The month of April was eventful to say the least. During the first week of April we went up to Mt Vernon for the Tulip Festival, Ty had his first Easter egg hunt at home, and we went down to Portland to see 17 waterfalls.
Tyler doesn't know his own strength and can be a bit too rough with the cats. He loves them but he sees them as toys, so he'll sometimes pull on their tails and whiskers. We've told him to be "soft, gentle, and nice," which he interprets as "give the kitties hugs and loves." It's very cute! The kitties are less enthused about it since they fear his grabby hands, but at least it's a step. Good thing our cats are super tolerant...
Oscar and I both had to work the day before Easter, so Ty had fun hanging out with his favorite babysitters.For Easter we decided to let Ty have an Easter egg hunt rather than finding a basket of treats. When he's old enough to read, we plan on having a traditional Easter basket and doing a scavenger egg hunt to lead him to his ultimate prize. At this age, though, we knew he'd get more enjoyment out of looking for and discovering multiple eggs than just one large basket. I filled the eggs with gummy Easter candies and put them in reasonably obvious places. It was actually a bit difficult to get him to continue the egg hunt since he'd want to open each egg as he found it and eat all the goodies inside before looking for the rest.
|A bug got in. The cats were thrilled.|
|Ty waking up in the morning with all his stuffed animals in a pile|
It's also getting more and more difficult to keep Ty out of things he shouldn't get into. He's broken or figured out how to get around the child safety locks on our drawers, he can pull the plug protectors out of the outlets, and he can push around and climb up on chairs to get into even more mischief. When there's a long moment of silent, I know my child has just discovered how to access a new area I thought was thoroughly protected. At least it's cute to see all the funny places and positions I find him in.
Making muffin mix
and shaving with daddy.
We have lots of fun spinning him around in the computer chair and watching him get dizzy.
While Ty keeps himself busy, Oscar's been working a lot on cultivating his herb garden and improving the curb appeal of our home.
And as Tyler's grown, so have I! At the end of the month we learned that the baby growing and kicking in my belly is a girl! She's even more active in the womb than Ty was, and we're looking forward to meeting her in September.