Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Caught Off Guard

We've been having a trying time with Joseph lately. He's begun to "actively assert his will" - that's what we'll call it. It's been fairly exhausting emotionally for all involved. It's also been hard to find ways to go above and beyond to love him which he, of course, needs because he's been seeing a fair amount of discipline lately. But sometimes it's hard to love someone who's getting under your skin so much.

And then - then! - he comes out of nowhere and blows me away with his sweetness. This afternoon on my way from the van to our house (approximately 15 feet) I managed to trip - as in I skinned my foot, leg and knee. And it hurt. Joseph saw me trip. He asked what happened then asked in a very concerned voice "are you ok?" I told him I was fine and that I just got a boo, boo. He wanted to see it, so I showed him and he said "It's ok. I'll kiss it for you." Oh the sweetness! He was so concerned and so sure he could help me feel better. I let him kiss my leg when we got inside, and would you know it did start to feel better!

It was the perfect reminder of what a great kid he really is, and how important it is for me to remain patient with him.

And for those who are interested - the bump at 26 weeks (I'm 27 weeks now, but who's counting?).

Monday, March 10, 2014

The boys and the bump

Joseph's favorite word recently is "why?" I feel like it's a little early for that. For some reason I had it in my head that kids don't usually start in with incessant "why's?" until around age 4.

John has also started "talking" a bit more lately. He seems to actually be trying to pronounce some words, but still the only intelligible words he has so far are mama and dada. He can communicate his wants/needs for food though with arm reaches and head nods and shakes. He also has the sign for
"more" down pat.

Joseph just discovered shadows last night. It's really cute hearing him talk about shadows and point them out to Will as he's getting ready for bed. He is so intrigued by them - it's a great reminder for me of his sweet innocence.

Every night when we pray with Joseph we ask him who he'd like to pray for. Sometimes he lists off people. Other times he says he'd like to pray for "aryone" (everyone) (after he did this several nights in a row we asked him if there was anyone in particular he'd like to pray for). Now, more often than not, he says he'd like to pray for "aryone in ticuhwur" (everyone in particular). It always makes me giggle inside when he says this.

Aaaand, the bump.
23 weeks
I don't remember being (ahem, feeling) this big with Joseph and John, but the pictures tell a different story.
24 weeks with John
23 weeks with Joseph

Ok - maybe not with Joseph, but definitely about the same with John. No?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What we've been up to...

The month of February turned out to be quite busy for us. We started by having a "little" birthday playdate for John and his friend, Ignatius (who was born a mere 3 days after Joseph). "Small" turned into 12 moms, 17 toddlers and 6 babies. But, oh how much fun we all had!
Story time with Mrs. O'Callaghan!
The birthday boys pre-cupcake and singing.
Our lovely guests.
John wasn't impressed by his cupcake.
He actually refused to eat any of it.
Shirtless and happy birthday boys!
The mess tells you how much fun was had by all.

The birthday playdate was followed by a weekend visit from my parents to celebrate John's 1st birthday. They were so generous and watched the boys for us all day so Will and I could go van shopping. I always forget how long the whole car buying process really is (we had already spent a generous amount of time talking with folks about their van preferences, researching online and I took a peek at one van the weekend before). Luckily, the boys were in good hands and enjoyed a puppet show, a good nap and some quality Nanna and Grandpa time.
Clearly he's impressed by my cake baking and decorating skillz.
Mommy helps open the first gift.
Opening presents with Grandpa.
Look at my new toy!
John's just chillin' while Joseph waits patiently to help open the next gift.
Playing with his other toy! (Thanks Aunt Jeannette and Uncle Tom!)
Hangin' with Nanna.
Tackle Daddy!

The next weekend we had some dear friends from Ohio come visit. Our boys are similar ages (their two boys are both four months older than our boys and now we're both due with our 3rd babies within a week of each other!) and have so much fun together. It was so nice to have a chance to hang out and talk again. I took woefully few pictures, but I did get a couple decent ones.
Auggie and John
Joseph and Luke playing with cars.
I believe everyone was checking out an Alpha-bot here.

The last weekend in February my sister, Alyse, came to visit. The boys loved having their "Aunt Aweese" around to hang out with. I, again, forgot to take pictures (sadly, that's how I've been lately) but got a couple shots from the weekend.
Oooooh! An iPad!
Face timing it with Aunt Jeannette and Uncle Tom :)
Checking out the airplane at the Air and Space Museum Annex.
That's all for now, folks. Happy Monday!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It's a.....

...healthy baby! We're happy to report that everything looks great with baby. I do have to have another ultrasound so the doctor can take another look at the heart as baby's spine was facing out making it hard to get a good shot of the heart.  So, we'll get another peek in a month!

During the ultrasound the doctor commented "that probably looks familiar..."

And I thought this would be an appropriate treat to celebrate.

We can't wait to meet you sweet baby BOY!!!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday, John!

I can't believe it's been a year since this little guy was born! I've been terrible about keeping ye old blog up to date on his milestones and such. The least I can do is write up a special post to mark one year!

What a sweet and easy baby John was. He slept in 4-hour chunks from day one, and oh how glorious that was!
He has loved Joseph from the moment he was able to track with his eyes (and probably even before that!). There was so much fun to be had watching his brother dart from one place to another.
Those beautiful blue eyes stop people in their tracks all the time.
John has always been a happy baby as well. He never cried very much and gives plenty of smiles!
John loves his daddy so much! Every time Will opens his arms for a hug John runs to him for a hug. 
John also loves to wrestle with his brother and is already pretty tough for a 1-year-old. He seems to only whine/cry after Joseph has been sitting on him for a while and he can't wriggle away.
John loves to eat, but can be a bit picky about what he eats. I've learned to give him his vegetables first and to make sure he finishes them before he even sees the rest of his meal. He loves meat and potatoes - just like his daddy (can you tell?).
Just recently John has started pointing and babbling more. He seems to be having conversations with himself, and I'm pretty sure he's convinced we can understand what he's saying when he babbles to us.
John is definitely a bit more reserved than Joseph was, but still loves to be around people and is fairly independent. He loves playing with his brother and trying to keep up with everything he does. 
Just recently John started to point at pictures in books. It's so sweet to see. He also recently learned to wave - which is perfectly adorable.
Each night before bed I read him his bedtime story. When we get to the part about mommy and daddy giving kisses I give him some kisses on his cheek and sometimes he leans his head back, opens his mouth and tries to give me a kiss back. I almost die from cuteness overload every time he does that!

There's so much to love all rolled up in one cute bundle! Happy 1st birthday, John! We love you!!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

More Talking

Joseph is getting very creative lately. I keep thinking I should document some of the gems that come out of his mouth, so that's what I'm doing.

After a time out while I'm changing his diaper Joseph sings what I have dubbed the "Time Out Song."
(to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle)
Time out, time out,
No, no, no.
Stand up, Stand up,
Face the corner.

Joseph is very in to declaring what he loves. Here are a few things he has declared that he loves lately:
I wuv cookies.
I wuv wawipops (lollipops).
I wuv ice cream.
I wuv EXercise!
(Do you see a pattern here?)

After playing at the park for a while I inform him that he can go down the slide one more time then it will be time to go home. He pauses then as his eyes light up he says "we can not go home!"

While in his crib waiting for me to finish nursing John before bedtime Joseph shows me everything in his crib and what sound it makes. My favorite part  comes at the end when he shows me each of his blankets.
"Doggie says woof. Bunny says hop, hop. Udder doggie says woof. Bear says growwwwl! (Udder) Bear says growwwwl! Dino says rrrrawwwr! Bwanket doesn't say. Bwanket doesn't say. Bwanket doesn't say."

Joseph loves to help me - especially with picking up things that John drops. He occasionally gets to eat some of the treats - aka baby food - that John drops on the floor, so it's a win-win. I recently encountered this little scenario:
(John drops his cup on the floor.)
Joseph: (happily handing the sippy back to John) Here you go Don.
John: (Smiles. Takes a quick sip. Drops his sippy again.)
Joseph: (gets down from his seat, gives John his sippy back) Don, don't dwop id again or I'll take id away.
John: (Smiles. Takes a quick sip. Drops his sippy again.)
Joseph: (gets down, picks up sippy, places it on the table out of John's reach) Don, don't dwop it!
5 seconds later (this must have seemed the appropriate amount of time to take away the sippy)
Joseph: (hands sippy back to John) Don, don't dwop if again or I'll take id away.
John: (Smiles. Takes a quick sip. Drops his sippy again.)

I'm pretty sure Joseph gave up at this point and didn't get his cup for him again. Sorry, John. Game over. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol. 54)

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1) John is now officially a walker. I think New Years Day is the day I officially deemed him a walker because that's when he made numerous attempts to walk across the room without being encouraged to do so. And he can make it across the room sometimes. Yay!

2) John can also climb up and  down the stairs by himself (but don't worry, I still spot him just in case - he's not that good yet). This has been helpful because it was getting old (and exhausting) carrying him up and down the stairs all the time - especially if I had a load of laundry under one arm and him in the other.
Christmas morning breakfast
3) Joseph isn't one iota interested in potty training and I'm not gonna lie - I'm starting to get a little nervous. We had a short spurt of interest several months back and had a few successes, but now every time I ask if he wants to sit on the potty he gives me a very clear "no!"
I'm learning that his short-lived interest in potty training is just a part of his personality (he is classified as an "impulsive child" according to a test both Will and I took at the beginning of the potty training book I'm reading). I believe the description they used said impulsive children will go "gangbusters" at the beginning of training then quickly lose interest. That pretty much describes what happened with Joseph.
I've also been a bit amused by the book because all of their descriptions of what an impulsive child is like are spot on. So much so that I actually laughed when they said the houses of impulsive children are "baby-proofed to the hilt" and that parents of impulsive children are "unable to hold a conversation with another adult because they can't take their eyes off their kid." True and truer.

4) What other nouns were used to describe my impulsive child? Energetic and active - yep (but really how many toddlers aren't energetic and active?). Early walker. Check (he walked at 9 months + 1 day). Bodily risk-taker. I think (willfully) slamming his head into walls, people, couches, etc. along with having zero fear at playgrounds qualifies him for this one. "Enjoy rough-and-tumble play, and frequently are the children who take this too far and, without intending to, end up hurting a playmate." I believe tackling his brother, random kids at play areas and adults holding babies at formal events qualifies him for this one. Happy and adaptable. Definitely. Pretty much everything they had to say about impulsive children related to Joseph. Now I just need to figure out how to get the boy potty trained before......

5) ...the next baby arrives...
...some time around July 6 :)

6) So far the pregnancy has been fine. A little harder than the others, but manageable (it would be pretty hard to be easier than my other pregnancies). The exhaustion is harder to deal with simply because I have two other little people to look after all day. And this time around I've had afternoon/evening sickness which I've never had before. Really all this has meant is that the bare minimum has been getting done around here - laundry gets done, meals are (usually) on the table, boys are alive. This is one of the reasons the blog has basically been ignored. It's also the reason that I took exactly zero pictures over Christmas, so I'm relying on my sisters for pictures of Christmas 2013 (the ones in this post are from my sister - thanks Julia!).
I'm finally about to enter my 2nd trimester, so I'm hoping to do a little more blogging (but I make no promises). Maybe I'll even take some pictures of the boys this month :)

John and Frances are enamored by the train tracks
7) We're excited to be adding another sweet baby to the mix, but I'd be lying if I said I'm not even a little bit nervous to have 3 under 3 3 two and under (that sounds scarier, right?) for a few days. Buuuut, we're getting a minivan (no more manual locks! or manual windows! and I'll get cruise control! and spaaaaaace!) so all will be right in the world...or something like that.

Thanks for an easy way to re-enter the blogging world, Jen!