Monthly Archives: June 2009

A traffic jam

A typical drive to work on a Wood River Valley spring morning…

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Father’s Day

Strolling around Redfish Lake in the Rain

Strolling around Redfish Lake in the Rain

A Father’s Day picnic at Redfish Lake was something of a wash out, but we managed to enjoy a few brief rays of sunshine.

Getting the feel of this walking thing, Owen is showing his independent streak...

Getting the feel of this walking thing, Owen is showing his independent streak...

Time for a swim

It has been one of my greatest regrets of motherhood that I didn’t take Owen swimming until he was almost 10 months old. Plus, his first experience was in a cold Northern Florida pool in December – not ideal. So this weekend, we finally made it to our heated, indoor YMCA swimming pool, We went along with Kate & Pete (his good buddy). I thought their presence may help to ease the anxiety. It took him a while (there was a fair amount of whining and a little crying), but eventually he warmed up to it and really seemed to enjoy himself, despite getting pretty cold.

Hanging out in the pool with Dad and Pete

Hanging out in the pool with Dad and Pete

Whats this all about, hey?

What's this all about, hey?

15 Months Old

It’s been a while since I did a development update on Owen – frankly, he’s going too fast for me to keep up! But I thought it was about time for a check up.

Here’s a list of what’s “normal” for a 15 month old and next to it where he’s at:

The vocabulary for a 15-month-old is usually three to six words that parents can understand and an entire language that they cannot!

Dada, Ball, Dog, Hi, Hello (hey-o), apparently he has said mama, but I’ve not heard it.

Will be able to point to one or more body parts.

Yep – particularly fond of eyes and noses (poking more than pointing).

Understands simple commands (“bring me the ball”).

Understands – I think so. Doing it – not so much

Walking has improved and will begin to crawl up stairs.

Very good, stable walker – has been since around 11 months. Can definitely go up stairs, not so sure yet about down (we’ve had a few resulting bumps.) Can dance like Jon Travolota!

Drinks only from a cup, but still may need help in holding it.

He can hold a cup and drink from it with a sippy lid very well. He can also drink from a cup without a lid if we help him. However, he really doesn’t like it and is still dramatically attached to his botttle, it’s the only way we can get milk in him, and with his still spotty mealtimes I think ensuring he gets enough milk is more important right now than breaking him of the bottle. But we have limited it to 1-2 bottles a day – no more than 3.

Recognizes himself or herself in a mirror.

Check

Indicates what they want by pulling, pointing, grunting and other methods of communicating

Oh yes – screaming is one way, but more recently reaching his arm out and doing a sort of upside down wave is his way of saying, “give me that.”

Finds an object placed out of sight

Been doing this one for a while.

Scribbles spontaneously

We’ve done a bit of scribbling, not much though as he likes to eat the crayons.

Can feed himself or herself with the use of his or her fingers.

Yep! Just started to get this one down. After all the trouble we had early on with just food in general we decided not to push this, but as you’ll see from these pictures and video – he’s really getting the hang of it, and we just introduced the spoon which is going down very well. I have to give the kudos to – strawberries. He luvs ’em. First solid solid food he ate with his fingers (as opposed to just ripping it apart and throwing it on the floor).

And spoon found mouth - hooray!

And spoon found mouth - hooray!

Seems to be enjoying it...

Seems to be enjoying it...

Hell yea! This is fun!

Hell yea! This is fun!

For some video of this spectacular moment click play or visit the video link on the left hand column of the blog.

My Little Helper – part 2

It’s not just laundry Owen loves to do – he has a strange obbsession with mops and brooms. I have no idea where he’s picked it up from as I doubt he has ever seen me mopping or sweeping… Here he is, having a go at the kitchen.

Here I go...

Hmmmm... this corner is giving me a little trouble.

Im getting the hang of this!

I'm getting the hang of this!

The days of summer

While it hasn’t stopped raining in a few weeks, summer has technically arrived in Idaho (well, there’s no snow on the ground). Here are a few shots of some of my favorite summer scenes in and around our home.

Owen get sto venture outside and explore the big bad world all on his own (well, our front and back yards anyway)

Owen gets to venture outside and explore the big bad world all on his own (well, our front and back yards anyway).

Our two crabapple trees enjoy a riotous few weeks of glorious pink.

Our two crabapple trees enjoy a riotous few weeks of glorious pink.

The wildlife is my favourite thing about summer here (and winter, fall and spring). This year, finally, a brave pair of swallow have decided to move into our bluebird house. I say brave as Stanley is vastly intrigued by their presence - but Im keeping a close eye on him). Its been amazing to watch them build their nest and now settle down to rear their young.

The wildlife is my favourite thing about summer here (and winter, fall and spring). This year, finally, a brave pair of swallows have decided to move into our bluebird house. I say brave, as Stanley is vastly intrigued by their presence - but I'm keeping a close eye on him). It's been amazing to watch them build their nest and now settle down to rear their young.

Time to party

Last year we started a Tuohy Family tradition, an annual Welcome to Summer BBQ. As we are such poor entertainers the rest of the year, we saw this as an opportunity to invite all our friends over for a big shindig, and also to celebrate the beginning of summer (and more importantly the end of winter!). May and June are traditionally rainy out here – but rainy like a British August, not a British April – this year however, was a very different story. It hasn’t stopped raining in over 3 weeks – unheard of. But, we braved the wet and borrowed some tents, soldiering on. We were lucky actually as it only rained for a few minutes, but it was cold and windy – not so nice. Our house held up well as an alternative venue for our backyard BBQ. Our new wood floors were the star of the party. Here are a few shots, I completely forgot to take any before or really during as I was so busy, but these are a few from the tail end of the party, with just a few diehards left!

As the sun sets on the BBQ, a few hardy souls brave the elements

As the sun sets on the BBQ, a few hardy souls brave the elements

Tony, Mike & Steve chill out

Tony, Mike & Steve chill out

Owen & Dylan (Steves son - in case you couldnt tell!) roar around the house, up way past their bedtimes.

Owen & Dylan (Steve's son - in case you couldn't tell!) roar around the house, up way past their bedtimes.

Ryder & Mike bring up the rear as the last guests to leave, they finally rolled home around midnight

Ryder & Mike bring up the rear as the last guests to leave, they finally rolled home around midnight

The morning after, the house was in prety good shape considering about 20 kids and 50 adults had done their best to trash it!

The morning after, the house was in pretty good shape considering about 20 kids and 50 adults had done their best to trash it!

Owen does the laundry

Here’s my little helper… he loves to get into everything nowadays, and laundry folding time is the best event ever, especially when he can target my neatly folded piles and throw them all over the living room floor. So, in an attempt to combat that I let him play in the unfolded laundry pile until he’s bored, then I start folding!

Women and men and women

Women and men and women

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My best bud Pete

Owen goes in for a hug

Owen goes in for a hug

Owen and Pete have known each other since they were about 6 weeks and 9 weeks old respectively. Pete’s mum Kate and I met at the New Mom’s Group at the hospital and we all hit it off right away. They currently go to the same wonderful daycare (Itty Bittys) and Carey regales us both with tales of Pete & Owen’s antics together there.

Whenever we can, we get them together for playdates. Last week, Pete came to hang out with us while Kate painted her house. At first, Pete was a little uncertain of this new place without mum. He found our Bumbo and sat in it quietly for a while trying to suss out what was  happening. But Owen was having none of that and kept trying to coax him out. In this picture he was going in for a hug (perhaps trying to reassure him). The hug was the cutest damn thing I have ever seen Owen do. He wrapped his arms around Pete and laid his head on his shoulder as if to say, “It’s ok buddy – I love you.”

Come & Play!

Come & Play!

Once Pete got his confidence the two of them tore up the house. Chasing each other all over the place and battling each other for control of the dump truck.  Here’s to many, many more days of Pete & Owen to enjoying each others company.

Catch me if you can!

Catch me if you can!