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Jane and Otis visited twice today. Otis, Jane and Kael went to get lunch near the hosp. and brought back veggie potstickers for Julie. Julie’s recovery is going great, and Otis says that Kael should take care of the baby and he should take care of Mama.

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Otis is going to be a big brother

Nana says "what!"

Another Grandson! No Way!

We have made some hints before, but in case you don’t know, we are expecting another boy in May! No one has been more surprised than my mom (on the left)! Of course, Otis is excited.

A lot of the basics of being a big boy are coming together for Otis: potty training, good with animals, dresses himself, conversational, persuasive, etc. So he should be fine. As for Julie and I, time will tell.

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Otis – Likes him some funky music

Otis had some rough moments today. He needed a break from whining and wanted some music (he often asks me to put music on the stereo and dance with him). I went for YouTube to show him a Dumpstaphunk video I saw a few days ago. Going to the TV to get the music is unusual and tricky because YouTube shows a bunch of suggestions based on your viewing history (Curious George, Elmo, Play Doh kit demos).

Uh oh now he’s whining and demanding Play Doh videos. Ack!. I quickly found the video in question and opened the tube. Otis was immediately silent and staring for the whole ten minutes. Yes that twin 6-string bass action is their normal setup.

BONUS: a stripped down version with Ivan Neville on upright piano, Ian Neville on guitar and Tony Hall on the bass.

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Otis Halloween

Otis was learning his last name (same as mom’s, Hollien) right when everyone started to talk about Halloween coming up… so, he now refers to himself as “Otis Halloween”.

He had a great time trick-or treating this year with Papa, and came home with a big bucket of candy….which he then gave away (and I mean ALL of it!) when people came to our house for trick-or-treating. I think he enjoyed giving out candy as much as going out to collect it.

He was a brown monster (his own idea)- you can see pictures under “Mad Snaps”!

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Lots of new words, lots of fun

Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of blogging. Otis is doing well! We’ve been enjoying our black raspberries and hanging out on the deck with feet in the kiddie pool. We’ve had some big thunderstorms lately so Otis knows all about thunder now. He also got to see the fireworks on the fourth-we had a nice view from our den window.

Otis knows he is two years old now, but sometimes claims he is three or even five. “I’m NOT two, I’m THREE, I want my birthday!” Other times he says he is a baby and not a boy. And other times he rejects all categories and says he’s just OTIS.

He is also showing a little interest in potty training, but initially thought underpants were thunderpants!

There are many new pictures in Mad Snaps (see 1.5 yr old, 2 years old, and vs food) and we’ve got more to sort through…

 

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Illness and being a big kid

Otis has been through a couple of illnesses recently, which is unlike him since he’s usually very healthy. But, when everyone at school gets sick….we end up staying home watching a lot of Dora the Explorer. This last one was a doozy and both mama and papa also got sick!

Last week Otis started transitioning from the infant/toddler room at school to the “big kid” preschool room. He’s excited because there’s lots more to do there, and his best friend Rowen just moved up after turning 2 last month. It’s a mixed-age classroom, so there are kids there from 2-6 years old, all mixed together. Several of the kids knew Otis from when he was the littlest baby in biokids.

Otis continues to develop his language skills… he’s now learning the alphabet song. And he’s learning other stuff too, like how to fix things. Recently he walked in to the kitchen while I was cleaning up and declared “I need tape!” I think he was trying help papa fix the computer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sentences and noises

“I see you, Mama!”

Otis is using understandable sentences that have moved up both in clarity and complexity.  For quite some time he has been saying things that are formally sentences but which to get his actual meaning, you would have to add a word or two, e.g. “Otis, do it.” really means “Otis will do it.”  Although, the related “Papa, do it” is clear enough.

He is also relating to the cats more directly.  Talking to them, etc.: “Look Molly, flower.” After he picked a daffodil in the yard and was carrying it around.

Noises

A big question of Otis’s these days is: “What’s that noise!”  Usually followed by “Find out!” when he runs off to determine the source of the sound.  Popular noises include: the furnace, the cat’s drinking fountain, the refrigerator, and such.  Sometimes his new awareness of sounds leaves him nervous, but I encourage him to figure out the source and be “the master of noises.”

He still likes the music, and his current favorite song is Etta James’s version of Groove Me

 

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OtisWatch now less introverted

I’ve added a bunch of social media stuff to Otiswatch, mostly just for fun and to explore the space.  I find the UNIX c-shell pretty user friendly and kinda preferred the internet the way it was in 1994.  I choose to evolve and put a ‘like’ button on the blog.

And this post is really a test of the broadcast function in that posts to FB and twitter directly from the blog.

Also we have had a real flood of comments (3 in a month) on OtisWatch in the last month, so I added a function that lets you (optionally) use your twitter or FB account to login, instead of creating a profile just for OtisWatch.

 

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“I Love You”

Otis has not been sleeping very well this week.  Which is not great.  He is doing a lot of thinking these days.  At least he is thinking about a lot of things and quickly jumping from one thing to the next.  He still can sometimes focus on one thing, but he’s much more likely to get distracted now, or maybe its just harder to refocus him on the task at hand.  He’s hit some new cognitive stage, and he’s trying to adjust to it, and we are doing our best to figure it out.

Otis is not a picky eater at all.  He is omnivorous, and is cool about trying new stuff.  Combined with his enhanced distractability this can get a little tough. He will rapidly accumulate plates of fruit and cheese and 2 kinds of chicken and peas and corn and cereal with milk, having a bite of each while I run around the kitchen as he tells me what he wants to try.  Hummm: Bad Baby!

Otis’s language skills are still very interesting.  He’s got many hundreds of words now that he can say and many more that he understands.  He regularly surprises us with new words and phrases.  Tonight I gave him a big hug in his bed and told him “I love you.”  He said it right back, well enough that I could understand it.  Then we got into a call-and-response with it and he worked on his pronunciation.  Then he got very enthusiastic and pointed right at me and said “I love you,” finally working up to “I love you guys.”

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Books!

Otis loves to read. I may have mentioned this before.

He often reads stories with mama and/or papa before going to sleep at night. Even when he is practically asleep he will sometimes ask for more books…and will be content to “read” in the dark and hold on to his book to get to sleep. They’ve said at daycare that he sometimes reads with his eyes closed as he’s drifting off for nap.

But he likes to read when he’s not sleepy too- and when we get to the page in “one fish two fish” where the things “run for fun in the hot hot sun”, he usually gets up to demonstrate his running.

Kael and Otis have also been taking trips to the big Salt Lake City public library recently.

 

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