Toby: 11 Months Old

What a fun, busy month for my little walker.

IMG_8721Toby is loving his new freedom. He wanders around and gets into everything. He’s fast, too, and I can see it won’t be long until he is running. He sometimes tries and does this funny little skip.

IMG_8835Toby still loves to do whatever Jude is doing.IMG_8749He is also really crazy about toilet paper rolls and I often catch him pulling them off the shelf and playing with them on the floor – stacking, rolling, and biting them!

IMG_8206He had two more bottom teeth pop through this month, making for eight in total. His little chompers help him get through things like Ikea hotdogs!

IMG_8586It was the end of mango season this month so I gave Toby his last mango pit. It was a bittersweet moment.

IMG_8414Toby has stopped letting us spoon feed him and so I let him go for it. He feeds himself for every meal. It’s nice not to have to sit there spooning things into his mouth but the clean up afterwards is always pretty epic.

IMG_8638But he loves doing it himself so how could I say no to this sweet, chocolate pudding face?

IMG_8667Toby had his first trip to the ER this month when his fingers got slammed in the door by Jude. It was an accident but a very painful one for Toby. I rushed off to the hospital with him and after an x-ray we confirmed no broken bones.

IMG_8706We continued our post- ER visit tradition with a popsicle for the wounded.

IMG_8705Toby has kept up being a great sleeper. He’s been taking two naps a day and sleeping through the night. He will sometimes wake up around 5am but I never ever go and get him until at least 6am.

IMG_8409He is very good at showing us when he is tired by laying on the floor or cuddling a pillow.

IMG_8235He also loves playing the ‘pretend sleep’ game with Luke and Jude. We say ‘night, night’ and then everyone pretends to sleep until Jude shouts, ‘wake-up’ and we all jump up.

IMG_8447Toby still loves to play with balls.

IMG_8498He chases other kids around at the playground while they kick or throw a ball hoping to get in on the action.

IMG_8111This month we went to a new indoor playcenter and there Toby found his happy place in the ball pit.

IMG_8612He also really loved the dance floor and was up there trying to follow the moves.

IMG_8595I did my first bike ride with both boys this month. It was the quietest they have been in a long time – they loved just looking at all the sights. Toby especially loves ringing the bell.

IMG_8492Toby is quite the little chatterbox. He chases me around the house going, ‘ma, ma, ma’ over and over. He can say ‘Jude’, ‘Dad, ‘this’, and ‘shoes’. He also loves to shriek very, very loudly.

IMG_8431He is still a big cry baby. If Toby doesn’t get his way, he lets you know it- ‘wahhhhhhhh’!

IMG_8382This can make for a very long, exhausting day for me.

IMG_8756This explosion of tearsĀ  happens most often when we are at home alone (Jude, Toby and I) and so I try to get them outside as much as possible or have friends over.

IMG_8811Happy playing in mud,

IMG_8812And with friends.


IMG_8797Oh, Toby, you little sweetheart with a big personality!

IMG_8839You are a lot of work but so sweet and affectionate. IMG_8664

Jude: 28 Months Old

It was a big month for Jude.

IMG_8352He is officially potty trained!

IMG_8255I woke up one morning and decided to go for it. He’d been showing a lot of interest in the potty again. The first time he showed a lot of interest was when he was around 16 months old. I decided against going for it then and I am so happy I did. Waiting was the best decision. Most importantly, he now has the language ability to tell me when he has to pee or poo. He has also displayed bladder control by waking up from naptime with a dry nappy. He is also a lot more settled than he was at 16 months (as we had Toby on the way).

So, I took off his diaper and and whenever he said he had to pee, we ran over to the potty. The first few weeks I would ask him a million times but then realized it wasn’t necessary as he eventually started telling me.

IMG_8087We had a few accidents the first few days but by the fourth day we had it down.

IMG_8336I started taking him out without a diaper everywhere.

IMG_8222I was nervous at first because it’s not always easy to find a bathroom when out and about.

IMG_8120But thankfully Taiwan has a law that allows for kids to basically pee or poo outside! So we usually make our way to the closest tree when outside and no bathroom is in sight.

IMG_8126The second week, I introduced Jude to underwear and he has had a lot of fun getting to pick out a pair everyday. He’s been trained now for about three weeks and I feel totally confident taking him wherever. I still put him in pull-ups for naptime and bedtime but probably 80% of the time he wakes up dry and asks to use the potty right away. The whole process has been way easier than I expected. I still expect that we will have to deal with future accidents, especially if he super absorbed in play. But for now it is nice to have one out of diapers.

IMG_8581Besides a lot of sitting on the potty, Jude had a modelling shoot this month.

IMG_8509I was asked to model with him which was fun but a lot of work to get us both smiling and looking at the camera at once.

IMG_8537Typhoon Souledor ripped through Taiwan this month. It was scary!

IMG_8285So many trees were knocked down throughout the country. Our playground turned into a tree fort for a few days which Jude loved.

IMG_8293We woke up as the eye of the storm was passing over us to find our apartment had been flooded. We had about a cm of water covering our floors. The drains on our outside decks couldn’t cope with all the rain and so as the deck filled up, water would come in through the door. It was a long, exhausting day mopping up all the water. We kept Jude in front of the iPad and Toby in the highchair and Ergo while we worked as we couldn’t have them running around.

IMG_8262On a calmer note, we noticed that Jude is starting to enjoy longer, more detailed books. It’s been fun for us to read him proper stories. He is in love with his Richard Scarry word book. It’s such a great book, with so much detail. It’s easy to spend a 1/2 hour on one page looking for things or making up a story.

IMG_8194Jude has also been really into painting and drawing this month. I set him up a little craft cupboard he can go into anytime and grab art supplies.

IMG_8199We also play a lot with the magnetic sand now. It’s such cool stuff.

IMG_8338His car-craziness has calmed down a lot. He still loves playing cars but he no longer carries them around everywhere or brings them to sleep with him. He is really into role-playing now. We make a car out of pillows and he will sit in it for hours pretending to drive and push buttons. He also loves to sit on our laps and use our hands around him a safety belt. He will push the moles on my body (while saying ‘this button’) as I make funny car noises or bounce him up and down. Rocket ships have also featured big this month. He loves the ‘3,2,1, blast-off’ as he goes running through the house and then yells ‘mayday, mayday’ and crashes onto the couch. Both Toby and Jude love when Dad is the rocket and flies them around, always ending with a big crash and eruption of laughter and Jude saying, ‘again, again.’

IMG_8413We’ve had one big, bad incident this month, which ended in a trip to the ER for Toby, but thankfully no broken bones. I will write about it on Toby’s update. Besides that, there were a few other incidents of Jude pushing Toby out of the way or grabbing something from Toby’s hands and bringing him to tears. But for most of the time they play pretty well together.

IMG_8692 And Jude just loves being helpful and doing things for Toby.

IMG_8162One day Jude snatched my phone and I later found out they were taking selfies. I was laughing so hard at the photos.

IMG_8322Toby is really into kissing so will often lay a big, wet smootch on Jude and Jude will wipe his mouth and go, ‘ohhhh Toby!’

IMG_8385Jude loves being the first into Toby’s room after Toby wakes up from a nap. I love watching them on the monitor – it’s so sweet.

IMG_8675It’s busy, busy, busy all day long with these two boys but so much fun.

IMG_8669Well done on a great month, Jude!