Cecilia- 18 months old

On January 28th this little raggamuffin


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turned 18 months old.

Cecilia Lynn is our little spitfire. She knows what she wants and she wants it right then. She’s stubborn, extremely smart, looks up to her big brother, is very loving, loves music, dancing, coloring, and giving hugs and kisses. Cecilia is mastering using a fork while eating and climbing up and downstairs. She recently figured out how to climb onto our very high up bed. I’m sure climbing out of her crib is next. Cecilia is also working on potty training. She frequently asks to sit on the toilet and has actually done her business on there a few times.

Cecilia’s vocabulary is AMAZING! I read that the average vocabulary for an 18 month old is 5-20 words. On Cecilia’s half birthday, James and I sat down to write out all of the words that we knew Cecilia could say, just off the top of our heads. We were able to list over 90 words!! And the list just keeps going the more we think about it. She is also able to put together two to three words. I thought about typing them all out on here but I really just don’t have the concentration for that right now (the Olympics are on right now) and I don’t want to bore everyone.

At her 18 month  weighed 22lb 12oz (52 percentile) and was 31.5″  inches long (39 percentile)


Potty Training Jimi

We’ve entered the world of potty training and there’s not turning back now. Jimi began using the toilet around once a day when he was about 18 months old. We didn’t really push the subject very hard. We just asked him occasionally if he needed to go or sometimes he would let us know he needed to use the bathroom (surely just so he could get a treat).

When Cecilia was born and then we moved shortly after Jimi’s potty training sort of came to a halt. He just didn’t want to go. We, again, didn’t really push the issue because he’s still young and all the books now tell you not too. Then all of a sudden a little over a month ago Jimi started asking to use the toilet A LOT. He would usually wake up dry from naps but when he was wearing a diaper he would only ask to go once in a while. I decided to get serious about potty training and after hearing the advice from many friends we decided to use the naked potty training method. Keeping the naked is supposed to help make them more aware of when they’re going potty. We just kept Jimi naked for an entire weekend without going anywhere and about a week when we were home. He had a couple of accidents but nothing major and really seemed to get the hang of it. I made a chart to track Jimi’s progress that he could put stickers on when he used the toilet but his interest in that only last a few days. The only thing that really motivates him is small treats and not getting Thomas (his underwear) wet.

Since then we now keep Jimi is “big boy” underwear during the day and a pull-up at nap and bed time (even though he has woken up dry from both for almost a month). We are constantly asking Jimi if he needs to go potty and reminding him to let us know if he does, which I’m pretty sure he finds annoying. He’s still working on learning to go longer stretches in between bathroom uses instead of every 5 minutes. There have been a couple of accidents when Jimi is playing and doesn’t want to stop or throwing a tantrum and doesn’t want to stop (or that one time Jimi said he wanted to be alone and James trusted him and Jimi pooped on the floor and then got up on the toilet to announced he popped) but overall I’d say he is pretty much all trained.

I know we just got lucky that Jimi was ready to train but it still feels like a pretty big parenting accomplishment that he is pretty much potty trained at 26months.

We now have a lot of pictures like this (be warned: there is a toddler bottom below)





Don’t worry, we wipe everything down.


A Quick Trip to Vancouver

Last Tuesday James got a call to interview with for a position in Vancouver (WA not B.C) on Thursday morning. Vancouver is about a 4 hour drive from our house so I suggested to James that we all go down together Wednesday night and stay the night so he wouldn’t have to drive 8 hours alone on Thursday. I hopped on Priceline.com and did the “name your own price” thing and ended up with a room at the Hilton for cheaper than a nights stay at the local Motel 6. It was my first time using Priceline but I am definitely a fan now.

The drive down was fairly peaceful we only stopped once to feed Cecilia and Jimi used the big kid toilet at Burger King so that warranted some ice cream. Once we got to Vancouver things got a little crazy. Jimi was terrified of going into the hotel room at first. It was getting close to his bed time and his mood was not pleasant. Melissa drove up from Portland to meet us for dinner and Cecilia promptly spit up all over her dress upon first holding. We weren’t sure we were going to make it through the meal, since Jimi as a reputation of only lasting 15 minutes sitting in a restaurant but luckily Melissa chose Buffalo Wild Wings for dinner and there are at least 10 giant screen tvs playing sports that kept Jimi entertained.

It’s always a struggle getting Jimi to bed past his bed time but it is even more of one when we’re all in the same room together. Jimi did ok laying in a pack n’ play but he stayed up watching us and asking to go to bathroom until 10:40 while Cecilia took turns crying  on and off. Thankfully they both finally settled down and went to sleep and didn’t wake each other up during the night. In the morning James went to his interview while I stayed in the room with the kids. Our room overlooked part of the Columbia river with train tracks which helped keep Jimi entertained (he is currently obsessed with trains) while we waited. He also managed to order Men In Black 3 for $17 which gave me a panic attack. They reversed the charges though since they saw that we only watched about 3 seconds of it while I figured out how to turn it off.

On our way out of town we stopped at a park so Jimi could run off some energy. He then proceeded to sleep for all but 30 minutes of the ride home.

Lesson of the trip: Traveling with two under two is a little crazy. But we all survived and I managed to not forget anything important at home while packing.

Our pack n’ play set up. One from the hotel for Jimi and ours for Cecilia.


The view

Relaxing while Cecilia sleeps

Clock/bell tower outside of the hotel.