Friday, October 31, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
The boys had such a fun day Friday. I called Missy to see if Colin, Celia and Olivia could come over and play with the boys and after I twisted her arm ;) she had them here within the hour. I am not sure why 5 kids suddenly became easier than my dear 2 children but I promise they did. Alex was being especially clingy and I wasn't getting a thing done so I thought distraction would be great and truth be told I miss my nieces and nephews. When the boys are sick I don't see my sisters and their kids much, which is both necessary and a bummer all rolled into one. I had fun laughing at the funny things they had to say. The are truly open books :) Celia wanted to go for a walk with the wagon and Colin only wanted to go if he didn't have to walk. I told them that it would probably be too difficult to pull all of them in the wagon but Celia insisted it was possible and let me tell you when she is determined that something is going to happen IT DOES! She has that first born determination in her and for me being a second born I find myself admiring this quality in her so I figured I should let her give it a try. Needless to say, she did it and although I volunteered to pull several times she insisted upon continuing. Who am I to complain? I got to relax and just watch them all enjoy one another and I was able to snap a ridiculous amount of pictures too. Big surprise...I know!
I guess it had to rub off on at least one of the boys. Here is my sweet, Alex boy, swiffering. I am afraid that he is going to be the organized, obsessively clean, one. It was bound to happen and truthfully I am not really "afraid". I have actually found myself mentally beginning to look forward to chore charts and watching my list of "to do's" rapidly diminish. OK I may be dreaming a bit because the child is only 18 months old but on top of the swiffering he like things in order. If I put his fishies in the middle of his high chair tray he methodically moves them to the cup holder portion as to not disturb the clean tray in front of him. When he finishes with his sippy cup he carefully puts it on the arm of the couch which is where we always used to set their bottles when they finished. He loves putting his toys back into the toy bin and is completely fascinated with bins of every kind but that is usually because he wants to see if he fits in it which I am aware is unrelated to my theory. I must admit that I am not the one he has inherited this from as indicated by the title of this post. I, since being married, have come to appreciate the order of things but would still not consider myself at all compulsive in the organization department. Jared, on the other hand, is one of those people. He is pretty meticulous and I have come to love this about him because I will be the first to admit that I was a bit of a slob. I appreciated cleanliness but didn't mind a bit of disorder (o.k. maybe a lot of disorder). Who knows which, if any, of the boys will be Jared's "Mr. Clean" equivalent but I have to admit I am pulling for both of them. Can you imagine a house full of organized people who enjoy cleaning?? Well, with the exception of me, that is :) A girl can dream can't she???
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I've had this post written for days but I was waiting for a day when the boys were cooperating with me for pictures. Unfortunately this is the best they "cooperated". I think these chair pics get more and more entertaining each month!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
They are laughing so hard here because they are playing the game where they kick Mommy while swinging and she over-reacts in pain. Sweet, Right??
They had their first experience with crunchy leaves and at first they didn't want me to put them down but once I showed them how they could crunch them up in their hand they were thrilled and didn't want to go back inside.
I just finished talking to Jared about how this "job" called motherhood is the greatest privilege and blessing and at the same time it is THE most challenging job I have had in my life. The boys have ear infections, something respiratory(ish) and just in case that was too mundane they are also teething. Yahoo for us! It made for a long day but it made for such a fun day too. I had to laugh as I looked at my pics from the day and the adventures that made it what it was. Only in this gig could I have such a wide array of challenges, heartaches and triumphs and for each one I am thankful! :)
These pictures had to be added. We tried on our costumes for Grandma today and Eli crawled off to play in his room. I went in to find this. He played in his costume for at least a half an hour. So funny, this one.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Dr. Clark (neonatologist) and Jared with the boys
Eli wasn't "feeling" the nostalgia like Mommy was.
Jared exiting the NICU and Me and the Boys next to the NICU graduate sign!
Exiting the NICU with Alex and Eli is always a liberating feeling.
Me and My Puppy
Oops! Did I mention it was a Halloween themed party?
We attended the NICU reunion today. We had such a great time. The boys were more into it this year and loved watching the Magician which kind of surprised me. They also had a life size Elmo dancing and I thought the boys would LOVE that and although they didn't dislike him we are definitely not ready for Sesame Street Live or anything. I was happy to learn this fact for free :) We saw our Neonatologists and NICU nurses which is always so nice. The main thing that I love about visiting the NICU is just the appreciation you feel not only for the people who helped your children but for your children themselves. I am amazed all over again that these 2 lb. creatures turned into little boys with double chins and pot bellies who are all over the place. We always get a little overwhelmed by our emotions while entering and exiting the boy's first home, as we like to call it.
Among others one of the cool things we experienced was that we ran into a Mom who Jared had talked to a couple of days after Alex and Eli's birth. Sandy (one of the nurses) called Jared out of the NICU and introduced him to this woman who had her then one year old with her who was a 27 weeker also. It was so nice to be able to tell her that we were those people she talked to and encouraged and that these were our now 18 month old boys who were doing so well. It was just one of those experiences we like to call a "God thing" (although in reality all things are). He had our paths cross for a reason and we talked and discovered that she too had developed HELLP syndrome. It is just always an encouragement to talk to others who have had similar experiences. Her 3 year old son is doing wonderfully also. The whole day was a success!
Friday, October 17, 2008
All my love, Becky
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
This has truly been a good weekend. I always dread weekends when Jared works but I then quickly remind myself that part of me being able to stay home involves him working. Isn't it crazy how it works that way? :) Anyways, on Friday I met Kim (Jared's sister) at her house and we let the boys torture, I mean "play with", Dusty their sweet dog and then headed for the park to let them swing. It is absolutely gorgeous right now in Michigan and we thoroughly enjoyed being outside. We then headed to pick Amanda up from school and then all had lunch together, including Andrew, before the boys had to have their nap (which lasted more than 3 hours, Hallelujah!). It was nice to get out and I don't have to worry about kid germs too much because Andrew and Amanda are older and don't put toys in their mouths :)
Yesterday, we went to Colin and Celia's soccer game which was great because AGAIN it was a gorgeous day and we were able to get some fresh air. Although I am careful with the boys I have a theory that outdoor air and other kids is safer than indoor air and kids and their toys, etc. I hope that this theory holds true. It was fun because 1/2 of our church's kids play in this league and we got to all hang out for a bit. Callie (my friend's daughter) and Collin (my nephew) went head to head more than a few times and I must say Collin does have some competition but he did great, as did Callie! I believe when I left that they were the only scorers for each of their teams. The boys had a great time and AGAIN a 3 hour nap followed.
Today I attended church and as I say on here often it was wonderful. I cannot say enough about the fellowship I have there but most importantly I cherish the time that I was able to completely focus on God. The boys stayed home and played with Daddy and then they had grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch. This facts seems meaningless but it was their first time. Still meaningless, yeah, OK, but it is my blog and I was excited :) They also replaced their bottles with ..... sippy cups! Which is the true triumph. I tried it in the morning and they could not have cared less so I figured let's just do this and we tried it at night with the same success. I guess this means we are done with bottles. I am guessing I could have done it sooner but oh well I am glad it went so smoothly because that was not expected. Now, if the weaning from the binky could go as well I would be thrilled. The boys continue to do this growing up thing on me and don't seem to care whether or not I am o.k. with it. :)
*The first pic is of Aunt Kim with her Eli. Kim would go feed, rock, sing to Eli when Alex came home from the NICU b/c I was unable to go up during the day. I was so grateful to know that someone was holding him for me when I wasn't able to.
**The second pic is Kim's daughter Amanda with Alex. I am sure she would appreciate me saying that this was her school's spirit week and that she typically dresses differently. :) But doesn't she look cute?
Friday, October 10, 2008
Alex (Dec. 07/8 months old and Now/almost 18 months old)
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The boys thoroughly enjoyed the petting farm. Alex, who was hesitant to pet anything the last time we took him to a petting farm, got up close to all of the animals. It was shocking. I swear he is full of surprises. They had an ostrich that made me nervous (something about the creepy long neck and the big googly eyes) and the boys were not phased. We enjoyed cider and donuts and bought some pumpkins. I had to corral the boys while Jared purchased these things which was pretty interesting. People have always said to me "wait until they can move and they go 2 different directions". Well this was the moment when I felt that most heavily. I did, however, manage to get them into a gazebo and then block the entrance and exit. See, you just have to be resourceful, people! All in all it was a perfect, fall excursion and I look forward to more. I cannot wait for my sister's annual Halloween Party!
So I am curious....what is your favorite fall tradition? I'm always up for something new to add to our list.
Despite how they feel the boys are doing new things constantly and I am hoping to catch up on some posting so that I can have it all documented. We will see whether or not I can pull it off :) Wish me luck!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
*I have to add that Alex has begun to say "thank you" which is so sweet and adorable. Maybe there is hope yet :)
Things we refuse to share:
Don't try and come between a boy and his steed! Is a zebra even called a steed? and seriously Fisher Price who rides zebras? I always find myself saying "Go Eli, Ride 'Em Cowboy" and realizing umm...nope, it is still a zebra. (I am kidding, I get the whole imagination thing. I mean it's wearing tennis shoes). Anyways, Eli is extremely possessive of this thing!
The Little People School Bus! I am well aware of the fact that this seems to be a peaceful toy, however, don't be fooled. This causes some serious conflict in our house. I bought a fire engine at the same time but trust me it is inferior. I wish there was some way of knowing these things in advance but you can only live and learn in this crazy parenting world.