Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I want my little buddy to know that every day since he came into this world (and even the days/months prior to that) I have cherished every breath, every blink, every tear, every smile, every word, every kiss and every hug. He has truly made my life more wonderful than I ever could have imagined. Add to that the love we have for Luke and our family is complete.
Blake is such a fun little boy to be around. He is turning into such a social butterfly and making new friends all the time. Oddly enough, there are 3 "Blakes" in our neighborhood and he has been dubbed "little Blake." He loves to sing, dance, be read to, swim, ride his 4-wheeler, play with his friends, pretend (especially with his pirate and Dash costumes), play legos, play with all of his new play mobile toys (think cross between barbies and little people for boys), snack, watch tv (favorites include Mickey, Curious George, Clifford, Arthur, and more recently Phinneas and Ferb), and hang out with all of us. Blake still hasn't outgrown his asthma or eczema so we have to keep a constant watch on that and keep him on a regular breathing treatment schedule for prevention. It's hard for us to see him struggle some times, but he has such a will to keep going that it really doesn't slow him down.
He is a great kid and we are so blessed to have him in our lives. I look at this picture below quite often and pinch myself that we have come this far. What an amazing journey it has been so far and I am quite sure we have so many more wonderful years & memories yet to make. I love you Blake!!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
We were very happy to have found what we were looking for in the Cradle Club. It's actually downtown, which is a big change for us. We are so used to the boys being close to home rather than close to work. This means they will be joining us during our commute now. No more quiet time for Mommy and Daddy! What this also means is that they will be with us more and at school a little less. They will also be less than a 5 minute walk from my work and I can join them for lunch or breakfast whenever I want. The teaching style is different and we believe it will be a better fit for B. He is very excited to be going to school in the "city" now. I have quite a few coworkers who send their kids there and had very good things to say...that definitely makes us feel more comfortable with the transition.
We have started prepping him that Chloe and Jonny won't be in his class anymore, but I know it hasn't sunk in. It's going to be a tough transition, but at least we expect it and can prepare for it. Then again, we thought taking his pacifier was going to be a terrible struggle and that potty training was going to be a nightmare. But he proved us wrong. Let's hope he does that again. The big day will come at the end of July...wish us luck!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Could it really have been 4 years ago that Kurt and I were getting the bag ready for the hospital, reading every thing I could about labor signs just in case he decided to come early (which he didn't and decided to come 8 days late), rocking in the brand new unstained (who knew we would have a newborn with reflux) glider daydreaming about whether I was having a little Blake or a Whitney/Lauren/Natalie/Meg. Yet sometimes it feels as if it were yesterday. I think back through all the milestones he/we've achieved...smiling, rolling, crawling, walking, talking, singing, talking back, climbing, counting, kissing and on and on. I do love the stage we are in now. It's so nice to have conversation with him and really see into his personality. I had an epiphany the other night and realized though he may resemble Kurt more than I, he has my personality through and through. Even the quirky parts. I could list a million reasons why I am so blessed to have my Blakey Bear in my life, but here are just a few:
1. He too, is just so darn cute - He's one of those people that when he smiles, his eyes smile too. I love how his hair gets this multi toned yellow blonde during the summer. Girls pay good money for this color treatment! And his cheeks...4 years later they are still his best feature.
2. To hear him laughing or giggling is intoxicating. I love watching him catch on to something funny knowing it will produce a belly laugh.
3. I love how he likes to wear his shirt with the neck tie on it (the one courtesy of Aunt Jill) on days when Daddy has to wear a tie to work. ;)
4. His confidence at swimming and riding his bike & 4 wheeler make me so proud. He is really getting good/brave and I am excited for the next round of swim lessons to start so he can learn more and continue to improve.
5. How he likes to assign a Mommy and Daddy to everything. He is always so curious about whether or not a character or animal in a book has a Mommy and Daddy. It reminds me of how important our relationship is to him. We watched ET the other night and all he could focus on was "why did ET's mommy leave." We thought we were going to have to explain aliens, other galaxies/planets, etc. Nope. We just had to keep reassuring him that ET's mommy would be back at the end of the movie.
6. He still likes to read with us every night and "talk" afterward. He isn't the easiest guy to get settled down and keeping him out of our bed has increasingly become more difficult, but I'll admit I do like to have him close by sometimes...except when he has decided to sleep perpendicular instead of parallel.
7. He wants to talk about and do grown up stuff, yet he is still so little in my eyes.
8. He is ALWAYS so excited to see us after school and runs with open arms to hug us.
9. I also love how every day we ask him what he learned at school today and he says "nuffing". I can assure you our money is not going to waste even if he doesn't admit to learning anything. ;)
10. Hearing him say I Love You. Nothing better. Period.
Which reminds me of we are about 1 month out from the big number 2! I can't believe it. The last year has been an absolute whirlwind and I nearly pinch myself every day to try and remember I have a toddler now and not a little baby. :( What a joy this little guy is though. He certainly still has his days...the Grouchmaster 2008. After almost 2 years I have given up on the idea that it's still lingering colic and realized he is just an ultra sensitive, strong willed, risk taking, verbal version of his Dad and I. But more than anything we love our little Louie/Lou Bug for all these reasons and so many more...
1. He's just so darn cute - even when you tell him no and that bottom lip comes up and the eyes puff up, I just melt.
2. His soft floppy brown hairdo - that has been cut twice now, but I definitely take my time in between.
3. His ability to sleep like a champ - LOVE that!
4. That he's a little mockingbird - it is so much fun to hear him repeat everything and practice all of his words...which are finally too many to note or count. He talks all the time and knows so many phrases and words. Pretty sure his favorite thing to say is "no Mommy." We are getting excitedly close to the phase where we might be able to reason with him...keep your fingers crossed.
5. His singing - he knows a handful of songs and loves to sing them. Twinkle Twinkle, Happy Birthday, Slippery Fish, Bumble Bee, Hello My Friends...
6. His run - that has a lot of hip movement and steps but yet gets him no where. Unless you count down...he falls ALL the time, including a really bad asphalt face plant this weekend. One bloody nose & lip and a scratch between his eyes later, we are all fine. :)
7. How he knows how to push Blake's buttons - he knows saying "no Blakey" to Blake will drive him up a wall. It can be fun and un-nerving to listen to all at the same time.
8. The way he drives his little red car like Fred Flintstone. He loves being outside and playing in his car, with his toy lawn mower, wagon rides, you name it if it has wheels he loves it.
9. The way he stands on the edge of the pool (in the exact same spot every time) and yells "1-2-3" and jumps like such a big boy. He is so much more of a risk taker than Blake ever was. He is a climber, a fighter and loves to slide (even the big ones).
10. The way he can be such a sweet little teddy bear when he's in the mood. I love reading to him at night. It's fun to see him have as much interest in books as Blake always has. We enjoy reading about Maisy the Mouse every night and his absolute favorite is Brown Bear.