This Man!  Growing up and being a little helper.

  • “Thank you.” This is very sweet.  And polite.
  • Flannel and Knee Socks. Clyde’s typical weekend outfit.  Potty training continues with significant success. If he’s completely baring it all, that is.  We roll with it.
  • ClydeO Do It. Self sufficient at 1.  Toddler for sure.
  • Bump It. ClydeO loves to bump it (dump it).  Anything, into any other receptacle.
  • Skiing! We got Clyde kitted out, and on December 22, Clyde went skiing.  He lives for the gondola (chairlift), and Tim took him down a green run!  Colorado boy starts young.
  • Dinner Table.  I’ve mentioned, Clyde does not really like dinner.  Most of his non-breakfast meals are consumed in the form of blended shake.  Well, this month Clyde gave up the high chair and started joining at the big table.  Jury is still out if he will start eating, but the social aspect is nice.
  • Hit. Boy loves his baseball.  We had a super warm December (see shorts pic above) and had lots of time to work on his swing.  Lefty, always.  He made a tee out of a discarded 4×4 and does pretty well.
  • Lights! Holiday lights are magical, but never hold so much wonder as through the eyes of a almost-2-yr-old.  Soaking up the special time we get this month.




Growing up and becoming one of the dudes.

  • HayHo and Mouse.  Clyde christened his siblings with their new names.  I like it. The rest of us: Momma, Day-O (daddio), MaLinda, Wah-EE (who he likes to change his diaper), and G.
  • Big Big Poop. Potty training is underway!  Clyde clearly identifies something is leaving his body and entering his diaper.  It’s all “big big poop”, and the warning comes after the fact.  Baby steps.
  • Trouble.  Our sweet innocent is no more.  Just when we feel OK leaving him for a second, he has all the spice jars emptied onto a single plate, and uncle G’s golf tee collection is scattered all over the floor.  Time to keep an eye.
  • Scooterbike.  The pink micro scooter is out and Clyde is getting the hang of it.  He loves to scoot on the slow downhill to school pickup.  He can really move.  The way home is not quite happening yet…
  • Momma, LROOOKK! My attention is constantly being directed to the most amazing things.  I love it.
  • Cousins!  We had a month full of Stelzer Cousins!  Clyde is right at the age where he thinks he can hang.  If momma is close enough, that is.


Ah, the month Clyde became a toddler.  We’ll look back fondly, maybe later.

  • Difficult transitions. Into the car, out of the car, into the bike trailer, stroller, bed, next room.  Every transition is met with resistance and a tantrum.  I remember this with the others.  It ends.  It sucks.
  • TTTTEEEETTTHHHH! And then there’s the teeth, which descend slowly, so slowly.  Naps are not really happening.  Good thing we still have the 5:30 bedtime.
  • Three.  Clyde is amazing at math.  Even complicated math!  Ask him the square root of 9.  Eight minus 5. One plus two.  He nails it every time.
  • Green. And he has his colors down too!  He can accurately identify the color of trees, grass, money and spinach.  He is so advanced.
  • Cheese.  Tough month, but there are silver linings. (Like being able to sleep over at grandma and grandpa’s!)  And cheesing for pictures.
  • Weaned.  End of a breastfeeding era.  We are done.

IMG_7853Finishing the Summer a new man.

  • Stringing it together.  Clyde finishes out this summer a different kid!  Majorly, he is talking in sentences, stringing words together. Open Mine Pls… So so so much fun!
  • Clyde O.  This was Clyde’s first long standing nickname, and it is now the name he calls himself.  If he wants some, he will follow you saying “Clyde-O, Clyde-O!”  The answer to “who want’s some??” is definitely still “NAH!” by all kids.
  • Help you.  Another fun language nugget.  If Clyde needs help, he will bring you the problem and ask “help you Clyde-O” (instead of Help me).  He also asks to help with the words “help you” (vacuuming is his favorite).
  • Running!  And Bumping!  Clyde walked for a long time before he attempted to run, but he is now off!  He practices jumping too, announcing – big big bump!, but usually only one foot leaves the ground at a time.
  • Teething, again.  The glacial eye teeth have begun their descent, and it’s not the most fun ever.  8 more to go.  Almost there.
  • Favorite things: Trains, planes, trucks, diggers, rocks, balls, playgrounds, Hazel (Hay Ho), bananas, momma.  Sounds just like a 20 month old.



This was a month on the road and Clyde Rocked it!

  • Woah!  Airplane in the sky – woah! Two dogs on the street – woah! Car drives by – woah! If he wants your attention on something, Clyde has figured out how to get it.
  • Boat! Skiing, skiing.  Two weeks in MI and this kid is in love with water sports.  This month he got to ride many ferry boats, but what he really loves is a speed boat.  He will tack on “eee-ing, eee-ing” to let you know what he really wants to do behind that boat.
  • The Land of Make-believe.  This month Clyde finally got what it means to pretend.  Eat that strawberry off the page, don’t mind if I do! I’ll have that hungry caterpillar too while I’m at it!  Pretty fun to witness his sense of imagination and humor.
  • Camp Champ & Road King.  As I mentioned, it was a travel filled month.  Clyde rocked it, in friend’s houses, tents and especially in the car.  3300 miles on this trip and I don’t think he screamed for more than 15 minutes combined. Amazing.
  • Sccccoooooopppp, working man.  Our house project started this month.  It began with a big digger scooping up the yard.  Way too exciting to nap when that is going on right outside.  After naps, Clyde gets to work driving his own machines around the front yard.

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Another half a year — boom!

  • Words, words, words.  It happened the morning after we landed in Michigan.  Clyde was having breakfast.  I prompted “say hi to Jake”. Clyde: “Hi Jake”.  And from there he was off!  That meal included “tea” “Bob-Bob” and “chicken” and each day he added about 20 words to his vocabulary.  We have a talker!
  • Tall and Not so Skinny. Whew!  After months in the string bean category, Clyde clocked in at 90th %ile in height and 75th %ile in weight.  He must be eating something!
  • But not at dinner.  Clyde is kind of a picky dude.  He loves his breakfast food, but not much else.  He consumes 80% of the day’s calories before 10am.  Seems to be working for him.
  • One of the Big Kids.  Maybe it’s the 1 and a half age, or the height, but he is really one of the dudes right now.  At 4th of July, he climbed aboard a trike like it ain’t no thing, even though he couldn’t reach the pedals.
  • Boom Rock, lefty or righty?  Clyde loves him some ball, but what he really loves is to throw (boom) rocks into the water.  Good thing we were at the lake for 2 weeks!  Heaven!  Thing is, he is more likely to grab the rock with his right and fling it, but if the rock is placed in his left, he can really throw it.  Properly.  Jury is still out on handed-ness.



Our Little Mansy is coming into his own.

  • Helicopter!  Anything flying in the air is most marvelously interesting and is definitely a helicopter.  Sounds like “Hi Da Da”, pointing up.
  • Uh-Oh.  All the time.
  • Ball!  Any time.
  • So Big.  I can’t get over how big Clyde is looking.  When I pick him up from his crib, when he’s following the big kids around, just massive!
  • Sun Safe.  One thing this dude loves to do is put on sunscreen (or lotion, or anything white which disappears after he rubs it into his skin).  He will ask by holding out his arm and rubbing along it.  This is a much better situation than him hating the application!
  • Singing his song.  When Clyde gets tired he starts to hum to himself (self soothing lullaby?)
  • Daily Bone.  Somehow this is the nickname Hazel came up with this month.  Even I am calling him Bonesy.  Hope this one flitters away soon…