happy 10 months {caleb} and 27 months {josiah}!

July 27, 2013

my boys. my precious, growing-up boys.

i am seriously behind on updates and it pains my heart to realize the time that has flown and the highlights that i have *not captured. so i am remedying that, for now. πŸ˜‰ and be forewarned: this is long!

caleb michael

our squishy love bug who is honestly just so awesome. he makes my heart so happy. and sad, to see him growing and getting so close to 1 and then boom, he’ll be a big toddler?! whaaaat. stop.

daddy patio

but really, he is pure squishy goodness. he is mellow, happy, and quick to smile almost always.

he is *just starting to really move! he got serious about rolling over right as we were moving (mid-june) and just this past week is doing a flop/crawl and getting across the floor. Β until now, he has been happily chill and in one place … which is lovely as far as supervision goes. πŸ™‚ i am in no hurry for these big milestones this time around, that’s for sure. he’s been chubbily chill and we’ve been cool with it. lol.

walker

just as i’d hoped, a rhythm is coming together and is looking like this, most days: he’s awake and ready to be up around 7am (laying in bed, nursing and cuddling before this). after being up about 1/2 hour, i feed him something … it varies but his appetite for food has been rapidly increasing. he’s ready for his morning nap between 9:30-10:00. he nurses to sleep and sleeps an hour, average … some days longer. shortly after morning nap he eats another good meal in the highchair and then plays … hangs out … often in the walker or exersaucer or with toys on the floor. he is ready for his afternoon nap around 2pm, again nursing to sleep. when he wakes, in about an hour, he’s usually up for the duration .. sometimes still sneaking in a quick evening nap (5pm-ish) but mostly up until he is ready for bedtime around 8pm.

it’s interesting: i’ve just totally had *no* angst and focus on the whole nighttime sleep/”sleep training” with this little guy. he sleeps happiest with me. so, i lay him in his playpen (in our walk in closet in our room) when he first falls asleep and he sleeps for a few hours. then he wakes, i bring him in our bed, and he nurses back to sleep. we basically sleep well til morning after that. i am wondering when i will have that sense of – i am *done* with this arrangement and ready for change. i don’t have that deep motivation yet. mostly, he is SOOOOOO precious and soft and yummy and cuddly that all is good.

one funny thing: he goes totally crazy stressed out wacky when he sees hubby – until hubby holds him. seriously. like, arms pumping and grunting mad until daddy holds him. every single time. to the point that i hesitate to bring him with me to hubby’s office if i am taking him a cup of coffee or something, lest the freak out mode ensues. ha. he does love his daddy, that’s for sure.

and he loves his brother, despite the occasional abuse inflicted upon him. he laughs hysterically watching josiah, and just lights up whenever his brother is around. they are so stinking cute together.

his hair is noticeably growing the past few weeks. it never fell out like josiah’s did, but looking back i can see where it looks thinner … now just this golden brown preciousness, and starting to curl around the edges. πŸ™‚ love.

sleeping love

not sure his weight, but he is fitting in 18 months clothes generally, size 4 diaper.

he loves avocado (in the spoon), real food (like ground beef and rice with broth) and occasionally purees. i am completely relaxed about food with him (too much maybe?) and let him sample what we are having when he clamors for it. which is usually always. he prefers things off our forks. he is a pro drinking out of big cups.

sunday night i left him with daddy for the first time since his birth! i was invited to a concert at britt with a dear friend (what an incredible night!) and my sweet friend lori gave me some of her frozen pumped breast milk. (i *hate* pumping and only did a few times with caleb. it’s just a pain and i’ve had no need to, until now. and after the move, i can’t find the pump – darn!). he took the bottle – some of it – and otherwise did fine with daddy, despite some tears. he was sleeping on hubby’s chest when i got home, both of them snoring away. presh.

he has completely lost interest in the pacifier in the past month. he used to take it when he was really tired, and it was a tool in him falling asleep. but during our transition month, he became less and less interested … and now, it’s been many weeks since he’s used it. cool by me.

he is so verbal! lots of “tuh tuh tuh” and “duh duh duh”.

he is pulling himself up to standing and *loves* standing up.

he is a pure joy, a gift and blessing.

on "the blanket"!

on “the blanket”!

here is josiah on that blanket at nine months … fun to see!

at the park a few weeks ago ... fun!

at the park a few weeks ago … fun!

josiah michael

where do i begin with this boy?? this incredible boy, who so often seems way older than his 27 months.

his language is mind-boggling at times. more than that, his thought processes and comprehension. and memory. just the other night, i was putting lotions on him and he held up the container (of his recent favorite, organic african shea butter) and he said, literally: “the lotion’s almost gone, mama. we need to go to the store and get some more.” yes, we do, my sweet son. crazy.

he loved this stroller at uncle jerry's house!

he loved this stroller at uncle jerry’s house!

he maintains his deep love for “trash” … all kinds, especially in cans. this may be his life calling. lol. if a lid is ajar (on a trash can or *anything, really) it must be closed. he likes nothing better than to get to take out the trash.

he is JUST like his daddy: detail-oriented. he will stop in his tracks and reverse course to go close a drawer or door or cupboard left open. he knows where everything belongs and loves returning things to their place.

he loves his blanket and paci more every day i think. we are in trouble, haa. he has this certain voice when he wants it, and it’s usually when he is sleepy or wants to sit on the couch and watch a show (his faves are dora and “strawberry cupcake”).

he says “good” like this: “gwid”.

he knows all his numbers and many letters. last week he was drawing “1” all over the place.

he continues to have an eerie memory for books. like, after hearing them a FEW times, can recite full pages. even if it’s been weeks. yesterday i said a phrase similar to one in the book “wemberly worried” ( i said, “big ones, little ones and things in between” about something) and looked at him and asked, “which book was that from?” and he smiled and said, “wemberly worried.”

silly boy in seattle!

silly boy in seattle!

his total favorite books right now are all the ones that have dump trucks (“dunk trucks”) and tractors. his obsession.

when we read, he points to things and asks, “what’s this? what’s this?” about random little objects on the pages. constantly. he is soo curious.

he was sitting at his little table for meals (next to our regular dining table) but that was crazy – he would get up constantly, eating mid-walk. no thanks. so we’ve put the booster seat on a chair at the table. much better.

this morning before breakfast he asked for us to pray. after we prayed i said, “thank you, josiah” and he said, “thank GOD.” yes, my love.

he is so willful! and SOOO nonstop. really. lately, he’s been throwing things … just because, or when he’s mad. he tests boundaries constantly. and he loves them – the boundaries – happily repeating them. his favorite boundary is one that daddy drilled in to his brain: NO walking in the street. ever. he is so darling about this one, paying close attention and asking to be held should we park where he is next to the street, etc.

he got a trike last week which is great! perfect for him. he is doing great on it, with a little push from behind he’s got it.

“i do it! josiah do it!” is his favorite phrase.

he takes a great nap every day, usually 1:30-4pm.

sleep had been pretty rough at night, with his poor skin bothering him so bad. 😦 hate it. his eczema has been worse lately … more than ever. and he was miserable at night. we saw his precious “doctor” last week (really, a FNP) and got a referral to an allergist in order to know for sure what may be underlying things. for now, we continue to try any measure we can to help and heal. eczema aside, he does great sleeping: bedtime routine is a bath, lotions and teeth, then books (with me, usually at least 4 books!) and then some rocking. (one of our little routines, and sorry if this is tmi, but after reading i tell him i will rock him for a little bit. he asks to see “nursings” and i say, “how many?” and he smiles and says, “you always say two!” because i used to say that to him! so he cuddles next to nursings for a few minutes. happy boy :)) then it’s in the crib, night light on, paci and blanket in hand. he plays in there a bit before going to sleep.

oh! so for a time there he seemed so shy around friends but oh boy has that changed. he LOVES family, friends, seeing people. and a few times he’s loved it *too much, hugging the littles a bit close or tight when they are not wanting so much affection. πŸ™‚ it’s hard, teaching boundaries and respectful play rules at this age … we are learning. lots of learning about taking turns with his brother, especially because they always want the same toy at the very.same.instant. of course.

yesterday he looked up at me with great animation and said, “hey!!! wanna make a smooo-vie, mama??” love!

i cut his hair last week … second time and i perhaps went a little overboard this time, determined to get the hair out of his eyes (it’s been bothering him a lot). his hair is so gorgeous and forgiving, so hopefully it is ok. i think he is pretty darling.

hair cut 7-26

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One Response to “happy 10 months {caleb} and 27 months {josiah}!”

  1. Leaves Heal Says:

    Beautiful babies πŸ™‚
    I always wanted hair like that!
    Boundaries are huge– builds a healthy, happy kid πŸ™‚


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