Brotherly love

I worried while pregnant with E. I was stressed that J and E might not get along or that it would be constant fighting-after all two siblings that close in age will like the same toys. What if they didn’t ever develop a close bond?
Well, there is fighting over toys-especially anything Thomas the train. There are moments that they do not get along and have to be separated. But overall, J and E have such a love for each other. They love giving hugs and kisses to each other. J gives E a hug and kiss and E waves bye as I take E to bed for the night. If E needs a diaper change, J is right there trying to wipe and “help”.
Whether a day at the park:
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Or hanging out at home:
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My boys certainly have brotherly love….Now I can relax and stress that this next little one is as accepted, loved, and adored by J and E.

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Hoarder future?

E is a collector in nice words…. or a hoarder in bad sense. He will gather as many magnets in his hands and carry them around (of course spilling them all over living room floor). He will take handfuls of dominos and walk proudly around with them.
But his latest “hoarding” is stuffed animals. To go to bed he has a bear, a Donald Duck (not seen in picture), a Pooh bear, and his bear blanket. Yup, all around him. See….
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It is cute most of the time. He tends to carry Pooh bear around everywhere downstairs and then bear blanket upstairs. He has had blanket downstairs but it just ends up too gross (he won’t let it go if it ends up downstairs, so it goes to dinner table-enough said).
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So, please tell me this is a phase, right? I don’t want to have to do an intervention for hoarding as a teen or adult.

Talking

I have made posts on J’s talking before-whether being worried that he wasn’t making enough discernable words or that I am glad in retrospect that I didn’t give in to “your baby can read”.
J is still making a ton of progress. He is making full sentences. For example we were stroller shopping and he tried one out (the kind that he stands up in the back rather than sits) and he announced very loudly, “Dad this is so fun”. It has been fun to watch his vocabulary grow and see how he takes in and responds to conversations. 
Also in a previous post I mentioned how Husband and I cleaned and organized the garage. Afterwards, Husband made an observation that made me laugh. He said that J was talking so much there were times where he couldn’t concentrate on the measurement or project he was doing.
So now I think we are past that worry and onto the next. After all isn’t that a parent’s life-to worry about one thing or another about your kids.

Mommy toy

Since we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with internet (stupid new company says they can’t get to our house due to it being gated community with no call system-which a. Our house isn’t in anyway in gated community and b. They have been here before setting cable!) the “vacation part 2” of incredibly cute pictures of boys will come when stupid company figures out they are wrong our internet is useable.

So on Husband’s last day of vacation he decided to get at least one thing on “to-do” list done-clean and organize the garage. We have a two car garage that is consumed with storage (camping gear, single strollers, and stuff for office whenever we buy a house), Husband’s tools, and most of all the boat. The boat is currently in re-conditioning process so there is stuff all over. So we decided to just quit procrastinating and suck it up tackle the project one evening. It went smoothly. Boys were entertained watching us and being able to actually move out there. Husband got shelves hung to hold stuff up off ground and I organized tools and boat supplies.
Now this is all boring stuff that led up to an all too funny moment. J stayed up with us until the last of the stuff was put away. Husband was pushing lawn mower back into its place when J comes running over and goes, “Dad, look! Mommy’s toy”. I almost died laughing. Since Husband works so much and I would rather he spend the little time off with the boys than worrying about mowing, I just do the mowing myself. I have been mowing since I was little (thanks to my parents telling/showing me that girls are just as capable of mowing as boys). But J has only seen me use the lawn mower so it isn’t a “daddy toy”-it is a “mommy toy”.

Vacation-part 1

We just got back from our Disney trip. It went well. The boys did okay on drive aside from last half hour of LA traffic-laden driving. We stayed in Paradise Pier (one of the hotels on Disneyland resort). The view was amazing of the CA Adventure park.

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Overall I didn’t plan what to do each day-Husband likes to just go with the flow or so he says. So in our 3 days of park time we had only 1 night pre-planned. I figured with our kids being so little we should pay the extra and do the expensive dinner package to get the best view of the nighttime water show “World of Color”. It came with a high-end meal (Husband was very impressed with the food and didn’t even care how much it cost). I mean look at this dessert sampler!
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Then later that night we got priority spots (on deck closest to water) for best view. As we waited for show to start both boys fell asleep in the stroller. We figured it was 2 hours past bedtime so  that was ok…but we also thought because we were right under a speaker they would wake up for the show. Nope. J and E slept through the entire loud show. I didn’t know if I should be disappointed that they missed the show or happy that they were getting much needed sleep. I went with happy.