8.01.2016

19 months old.

matteo is building his vocabulary in the style of a parrot, typically repeating our last word spoken.
he marches around with his little top hairs bouncing to the beat of his steps.
he sleeps about 11.5 hours a night with a nap or two during the day...still slowly moving to just one nap.
some favorite foods are dried cranberries and yogurt.

7.03.2016

18 months old.

matteo is at that stage of life when language is developing faster than we can keep up.
it's pretty fun to hear these new words rolling off his tongue so quickly.
occasionally a phrase comes along...his "thank you" sounds more like the word gecko...pretty cute.
i can tell we are quickly merging the two nap a day schedule to a one nap a day, so i'm figuring out what that looks like and keeping in mind the fall schedule that's right around the corner when big bro starts preschool three mornings a week.

6.07.2016

17 months old.

matteo is a toddler.
he walks around exclusively now.
he loves saying "no" though often i don't think he means it.
when he wants to say yes he nods and nods, reminiscent of a bobblehead, as a friend recently commented.
he likes sitting on the lap of the book reader and echoing sounds/using jibber jabber to discuss the pages read.

5.16.2016

upon turning four.

there was a birthday party with friends and family.
 
there was a visit from grandma.
there was a breakfast out,

 mini golf, 

inflatable pool weather, 
and cake with neighbors

after a requested mac n cheese dinner outdoors. 
and just like that...he's 4!

5.06.2016

4 years old.

nicolai turned four yesterday.
he continues to like to cook, play with trucks, ride his bike/kickbike/scooter.
recently he's taken some community classes and gotten some exposure to life outside of our home and "our tribe" (this is rare for us).
with plans to attend a co-op preschool in the fall it's been great to see him embrace these new experiences with excitement and confidence.
he's started to tell jokes that he makes up...some really make us laugh out loud because they're just so random...still getting the hang of it.
he's a huge fan of his new bunk bed and continues to love listening to us read books (we recently finished the magic treehouse chapter book series).
his afternoon routine includes quiet time alone in his room which often still includes a nap, though that's up to him and his mood/need on any given day.
we really feel lucky to have nicolai in our family.

5.04.2016

16 months old.

matteo has started walking a bit more but still just in his practice phase.
he seems to be learning new words near daily.
he's clingy (usually to mama) and screams to communicate...it can be exhausting.
he's still napping twice a day.

4.28.2016

recipes worth repeating(dedicated to you, ab)

i recently borrowed the smitten kitchen cookbook from our library.
we made the spaghetti squash tacos and the salted brown butter crispy treats (we used to avoid marshmallows as they are not vegetarian but we've let that slide on occasion...think s'mores, campfires, and now this delicious recipe.)
these cauliflower wings (we use bbq sauce) are fun for a night of sports on tv.
and in the spirit of "cauliflower is the new kale" (though i bet something is anxiously waiting in the wings...isn't cauliflower's moment nearing it's end?) we cooked up some friend rice (off the cuff) using cauliflower rice instead of our usual brown rice.
and those easter recipes with friends in south dakota?
braised artichokes with tomatoes and mint (we used capers not anchovies and totally cheated with canned artichokes).
cacio e pepe potatoes.
cannellini beans with spinach (again we used canned beans).
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