18 months & Renewal

It’s hard to know where to begin writing again. My mind is flooded with all of things I wanted to write down so that I remember them and so many more things I want to flesh out so that I can make sense of the life I’m building. I’m guilty as charged that the last year or so I’ve let myself become so busy that  I haven’t stopped enough to think and reflect. I’m resolved to write more, even if it’s just little snippets to store up memories for those days down the road when I actually have time to sit and think.

I start back with a statement – Baby D is 18 months old today! I often find myself just watching and admiring him. He’s a wonder. Days that we spend a home playing, he spends his whole day doing whatever little J was last doing. Fighting, fixing, playing trains or cars, he does it all.His favorite solo-activity is coloring and using stickers. He frequently walks around the house with two or three stickers precariously placed on his shirt. He loves J so much and it’s obvious one of D’s main goals in life is to make J laugh. He succeeds a lot by spinning around in circles and speaking in gibberish. If ever J takes longer to finish a meal, D will run laps around the table, tickling J every time he passes his chair. Of course this means finishing said meal takes twice as long because giggles accompany every bite.

I’m also amazed by how many words he has at 18 months. It’s probably 50 – way more than J did at this age which makes parenting easier and yet more challenging at the same time as I realize his intelligence and his preferences so much more than I was able to with J. My current favorite word is his name for his younger cousin – he calls her Ro-Ro. Hilariously, every baby he sees is also Ro-Ro…including every image of baby Jesus he sees this Christmas season.

He loves dogs and he like J switched from saying the word “dog” to now just using the sound “woof woof” to mean dog. He’s been sleeping with a husky dog that my grandma gave him for about three weeks now and I hope they’ll be BFF’s. He reads to it and shares his milk and his snacks with it so it seems likely. Over all D is a tenderhearted little one. He balled his eyes out when I corrected him for coloring on the bathroom stool the other day and last week when J hurt himself and was crying in the kitchen D took the initiative and went up and hugged him…for a long time. Long enough that J told him that it was enough hugging 🙂

In conclusion, baby D is still my baby but he’s much better at filling my heart with joy now than 18 months ago.

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11 months

IMG_6233Though some mom’s may disagree – I find 11 months with #2 is an easier pill to swallow than it was with #1. Baby D brings so much joy to our lives and fits in so naturally that even though it’s been a jam-packed first year of life for him, we’re at that point where we don’t remember what life was like as just a family of three. This time too, I know what fun one is (and beyond for that matter!). I so look forward to hearing his true voice and watching his personality come out. I can’t wait watch friendship blossom between him and his brother and witness their adventures. It goes without saying that I miss baby snuggles to a degree, but I’ve grown to realize I love toddlers and preschoolers too so I joyfully state that I’m ready to move into the next phase.

At 11 months, D is totally mobile. Climbing on everything, pulling up and crawling like crazy. It’s fun to have a crawler because J never really did.

He has 5 teeth and 5 words. Da-da, Ma-Ma, Na-Na (his generic word for food), Dog, and Ball. He loves J and thinks he’s big time when we let him “play” ball or when we chase J up and down the hall or on bikes.

He’s an attention seeker and he’s goofy. I remarked at dinner tonight that it will be interesting to see how that develops in him. Not only does he have his Daddy to watch but he also has J. Good thing he has me to temper him 🙂 He’s a sweet snuggler at bedtime and he’s learned how to give kisses which are almost exclusively reserved for bedtime as well. He’s a great sleeper and is still taking two solid naps each day. Teething has been a slight disruption in nighttime sleep but overall it’s been manageable.

Birthday celebration plans are underway. Onward to 1 dear baby. Onward to 1!

10 months!

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{so late…sorry Baby D}. I feel like I’m still not caught up yet from Spring Break and the whirlwind pace of life these days isn’t helping much.

The picture above was captured two days after D turned 10 months old which I feel good about considering we got back from Chicago on his 10 month birthday and we hosted a wedding at The Cedars the day after.

As mentioned, month 10 included his first plane ride which he took to okay considering his favorite wake-time activity these days is crawling around and exploring everything. But it was worth it. He was able to meet most of his Illinois family. Part of our trip was a baby shower for his cousin who is due to make her debut in July which was really fun and allowed for lots of extended family to be around him for an afternoon.

At 10 months he has 5 teeth and is dealing with serious separation anxiety. It’s tough but the second time around I’m dealing with it a little better. Understanding that it’s healthy and a good sign that he has it despite the heartache during it. His personality is so far in a word – excitable. He’s not quite pulling up but he’s climbing stairs and able to get anywhere his heart desires.

Love you little man. We’ll be buds, promise.

9 Month Nugget

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Is this really the same child we brought home from the hospital nine months ago?

D-baby as he’s been affectionately referred to over the last many months only has a few more months of being a baby in him on the calendar but lately I’ve been struck by how much more of a baby he seems to me than J did at this age. Perhaps it’s all contrast and because I didn’t know any better with J, but D is still (despite his girth) so little and helpless and that’s fine with me! I’ll treasure each baby day I get with him.

He weighed in at 22 lbs. at the doctor yesterday and was 28 inches long. I guess I didn’t record where J was at this stage in life but D is definitely bigger. He’s wearing clothes that J wore well over a year old. When people see him they comment about 1 of 3 things – his cheeks (“Hey cute cheeks” is my recent favorite from a teacher at J’s school), his eyes, or his size. I’ve got a nice right bicep built up that’s for sure.

He has three teeth to boast about and the 4th is an any day now situation and he’s finally totally mobile, though not interested in walking assisted yet. He rolls and scoots and lunges to get wherever he wants and he really does throw his weight around. He won’t sit still in my lap for any long period of time anymore without throwing his body in another direction.

Overall temperament he’s an incredibly smiling baby and we have yet to have a melt-down despite days without afternoon naps due to teething and travel/general busyness.

Without further ado, I give you his 6-9 month video…set to a song that unlike some of my other selections has literally been the soundtrack to the last three months of my  life since J is OBSESSED with it. But I felt like it fit. We’ve had an unseasonably warm winter, D’s got big blue eyes, and we often sing this song and sub out “Blue” for D. Anywho…

8 months

img_6057Little D turned eight months old yesterday. Though a small portion of my brain is shocked by that fact, the rest of it can’t remember what life was like without him. Hasn’t his two tooth grin always been a source of joy? Haven’t I always known the sound of his giggle and the delight of having him snuggled in my lap?

Milestones: He cut his second tooth in the last month and he’s honed his ability to roll. He like J was at this age – is good at scooting backward but isn’t moving forward yet.

Sickness & Sleep: It’s been a rough month for nighttime sleep and naps (including a couple of days without an afternoon nap at all..ayi). Between the teething and his first cold we’ve been seeing a lot of each other in the dark hours. At night, I find myself less annoyed by it with him, perhaps because I’m just in the drudges of mom life or perhaps because subconsciously I know it’s one-on-one time regardless of the hour. During the day- I’ve been thankful for Alex’s help around the house and with children when I’ve needed to work.

Personality & Language: He giggles a lot and seems relatively good at entertaining himself. He’s alright to be left to play as long as he knows I’m close by. He’s quite attached to me and prefers me to anyone else in the room. He’s got da-da and ma-ma down which is so fun because J was so slow in saying ma-ma.

Aside from the teething and sick days we’re in a rhythm (because we’ve had the entire month to ourselves!)  and it feels good. I’ll share that in a separate post  just for record keeping.

7 Months!

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This handsome little man turned 7 months old yesterday. He refused to let me take a good picture but he’s got one tooth in there and more will likely follow soon.

Milestones: He’s still not rolling over though he did once while his dad was watching him today. Maybe it’s a motivation thing? He’s scooting in circles though and is sitting up like a pro.
Eating: I think he would eat until he explodes. We’ve added yogurt to his diet and he loves it.
Sleeping: Month 7 has been trying because of teeth and separation anxiety has reared it’s ugly head a little as well. Nighttime wakings are still quite routine.He’s down to two rather predictable naps – one in the morning from 7;30-9:30/10 and one in the afternoon from 12:30-3:00/3:00. He goes to bed at 6:00PM and wakes up the next morning between 5:45 and 6:00AM. He can sleep the whole stretch but doesn’t always want to 🙂
Temperament: He’s an incredibly happy baby. He loves to laugh and smile. When he’s really happy or he sees me enter a room his mouth opens so wide its as if his whole face is his mouth.
Words: We’ve heard some da-da’s and ma-ma’s among his babble strings but alas, we don’t think they mean anything to him yet

7 months means we’re more than half-way done with the first year…whew, it’s going fast. But time marches on and I love my three year old so we’ll press on.

Because…better late than never

I’ve mentioned before that I get songs in my head for weeks on end. The song that I put to this video is the one that’s been in there for a while now – particularly the line “someday we’ll wake up with thousands of pictures – 65 years in this little house”. The song itself isn’t totally appropriate for my next installment of baby videos perhaps but since it’s in my head and feels like the melody of my heart right now as Alex and I build life, love, and family…it’ll do.