It’s hard to believe that another month has gone by; yet at the same time, last month’s post seems like ages ago!
A lot has happened since last month — Dave started school, I returned to full-time blogging, and our kids are growing like weeds over here!
JAMES @ 2 MONTHS:
James is 2 months old today — and wow, have we seen a lot of changes in him!
The big news from James is that he’s smiling and making other fun facial expressions.
He’s also making lots of noises (besides just crying), so it has been fun to hear his voice a little.
He no longer screams when we change his diaper, he is loving the bouncy seat, and he’s doing MUCH better in his carseat as well.
He takes a solid 3-hour afternoon nap almost every day (WAY longer than my other kids ever did), and he usually takes a short catnap in the morning and around dinner time.
At night, he is usually sleeping by 10:00pm, sometimes earlier, and wakes up once or twice before waking for the day around 8:00am. He did sleep a 7.5 hour stretch one night, but I think it was just a one-time deal as he’s usually still only going 4-hours in between feedings.
His doctor appointment isn’t until next week, but based on my personal calculations, he weighs about 12 pounds (up from 7lbs. 5oz. at birth).
As is the case with most newborns, they seem to change almost daily.
At first, he looked EXACTLY like Simon’s baby pictures, then he started looking just like my baby pictures, then there was a short time when I thought he closely resembled my sister’s and my dad’s baby pictures. Now, he’s looking like one of Dave’s Dad’s baby pictures — so apparently, James is a chameleon 🙂
SIMON @ 18 MONTHS:
Simon celebrated his half birthday a couple weeks ago — and if it were up to Nora, we would have had a full blown party for him.
Instead, I just posted his picture on Facebook and then Nora and I talked about half birthdays for what seemed like 3 hours!
Simon’s big news is that he FINALLY said his first word… “good”.
One morning, when I went to get him out of his crib, I said “Good morning Simon. How did you sleep?” He took his pacifier out, smiled at me, and said “good” clear as day.
I thought maybe it was just a fluke, but for the last couple of weeks, he has regularly said “good” in the appropriate context, and it’s pretty cute!
He is entering the “do-it-myself” phase, and right now, he only wants to eat things he can scoop with a spoon or stab with a fork — and he doesn’t want any help. Sometimes I think that child would rather starve than let me stab a piece of food for him.
He makes a huge mess at every meal, gets more food on the floor than in his mouth, but he flashes a big cheesy grin every time he successfully stabs something and gets it to his mouth before it falls off the fork or spoon.
Simon is finally big enough that he can start to keep up with Nora — whether it’s jumping off furniture, climbing rocks, playing at the park, or riding bikes. He loves his big sister!
Last week, Nora slept over at my sister’s house and Simon just cried and cried when it was time to go to bed. Dave and I had no idea why he was crying, then Simon walked us over to Nora’s bed and pointed at her empty bed. It was SO cute. I reassured Simon that Nora would be back the next day, and he finally fell asleep after almost an hour of crying.
Simon is definitely a stinker… but he’s so dang cute that it’s almost impossible to get mad at him.
NORA @ 3.75 YEARS:
Nora is counting down the days until her 4th birthday (which is still 2 full months away — please pray for me!)
She has new ideas for her birthday party almost daily, and anytime she sees something she likes, she asks if she can have it for a birthday present.
Nora has 4 big-news items.
- She got to go to our local county fair (something she looks forward to all year long)
- She’s been keeping her pull-ups dry at night for several nights now
- She got roller skates
- She starts preschool TOMORROW!
The preschool thing was TOTALLY last-minute (we decided the week before school started.)
There are many reasons why we completely changed our minds and decided to send her to preschool so early — but the main reason is that she’s been asking daily when she gets to go to school. The secondary reason is because I honestly just need a break!
She’ll be going to afternoon preschool for just over 2 hours, 2 days a week… and the schedule works out that Dave can pick her up when he’s done with school!
Yes, we’re all very excited over here!
She’ll still have to go to preschool again next year since she’s not old enough for kindergarten, but I think it will do everyone some good to have Nora out of the house for a couple hours each week 🙂
I honestly don’t have much of anything new to share — besides the fact that our schedule is quite “full” now that Dave is back in school again. I forget how many meetings and extra activities come along with the beginning of the year!
During the weekdays when Dave is gone, my main goals are to get up and fully ready before the kids wake up, to get everyone dressed, fed, and ready for the day, to get dinner made, and to do one small household chore (1 load of laundry, vacuum, clean 1 bathroom, etc.)
I figure, if I can do one small chore a day, our house will stay relatively clean… right?
I’ve been searching for some relatively easy-going activities that would allow us to get out of the house a couple times a week without stressing about keeping everyone on their best behavior. So far, I found a storytime and craft program for Nora at the library, and a local toddler play group for Simon.
I’ve also been fairly brave and have ventured to the grocery store with all 3 kids a couple of times. Nora and Simon LOVE getting groceries with me, and it’s a good chance to get out of the house while also accomplishing something off my to-do list. Win-win!
We’re slowly getting back into our school-year routine and I’m happy to say the transition has gone much smoother than I expected. We’ll see how things go once Nora starts school tomorrow!
Wish us luck!