Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: March

I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s. 

I always have a goal of trying to get a photo of Xavi at different holidays for fun.  Easter was no different. This was the first time we were spending Easter in New York and at my parents.  I don’t know why we bought him an Easter outift since we didn’t go anywhere  except for church that day (and he ended up falling asleep during Mass).

Unlike our two Easters in Hacienda Heights (2014, 2015), it was a chilly and windy day. I tried to get a photo of Xavi outside to continue the tradition but Xavi was miserable.  The wind kept blowing hair in his face and he just wanted to go back inside. I had given up on getting an Easter photo but when we got back inside, I was able to coax a smile out of him.

Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: February

I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s. 

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Whenever I go to one of Xavi’s favorite places, I need to develop an “exit strategy.” If I want to avoid a meltdown on the way out the door, whether it involves leaving with an item, promising a future Dunkin’ Donuts trip or just mentally steeling myself for the meltdown, I need to convince Xavi to leave.

One late afternoon, I got tired of being cooped up and decided to take Xavi to the Sciencenter. There are lots of fun and cool things to do at the Sciencenter but all Xavi wants to do is play at the train table. He could spend a full day there playing on that table only taking breaks to eat and change his diaper. The “exit strategy” was going 90 minutes before they closed so that he could see everyone was leaving. It didn’t work. He didn’t care that everyone was leaving he was staying so I still had to drag him out of there kicking and screaming. It’s even harder in the winter because he’s crying and flailing while you are trying to get all his layers back on.

We get outside and he’s stopped crying but now he’s extra grumpy. All of the sudden, big chunky snowflakes start falling. It hadn’t snowed in awhile and Xavi was suddenly happy. We stayed in the parking lot while he jumped in a few puddles. On the walk from the car to our apartment, he started trying to eat the snowflakes since they were so big. Luckily, one of the pictures came out.

Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: January

I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s. 

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While Xavi does hate the cold, he does love playing in snow. He usually wants to go outside when he sees there is snow but once we get out there, it takes about 10-15 minutes before his hate for cold overtakes his love for snow.

There were only two real snowstorms that happened while I was home with Xavi (at least that’s how it felt). The first time I took Xavi out to play in the snow, it was below 10 degrees and he was over being outside almost immediately. This was from the second time where it was slightly warmer and Xavi was more willing. He generally just likes the sound the snow makes when he steps in it but he accidentally fell. Then he really got into it. 

 

Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: December

I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s. 

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Xavi is not a big fan of the cold and frankly neither am I.  Sometimes we get a little bit of cabin fever so Xavi will just run up and down the halls and jump up and down on the bed until I stop him.

I don’t take a lot of photos of Xavi when we’re just hanging out at home but that doesn’t stop my mother from texting me about having not seen any new photos. I went to take a couple to satisfy the grandparents and let Xavi jump on the bed while I got my camera ready.  I tried to get a couple of not blurry ones but I’m not very good at shutter speed (I’m not a photographer. I just have a semi-decent camera).  I liked this one because you can see how much hair we’re dealing with here.

 

 

Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: November

I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s. 

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Cindy had to attend a conference in Phoenix, AZ for work and since I was still unemployed, I was free to tag along.  Her parents drove from California to meet us there and then we all drove back to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving.  They couldn’t wait to see Xavi!

On Cindy’s off day, we all drove to Scottsdale and took Xavi to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Xavi loves trains! L. O. V. E. S. This was Xavi’s heaven.  They had trains you could ride, walk through and a room filled with hundreds of model trains. He was not happy to leave.

Before we left, I wanted to get a photo of Xavi walking down the train tracks. Xavi wasn’t that into it so walked too fast to get the picture I had in my head but this one wasn’t bad.

 

Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: October

I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s. I was looking through Xavi’s closet looking for something and I found this Spider-Man GAP sweater of Xavi’s that was one of my favorite items of clothes we ever got Xavi but barely got worn because it was never cold enough in Los Angeles.  I think this is the only other time he wore it. 

I was curious if it still fit so made Xavi put it on. It was too short in the sleeves but he actually stood still long enough to take this picture. If I was ever going to frame a picture of Xavi, it would be this one.

Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: September

I take a lot of photos of Xavi. A lot. Too many. I thought I’d spend the next eleven days before Xavi turns three sharing my favorite photo for each month of his not-so-terrible Two’s.

One of the benefits of not having a job when we first got to Ithaca was that I had the option to tag along anytime Cindy had to travel for work. This day, Cindy had to go to Syracuse for the day for a meeting. After we dropped Cindy off, Xavi and I went to Rosamond Gifford Zoo (Cindy was later bummed that she missed one of Xavi’s firsts but I couldn’t think of anywhere to take Xavi).

Xavi wasn’t that into it at first.  His mother just left the car.  It was kinda hot with not a lot of shade. We had to do two laps around the zoo before he finally was interested in the tiger and elephants. However, he did love this baby elephant statue. I’m not in a lot of photos with Xavi because I’m usually the guy behind the camera. There was a small ledge that I was able to prop the camera on a set the timer. It took a couple tries but one of them came out okay.