Logan – Almost 2!

It’s crazy that my little baby is almost 2 years old. I can’t believe how fast the time goes. It’s a cliche, but so true. The days are long, the years are short. That aptly describes parenthood.

Logan is becoming a little boy. He’s always been a super happy baby with a sunny disposition. He’s smiley, somewhat outgoing (a little shy at first in new situations) and very joyful.

He’s excellent at playing by himself. We play with him but for the most part, we let him lead us. He is very good at letting us know when he wants to play with us, or if he just wants to do his own thing. Watching him play with his toys and books on his own feels very familiar to me. I was like that as a child, too. I was introverted and shy and played with my Barbie dolls forΒ hours. Later that became books. I’d get lost in my books. Lots of solitary activities for me–and I see that in Logan a bit but I also see him play with other kids, too, so I’m not too worried he’s a total introvert. πŸ˜‰

A few months ago, Logan became obsessed with his Binkies. He was never really into them much as a baby, except for sleeping or when he was teething. I think it was a combination of him getting a bunch of new teeth, plus several molars, and changing daycares back in November/December that brought this on.

I’ve told Logan several times now that his Binkies are going away when he turns 2 so he better enjoy it now. LOL Big talk from mom & dad–we’ll see if we’re strong enough to go cold turkey!!!

Logan loves his new daycare and so do we! It’s such a better environment. He’s making friends, having fun, learning, doing art. It feels almost like a preschool instead of just daycare.

Every once in awhile, Logan surprises me and wants cuddles. He’s such an active little toddler, never sitting still, doesn’t want to sit still for long for books or cartoons–he’s always ON THE MOVE. I so miss the baby days when he used to fall asleep on us while we watched TV. It was nice just cuddling!! I hope he’ll want to cuddle again someday…

But when he’s tired or cranky or not feeling well, we do get a little bit of cuddles. A few weekends ago when I was sick and Logan wasn’t feeling well either, he took a nap on me for about 45 minutes. It was kinda nice. πŸ™‚

So Logan is also a bit advanced for his age… (haha) he reached the Terrible Two’s early. Around 18 months or so to be exact. Boy oh boy! There are many times Michael and I just look at each other with big eyes, sometimes biting our tongues to keep from laughing, sometimes fuming from frustration. There is nothing quite like the tantrums and hysteria of a toddler not getting what they want!

Logan has a very strong personality, too. He’s focused and determined and sometimes defiant. Part of that is toddler-hood and testing boundaries. But part of it is also a stubborn streak that he inherited from both of his parents. Not even joking. The stories my parents have told people about my stubbornness are legendary. And you know what’s funny? KARMA. Sometimes I’ll tell my mom about something Logan just did and she’ll just start laughing hysterically on the other end of the phone and say that I used to do the same exact thing.

I definitely have newfound sympathy and understanding for my parents.

SIGH.

But I don’t mean to paint Logan as a terror. 90% of the time he super good. The 10% of the time when he’s not, Michael and I have to remind ourselves just how lucky we have it because he IS such a good kid. We forget in the moment of the toddler power-play (current power play: not wanting to eat any food that isn’t mac n’ cheese or PBJ or bananas) and feel frustrated at how not-in-control we feel.

I am definitely struggling with learning patience and how to negotiate with a toddler who clearly understands what you are saying, but can’t quite communicate yet and definitely doesn’t want to comply.

He’s talking a LOT. It seems like every day he says a new word out of the blue and sometimes we are surprised and curious about where he learned the word. LOL

He’s obsessed with shoes and jackets. He wants to wear them 24/7.

His favorite food is bananas, green beans and currently applesauce. Surprisingly, he’s not a fan of corn dogs, spaghetti or chicken nuggets–which is toddler staple foods. He’s so picky!

I’m starting to think about Logan’s 2nd birthday party. It’s going to be a bit more low-key this year. I’m thinking pizza party and cake. And car themed because he’s obsessed with cars and trucks right now. πŸ˜€

Bend Adventures

For the holiday weekend (and my birthday) we went to Bend! We haven’t been in winter time in a few years. I think maybe 2 years ago for my birthday? We rented a house with friends who had never been snowshoeing before and we arrived and there was…no snow…?

Well this year we booked the same house we stayed in last May with my parents (see that post for photos of the house!). Man, looking back at those posts from last year…Logan is so tiny! He looks like a little baby still. Awww heart melting…he’s such a big boy now!

Our friends that came with us this time have a 5 year old daughter, so it was nice to have another kid for Logan to play with. Logan LOVED it! He was following her around and copying everything she did. It was totally adorable.

We also discovered that the park across the street from the house we rented was PERFECT for little kids! Logan had such a blast. We went to the park a few times.

So we caravan-ed to Bend and stopped in Madras for a quick lunch (Mexican food) and then checked into our house. Saturday was WARM! We totally did not need jackets when we walked to the park for the kids to blow off some steam. Sitting in the car for 3 hours is hard. Logan did great and slept for a good portion of it, but he was happy to be out of the car and playing on the swings and slides and kid toys.

It was about 62 degrees! It was crazy! Like I said, no jackets needed. I was beginning to be a tad worried about our plans to snowshoe……….

So for dinner Saturday night, our friends made a delicious pasta dish (Michael and Ben had walked down to Growler Phil’s to fill the growlers, pick up some breakfast sausage at the meat department, and go to the grocery store for some essentials) and we munched on bread and cheese and drank beer. It was all so tasty! What a fun night. Lots of good food. The kids went to bed pretty easily. And then we all got in the hot tub with some champagne!

Just in case you were wondering…a hot tub and champagne sound like an AMAZING idea, and it was at the time, but dang did it give me a headache! I guess the combo on the champagne and the heat. The hot tub felt so good though! I was still a little under the weather, so it was nice to just relax. We chilled in the hot tub (it was probably about 25 degrees overnights outside in Bend) and then I went to bed a little early because I knew the munchkin would be up at dawn. (And I was right.)

Sunday morning I got up with Logan and made coffee and had some breakfast. Then everyone else got up and we took the kids up to Mount Bachelor. It was a gorgeous, sunny, warm day. And there was no snow.

Are you kidding me??!?!?!

I am beginning to think we are cursed! Both times we have taken friends to Bend in January to snowshoe (for their first times!!!) there was NO SNOW. We are seriously cursed. UGH.

So we couldn’t find any snow to snowshoe. Michael’s back was bothering him so he stayed back at the house with the dogs and the rest of us set out to find somewhere the kids could at least sled. Wanoga Sno Park had enough snow that we could sled, so all was not lost!

I bundled Logan up pretty good, even though it wasn’t that cold and everybody went sledding. Logan LOVED watching everybody sled. I found a teeny tiny hill and took Logan sledding with me about half a dozen times. He LOVED it and said “WEEEEEEEE” and he laughed. But when I tried to put him in the sled by himself and pull him on the snow he did NOT like that at all.

After sledding for a bit we went back to the Virginia Meissner Sno Park to go for a “hike”. It was such a beautiful day out with the sun and we had some time and wanted to be outside with the kids, so we all “hiked.” Below are pictures of our trek on the snow. If you want to see pictures of what it would look like WITH SNOW, check out this post and this post. Dammit! I can’t believe there was no snow again!!

For the first time ever, I tried hiking with Logan in the Kelty backpack with me carrying him. Michael usually does it. I’ve wanted to try it before and we’ve made plans for me to try carrying Logan to try and build up the strength to do it for longer, but we just never got around to it. So this was trial by fire! First, Logan is 30 pounds (and he’s not 2 yet) and the pack is probably 10. So an extra 40 pounds on me was hard and weird. It was doable, but my shoulders are what hurt me, honestly. It was really really hard on the shoulders. Maybe I needed to adjust it? I don’t know. I carried him for about 1/2 a mile up the snowy/icy, empty trail, then took him off to give my shoulders a break. Logan walked for some of it. Then I just carried him.

And Ben helped on the way back. πŸ™‚ I definitely need to practice carrying Logan in the backpack before hiking again. It was also a weird distribution of weight. A few times I felt like if I lost my balance and fell backwards, I’d just lay there like a turtle. πŸ˜‰

We went back to the house and had lunch (sandwiches) and everybody kind of chilled. Logan didn’t want to take a nap so I decided to go for a little drive and give him a chance to nap in the car. I drove around some of the fancy areas of downtown Bend, up in the hills, overlooking everything. I was pretty high up there and there was a ton of mist and fog. It was cool and kind of spooky.

Then I pulled over because all of a sudden a huge deer ran across the road and into someone’s front yard! I stopped to watch as the deer grazed and then another deer joined him. I sat there for about 15 minutes and just watched as a family of deer (about 5 of them) were all together. It was really cool to see! I posted some videos on my instagram.

I went back to the house eventually and the guys watched the kids while Charla and I went for a walk and back to Growler Phil’s because I wanted more Boneyard. πŸ˜€

We ended up ordering pizza for dinner and just eating in. It was easier with the kids. There was a restaurant we REALLY wanted to try but the wait was SO long we gave up.

The kids went to bed after dinner. I escaped to the hot tub and enjoyed it by myself for about 30 minutes, reading my book and eating gelato (!! perfect !!) before Ben and Charla joined me for a bit. Man, after spending an hour + in the hot tub relaxing, I slept SO good that night. I think we might need a hot tub at our house…

Monday Morning…bright and early…packing, eating breakfast, drinking coffee, and then we went to the park for one last hurrah.

 

I feel so bad for Bella. Saturday was her birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELLA!) and she was basically cooped up in the house most of the weekend because there wasn’t any snow, we didn’t take her on the hike because Virginia Meissner doesn’t allow dogs…I just felt bad. And I felt bad for our friends who didn’t get to snowshoe. SIGH. Seriously. Where is the snow?!?

Monday we drove back to Portland and Logan sleptΒ the entire drive home, it was amazing. Unpacked, chores, laundry, I hit the gym since I didn’t get any workouts in really, and then I collapsed into our bed for a fantastic night’s sleep!