Wednesday, June 29, 2011

14 months

Incredibly belated, here's E at 14 months.

He's a master crawler.  Super fast, he'll really get going when he looks down at the floor.  And then bang into something.
He can stand, if he's not paying attention. If he is, he'll grab onto the nearest table or drop to the floor.  He can walk along if holding one hand.
He continues to be super easy to laugh, and boy does this kid have a great laugh.
Still has 6 teeth.
Like his brother and parents, he's already gotten a few moles.
He seems to be going to one nap a day, and it's been a struggle.  For example, today, he woke at 6, napped in the car while we ran some errands, refused his morning nap, napped again in the car, and then took a 3 hour nap at 1 and went to bed at 6:45.  Yesterday, he napped about 2 hours in the morning, and then wouldn't take his afternoon nap until almost 4.
E still loves his food.  If he sees a banana, he screams for it.  In addition, he loves apples and peaches, and eats them straight, meaning he eats them right out of the fridge without being cut.
He has words for A and Daddy, and usually uses the word for Daddy for Mommy.
But Mommy is still his favorite.  I was away from him for several hours and wasn't putting him to bed for three days.  When I did see him, he would whine whine whine until I picked him up, and this continued for about a day after we came home.
He loves to stand.  In the tub, in his stroller, in a shopping cart, he'll stand up, usually facing wherever I am.  If I say, "E!  SIT!" he will, for a minute or two.
The struggle to get him to tolerate the nursery at the gym has been worth it; he not only doesn't cry but he plays and has a great time.  Today, I walked in and he was playing fine and then gave me a huge smile when he saw me.

I love this kid!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Vintage Monday

From June 2010, my little Lollipop Guild Baby!


Monday, June 20, 2011

Vintage Monday

Hope you had a great Father's Day!!

June 2010

Sunday, June 19, 2011


If you asked me what E's first word was or what words he says, I'd have to say he hasn't said a first word.  He doesn't say Dada or Mama, or even his brother's name in a way that anyone other than M and I could recognize.

But yet, he definitely has E-speak words for all of us... or at least for his Brother and Daddy.  They're usually said at top volume.  Additionally, his grunt for drink is distinguishable to his Mama, and he even grunts something I consider to be thank you.

Today, I left the three of them home while I ran an errand.  A went to the screen door to wave bye and E must have followed.  M said E was yelling out the door a combination of "Ma. Ma. Ma.  Dadooo!" for a good 20 minutes after I left.  Dadooo seems to be interchangeable Mama and Dada.

But he understands.  Like if we're in the grocery store and he stands up in the cart (despite being strapped in,) he will sit down when I say SIT!  Of course, he then gives that devilish laugh and stands back up, but at least he knows what he's SUPPOSED to be doing.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Genes are weird

At least once a week, I hear that E looks JUST like me.  Or that A looks JUST like Daddy.  Sometimes, I'll hear that A looks JUST like me (if Daddy's not around).

Facts are, though, that they look like the OPPOSITE parent.  I submit for your consideration:

There are other ways in which genes are weird too.  E has my exact blood type while A has M's.  A has the S men's cleft chin while E does not.  A has the S men's tongue tie while E does not.  E and Daddy prune up like crazy after seconds in the water, while A and I get slightly pruney after a much longer time.

Vintage Monday

July 27, 2009

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


This morning started much like any other day.  I was awoken by the sound of crying, rolled over holding my breath that it might stop.  Got up and dressed and went in to get Mr. E, after making a stop at Mr. A's room to give him some water (kiddo has a cough that just won't quit.  It's only bad at night, though, when he's waking up, so I'm not worried).

It went downhill, however, when we were brushing A's teeth.  A stands on a stepstool to brush his teeth, and E was hanging around, looking into the drawer next to the sink. 

He fell, and then started to cry.  Now, with an older brother, such things usually end quickly.  I comforted him, rubbing to spot on the back of his head that I thought he'd hit, and tried getting him to calm down.

Then A said, "look, it's red!"

Yeah.  Big puddle of blood.  Well, it's been 14 months since I scrubbed that floor really well.

With blood all over his mouth, I had a really hard time figuring out how to make it better/make it stop.  The blood seemed to be coming from his top two teeth, so that's where I focused.  I gave the kid a bottle of water, which seemed to calm him down a bunch.

After the dust had settled, I looked in his mouth again.  It looks like he cut himself, probably on the drawer, where the gum meets the lip on top.

So, despite any and all measures one may take to babyproof, her kids will still get banged up, fall down, get burned, and fall out of bed.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Vintage Monday

From June 2010


Sunday, June 12, 2011


With last week's unbelieveable heat, we've been getting some use out of our water table.  I decked E all out in his monkey bathing suit and matching rash guard (such an exciting purchase; my mom had given the shorts to E for Christmas, and I happened to find the matching rash guard months later this spring at the Gymbo outlet.  Woo!), lathered on the sunblock, and put him in his hat.  He was happy about all of it.  Except for the hat.

Nonetheless, he kept his hat on the entire half hour we were out there.

This isn't a great picture of Lovebug, as I called him once and  A has picked up on (also telling me that HE is Lovebug too), but I love the way the shutter captured that one drop of water.

This boy loves water so much, I really can't wait to get him to the splash area at Sesame Place, or even to take him to the Spraygrounds to play.

Hooray for summer!

Saturday, June 11, 2011


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Words are a big focus for us these days.  We say words over and over, and sounds too.  We point out letters to A, working on their sounds, and try to get E to make the sounds via repeating us or even better, naming things.

A has been working on reading.  He loves to ask us what signs say--today, he wanted to know what the Exit sign read.  Every morning, he asks what the chalkboard says, and now can sound at the name of his daycare.  But he shocked me the other day when he was looking at a coupon that said "1.00 off," and he said, "look, Mommy, One Hundred Off!"

Further, we were doing a floor puzzle last night,

and he recognized the word "fox," and sounded out "socks."  He can identify the following words:
1.  Yes
2.  Off
3.  His Name  (and he can write this one by himself)
4.  Fox
5.  His brother's name

E hasn't yet really talked, where we know he's using a word for a particular thing.  Like he says Da da da da all day long, but it doesn't necessarily mean Daddy.  But he's developing sounds for certain things. 
We THINK he has a Mama and a Dada.  He definitely has a sound for his brother, though it's more like an AH-AH, which doesn't duplicate at all in text.  We were working in a bathroom at our local Target on the first sound in his name, because the echo makes all things more fun.  I also think he has a sound for water/drink.  Food, however, is still a cry/scream, which is a shame since he wants food ALL THE TIME.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Umbilical cord banking

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

If my 25 year old self could see me now.

At 25, I didn't live a particularly WILD life.  I was living with M, working, going out for some fun times on occasion.  I started my master's the fall I turned 25.

Today, however, was a wild day indeed.  We took the boys to Wild West City up in North Jersey.  While it was a good time, it was one of those kids' places that isn't exactly my idea of a good time... you know, it's fun because your kids are having a blast, but you wouldn't be having such a good time if your kid didn't have a grin?

But then it got REALLY exciting when we came home...  after putting the boys to sleep, I took advantage of the lingering late spring light and.... weeded the flowerbeds.