Best of Xavi Year Two To Three: July

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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On those hot weekends, it’s hard to get motivated to outside and move away from our fans and air-conditioning. Xavi gets cabin fever so we planned to take Xavi to Stewart Park to run through their sprinklers.

Unfortunately, by the time we got there it wasn’t that hot but when Xavi saw the sprinklers there was no turning back. It usually takes him awhile to get into it but once he got a little wet, it was on. He doesn’t run through all the sprinklers yet so he needs a little encouragement

This photo was around the end of our time there. More kids had joined the sprinklers and were splashing around. Xavi kept getting splashed in the back and this was his reaction. 

Best of Xavi Year Two To Three: June

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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We were in Los Angeles for the wedding of Cindy’s brother, Adrian. Xavi was the ring bearer. We were worried that he might toss the ring or run down the aisle. He was fine but he fell asleep ten minutes after he made it down the aisle and could be heard snoring during the wedding. You win some. You lose some.

On Memorial Day, we thought it would be fun to take the new (to us) Metro train down to the Santa Monica Pier. It sounded like a good idea but because it was Memorial Day, the train was incredibly packed and the pier even more so. Somehow Xavi has never been to the beach while we lived in Los Angeles. It’s probably because I’m terrified of him getting sand in his hair.

We didn’t bring any water gear for Xavi or ourselves but we just covered him in sunscreen and headed towards the water. Xavi loved the waves coming in and hitting his feet while his grandmother or mother swung his legs. His Aunt Lori took a turn and was a little too slow pulling Xavi away from the wave but while she got ready for the next one, I luckily snapped this picture.

Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: May

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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Like with Easter, I try to get a Mother’s Day photo every year. I’m sure this drives Cindy crazy. This was also going to be the last Mother’s Day photo with just Xavi (on the outside).

Cindy had to go to a dinner that night for work so she got dressed up. I popped Xavi into one of the Easter outfits my mother bought him (even you really can’t tell). Cindy was running late so we took a few photos outside our apartment and then we all went to Cornell with Cindy on the bus because Xavi likes riding the bus.

On the way back from Cornell, Xavi fell asleep despite my best efforts to keep him awake and I had to carry him back home about four and a half blocks. By the time I got home, I was covered in sweat and sore.

At least I got a decent Mother’s Day photo out of it.

Best of Xavi Year Two to Three: April

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. 

After many fits and starts, I was finally able to hang out with my friends Nikki and Tony and meet most of their kids for the first time. One of the reasons that I was excited to move back to the East Coast was seeing my friends again. It hasn’t really worked out that way so far because Ithaca isn’t exactly close and when we do drive to Long Island, the grandparents hold Xavi hostage as much as they can.

Cindy had to work that day so Xavi and I drove three and a half hours to Nikki’s house where Tony’s family and Andrea were going to meet us. It was a rough drive especially since Xavi didn’t feel like taking a nap on the way. Once we got there, Xavi was a little shy but then Xavi saw his favorite thing in the entire world: other people’s toys. No matter what Xavi gets as a present or we buy him, nothing will ever appeal more to him than the toys he doesn’t have. When he saw Taylor and Justin’s play room, he was in heaven.

Unfortunately, Xavi can get a little destructive in his play and I felt bad at the mess he was making. This was his face after I told him stop messing up Justin’s train track. I just love all the colors in the picture.

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.