Saturday, June 26, 2010

Thank Goodness for Mommies

Boys,

Sometimes you're going to take me for granted. Nearly always, actually. It's okay, I do the same thing, taking my Mama for granted. When someone is there for you 100% of the time it's an easy trap to fall into. But every now and then even Mommies need to hear a big thank you for everything they do for their babies.

So, to MY Mommy, who just spent over a month away from her home and husband just to make things a little easier on me while I adjusted to parenting two munchkins...

THANK YOU!!



Friday, June 25, 2010

2 Months Old

Matthew,

You're two months old already!
Here are your stats:
weight 13 lbs 1.5 oz

height 22.5 in


You're smiling and making lots of sounds, and Jason is your favorite person. You like to do tummy time together. You love to sleep and even gave me a 7-hour stretch the other night! Your favorite place to hang out (other than someone's arms) is your bouncy chair, especially if it is outside:



Jason,
Since I didn't start blogging until you were nearly a year old, I figured I'd include your 2 month photo and stats along with Matthew's:
weight 12 lbs 1.5 oz

height 23.25 in

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Smiles

Little Matthew,

You are starting to smile. It is so cool!

You especially like getting your chin tickled :)

video

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Three Years Old


My little boy. Hard to believe, but you are 3 years old! How on Earth did THAT happen?

Anyhow, since I (still) have neglected to keep an up-to-date baby book, here are a few notable facts about you on your 3rd birthday. Okay, okay, a few notable facts about you two weeks after your 3rd birthday.

You love...
...running, kicking, throwing, jumping, bouncing, hitting, catching, climbing, and anything else that involves balls or being outside.
...your little brother! You don't appreciate all of the life changes he's brought with him, but you haven't taken it out on him (yet). You always ask to hold him, play with him, kiss him, or rub his back. And you like me to narrate your activities so he knows what is going on. You yell "Tell Matthew about it!" if I don't stay on top of my duties.
...gymnastics class.
...cooking! You like to help me prepare your meals--sandwiches, popsicles, and watermelon cutouts are your specialties--and we often bake together.
...playing chase with your friends.
...Guns n Roses. I'm not kidding.
...peeing in the potty.

You don't love...
...the statue in the Broadway Diner's lobby. Can't say I blame you, it is pretty weird.
...the sound of other people singing.
...getting your hair cut. You do, however, enjoy the post-haircut lollipop.
...holding my hand in parking lots.
...pooping in the potty.

You eat...
...sushi and Indian rice.
...chicken fingers and french fries.
...popsicles and ice cream.
...chicken and salmon.
...soup and chicken pot pie.
...mangoes and strawberries.
...carrots and hummus.
...pretty much anything ;)

You say...
...whatever pops into your brain. Seriously. In your brain, out your mouth.
...past tense words with an extra "-ed" on the end, as in "I watched-ed the cars go by," or "You pushed-ed the stroller."
..."I'm sad. I'm going to go hide behind the chair to cry," when you're upset. Then you do.
...really funny things in your sleep.

You think...
...a little too much for my comfort. Gone are the easy days when I could lie my way out of your requests. Now you know people eating cones outside the ice cream place means it isn't closed. Your memory is also a bit too sharp, making distraction difficult to pull off as well.
...question marks are called "mystery letters"
...Matthew's umbilical cord was "poop coming out of his tummy."
...you're a comedian. And you are. But I'm not particularly looking forward to hearing about your antics at parent/teacher conferences. I'm considering sending Daddy instead!

You can...
...climb into your carseat and buckle yourself in.
...count objects up to 49 (after that you forget which tens place number comes next).
...recognize written numbers up to 99.
...locate most U.S. states on a map. Also Chicago, Boston, D.C., New York City, Houston, and Seattle, since Daddy travels to those cities for work.
...identify about 15 words by sight. You know all the letter sounds, but are not quite sounding out words.
...memorize books and "read" them back to me.
...put together 12-piece jigsaw puzzles.
...use the keyboard and mouse to play computer games by yourself.
...hit the heck out of a baseball.
...get your own snacks out of your drawer and the fridge.
...still throw one hell of a tantrum.

You create...
...towers made of building blocks.
...houses out of shipping boxes.
...yogurt finger paintings on the dining room table.
...with glitter, stickers, markers, feathers, foam, glue, stamps, and popsicle sticks.
...each project with every available color. I've learned to stick with the 8-pack markers instead of the 64-packs!

You sleep...
...rarely!

And...
...you have the best laugh on planet Earth :)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Happy Surprises

Boys,
Sometimes life surprises you with happy little gifts. I accidentally--okay, lazily is probably a better word--left my planters outside all winter, and before I had a chance to plant my spring flowers a few sprouts appeared in one of them. I figured they were probably weeds, but something prompted me to let them grow just to see what came up. Well, I'm so glad I did...look what bloomed today!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sleeping Jason

J,
The other evening Daddy went into your room to check on you and this is what he found: