45 weeks old.

matteo now attempts clapping.
we are fighting colds and have had a very mellow week at home.


3.5 years old.

nicolai is now three-and-a-half.
his loves:
listening to books
"reading" books he remembers the words to
his saucony sneakers
screen time
jumping (usually on couch (not allowed) or beds instead of our two trampolines, huh?)
homemade macaroni and cheese
rewatching equipment he's seen in real life with dad on the ipad.
kick biking
practicing baseball in the front yard
making and playing with play dough 
borrowing items from friends and family
playing with our neighbor girl

we are sometimes busy outsmarting said three-and-a-half year old.
him: practically just rolling out of bed and whining for screen time.
me: "well, you don't have to have screen time today, but if you want some it happens in the afternoon before nap."
him: "ok"...not a whine, not a whimper.
(heeheehee...can this last forever?)

we are still figuring out how to get food into him at mealtimes...is three bites really gonna be enough!?!?

and some outtakes, because all this happened (and more) in the span of 3 minutes:


42 and 43 and 44 weeks old.

can you tell we've been busy?
and traveling?
matteo is now a waving-fool.
he pulls to his feet in bed, at the coffee table, at the toy basket, and toy shelf.
he says 'mama' in relation to me and 'dah-dah-dah' in relation to d.
he even said 'freya' (our cat's name) clear as day, but that's not consistent yet.
it is so true that the second time around goes by quickly!


41 weeks old.

matteo has surprised me with his appetite for food this week.
he had his 9 month appointment for which i started allowing dairy back into my diet to test his reaction...there was none, so he's able to try yogurt and cottage cheese.
we are beginning to notice sounds he's using consistently for each of us, but we aren't totally clear on it yet. 


energy bites by nicolai.

a couple days ago nicolai wanted to make energy balls after watching a donal skehan video.
knowing we didn't have the exact same ingredients from the video and knowing i wasn't going to put espresso/coffee in a three-year-old's snack, i quickly searched 'basic energy ball recipe'.
i came across these guidelines for energy balls and gathered appropriate ingredients from our pantry.
i'll admit, i'm no fan of recipes like this (uncooked globs that supposedly provide a pick me up) but nicolai's version is actually really, very good...the best i've had.
nicolai's energy bites
1 c oats
1/2 c dates
1/4 c peanut butter
1/4 c raisins
2T + 2t maple syrup (1/6c)
1/4t cinnamon
1t chia seeds
mix in a food processor, roll into bite-sized balls with your hands, and store in a jar.


40 weeks old.

that's it...he's been out longer than he was in.
matteo started crawling on exactly his 9 month day.
with the new skill he is able to interact with nicolai more easily.
his hair is laying down a bit more in places.
he's a good eater, trying a lot of what we eat at the table.
today he made his first big mess when he pulled a bunch of kids' paperbacks off the shelf...certainly the best kind of mess.


39 weeks old.

matteo can hardly stay still for even a diaper change.
lots of rolling away from the changing parent with us trying to hold him down long enough to snap him into his fresh diaper.
d uses funny voices saying "no" while repositioning him, to which matteo laughs and laughs.
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