Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Almost Baby Time!

Here we are at (just about) 38 weeks! We've set up a few things around the house and installed the carseat. This was mostly in an effort to get Everett used to these things (and get him to stop pressing their buttons, sitting in baby chairs, throwing blocks in the bassinet, etc.). It wasn't really out of a need to get things set up because let's be honest - at this point, we could set up all those things that took hours in about 5 minutes. We're like super baby gadget setter-uppers now.

We're getting really excited to meet little brother and see how Everett takes on his role as big brother! Due date's in 2 weeks!

So now we wait...

No, No, Noooo!

Ok, I realize you are going to think I'm crazy with this post. I thought I'd record my current thoughts so I, too, can look back on how crazy I am.

Over the past week or so Everett has really started to perfect and use the word No! It's never alone. Always no, no, nooooo or more. Sure it gets trying...but the way he says it is incredibly adorable. I'm usually smiling on the inside while doing my best to portray the appropriate facial expression on the outside.

Perhaps this is one of those things only a mother (or father) can love. ;)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

18 Months

Everett had his 18 month well check today, and let me tell you, as soon as we got in the room and the door shut, he knew EXACTLY where we were.  Poor little dude screamed for most of his appointment.  He screamed so much he didn't notice his shot - hah! 

Weighing in at 28 lb (75%tile), Everett Anderson Keahey is an astounding 34.5" tall (95%tile) with a head circumference in the 50-75th percentile! I recently bought him some 3T pajamas! 3T! As in for a 3 year old! He's half that! Ok, so we knew he would be tall. Here's what else he's up to.

Everett, at 18 months, you:
-love your blankie "gee". It goes many places with you, and you carry it around the house, stopping now and then to lay down on it and put your thumb in your mouth for a little 2 second rest before going back to chasing the cat or begging for crackers.
-usually say "meow!" first thing when you get up in the morning and from naps, which means you want to see Frankie, the cat. You love chasing him, being next to him, and you've gotten really good at petting him gently.
-have a love/hate relationship with food.  You love snacks - crackers, cheese, and apples being your favorite, perhaps because you can say them.  You often are not interested in dinner even if it's one of your favorites (spaghetti!).  Your very cute round belly keeps me from worrying.
-enjoy feeding your food and drinks to family and friends.  A good friend calls you "the caretaker" and another one jokes that you will be a spiritual healer because of your sweet gentle touches.
-are about to be a big brother!!!  And I think you're going to be fantastic!

Sorry these got all out of order when I captioned them, and it's making me too crazy to fix.
The reason it's hard to take pictures these days
No one makes Ev laugh like Daddy.

Getting tickled!
Just a couple of guys hangin out.
Aww!  Ev likes to put his head on the cat and on babies in a gesture of gentleness and love.
Aaaaahhh!  Red tupperware makes me crazy!
Love how happy my boys make each other (and me).
He is loving his cowboy hat lately, though it's a little small.

I can't help smothering my cutie pie!!!
Blurry but funny

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Baby Blues

"While the children are yet in their infancy feed them from the breast of heavenly grace, foster them in the cradle of all excellence, rear them in the embrace of bounty. Give them the advantage of every useful kind of knowledge. Let them share in every new and rare and wondrous craft and art. Bring them up to work and strive, and accustom them to hardship. Teach them to dedicate their lives to matters of great import, and inspire them to undertake studies that will benefit mankind."

I am constantly thinking about this quotation from the Baha'i Writings and how it applies to the stage of life we are in with Everett, particularly the part about accustoming them to hardship. I really ponder HOW to do this. I finally realized that things that seem small and trivial really ARE hardships to him, and that this will continually be redefined. When I first read it as a non-parent I only thought of big stuff like cars and houses - stuff that doesn't matter at all to an 18 month old. Helping him learn how to deal with the little stuff will hopefully help give him tools to deal with the bigger hardships in life. And let me add that the stuff we consider "little" is worth crying and screaming for 10 minutes about to an 18 month old. Try doing THAT every now and then. Exhausting!

So having this conversation with Eric led us to ponder some possible titles of blues songs an 18 month old would sing...

"The Googa is Gone" (Googa = cracker)
"They Keep Lockin' Me Out the Fridge"
"The Stuck in my Crib Blues"
"Dreams of Turning Doorknobs"
"The Good Stuff's Always Out of Reach"

I'm sure you have some good ones to add. Especially you, Dad. :)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

First Babysitter!

People! I am on cloud NINE right now! I just have to blog about it. Tonight I left Everett with a non-family babysitter for the first time (Johanna, I'm counting you as family). It gave me nausea all day long. I'm used to tears and clinging when I leave, so I was pleasantly surprised when he excitedly took the babysitter's hand and led her to the back door to play outside. He barely noticed me saying good-bye and frankly could have cared less. I was only 1% heartbroken because the other 99% of me was so happy that he was happy. I found myself missing chunks of the movie I was watching wondering what they were doing, and every slow person I was behind on the way home gave me road rage. When I returned 3.5 hours later, he was still playing outside, squealing with happiness, and not bothered in the least by my leaving. HE EVEN ATE ALL HIS DINNER WITH NO COMPLAINTS!!! That's big. When it was time to say goodbye to our awesome babysitter, he reached to hug her, turned to me and said and waved "bye-bye!" Oh, ok Everett. I'll just go find something else to do now! Hah!

We have a jewel of a sitter and a heck of a kid. :) Love em.