Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Paxton is 3 Months!

Wow, I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again.  Time flies.  I will admit it has been a hard three months.  Not because Pax is difficult at all, but rather the overall transition to family of four.  I feel like it has been an intensive training in parenting two, and I am starting to get the hang of our new routine.  I'm much more comfortable bringing them both somewhere now, though it is still quite scary when traffic or elevators are involved (there was an incident involving a small Everett hand getting stuck for an eternity a short time.  It was so scary I felt like I could faint, but all is well and Dr. Daddy was there).  Our challenge these days is getting them to not wake each other up when napping or sleeping at night.  Bedtime can be like a crazy sleep circus involving me going from one baby to the other and back to get them both asleep sometimes.  This is, of course, when Eric is working in the evening.  When he's here it is much easier to coordinate.

So Pax seems to have turned into a typical three month old baby overnight.  But he DID turn into a three month baby overnight, you say.  Ok, that's true.  But any parent will understand that three months is magical.  All of a sudden he is more engaged in his environment.  He laughs more easily and for longer periods of time.  Watching Everett is fascinating and usually gets a smile.  All of a sudden he is also talking a LOT and loudly.  I really love having conversations with him.

Here is an excellent video of my, don't worry...of Pax laughing.  Oh, but there IS singing.  Sorry.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Everett at 22 Months

Two months shy of two years old?!  How in the world did this happen?  *sigh*

Some things Everett is into these days:

-WATER!  Or BOPPEE! as he calls it.  He loves to play in the sprinkler, play at the sink, help give Pax's bath, play in his own bath, water plants, pour water between containers, basically anything having to do with water. 

-He seems to pull out a few new words everyday lately.  It is SO cool to hear the stuff he comes up with!  He is stringing two words together lately.  It's usually "more (insert food item here)" or "bye-bye (insert person or inanimate object here)".  He much more readily repeats words he is hearing now, and I can hear him practicing them sometimes when he is alone in his crib.  So cute.  :)

-Regarding food - sometimes he's picky, sometimes not.  Who knows.  Toddlers are a mystery sometimes.  Just because he gobbled two pounds of broccoli one night, doesn't mean he'll touch it another night.

-He's really active - climbing, running, etc.  I barely have to help him anymore on the playground, and am mostly there as a safety net.  I read recently that some kids work on verbal skills first, others work on motor skills.  He's definitely a motor skills first kind of person.

-He adores his baby brother.  When Pax cries, he says "sad", gives him a few pats on the stomach or back, and kisses his head.  It is important to him to kiss Pax goodnight and to say hi in the morning.  I can't wait to see this relationship flourish over the years.  It's already so sweet.

Don't worry.  He doesn't ACTUALLY drink grande Starbucks drinks.  He tries reaaaally hard to get out a few last drops when I'm done.  :)