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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˜€

Seashells by the Seashore

On Saturday we got up early-ish and packed up the car for a day trip and headed to the Coast! We timed it perfectly and Logan had his morning nap in the car. Seaside is 90 minutes or so from Portland and it’s a pretty drive. It’s one we haven’t done in a long time. Too long.

First stop: hike. We did the Tillamook Head hike just south of Seaside. It was a little weird, we drove through a residential area and then there was a new gated community of condos and just across the street from that (at a dead end street) there was the trailhead and parking lot.

Sadly, we did not bring Bella on this day trip. I debated back and forth on it. We almost always take her on these adventures and hikes and she LOVES the beach!!!! But we planned on going out to lunch and knew we couldn’t leave her in the car while we did that, so we left her home. πŸ™ I felt really guilty about it, too, but honestly it was the best move because this hike turned out to be a bit harder and not really dog/kid-friendly than we were expecting.

It was an uphill climb right from the start. It wasn’t particularly hard, per se, but it was deceptively steep. We climbed 800 feet up–which doesn’t sound like much, really, but it was especially considering that 800 feet elevation gain was in the first mile and a half. Also, the trail was really slippery. The hike is in an old growth forest with giant trees and ferns and lush greenery. It clearly rarely sees the sun and so it never dries out. It wasn’t muddy but the trail was SLIPPERY. There were lots of rocks and tree roots that were covered in invisible slime! We both slipped and almost fell a few times.

We could sort of hear the ocean off in the distance, but it wasn’t really that close and there were only small glimpses of a view.

It was a really cool trail and very peaceful and quiet. Not a lot of people on it, but we did pass a few. It was also really humid! We were very sweaty by the end of this.

We got to a part of the trail that just ended. It’s hard to see from the photo below but it’s just a drop off.

On the other side of the drop-off, there was this wall that we’d have to climb up. We decided it was a good time to turn around. I was a little worried about the descent because of how slippery the trail was, and I knew that we were going to want to turn around soon anyways to stay on a schedule for lunch and naps, etc. It turned out to be the right move. So we turned around and hiked back down the trail.

There were some “steps” on the trail that were helpful and some of the roots kind of made “stairs”, too. Michael was struggling with the baby backpack on this hike (another good reason to turn around early). We both had to look down the whole hike to watch our footing, so it was kind of a neck strain.

We got back down the trail and changed clothes, changed Logan, and packed everything up. This is the condo community right at the trailhead:

We hiked 3.5 miles in almost 90 minutes. The calorie burn was great!

For lunch we went to the Firehouse Grill in Seaside. It was a cute cafe with decent reviews online. We got there just after the lunch rush, so we got a table right away and service was pretty good. I fed Logan and he was pretty content to watching everything that was going on in the restaurant. Then our food arrived. I was famished.

I got the clam/mussel chowder and a crab cake appetizer. The chowder was pretty good, not the best, but ok. The crab cake was great! And it was topped with fresh crab meat. Logan LOVED the crab! He devoured it.

Logan had a few bites of the chowder but wasn’t really a fan. But he ate so much of the crab and crab cake. He loved it!

Michael got a burger and fries and shared some of his fries with Logan, who was sort of interested but would immediately spit out the fries to eat the crab when I offered it to him. Haha!

Next stop: THE BEACH!

It was the first time Logan has ever been to the beach, or seen sand! We had no idea how it was going to go. It had the potential to be awful but we got lucky. Logan loved it! He immediately wanted down and wanted to run on the sand. He squatted down to pick up shells and tried to eat some of them (of course!) and then he got distracted by everything else.

The bucket and shovel I got for $1.50 a few weeks ago was the best money ever spent:

He loved that bucket. I posted some videos on my Instagram if you want to check it out. πŸ™‚

It was such a fabulous day. So perfect. Logan loved the beach. He loved running on the sand and didn’t struggle walking in the sand like we thought he would. He had a great time and it was so fun to watch him experience the beach for the first time. We will definitely be back. Soon, I hope.

It was a little after 3pm at this point and Little Man was getting tired. He threw a bit of a tantrum when it was time to go. He didn’t want to leave the beach! But we had to drive back to Portland. Logan fell asleep in the car immediately and we had an easy drive home. Home for a bath to get the sand off the little man, dinner, then bedtime. And Michael and I got to enjoy some dinner, a beer and House of Cards. πŸ™‚