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Milestones

Rhys is almost 8.5 months. He has four teeth, tow huge ones on the top, just like me.

Rhys claps and can feed himself, he is a super fast crawler, stands up and can go up and down the bathroom steps. He smiles a lot and is very cuddly. He laughs a lot when Ella is around.

Thanksgiving, first snow and xmas tree

I was bold this year and attempted to make not just the turkey myself, but also cornbread stuffing, apple pie, brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce and gravy, all from scratch. My parents came on Wednesday so I could prep everything.

The food turned out quite well. My sister said strong and even thanksgiving I can do by myself!

On Saturday we woke up to everything covered in snow and o took the kids to the park across the street on the sled I got at a garage sale.

And following tradition, we got our tree in Snoqualmie and had brunch at Salish Lodge. Only sad thing was that they took the croque Madame off the menu, so Charlie and I wore thoroughly disappointed.

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In the tent

When we had our cookie exchange party, I ran out of milk because there were so many kids.

May dinner time both Kendy and Ella wanted some milk, so I told Ella there was no more milk, only in her cup, which was lost somewhere. I asked her if she knew where it was. After a few seconds she said: “na barraca, mommy.” I didn’t quite believe her, but I looked in the tent and sure enough, there it was!

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Ella and the potty

I’ve been sort of trying to potty train her, but seeing that Ella doesn’t like M&Ms and stickers just don’t seem tempting to her, I’ve had a hard time finding something that tempts her enough to get her to the potty.

I put on baby legs on her and no diapers. She got the rights with the bear on her bum and we went to the kitchen. Ella was hungry and started going through the snack drawer. I soon noticed that she had peed, took off her tights and told her next time she should do it in the potty and would get an ice cream.

10 min later she sat on the potty, which I had placed between the living room and kitchen and peed quite a bit. Celebration and hugs ensued and she got half a Trader Joe’s bon bons. After dinner she sat on the potty again and peed in the potty!

I think a couple more day and more bon bons will soon do the trick!

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Rhys is 8 months old!

At 6.5 months we started crawling and holding his bottle up.

He is now quite a good crawler, is holding himself up everywhere, climbs up the steps to both bathrooms and very rarely is able to go down them, he chases Ella when she crawls, plays with her Legos, is eating puffs and can hold mum mums and eat them, has his two bottom teeth and is getting tow (BIG) ones at the top.

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Playing together

Ella and Rhys are starting to play together really well. Ella turns on toys for him, makes sure the baby gate in the living room is closed and shows Rhys her toys (“Olha Rhys”).

I can’t wait to witness more of this!

Last week in Brazil with cousins and Greiners

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