Thursday, September 29, 2011

I am a "boy mom"

*all of the pictures and video were shot on my iPhone so excuse the quality!

I am still getting use to being a "boy mom". I have always envisioned having all boys, and well so far we are moving in that direction.

I just don't think I realized what little boys were really, REALLY like. I've gotten hints of it here and there (like when we are all in our best dressed headed to church and my child decides to just sit/roll on the garage floor getting black stains on his khaki pants). In these situations Daniel has to say "Magen, he's a boy! If you wanted a neat one then we should have had a girl" (not that we get to choose this, but he is trying to make his point). I think letting Eli be messy just gets to me.


Today I was a total boy mom letting him go free!

We have been cooped up in this condo because of so much rain the last few days and with us only having one vehicle, we were stuck. But today the beautiful sun peep through the clouds and so we jumped on the opportunity.

I debated back and forth how we would do this. Would I put Eli in the Bob and strap Caleb to the front of me or be brave and let Eli walk on his own (he has a tendency to run away and not listen to us making us look like fools chasing after our kid who I might add is unusually quick and oh did I mention...I haven't run in a while so would I even be able to catch him?) and put Caleb in the Bob. We haven't gotten a double bob yet...hoping maybe a Christmas present *wink wink*...because I didn't think we would need it until spring with the weather being so cold up here. But I was wrong. Moments like this make me wish we had one.

Okay getting back on I came to the conclusion that I would let Eli walk and enjoy the exercise outside and put Caleb in the Bob.

We loaded up and headed out. There is this great walking path that goes about 2 miles behind out place with big open fields. Its great for Eli to run around.

So we started our walk and we were not even 5 feet into it when I saw them. BIG PUDDLES OF WATER. Oh no I thought. Eli will want to splash like crazy in them and I honestly don't feel like cleaning him up and not to mention it is 57 degrees out here and I bet that water is freezing. But we kept walking, and sure enough he noticed them. I decided I would carry him over the first few. Maybe he didn't notice I thought...yea right. We kept going and of course there were more.

Then I said...oh what the heck! Let him just be a boy and play/splash his little heart out. It's just water. So I did.

And y'all he loved it!

Once he was done (or actually when I thought it was long enough, and didn't want him to get too cold), we headed in for a nice, warm bath!

And now we're all clean and warm!

We can't forget about baby brother who slept through it all.

Here's to many, many more (messy) adventures with the boys :)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

photo dump

I have been absent from this blog. Sorry.

Life has just gotten the best of me, and when I actually find time to sit down and update, all I really want to do is get a little shut eye.

But alas. I have found a little time even though I would thoroughly enjoy sleeping right now as Caleb wanted to eat at 5:30am. Once I got done feeding him to climb back in bed to maybe, MAYBE catch 30 minutes of sleep, I hear Eli calling.

I still feel like a zombie some days. Daniel says he has to repeat things to me. I blame it on the lack of sleep.

Caleb sleeps about 4 to 5 hours and has once done 6 hours at night. I looked back to see Eli's sleeping patterns. Here is what I wrote...

"He was sleeping about 6 hours during the night at 4 to 5 weeks & then about 8 to 9 hours at 7 weeks."

I know every baby is different.

Caleb is definitely a more calm, chill baby. Eli during the day was pretty fussy until about 3 months.

I am hoping Caleb starts doing 8 hours stretches, but I will wait patiently until then... :).

We took the boys last week to the doctor. We intentionally scheduled their appointments together so we could just make one trip. Eli is still staying strong at being a big boy. At his 2 year check up, he was 35lbs and 36 7/8 inches. My MIL looked back to see what Daniel was at 2 years and he was 31lbs and 35 inches.

And this was Caleb's 1 month appointment. He was 10lbs 3oz and 22 inches. I looked to see what Eli was at this age. We actually didn't do a 1 month appointment with Eli but rather at about 7 weeks. He was 9lbs 6oz and 21.5ish inches. So needless to say, Caleb is quiet bigger (right now which could change) than his brother.

I haven't started working out or running again yet. I go to the doctor this week for my 6 week check up, and I will probably start back doing little things when I find the time. I thought for sure it would be KILLING ME not running, but honestly I am too exhausted to think about it. The only time I wish I was out there is when Daniel comes in from his 6 mile run. It will come soon enough though.

I also start back to work next week going 2 days a week. Then mid October I will start 3 days. I am sad to be leaving my boys, but I know that soon enough I will be home with them.

Daniel is still on track to graduate in May (WHOOO HOO!!!) with his Masters of Divinity. Then we are headed overseas to France for 3 months. We are anxious to get there, but trying to stay focused on what God is teaching/showing us here.

Okay, its time to feed Caleb. Hope to be back soon!