Emmett said

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Emmett loves the ball thrower (Chuck-it). He decided to carry it in his shirt. Here are some funny things he’s said lately.

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Me: Emmett, you’re so silly, why did you do that?

Emmett: Reason.

He always answers “reason” to any Why question. I don’t know where he learned it. I persist with “what is the reason?” but I don’t get any more info.

Me: Emmett, how did you get that owie on your leg?

Emmett: Reason.

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Other words/phrases I find amusing coming out of the mouth of a two-year-old:

Sounds good.

Wait a minute.

Thank you.

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Yesterday we saw a couple riding a tandem bike. Emmett said “two people riding bike.” I explained that a bike for two people is called a tandem bike, and he repeated it. Later that evening, out of the blue I asked Emmett what is the name of a bike for two people. He thought for a few seconds and then said “panda.”

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This morning, I said “bye-bye Emmett, have a great day, I love you.” Emmett said “love you,” and then he turned around and said “kiss,” came back to me and gave me a hug and a kiss. Be still my heart!

-Kelly

2 years old

He’s two years old, and life with Emmett gets more fun every day. We love this boy to pieces.

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Emmett said

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Emmett says     translation

blella                   umbrella

lellow                   yellow

yellow                  yoga

plellow                 flower

I can offer no explanation for yellow.

-Kelly

Edit: Emmett can say a lot of words very well, including some surprising ones: shampoo, Sonny, plant. Others take some deciphering. Last night Emmett was eating dinner, and Matt and I were pretending to steal his food. Emmett repeatedly pointed to Matt saying “tobby.” We had no idea. Finally Emmett went into the kitchen and pointed to the coffee machine. He wanted Matt to drink coffee. Emmett got the idea the other day when I was trying to eat his breakfast, and he would tell me “ding” (drink) and point to my coffee cup. As in, this is my food, that is yours, stick to your own. If it worked at breakfast, why not dinner. When we replied that we only drink coffee in the morning, Emmett suggested beer. Yep.

Emmett said

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I’m so excited that Emmett’s vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds every day. I just love it when he can express himself through words instead of relying on vague gestures.

I’m going to start cataloging some of the interesting things he says, mostly for us to remember later. 

One of Emmett’s favorite words right now is “home.” It has many meanings. It can mean that we are home. It can also mean “go home.” For instance, if one of Emmett’s friends at school has a toy he wants and won’t share, he says “home!” with a gesture that they should go away. He also points out the window to indicate that someone has gone home, such as a friend or relative who was visiting. Once we were at the park and a little girl wanted Emmett’s toy. With a very distressed look on his face, he told her “bye-bye, bye-bye.” Soon I’m sure he will learn the phrase “go away,” but for now he gets his message across in a cuter way. Also when he’s being a bit rude by repeating “home, home” to our guests who just arrived, I can forget to tell them that he means “go home.”

-Kelly

19 months

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When Emmett was a tiny baby, these photos were easy to take. I could just lay him on or near the tiles and snap away. As he became mobile, I could usually get a few good shots by giving him some toys to play with. Once he started walking, I had to prop up the tiles vertically, place him near them, and hope for a decent shot as he ran around the room and occasionally crossed into the frame. I also tried to strategically place toys or other objects of interest so that he would stay in the vicinity of the tiles long enough for a picture. Last month I decided it was getting too difficult, and nearly didn’t take this month’s photo. But at the last minute (and more than a few days late), I figured I should make an attempt. I leaned the tiles against the fireplace surround, and the first thing that happened was Emmett knocked them down. On purpose. I asked him not to do that, put them back up and - never thought of this before - said “Emmett, go stand in front of the fireplace.” Man, that kid stood right in front of the tiles and started hamming it up for the camera. At first he kept standing right in the middle so you couldn’t see the number, but after a couple of tries I got him to stand off to the side to get the photo above. He even says “cheese.”

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I will have some Christmas/winter photos to share soon, but in the meantime, please enjoy a couple of silly ones. 

After his bath, he likes to try on my shower cap.

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I don’t even know what’s going on here, but he looks pretty sassy with that watering can and matching lunch tote.

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Kelly

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11 months

My little boy is getting so big! He can’t walk yet, but his balance is improving. He crawls very fast and keeps us chasing him all over the house. Emmett’s first birthday is just a few weeks away!

Kelly

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10 months!

Yes, life is exciting and wonderful with this 10 month old boy. He is having so much exploring his world.

Here are his 9 and 10 month photos:

And here are some other recent activities. This kid loves to crawl into dog crates. Is this normal?

Trying on Auntie Coco’s hat:

Sumo baby! I use a Snappi (meant to hold traditional cloth diapers in place without safety pins) to keep a towel on Emmett for “naked time” while containing any potential mess. He looks like a sumo wrestler.

An orange makes a pretty good toy.

I have zillions of pictures, and I will post more later. Have a great week!

-Kelly

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I’ve seen you laugh at nothing at all
I’ve seen you sadly weeping
The sweetest thing I ever saw
Was you asleep and dreaming

Well you may not be beautiful
But it’s not for me to judge
I don’t know if you’re beautiful
Because I love you too much
-Magnetic Fields, “Asleep and Dreaming,” 69 Love Songs

…except I’m pretty sure Emmett is beautiful.
-Kelly

I’ve seen you laugh at nothing at all

I’ve seen you sadly weeping

The sweetest thing I ever saw

Was you asleep and dreaming

Well you may not be beautiful

But it’s not for me to judge

I don’t know if you’re beautiful

Because I love you too much

-Magnetic Fields, “Asleep and Dreaming,” 69 Love Songs

…except I’m pretty sure Emmett is beautiful.

-Kelly

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6 months!

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Emmett is eating food, mastering an army crawl, and gaining other motor skills day by day.  He is very interested in small details and faces, and he often uses his pointer finger to touch a specific part of an object or drawing.  His pinchers are getting pretty good too.  He can almost sit unassisted, but falls over after a few seconds.

I have continued to take his monthly photos.  He is so big and mature compared to the first four months!

5 months:

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6 months:

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At his 6-month checkup, Emmett weighed 18 lbs, 4 oz (65 %ile) and was 28.5 inches long (98 %ile!)  He wears 9-12 month size clothing already and he is just about to grow out of his infant car seat.  We can’t believe how fast he’s growing and changing.  It seems like every day he makes a new sound or executes a new movement that he has never done before.  

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And such a happy boy!

-Kelly

Emmett’s latest adventures

Petting the dog for the first time of his own accord:

Flying:

Seeing the world from new perspectives:

Grabbing his feet:

Looking out the window:

Tummy time fun time:

Knows something is up with cameras and looks right at them:

I’m amazed that starting at just a couple months of age, he really does pay attention to books when you read to him.  Here is one of our favorite bedtime books:

I found this picture from a fundraiser dinner at our P-patch community garden August 1 (Emmett was 2 months and a week old), and I can’t believe how different he was then:

For one thing, I don’t know if he’d fall asleep in our arms during dinner like that now.  And of course he is so much bigger now.  It’s a cliche, but it’s true: it goes by fast!

-Kelly

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