Monday, August 18, 2014

Mom's Blinks: I'm the Letter T

During a recent trip to Grandma's house, Grandma and Colin watched a few segments of a Sesame Street Episode together.  Elmo is a favorite around our house and it was very fun for Colin.

One day after we had arrived home, I was unloading Colin from the car when he started very insistently saying "T, ta ta ta, T ta ta ta."  I was extremely confused until I stopped and listened to the radio.  Delilah by the Plain White T's was playing.

Colin and Grandma had been enjoying this quite clever Sesame Street Video: "I'm the Letter T"

Ever since, any time he hears that song, he tells me what sound T makes.  It's absolutely adorable, so the Plan White T's are getting some pretty serious play time around here! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ladera Concerts 2014

Every summer our neighborhood hosts a series of concerts in the park.  This year we made it to most of them and had so much fun!!

We got to hang out with all kinds of friends!  Dr Lisa and Chris came down for one along with Chris' sister and daughter.  Grandma came to two of the concerts, and Grandpa came to one.  Jackson and his family came to several of them and we sat with some new friends and played at another.  Mommy was even brave enough to head out to one of them on her own without daddy!

Pretty much any even that involves outside, friends, and food is going to be high on Colin's list of good ideas! :)

We had such a fantastic time, and it really made be grateful that we live in such a beautiful and family friendly area.  We can hardly wait until next year!!

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Orange County Fair

It's fair time again!!  We had a great time at this years fair.  It wasn't too hot, and the kids seemed to have a great time!  (Alex mostly slept and ate, but he was happy and seemed to like the noise and sounds!)

The only healthy good available at the fair!

When we bought our stroller, I totally envised us at the fair with it. (Weird, I know.) But look!  It happened!

It happened last year as well:

Colin likes the camera at home.  It's tough when we are out and about though. "Hey Colin, stand in front of this cool new thing and look at mommy and daddy who you spend every single day with it."  The animals were a big hit.  Colin successfully identified bunnies and chickens.  He was mostly concerned with what the animls were eating and pointed at the food in each pen 'eat!.'

Colin 'won' two stuffed animals by being cute to one of the guys at the carnival games stand.  

We had a great time. I can only imagine that outings like this are going to become more and more fun as the boys get older!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

4th anniversary reflections on my Marriage.

Almost a week ago, we 'celebrated' our wedding anniversary.

I say 'celebrated' because it's at minimum unconvetional to celebrate a wedding anniversary watching Buster Balloon, visiting the pediatrian, attending swim lessons and making a middle of the night drive to Las Vegas for a bachlor party.

As I wrote that, I had to smile.  These are the 'work horse' years of our marriage.

Our 'honeymoon phase' started before we got married.  We traveled, spent long nights talking, ate fancy dinners, dreamed about the future, dotted on each other and worked through some very serious issues.  Then we settled into the comfort of each other.

These are the work horse years because life with babies is hard work.  Our conversations often revolve around what someone did or didn't eat or eliminate.  Our texts are less flirty and more functional.  For example, I remember texting Gavin that I missed him almost every morning when we were dating.  This morning, I texted him that I thought the milk was bad, to please sniff it before giving it to Colin.... romance at it's finest!

It won't always be this way.  Someday our babies won't need our full time+ attention and we'll have more time for romance.  In the meantime, I know that Gavin calling the insurance company for me is as much or more of an expression of love as a surprise necklace from Tiffany's or a multi course meal by candle light.  It's also not an excuse for me to ignore my marriage or forget how important it is.  It's just a realization that things are different.

While phrases froom frames in Kohl's don't often summarize my feelings, I can't help but look at our family and our home sometimes and think "All because two people feel in love."

Gavin, I love you.  Happy Anniversary.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Alex is 2 Months!

Alex is 2 months old!  Time is going even faster than it did with Colin!

Height:  22.5"
Weight: 13 lb- 2.5oz 
Clothing Size:  Alex wears all 3 month clothes right now.  He also hates being dressed lately.

Diaper Size: 1/2.  He should probably still be in 1s, but we have 2s.  So he's currently in 2s. :)

Eating:  Alex eats on a fairly regular schedule now.  While I no longer track my nursing in the calendar, he usually eats every three hours with one long stretch at night (sometimes) of between 5 and 7 hours.  He rarely hangs out and eats except at night.  He is also incredibly loud when he eats.  (Sorry Auntie Cheryl!!)

 Sleeping:  We moved Alex from his bassinet to a rock and play.  He seems to sleep a little better in it, especially at night.  He doesn't have a set schedule, but he seems to follow one of two routines.  He either falls asleep at about 8 for his long stretch or closer to 11.  He sleeps better when he falls asleep earlier.

New Skills: Alex really started 'waking up' this month.  He has much longer stretches of alertness.  He's also just starting to smile and coo.  The other day sitting in the playroom holding Alex and watching Colin, I looked down to see him staring at me intently and then he gave me the sweetest half grin.  It was one of those moments that just makes me stop and remember how incredibly lucky I am to have these precious boys in my life.  

This month was also Alex's first holiday (4th of July), Party ( Willmunder's 4th part), & Vacation! (Roadtrip to Vegas).  Busy month!  Mommy also went back to work. 

Happy 2 months little guy!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We Play Loud!

A few weeks ago my facebook erupted with pictures of all of Colin's adorable little friends playing at a new indoor playground nearby.  I immediately started plans to join the fun!

 Last Friday we had a chance to check out We Play Loud.  We are fans!!

Colin is at the perfect age for the facility.  There is plenty to keep him occupied and there isn't much he can get into trouble on. 

Even with me wonderful camera,  is was difficult to get good pictures of Colin who was barely still the entire time!

Colin loved the big slide.
They also had a rocking boat and plane. When we arrived he freaked out about the plane, but by the end he loved it. 

I thought the place was great. The staff was friendly and constantly cleaning everything. Hopefully they can keep it up!! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mom's Blinks: Toddler Words

Colin learning to talk is about the coolest thing ever.  (Something only a parent could say, I know, but so true!!)  Suddenly this little person can tell me what's going on in that head of his!

Some of my new favorites:

"Please" (boy does he know how to work this word.)
'Self" (I have a love hate relationship with this one...)
"Teeth brush'
"Seat down" (sit down, usually accompanied by a location)

Of course my all time favorite is still "Mommy."  Even when it's whined, or shrieked or said a zillion times in a row when I'm trying to sign the grocery delivery paperwork, it's music to my ears that I wasn't sure I'd ever have the opportunity to hear.

I also love how Colin narrates the world around us. "Tree, Vroom, baby, buf-fly, house, bunny, puppy."  His vocabulary is growing so much everyday.  While he isn't using sentences, he does string words together intentionally. "Buh-bye, jammies, in, grandma's" combined with hand motions and props conveyed to me that he'd like to pack to go to grandma's house for example.  

Another favorite activity is copying daddy's words.  They did the entire alphabet twice yesterday!

It's hard for me to believe, but someday I will have to work hard to remember his adorable toddler voice and careful mispronunciations. I try to remember to enjoy every second of it right now.