Thursday, July 29, 2010

If at first you don't succeed...

....try, try, try again. And if that doesn't work then just give up. That's what I did after trying to get a decent picture of EC and Alec. Geesh!


This is my version of the snapshots you'd get from one of those overpriced photo booths at the mall:








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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bowl of Grouchies



Looks like someone woke up on the wrong
side of the crib this morning.


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Monday, July 19, 2010

Brothers in Pj's

I'm not sure which is cuter...

EC cuddling with his baby brother,
both boys snuggling in our bed in their cute pj's, or
Alec sticking his tongue out at me

Which do you think is cuter?



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Faces



MONKEY SEE.

MONKEY DO.



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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Pictures for your viewing pleasure


Big A fast asleep (this picture is from a few weeks ago):

EC when he was just a few weeks old, looks like the boys have a sleeping position in common!

Rub-a-dub-dub, a chunky little baby in a tub.
Using the same bathtub as his big brother did. Awwww...

Here is EC when he was a couple months old.

Lawn Sprinkler + Watermelon = A perfect afternoon!




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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Our New Normal

Our family is back in the saddle, we are finding our routines again and settling back into the groove of life. Well, for now anyway. I don't want to get my hopes up too much that I've found some much needed normalcy, but I'll go out on a limb here and say that the newness of our family has started to wear off a bit, for the best.

EC has accepted the fact that Alec is a permanent fixture in his home, er, in his life, for that matter. He is still very affectionate and doles out kisses about 62 times a day. He is such the little helper and let me tell you, he's all about doing things himself. Seriously, everything.

He has been keeping busy this summer, we started a Kid's Day Out program (if you're like me, you may have never heard of such a thing...but once you have kids you are let in on this hidden little treasure of a program) in which he attends once a week for 3 1/2 hours. This gives me time to do anything I want, with only a 6 week old to tend to. Piece of cake.

We've also started back up at the Y, and soon we'll be going 4-5 times a week. I'm taking it slow to start, as it's been a couple months since I've
gotten my heart rate up past 140bpm! EC used to really enjoy the Kid Zone nursery, but the past few times he's pulled out the big guns and let the crocodile tears flow. He's happy as a clam when I return an hour later to pick him up, so I think he's just pulling my leg.

Alec has also found his rhythm (for now). I bought the BEST THING EVER a few weeks ago. A miracle blanket, and it looks like this:




Yes, it does resemble a straight jacket. But once my little burrito is all rolled up, he automatically gets "sleepy eyes"...and I say a quick thank you prayer.












This is MY actual little burrito.

















This blue miracle blanket puts Alec into the deepest sleep. He still takes several naps a day, ranging from 1-3 hours each, and on a good night he will sleep for a 5-6 hour stretch followed by a 3 hour stretch. Not to shabby, right? I'm pretty certain EC woke up every 2 hours until he was 6 months old, or something horrible like that.

We're all really looking forward to seeing his personality peek though his newborness (nope, not a word). But he's still a teeny little babe who doesn't even realize he has toes, so we have a while to wait. However, if you could see his gorgeous blue eyes in person then you'd know in an instant he's going to be a heart breaker.

Hopefully my next post will be just as positive as this one, but in the meantime I'm not going to rock the boat and mess anything up with our new "normal". And right this minute, my house is very quiet. Both boys are asleep and I'm going to sit here and do nothing!



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Monday, July 5, 2010

HAPPY 2nd BIRTHDAY EC!

Our sweet, loving, happy, talkative, emotional, demanding, intelligent, gentle, sleepy little boy turned 2 years old yesterday. My camera is in El Paso, TX being fixed (don't drop your camera on concrete) so I have no pictures of the party to post.

Five days old:















One year Birthday:






















TWO years old!






















We kept his birthday very low key this year, just invited grandparents and a niece and nephew over to our house for a little lunch, cake and ice cream. EC was very happy with his great gifts he received. He got lots of tools, a tool bench, a semi-truck with a billion cars in it, a Kawasaki 4-wheeler, a Radio Flyer scooter and a few other little toys.

I know I've written about a lot of EC's milestones he's reached this past year so I'll try not to repeat them again, though I LOVE having this blog to look back on as I'll surely forget these things in time to come.

During the past year EC has obviously grown and become a little boy, no longer my baby. He is an inquisitive little boy, always wanting to know what that sound was, or who that person is, or what that thing is. He's got a huge imagination, we are always playing pretend (as I write this, he is making me a peanut butter sandwich out of his horseshoe play set). He's very talkative and is pretty easy to understand most of the time, for us anyhow. He is able to talk in choppy sentences and seems to get the hang of language more each day.

EC knows most all his colors and can point to the letter "o" in any book (great, only 25 more letters to go). He has a special way of counting, too. It goes like this, "two, free, two, free". Ask him how old he is now and he'll usually say "one" while wrestling with his fingers to get only 2 of them to stick up. Good thing we have a whole year to work on that. He has a couple picture books and easily names every picture, along with the color. I think he's getting bored with Nick and I quizzing him nightly on these, we have both witnessed an eye roll or two when we pull the books down.

He no longer wants to snuggle before bedtime, but almost always wants to in the morning. He has a slight obsession with tools right now, constantly asking where his hammer, saw, or screwdriver is. He has the BEST sense of humor, and cracks himself (and us) up all the time. Potty training has begun, but we still have a ways to go before we're done.

EC is still our "little" guy, he weighs about 22lbs, which is how much he's weighed for months. He's not necessarily a picky eater, he just doesn't eat a lot. He does love fruits, is okay with most veggies but would eat chips and french fries for the rest of his life if it were up to him. He wears mostly 12-18mo clothes, talk about saving money on his wardrobe! At this rate he'll be wearing the same summer clothes for 3 years straight.

The terrible 2's haven't really kicked in (yes, I am knocking on everything wooden in our house right this second), though we definitely have our share of tantrums. There may be a bit of jealously about Alec surfacing, but it hasn't been too bad. EC sleeps comfortably in his big boy room downstairs (far, far away from our room...sniff, sniff), and generally sleeps from 8pm-6:30am. He sleeps right through a baby crying and because his room is directly below Alec's, he also sleeps through the creaking of the wood floors as I make 3-58 trips into his room each night.

EC has brought so many smiles and laughs and especially love into our home. Nick and he have a great father-son bond which grows more each day, and of course, EC and I are best friends. We have been so lucky to have 2 happy, healthy little boys under our roof and we look forward to the next hundred years (give or take) with them!

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Friday, July 2, 2010

1 Month Old

Guess what? Alec is already 1 month old! My camera is on the fritz so here are some pictures from my phone:





Alec, you are one month old today and though everyone says this, I'll say it too....it went by sooo fast!

Since we brought you home you have most definitely found your voice and you have a say in just about everything that goes on. You sleep quite a bit, but when you're awake...watch out! You don't like the swing, the vibrating seat, the boppy pillow, the floor, your bed, anywhere. You are content in someone's arms but only for a short time, or until you fall asleep. Your brother was very different in this aspect, he could chill in his swing for hours if I let him!

You get lots of love from EC, he is always giving you slobbery kisses. He likes to hold you and hasn't really gotten too jealous. If you sneeze, he's quick to say, "Bess you, Alec" and if you cry for a long time he'll be the first to say, "Stop it, Alec". He is very patient with you though, and endures car rides sitting right next to you while you scream bloody murder (riding in a car is hit or miss with you, you either love it or hate it) and will just look over at you and tell me, "Alec crying, Alec hungry".

You are still figuring out how to sleep well at night. Last night you were awake from 12:30am-4am. And you weren't happy about it either. However, you've also had a few good nights, 4 or 5 hour stretches of sleep. Admittedly, this is the hardest part of having a baby and I know we'll have lots of ups and downs in the sleep department but I'm keeping my fingers crossed we can come up with a good compromise soon!

You enjoy bath time, you soak through diapers like no one's business, you wear size 1 by the way. You weighed 8lbs 11oz at your 2 week appt so I imagine you weigh around 10lbs by now. You are iffy about taking a pacifier, I wished you would to help settle yourself down. You wear mostly your big brother's hand me downs, and it's all size 0-3 month. Your eyes are a gorgeous blue just like EC's, and we hope they stay that way.

You're one of the lucky ones to have been blessed baby acne all over your face and a bit on your arms. You also have cradle cap, but it's a good thing you've still got lots of hair to cover it up a little!





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