As Summer Ends…

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as summer comes to an end, i find myself back here only to realize that it’s been 3 months since my last update and even longer since my last grow posts. the good news is, there was so much fun happening during all the time that i’ve been missing that there is much to catch up on. but with this blog really turning into our virtual photo album, i make no promises with timelines anymore, cause….well, clearly i don’t keep up!

so here are a few more images from our poconos trip in june i had always intended on using for my boy’s grow posts with a few updates.

i last updated jonathan at 4 years 9 months. he is currently 5 years 2 months old now. his maturity has made its biggest jumps. he’s shown himself to be such a compassionate little boy and i am such a proud mama. he is by no means the most calm, cool and level headed boy out there, but i do think he’s perfect in his own way.

brandon’s last update took place at 2 years 5 months. he is now 2 years 10 months old. he’s taller, talking so much and always growing more and more into a little boy and refusing the stay the baby i miss so much. but he amazes me daily and proves to me that there is definitely something to be said about babies not keeping.

now, while the ages of the boys described do not correlate with the ages the boys are in the images posted above, i will say that i plan on going back in time to get this blog back in chronological order. once i’ve caught up, i hope to get back into the swing of things and perhaps even become a legit blogger! (ha!)

Jonathan at 4 Years 9 Months

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oh jonathan! my big, big boy! do you know that even though you’ve been at roughly the same height and weight for a little whiles now, your size still manages to surprise us?!?! i recently took out your old clothes that brandon is just starting to fit in to and realized that by the time you were his age, you had long gone outgrown that size already! i’m having a real hard time finding more pants for you and i’m also going to need to buy you some shorts, too now that summer is on the horizon.

you still have a tendency to overeat a bit. you still try to finish your brother’s plate of food if he hasn’t finished it by the time you’ve finished, but we’re still on top of you. you’re also getting better at not finishing if you are already full. your snacks also tend to be more carrots and apples than crackers or cookies.

i keep finding you have crept into bed with us at least once a week. i’m thinking not having a railing is the cause of this, cause let me tell you, your bed is waaay comfy. if they made it in king size, than i would have long ago started a campaign to convince your dad we need a new bed. you are also getting re-acquainted with falling asleep on your own. daddy reads you guys a book, tucks you in and walks out. you sometimes scream out to us to try to get us to fall asleep with you, but you know the deal and after another kiss and a fresh tuck you hang out in bed till you eventually fall asleep. where you sleep varies from night to night, between your bed and our bed, between sleeping alone and sleeping with your brother, it changes from night to night. but your dad and i enjoy the little extra time to work on things and hang out with each other.

you’ve become obsessed with nursery rhymes, even the ones i’ve never taught you. you especially love tuesdays, when you get music time at school. i always stick my chest out with pride when i hear you perfectly recite a song or rhyme you’ve just learned that day.

you’ve taken it upon yourself to be your little brothers soother. you’ve always been so caring with him but now it’s like clockwork. the second a cry begins, you walk over and sing to him, sometimes before i even get a chance to figure out whats wrong. also, now that the weather isn’t so miserable, you are well aware that going to the playground is a possibility and you love “running so so fast!” when you come out of school all sweaty and hot, i’m so happy you got that outdoor time.

*images taken with my iphone

Brandon at 2 Years 5 Months

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my dear brandon, you my boy have grown. you’ve taken a very long nap or two, have slept in till way past 10am on more than one occasion and every time you wake i find a taller boy. to add insult to injury, all your baby chub has melted away.  a l l.  o f.  i t. (p.s. what’s your secret?) i never thought i’d find myself with a tall and thin babe, but that’s what you are and i am absolutely in love with the act of scooping you up, letting your long legs dangle below and squeezing tight that skinny frame of yours. needless to say, your clothes have been fitting a bit short on you so i’ve pulled out your brother’s old 3T clothing. the only catch is that your brother was a chubby 3T-er and while the length of the shirts seem right, they are just too wide for you. and your pants…..they have to be set to the thinnest button possible. i love your little waist, but we’re gonna have to invest in some slim fitting shirts for outings and family get togethers.

you’re eating habits have come full circle and you’re back to being a neat eater. you finish your meal or snack or drink and hand over the plate or cup exclaiming “finaash!” you pretty much finish all your food now, and you keep your tantrums away from meal times. but you’re also obsessed with our kitchen. well, you always were, but now more than ever. i swear some days i feel like i’m running a relay race from living room to kitchen to living room to kitchen again. if i dare make a detour to the bathroom, you make it clear you thought i was heading towards the kitchen and have me make a pitstop in the kitchen on the way back to the living room. i cannot imagine where you put that food since your baby gut is lacking. i also cannot imagine how we’re going to support you and your brother when you’re both teenagers!

your naps are still hit or miss. it’s rare that you don’t eventually fall asleep later during the day, but the rule is still the same. you cannot nap for more than an hour after 3pm. 45 mins after 4:30pm. or 15 mins after 5:30pm. your sleeping rituals have changed, though. a few days after your big brother got his bed, we went out and bought you the same exact bed. you are enjoying all the new space you have. the first night you slept in your bed it was as if you had been waiting so long for this upgrade and couldn’t wait to fall asleep. also, after story time is over and you’ve drunk your milk, daddy leaves the room and you fall asleep in your big boy bed all on your own. sometimes you demand to stay in your brother’s bed, sometimes your brother sneaks into your bed, but you always fall asleep without daddy having to be in there. nap time has changed, too. i no longer rock you to sleep in my arms. we cuddle up in your bed together and you drift away pretty quickly. its sweet and comfy and i usually feel guilty for not staying with you, but then i wouldn’t eat….or get a break, so i kiss you and cover you and let you sleep on your own.

your talking keeps on impressing us. there’s something new every day and you amaze me. you’re getting good with animals and people’s names, too.

another major development has been the bottle situation. we were really going to wait it out until your turned two and a half, but the nipple on your very last bottle broke. your father did not want to go out and buy more nipples or bottles and gave you cup of milk right then and there. i eventually convinced him to get you some sippy cups and it went really well for a couple of days and then suddenly you started getting upset about it. your milk intake has drastically reduced, but we’re staying strong. you usually outright refuse the cup but eventually always pick it up and drink at least half of the milk. i’m making sure you’re having more yogurt and cheese to offset this. come to think of it……it might be why you’re eating so much more…

we bought frozen the day it came out and you are obsessed with “let it go.” you have the best time getting your brother to make you giggle (which cause him to giggle hysterically…and then you giggle harder, too!) and you enjoy jumping on our backs, wrapping your arms around our necks and inadvertently cutting off our circulation. every single time.

Jonathan at 4 Years 8 Months

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jonathan! you gorgeous little specimen you. you’ve lost a little bit of chunk you had gained in the last couple of months. this weight looks good on you. not too chubby but just enough bits of skin to bite and pinch and tickle.

this new look is all thanks too me controlling your eating a bit. if i let you, you’d eat all day long. non stop snacking and finishing your plate, despite being full does not make for healthy eating habits. we’ve given you a limit on your snacks and taught you that it’s okay to stop eating once your full, even if there is still food left on your plate. we don’t even know where you got the idea that you had to finish your plate, but i’m happy to see that it’s an idea that’s seeing its way out the door.

we got you a new bed this month and suddenly you started finding your way into our bed in the middle of the night. i spoke with you about wether or not you liked your bed, but you assured me you did. and after a couple of nights you started sleeping through the night again in your bed.

you’re spelling everything, or trying to. you make me sound out all the new words or names of new friends and we work on spelling it out. it’s amazing. your drawings keep on getting better and better, too.

now that we’ve limited your video game play time to just the weekends, you’ve reacquainted yourself with your old stuffed mario bros toys. you also got a couple new ones as well and its all you want to play, all day long. you love to make it a family affair, too. it sometimes make me actually want to play with your angry bird toys again, but i try to comply as often as possible. unfortunately, i’m still responsible for disinfecting bathrooms and getting diner made.

you also love how we’re showering you with a bit more dedicated loving. the smile it puts on your face is something more that we love, too.

Brandon at 2 Years 4 Months

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worst blogger ever? you’re probably right. but we’ve been redecorating the whole house and while i could’ve been blogging during my insomnia bought, i was too busy being super lazy and exhausted. but enough about me brandon, this post is all about you.

you’ve gotten so long, little man. you’re legs keep stretching and stretching and your new heights sometimes stop me in my tracks and take my breath away. you’re becoming a big boy before my very eyes and it’s so bittersweet. i’m lucky that you love you some good cuddling and your need to be with me keeps my heart afloat.

you’re eating has improved, although there is still room for improvement. you’re swatting less and the messes are smaller and smaller.

you’re not coming into our bed anymore now that we’ve figured out your comforter trick. however, your daytime naps have become unpredictable. you fight it, or get too distracted to sleep but by 4 or 5 or 6 pm you end up falling asleep. this is no good as it means that i can only let you sleep for about 15 minutes before having to wake you up or else you won’t want to go to sleep till after 11pm. it also means, that i might hop in the car for a drive after we’ve dropped off your brother at school in an effort to get you to nap earlier and get you back on schedule. except more often than not, when i’m trying to transfer you back home or to your stroller, you wake up. on the days i’ve been successful, your grandfather has been kind enough to either come home to stay with you, or pick your brother up from school so that you could nap and catch up on some sleep.  this is around the same age your brother stopped napping, but i’m hoping you’ll still take naps for longer than he did.

you’ve come well into your “terrible” two’s. you scream and yell and cry at a moments notice if you don’t get your way. i think it’s kind of cute and usually get a good chuckle in, but i also try to lessen my work load. for instance, those times i would let you walk along side of us for school drop off’s and other short walks, i now strap you in a stroller instead. there were too many times i would try to block you from running somewhere you weren’t supposed to and you’d throw yourself on the concrete floor. in below freeing weather. were more often than not, snow that had turned to ice. i’d much rather you sit in your stroller than break your face and give me a heart attack. sorry about that.

that being said, you’re terribleness really isn’t all that terrible. you have your moments, but you are still the biggest sweetheart around. when you put your hands on my face, when you give me kisses and “wasos” (abrazo/hug) of your own accord, and when you say new things you learned from your brother, it makes my heart grow and suddenly the face i’m staring at is that of an angel. i’m sure this going to become a problem for future mischief.

you’ve started giving in to your brother’s requests of getting into your mario costume now and love being included in his play. you also love making jonathan act silly to get the best giggles in. you also love asking whichever unsuspecting person is around to “come” grab them by their finger and try to get them to give you some kind of food from the kitchen.

 

Jonathan at 4 Years 7 Months

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jonathan, it’s already march and i am just getting your february update up on the blog. in just a weeks time, it’ll be time to update you again. its been a big month for you and for us and i think i’ve been procrastinating on figuring out how to tell your story. i think i’ll still leave it for another post and just tell you about some other things i want to remember from this month.

you’ve really enjoyed getting more quality time with your cousins and friends. we’ve been fortunate enough to have seen them more often lately and i love seeing you interact with them. we’ve also enrolled you back in soccer classes, in an effort to get you around more children your age more often. you’re a completely different kid than you were a year ago. you are definitely a super soccer star!

this winter has been a doozy. but while i complain about the ice on the streets and begrudge the bitter cold temperatures, you are loving every single day. stomping on ice, leaving footprints on the soft snow and jumping in the freezing water melted snow puddles left behind. it has brought you joy and excitement during the short trips we take outside the home.

you’re bumping into everything and everyone. we lose our patience over it ’round these parts, but try to keep our cool because we know you’re imagination is working overtime during these moments. but still, stop hurting yourself and others!

you’re learning and obsessed with finding patterns everywhere and you amaze us with your smarts. you’re also accurately finding letters and letting us know which letter it is. it seems your short school day is really doing wonders on your little brain.

we’ve also somehow managed to control your game time without the tumultuous episodes. being able to handle hot button issues with you without one of us having to raise our voices has become an important skill i want to master and i’m happy to say we’re headed in the right direction.

Brandon at 2 Years 3 Months

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you’re getting so tall, brandon. your legs keep on growing and as they fall way past longer than they used too they’re also losing the last bits of baby rolls you have left.

you’ve also found your megawatt smile and flash those teeth of yours every time our eyes meet. especially when you get caught doing something you’re not supposed to. your whole face lights up and my heart skips a beat. so basically i melt when i should be correcting you.

you’re eating a bit better…but you’re getting a bit messier. while you’re eating you’re fine but then when you’re full, or would rather eat the food out of our plates rather than yours, you start transferring food from one plate to another….or swatting the entire plate off of the table altogether and then there’s food everywhere. that’s when we put an end to your dinner….until you come asking for “mas” food off of our plates.

you started coming into our bed again in the middle of the night, except you would bring your comforter with you. it’s about the cutest thing there is to wake up to in the middle of the night and we would just grab you and plop you in between us, until one day your pulled you dad out of bed and handed the comforter to him and crawled back into your bed. you’ve just been wanting us to tuck you in again. once we figured that out, you’ve been sleeping the whole night through in your bed again.

you’re talking keeps on expanding and you’re still repeating everything, but you’re also singing along to just about everything now. nursery rhymes, top 40, cartoon theme songs, you just love to sing along and we always end up stopping in our tracks and smiling cause it brings us pure joy. it does not get old.

you’re current favorite sayings are “c’mon”, “let’s go”, “i gotcha”, “jump-jump” and “again!”

you’re love for puzzles has you puzzling over and over again and you’re pretty good at it. you’re also getting really good at imaginative play and while you’re not taking your diapers off all the time, you do let me know when you want a diaper change (if i let the easy up get too heavy).

you’ve really fallen in love with both sheriff callie’s wild west and paw patrol. you also love cooking on your bbq grill and playing with your playskool super heroes action figures.