Dear Emmett – 20 Months

**This is a month late, Emmett will be turning 21 months tomorrow, but I wanted to get this posted, despite the delay.**

We are well into April and Emmett celebrated 20 months a few weeks back, however I still wanted to write and get the memories out there.

Oh sweet sweet Emmett, I am beyond shocked that we’ve hit the 20 month mark. You continue to grow and change on a daily basis and are slowly becoming a little boy, and not my tiny baby. Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled that you are growing so well and developing, I just can’t believe how quickly time continues to go.

Your Yellow Duck School Picture

Your Yellow Duck School Picture

I love you so deeply, and staring at you while you read or play has become one of my biggest hobbies. You have such a particular way of doing things, and I don’t quite understand what that way is yet, so it’s such fun to just watch you, as you learn. There were several times this month where you’d leave the room we were all in and go to your bedroom, when we would peek in to check on you, you’d be surrounded by your books, with one in hand, flipping through it. Or you would climb into your rocker and read to yourself there. It makes me so happy that you love books so much!

We all went through quite the upheaval this month, we spent the majority of it packing and despite any boredom you may have been experiencing, you were such a good little boy. We had to remind you to stop touching something, or to stop climbing, but overall you were so good considering your life was changing all around you. There were even moments when you would be so interested in what your dad or I were doing, that you’d help. There were several times when I’d be packing a box of your stuff and you’d come over and start handing me things to put in the box. You’re often so helpful!

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However, I have to be honest, this month can’t be mentioned without sharing that you had some major meltdowns this month. You’re definitely getting to an age where you want to be independent on some stuff and when your dad or I keep you from expressing that independence (usually because it would harm you), you get very angry. At this point, I still think your tantrums are pretty cute. You stomp your legs, cry very hard and occasionally throw yourself on the ground. It ends pretty quickly, and has yet to happen in public, so right now, when they happen I let them run their course and then give you a hug and explain why you can’t do what you want to do. By then, your anger is usually forgotten. Like I mentioned, your’e a really good boy!

Food-wise, you’re still a great eater on the majority of days. Certain days you won’t like what your dad or I cooked, or you just won’t be in the mood to eat, but overall you’ll try anything we give you, at least once. St. Patrick’s Day fell in this month and you just LOVED corned beef, potatoes and cabbage. You went to town on ALL of it, (you can read about your other favorite foods here).

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You’re still loving day care, and actually can say a couple of the other children’s names. It’s so fun to hear you repeat them, and I love that you still enjoy going to day care. It makes taking you so much easier! You adore your teacher, and she’s so kind to you. I will be sad when it comes time for you to move up, but we have a little while, yet.

Hugs and kisses are still your thing, and you give them to your dad and I pretty freely, which makes us endlessly happy. There’s nothing better than when you run around the house say, “Ugg, ugg, ugg.” (That’s how you say hug right now.)

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You’ve also learned a ton of new words, but Emmett I’m really sorry, I kept terrible track of which words were new this month. I promise that I’ll start keeping better track, because it will be really fun to read these facts when you’re older.

Well Emmett, I think I’ll hit publish now because I’m a late posting this. I love you so so soooo much, and wish loads and loads of happiness for you!

Love, Mommy!

Sunday Meal Plan – Week 12

Happy Monday, everyone! It’s time again for my Sunday Meal Plan link-up.

After a lovely weekend, where we spent so much time outdoors, I’m not quite ready for the work week to begin. I know I’m not alone in wishing that weekends were 5 days, and work weeks were 2. Ha! Wishful thinking, right!?

I’m also super excited because when my sister came up to visit yesterday, she brought my grandmother’s old table (which is in pristine shape). It’s nothing fancy, but it’s new to us and fits perfectly in the space we have. Plus, it’s a wee bit higher than our previous table so working on it, is really nice (I’m actually working at it RIGHT NOW!) :)

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Anyhoo – without further ado, my weekly Meal Plan

I want to preface this by saying, that we made the meal plan last minute so it’s nothing fancy. But the part I am most proud of, is that we meal planned at all! In the past, whenever we had any sort of excuse to get out of meal planning or shopping (like a holiday), we’d use it. Not any more! We’re growing up!! LOL

Sunday: Scrounge (since we went to a Easter brunch buffet, we knew we wouldn’t be very hungry for a formal dinner)

Monday: Hamburgers and fries

Tuesday: Grilled chicken and zucchini

Wednesday: Tacos!! (This makes me so happy, sometimes it’s really tough to get Seamus to agree to tacos)

Thursday: Pork Carnitas with Fresh Veggies

Friday: Grilled Pork Loin and Cauliflower

Saturday: Redlinski’s Sausage and Saurkraut

See, like I said, nothing fancy but everything is gluten-free and we’re not going out. Sometimes, that’s all that matters!

As usual I’m linking my meal plan up with Laura from Mommy Run Fast and Jill from jillconyers.com

Your turn!

What fun and exciting things do you have planned for the week ahead? 

Anything super yummy on your menu?

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all of my Baby Doodah! readers. I hope you were all able to enjoy the beautiful day!

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We had a really awesome day in our household, well mostly. Emmett decided to wake up in the middle of the night and refused to sleep alone for a couple hours, but despite the middle of the night wake up, we had a wonderful day.

Emmett woke us up for good around 7, while Seamus went in to change his diaper, I played Easter Bunny bringing in Emmett’s basket of goodies. Emmett was super excited to see it and went right to work pulling everything out to look at, and then play with it. He got a couple coloring books, crayons, a new book, a stuffed duck, a duck for the tubby, a set of Daniel Tiger figurines, Trolley from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and a container of Goldfish (his favorite snack). I’m guessing he loved everything because he kept hopping from toy to toy.

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On a side note, if you’re looking for a show for your child to watch that is wholesome, and teaches great lessons, I highly recommend you check-out Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on PBS.

Anyway, back to how we spent our day, after Emmett got to play (and eat Goldfish for breakfast), we all got dressed and went grocery shopping. We knew we wouldn’t have time later because my sister was coming into town for brunch and to visit for the day. It was an AWESOME shopping trip, it was so dead in there, that we were in and out.

Once back home we put groceries away and waited for Bridget to get here so we could all go to Statler City for brunch. I was so so excited to go and partake in their buffet, but I have to be honest, it was pretty disappointing. The food was alright, certainly not terrible, but definitely not worth the $36 per person price tag. Where they really lacked, is their service. It was pretty awful! When we arrived and were seated, our waitress wouldn’t leave us alone, literally coming back every minute or so to check on us. However after a few more tables were sat in her section, she literally forgot about us. Seamus asked for juice a couple different times and she forgot, we asked for milk for Emmett, she forgot. We needed refills on water for almost 20 minutes, before she realized. I’m not that finicky, I don’t expect perfect service, but I do expect to be tended to reasonably well when I am paying so much for my meal. The one very positive thing I will say about Statler City, is that it is absolutely beautiful inside. It took my breath away, how stunning it was.

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After he had chocolate, this was the best picture we could get of him with Bridget. (PS: Bridget is still single and looking.) ;)

After he had chocolate, this was the best picture we could get of him with Bridget. (PS: Bridget is still single and looking.) ;)

Back home, after 3 bites of chocolate, Emmett was a crazy, hyper monster! It was well past his nap time, but I knew there was no way he was relaxing and going to sleep, so instead we all played and kept him entertained. We turned on Seasame Street and finally he started to zone out. We were all about to crash in the living room, when Seamus took Emmett to his bed. He was out for a couple of hours and much happier and calmer when he awoke. Bridget, also crashed out on the living room floor. She looked pretty comfy, too!

This is what happens after 3 bites of chocolate.

This is what happens after 3 bites of chocolate.

After Doodah’s nap we all headed outside to burn off some energy. We ran around the backyard for a good hour or so. Aunt Bridget got Emmett some new bubbles so we took those out and played with them. We also slid down the slide, spun around and plain ole’ acted goofy. It was a lot of fun! I’m really enjoying having a nice big, fenced in back yard.

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It was a really really great day, and I’m so happy that I got to spend it with my family!

Your turn!

How did you spend your Easter? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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