 2 hours
Still rear-facing in carseat
Wraps up his blanket around his neck while sleeping
Tooth number 9 is coming in…or is it 8 :(

Just a little crooked…

Isaac had his first haircut back in October (3 months ago). His hair was starting to look straggaley (is that a word?). It was falling in his eyes and hanging over his ears, so I thought that I might try to give him a little haircut. Nothing major, just a trim. Hmm, Doug has the scissors, but I have absolutely no idea what I am doing.  

So, I googled it. Yep, that’s what you do in 2013 when you want to learn something fast. 

I came across a few videos: How To Cut Toddler Hair at Home, watched a few, then felt a little more confident. One video suggested looking at the back of his hair in three sections. Bottom, cut at one finger length, middle at two finger length and next section 3 finger lengths. That really helped me to envision how long the back should be.

My strategy was this:

  • Cut his hair during a prime happy time – morning!
  • Distract him with his current favorite thing – PBS show called Super Why.
  • Use 2 bibs (one of them backwards) to keep the hair off his neck.
  • Cut the bangs first, trim around the ears next, and if then trim the back. That way if he only let me complete one thing, his hair would be out of his eyes.

photoI had all the items ready to go, so as soon as his show started, I buckled him in his highchair.photoHere are the BEFORE PICS: (Notice the I love this show face?)

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AFTER PICS: (Still liking the show… quietest 25 minutes of the day!)


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Overall I was pretty happy with how it turned out. A few of his bangs are too long and I might try to fix them up so they aren’t crooked. But, his hair is usually messy from playing and most of the time it’s pretty hard to tell.

Go Momma!

Anybody else tried to cut their kid’s hair? Go for it.

A Nasty Game of Peekaboo

photoIt happened. Isaac’s first injury.

It didn’t happen how I would have though….

My boy is active. He is aggressive, fast, and strong. He falls hard but rarely cries. He’s  been climbing on everything and standing up. We have to watch him in the dining room as he can get up on the chairs and up on top of the table. He’s still negotiating how to get down off of things, but that doesn’t seem to stop him.  He also loves steps and I’m nervous that we will leave the basement door open because he wouldn’t be scared to try to go down. But he was not hurt trying these. Instead… a game of peekaboo, a NASTY game of peekaboo.

Isaac loves to get up on our bed so he can look in the mirror at himself. He will play peekaboo with himself hiding behind the footboard. I am always close behind him; I’m afraid he’ll lose his balance and tumble over the end of the bed. This day he was playing his game, squealing and hiding and “boo”-ing. Then…. BAM! I was right behind him so I saw his head hit the footboard. The loud crash, then the crying. He turned to me and I saw blood. I grabbed him and took him the the kitchen. He as crying hard as he rarely does, so I knew he was really hurt. I wiped the blood from his mouth, but more kept coming. I took him into his room and laid him on the changing table to try to get a view in his mouth. I told myself “be calm for him” even though I was freaking out on the inside. That is when I saw a hole – where his front, right tooth used to be, there now was nothing. His gum was fat and my first thought was that his tooth was shoved up into his gum. “Oh my gosh, where is his tooth?!!” I was thinking as I calmly said, “it’s OK honey.” He was still crying and bleeding and it was hard to get a good long look. I brought him back to the kitchen and got a cold wet washcloth to hold on his gum. I sat in front of the TV to distract him so I could call the doctor. It was while I was on the phone with the pediatrician that I thought to look for a tooth or part of a tooth. Oh, and I found it… root and all!


Oh my goodness that had to hurt!! He had to hit our bed so hard!? Poor baby. By this point Isaac was calm, smiling at the TV and drinking water, still bleeding but not as bad. The Dr. wanted to see us and got us in right away. I thought we would be making our first trip to Children’s Hospital for sure. Turns out they will not put the tooth back in as his mouth as it is still growing and it may hinder the next tooth. The kid ejoyed himself at the doctor’s office though.


I still want to get him into the Pediatric Dentist ASAP to get their opinion, but it is likely he will have a little gap until that adult tooth comes in.

I feel so bad for my boy! Will he have a gap until he is 5 or 6? That is so sad right? I know that there are a lot worse injuries and that we are blessed to have a healthy boy, still, I couldn’t help but feel sick last night. Even after he went to bed I couldn’t shake it. The sound of him hitting that bed and the first site of his gap. This kid has ruined me.

I saw this quote today, and I think that it is so true. ‎”Making the decision to have a child – it is a momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.” – Elizabeth Stone. My heart was breaking over this.

Doug tried to make me feel better by making a few jokes about him really looking like he is from the country now. It didn’t help :)

This mom stuff is hard sometimes.

Cookies, Climbing & Christmas – 15 months


Going bye-bye!
Pretzels & Cah-Cookies!
Puppet on Baby Einstein Christmas
Pretending everything is a phone and holding it to his ear, “Hi”Playing with Noel at Hayden, Tanner and Noel’s 6th birthday party
Hanging out with Emily, Anna, & Ellie. Not too interested in Baby Lincoln.
New Farm, phone and blocks for Christmas.
New Truck – riding, climbing, planking, and hiding. Bruises from the thing.
Wrapping up blanket or scarf around his neck.
Strumming the guitar.

Getting shots from Nurse Beverly. She seemed so nice.
Hearing the garage or basement door shut and NOT going bye-bye.
Being disciplined after not listening.

Saying words just one time – cheese, Doug, angel,
Humming and singing “Dubba – Dubba – Dubba”
Serious bath splashes
Letting Mom and Dad have some fires in the fireplace.
No bottle at bedtime! New routine with books and teeth brushed.
Climbing on the 2nd shelf of the kitchen cabinet
Sleeping over at Grandma & Grandpa Schraers
Putting 2 words together, like “Momma, Momma, bye-bye”
Copying Daddy pointing finger and saying “Nine, nine, nine”
Roaring like a lion

Still working on:
Not touching things like the Christmas tree lights, remote, phones, lampshade,etc.
Running without falling.
Getting off chairs
Not unrolling and eating toilet paper
Being patient while diaper is changed.
Not biting clothing on mom & dad
Eating with a spoon. Oatmeal is easy, yogurt is hard.

15 month doctor appt: 27 lbs 4 oz – 84%, 33.5 inches tall – 94%, head is 48.5 – 95%
Size 4 Diapers
Size 5.5 shoes, or 18 month slip-ons
Outgrown all 12 month clothes, 18 month fit great
Sleeping about 7:30 p.m. – 7:15 a.m. and napping 9:45-11:15 a.m. and 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Isaac’s 1st: Trip to the Zoo!

The weather surprised us by jumping up to 65-70 degrees this weekend. We took full advantage by joining some friends at the Cincinnati Zoo. His first time!

Isaac loved being around all the people and new environments, more than he like animals. We went in the bird house, the manatee house, and watched the elephants and polar bears.

He loved the train. He was kinda antsy in the seat until we started moving, then he started bouncing and kicking. He loved it! He was a little uncertain of the bell ringing at the people paths (this picture totally captures it), but once we cleared that crossing, he went back to his bouncing.

I had such a fun time with him. The fresh air and sunshine were so refreshing. We both took naps when we got home- which is always a good sign of a well spent day!


Yearly Favorites

tunnel loveYearly Favorites: 1 Year Old

Food: Milk, Nutragrain bars
Song: Oh How He Loves or Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung by Momma), Wake Up In the Morning (by Dad)
Toy: Ball, Scout
Book: Little People Farm with the flaps
Activity: Looking in the mirror, swinging, taking baths, playing chase
Place: Outside, or going anywhere
Friend: Anna & Ellie, his girls
Show: Superwhy during the songs or Curious George credits
Restaurant: Any with people.

step clapping