Pressgram, Tobias

Tobias, Our Artist

Today, we’ve been decorating some friends’ birthday presents with doggie stickers. Tobias wanted to keep helping (sticker-helping is FUN!), so I had him make the card next. After placing one sticker, he wanted to decorate with markers. He drew his first “happy face!” (He was narrating his masterpiece.)

So fun to watch his drawing already shifting from senseless scribbles to little boy pictures.

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Kajsa, Pressgram, Tobias

Potty Training Begins!

We started potty training Tobias yesterday. We finally had a week when nothing was planned, and we as a family had “caught up” to life. So yesterday, when we woke up, we just took Tobias’ pyjama bottoms and diaper off and left them off. He didn’t really like the feeling of going commando and kept asking for a diaper. When we reminded him what he was learning to do, he spent most of the morning playing while sitting on his IKEA potty in the living room.

Our first day was an amazing success. Not one accident. Grandma and Grandpa Unger will be amused to know: right before we were sitting down for supper, he ran over to the potty to use it (he is his father’s son…?). But I was surprised to see he was already sensing his need to go and getting to the potty in time. Let’s just say, because of this, I wasn’t prepared for today… Puddle City.

Surprisingly enough, Tobias’ puddles weren’t the only ones I cleaned today; Kajsa had to get in on the action right before a bath! Funny girl.

But during nap time today (when everyone was down!), I got some great pointers from my friend, Rardi.

This afternoon, despite a few more puddles, has gone much smoother. We are supplying Tobias bottomless juice and setting the timer for 15 minutes. He sits down every time and goes if he needs to. He’s scored many more Smarties this afternoon (his pee-in-the-potty reward).

I guess today has been a success after all…

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Kajsa, Pressgram, Tobias

Many Missed Milestones

With Lyndon enduring an acute episode with his liver–and we all enduring our own trials as a result, I’ve not posted many photos and mile markers of growth for both Tobias and Kajsa. They do continue to grow, and we continue to delight in each nuanced change (regardless of the lack of documentation). :)

This little 14-month-old girl is now fully walking, and she is thrilled by this development! She now “chases” Tobias; he squeals and runs away from her with her giggling and toddling after him.

Tobias got a brand new balance bike from Grandma and Grandpa, and he has warmed up to it quite well–we can’t wait to take him to the park to see how he does with space to really pick up some speed!

He has gone from calling Kajsa “Tha-Tha” to, just today, calling her “Kajsee.” He’s so close!

Is it a girl thing, a second-born thing, or specifically a Kajsa thing? She is an INCREDIBLE imitator! Actions, patterns (like dressing and undressing–one arm, then the next arm), and even words. Of course I only have Tobias as a reference (who communicated in his own way but words came much later), Kajsa says words and tries new sounds regularly (but so far only knows–and pays attention to–two signs: “more” and “all done”).

Speaking of imitating, it goes both ways with these two!

And speaking of speaking, Tobias’ talking has utterly exploded! It is so fun to hear all the articulated thoughts in his mind. One of his most common phrases right now is “outta way.” It’s used for cars, trains, people… Sometimes it’s narrative (like “that car is getting out of the way of that other car”). Sometimes it’s imperative (like “we need to get out of the way for a person coming towards us”). And sometimes it’s used in play…right before a crashhhh!

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Kajsa, Pressgram

First-Time Potty

This morning, Kajsa used the potty for the very first time! It all happened so casually, after her morning bottle. She was so proud of herself (so was her Mum)!

I should mention: these pictures were taken after the fact. She, of course, used the potty without her jammies on.

We ran the gamut of emotions during this photo shoot. Contemplation…

Devastation…

Curiosity…

And…a turtle-y emotion??

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Daddy, Kajsa, Mama, Tobias

Easter Weekend: Sunday

A very belated post!  How thankful I am that I can blog with pictures directly from my iPad.  This post includes pictures from both my iPad and my camera, so I needed to blog on my computer…and I’ve just been putting it off for, oh, nearly a month.  Yikes.  Seeing as how this “part two” of our Easter weekend is now being written so late (and during the end of nap time here!), I’ll just add our pictures with little commentary.

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After church, we all went out with the young adults group Lyndon has been teaching in Bible study.  Tobias was delighted to have his friend, Adelle (“Dah”), there to play and draw with him.

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We had a couple of sleepy kids after our lunch outing, but after they both had a good nap, they opened their Easter “baskets.”  We started a new tradition this year!  In the same vein of Christmas stockings, our Easter baskets are instead Easter Wellies!  (Because I didn’t know what size Kajsa will be when she starts walking/needing rain boots, we tapped into last year’s Easter supplies for her basket–yep, she had a basket last year, even though she hadn’t been born yet!)

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And as a sort of prequel, I give you a couple Palm Sunday photos for fun.  What a delightful and challenging task trying to capture a picture with two silly squiggle-monsters!

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He is risen!

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Daddy, Kajsa, Pressgram, Spring, Tobias

Easter Weekend: Saturday

Though Friday went undocumented picture-wise, Saturday was our second day full of Easter activity! As soon as we all got up, we rushed out the door to Chilliwack for an egg hunt at a farm/orchard (the same place we enjoyed the pumpkin patch last fall). Tobias had found his eggs among blossoming apple trees and rolled them down the pipes in exchange for a treat bag.

After hunting eggs, we went and explored the many little Spring stations they had throughout the farm (I forgot to get a picture of the sheep with her two lambs!! So sad). But we got to see and pet chicks and ducklings. Kajsa was quite ready to dive into the box and go play with them. Tobias was really busy trying to process everything around him. He was thinking hard about all he was seeing (lambs, bunnies, hens, ducklings and chicks).

After the chicks, we tried to let him play in a huge “corn box” (like a sandbox but with big dried kernels of corn instead of sand). He was not ready for that weird sensation (though his mother was ready to climb in and start playing!). However, as soon as we turned the corner and introduced him to the hay maze, he was ready to never leave. He and Lyndon wove around the hay bales (and walked on top!) until we could persuade Tobias to explore even more.

We, of course, found farm machinery that Tobias had to immediately operate. He climbed up and went right to work. (Then he gave the next kid a turn while he had a photo op with Daddy.)

All this time, Kajsa was happily being pushed around in the stroller. However, as soon as we finished with the tractor and saw this bench swing, she started to go nuts, trying to lunge out of her seat (thank goodness for five-point harnesses. that is all). I was so surprised by her being so young but already so opinionated about what she wanted to participate in–she’ll sit by for the other stuff, but she definitely wanted to rock!

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