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Marco received a special gift from Mom & Dad for Christmas – an acoustic guitar! His face lit up when he unwrapped the oddly shaped box and saw the instrument inside.

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A few days after Christmas, Grandma Lori, Grandpa Keith and his aunts Mandy, Hayley and Maddie were treated to a performance!

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NOW IN 3D!

Today Marco Amadeus is 3 years old.

Marco weighs 35.2 lbs (80th percentile) and is 39 1/4″ tall (90th percentile)

He spells his name constantly “M-A-R-C-O!”, and has successfully written his name several times.

Favorite book: Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman (that’s my boy!)

He drew his first ‘smiley’ face in his friend’s birthday card:

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Favorite music: The Decemberists

Counts to 40 before he stumbles a bit. Knows the alphabet backwards and forwards. Starting to recognize numbers and letters when he sees them in random places.

Marco has been potty trained since December of 2012 – and has had a total of three accidents (two of which occured during the 2-day training).

Fashion choices: sunglasses, Toms, capes, and nail polish on his toenails

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This boy is growing so much everyday.

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I wish we could freeze this moment in time for just a little while.

Birthday party pictures coming shortly!

Comedy act

Just a few bits of Marco’s ongoing comedy routine…

Marco: Mommy, I’m tired.
Me: Me too.
Marco: Oh no. Mommy, you’re five tireds!

Marco slipped on his step stool after brushing his teeth, and smacked his little bum on the edge. He started wailing and with tears streaming down his face, yelled: I NEED A NEW BUM! MOMMY!
Me: Marco, you don’t need a new bum! It’s okay.
Marco: I need a band-aid on my bum!

Marco: You my fwend?
Me: Yes, I am your friend.
Marco: Daddy my fwend, too?
Me: Yes, Daddy is your friend too.
Marco: WE ALL FWENDS!! MOMMY, DADDY, AND MARCO!

After finding Marco in bed with two cars and a train whistle:
Me: Marco, I told you no books and no toys in bed!
Marco: Mama! I no has no books!

Tim tried to put him in bed at 7:55pm. Marco looked at the clock.
Tim: Marco, it’s bedtime.
Marco: No. Not like this! (he stood with his arms at the 8 and 12)

Marco: Mommy, you silly.
Me: Why am I silly?
Marco: You kiss Daddy! You silly.

One of our favorite radio stations is 89.9 KDFC, a classical station. We listen to it every morning on the way to school. One morning, we heard one of my favorite pieces, ‘Night on Bald Mountain’
Marco: Wow. That song is crazy.

Marco, Tim and I were getting ready in the morning. He started staring very intently at my wedding/engagement rings.
Marco: What that?
Me: My wedding ring. It means that I am married to Daddy.
Tim: Yep, mommy and daddy are married. I have one too.
Marco: Me too! I’m married too.
Tim: Who are you married to?
Marco: I married to Mama!
Me: You can’t marry mama.
Marco: Otay. I marry teacher Lizzie.
Me: She’s a little too old for you.
Marco: Umm…I marry Judah. (his best friend)

Marco came into the living room after he was tucked in for the night.
Marco: There monsters in my room.
Me: What do we say to monsters?
Marco runs down the hall to his room.
Marco: GO AWAY, MONSTERS! NO SLEEPING IN MY ROOM!
Then he slammed his door.

 

Orange

Yesterday Tim and I decided to find out how tall our boy is, and Mama almost couldn’t believe the tape measure… our boy is 3 feet tall! (if that whole urban legend is true, Marco will be about 6 feet when he’s an adult).

He also weighs 32 pounds. He’s actually lost a little weight since the last time we checked, but Mommy and Daddy think it’s because a certain 2 year old has decided that dinner time isn’t for eating, it’s for playing at the dinner table…

When he does eat, his favorites are:

Cheese (“What do you want for breakfast, Marco?” “Umm…cheese!”) – in all forms and types. Mozarella, cheddar, gouda, feta, fontina, gruyere, he’ll eat it all.
Watermelon (uttermelon)
Strawberries
Blueberries (Blue strawberries)
Blackberries (Black strawberries)
Canteloupe (Canlope)
Toast with jam
Yogurt pops – I throw yogurt and sliced straberries into a popsicle tray and freeze them, mostly so I can see Marco jump up and down and say “OGURT POPS!!!”
Pancakes

Other fun facts:

  • He loves trains (“Choo choo train!!”) and fire trucks the most, but trucks, tractors, cars, trailers, etc are all exciting.
  • Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Big Bird are still pretty popular.
  • He has peed into his potty a couple of times, but we’re not pushing him on the potty training right now.
  • I am a Bunny remains his favorite book, but lately he’s wanted us to read a lot of Skippyjon Jones and Curious George.
  • ‘That’s so funny!’ is his go-to phrase.
  • He can count to six, and knows most of his colors by sight – blue, orange and purple he knows the best.
  • This kid loves flash cards. He loves his Dr Seuss flash cards Grandma Denyse gave him for his birthday (numbers, shapes, and colors) and he loves the flash card apps Daddy downloaded onto his iPad. Tim downloaded one that not only says the animal name, but also makes the sound too – Marco is a big fan of making animal noises.
  • Marco wants to be just like Daddy, so in the morning he follows Tim into the bathroom to put on deodorant. Tim rubs a little on his underarm, then Marco runs to mommy so she can tell him how manly he smells. 😀
  • Marco also wants to be just like Mommy, and will sometimes steal her makeup brush and apply blush to his face.
  • Also, he likes to try on our shoes:
Snack time is definitely one of his favorite times of the day, as evidenced by this face:
And Independence Day might be his favorite holiday. This year, Marco watched Daddy light sparklers, and we woke him up from a deep sleep to climb on our roof and watch fireworks. He was giggling the whole time, pointing out the colors of each explosion. “Mama, orange!! That’s so funny!”

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My little Peter Pan…

First time having real ice cream! Strawberry ice cream from Three Twins Organic in the Oxbow Market. He LOVED it!

Anyway, as you can see, his hair was getting pretty long. We figured that it was probably time for a haircut. So, Mom and Dad took Marco for his first REAL haircut at a barbershop! You guys…this place was legit. Two old guys reading newspapers, actual barbershop poles, sports on the ancient tv.

For the first minute, he cried.

But then he was fine, and he thought it was kind of cool. 🙂 Especially when he got to pick out a Tootsie Pop!

So handsome!

This boy

loves his soy ‘chik’n’ nuggets.

He also is 33 inches tall and weighs 29 1/2 pounds. WHOA.

New words (previous list HERE)
Instead of ‘otter’, he now says WaaWaa (Water)
Me
Mine
Pees (Please)
Nana (Banana)
Elp (Help)
Dow (down)
Up

Marco now tells us whenever he wants or needs a diaper change.

He’s been out of the high chair for awhile, but now he’s tired of the booster seat with the tray attached; we’re starting to leave off the tray and let him eat from the big boy table. 🙂

Marco loves to read his books, and lately his favorites are:

I Am A Bunny by Richard Scarry
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr/Eric Carle
Mr Pusskins: A Love Story by Sam Lloyd
any of the Sesame Street board books (he likes to point out the characters)

Marco is starting to like Caillou on the Sprout channel, and the other day he was trying to sing the theme song. So cute!

5 Months

Marco is 5 months old!

Here’s what his feeding and nap schedule is like now:

8AM – Wake Marco up, feed him 7 oz bottle of formula
10:30AM – Down for a nap
12PM – LUNCH! Usually 3 tablespoons of rice cereal mixed with 3 oz formula, and some type of fruit or vegetable. Lately he’s loving Butternut Squash. I make his food using the Beaba Babycooker.
2:30PM – Down for a nap
4PM – 7 oz bottle of formula
6PM – fruit in his mesh feeder (banana or a strawberry)
7PM – Down for a nap
8PM – 7 oz bottle of formula before bed. We read him a story and put in him pajamas. He finishes his bottle by 8:30, but he’ll stay up in his crib talking to himself for about 30 minutes. Marco is such a goober. 😀

Measurements (done at home, percentile information taken from the CDC website)

Weight: 14 lbs, 6oz (10th percentile)
Length: just over 27 inches (95th percentile)
Head Circumference: 16 1/2 inches (75th percentile)

More pictures coming soon, but here’s one to whet your appetite:

Have you ever seen such beautiful eyes?

Rice

Marco has now had rice cereal everyday for 2 weeks, and so far, he seems to love it. I do one feeding a day with 2 tablespoons of rice cereal mixed with 2 ounces of formula, and then he has a 2 ounce bottle. He eats every 4 hours now, and is eating about 6 ounces of formula at his other feedings.
He’s also tried avocado and bananas in the past weeks, and while he’s unsure, he never spits it out. He’s had mashed avocado 4 times, and mashed banana once.
Here are some pictures and a video! 🙂
Mmm!
Hmm…not sure about this avocado, Mom

Sittin’ up

Marco is able to sit up for a minute without slumping over, but he is not exactly a fan of this achievement. It actually frustrates him, and I think he feels that he’s stuck! Poor guy – but he is doing so well I have to keep at him!

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