Family visit

In November, Marco and his parents had a visit with his Uncle Josh, Aunt Katie, and cousins Lizzy, Joshua, and Julianna, visiting from Washington. The kiddos had a great time playing in the sunshine!

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Marco and Lizzy
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Joshua Jr and Lizzy

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Had to post these adorable pics of Marco – he loves reading, and I can’t tell you how many of my iPhone pictures are of Marco with books in his hand.

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Visiting family over Thanksgiving, he decided to share his blankie with Mishka and read him Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
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Enjoying the book nook in his room

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Marco’s current Top Ten reads

I am a Bunny by Richard Scarry (he’s adored this since he first figured out books, and knows the whole story by heart)
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
I am a Little Tiger by Francois Krozat (a purchase from the San Francisco Zoo store, after we saw a real tiger)
Skippy-jon Jones, Lost in Spice by Judy Schachner
Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
Roadwork! by Sally Sutton
Papa, Please get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
Curious George and the Firefighters by Margaret and H.A. Rey

Helping hands

Marco was quite the assistant over the winter holidays, helping his mommy make lots of goodies for friends and family.

He helped roll the molasses ginger dough in raw sugar:

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He and Daddy lined up the cookies on the cooling rack (after they were already cool, don’t worry)

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Marco pinched the pie crust for a pumpkin pie

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He also poured dried cranberries into the oatmeal cookie dough without spilling, and tried to clean up mommy’s messes.


Marco’s grown so much in the past month, and I want to keep as faithful a record as I can of his development – so here’s the list of words and phrases he’s said in the past few weeks:

Woo (Roux)
Abeler (Stabler)
Co (Chloe)
Tank oo (Thank you)
Elcome (You’re welcome)
Otter (Water)
Ape (Grape)
Nigh-nigh (Night night)
Ga-ga (Grandpa – lol Lady Gaga)

He gives lots of kisses and hugs, and likes when we give his stuffies kisses. Today, he even grabbed his monkey and his Pooh bear and had them kiss. SO ADORABLE.

Marco’s eating habits are still good; the only change is he won’t try meat. I’ve given him chicken (he’ll sometimes eat if I put in a quesadilla), turkey (no), fish (no). We’re thinking it might be because he’s never seen me eat it – I don’t know if that’s something he’s picked up on, and thinks that it’s bad. If we put meat or fish on his plate, he eats everything around the meat. My vegetarian boy, I guess! His favorite foods right now are:

Grilled cheese – we’ve started using a new recipe, from Deceptively Delicious; the grilled cheese with Butternut Squash puree is so good! Marco is enjoying the change!
Whole wheat crust mini pizzas
Soy nuggets
Coco Pop popcakes from Whole Foods – super tasty organic whole wheat, corn and rice cakes
Tomatoes! He’s been so happy with our tomato plants in the garden; he loves to pick tomatoes and snack when we play outside.

During our trip to Disneyland, we stopped off at a CPK for dinner – he ate the entire plate of pasta shown above! LOL

He’s wearing a size 18 months in regular clothes, but his pajamas are all 2T or 24 months; his shoe size is 6.

Our little guy has all of his teeth now, with the exception of his 2nd molars. Evidently those will show up by the time he’s 3. I’m pretty impressed with his chompers!

I’ll be posting a few videos soon, so stay tuned.

Eating habits

Marco loves food. He will eat anything put in front of him, which makes his parents very happy! We try to keep Marco on a healthy, organic diet whenever possible (which it isn’t always – sometimes a peach is just a peach).

It appears my plate is empty, Mom.

BREAKFAST FOODS (always accompanied with 8 oz of organic, unsweetened soy milk)

organic mini waffles (he loves these for breakfast)
sliced bananas, plain whole wheat toast
scrambled eggs (organic hormone-free cage-free brown eggs)

LUNCH FOODS (accompanied by 8 oz water or 100% carrot juice) and DINNER FOODS (accompanied by 8 oz organic, unsweetened soy milk)

grilled cheese on whole wheat
organic, unsweetened peanut butter and raw honey on whole wheat
organic, unsweetened peanut butter and organic berry conserve on whole wheat
cheese quesadilla on whole wheat flour tortillas
Dr. Prager’s Spinach Littles, Sweet Potato Littles, or Broccoli Littles – these we get from Whole Foods, and are SO tasty!
sliced fruit salad, made up of 2 or 3 of the following: watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, peach, oranges, banana, and grapes)
cheese pizza on whole wheat crust
grilled organic cage free chicken and string cheese (he loves cheese!)
sliced tomatoes, avocado, and a handful of Annie’s organic whole wheat bunny crackers
grilled veggies (mushrooms, tomatoes and corn)

SNACKS (accompanied by water, 100% apple or 100% carrot juice)

Annie’s Organic whole wheat bunny crackers
fresh fruit
Annie’s Organic fruit snacks
Sunny Days organic fruit snack bar
Plum Organics Fiddlesticks (organic fruit and grain snack sticks – pretty tasty)

PB & Honey!