With the exception of Harpers Ferry the past week or so things have finally slowed down and we are able to get back into routine. It is so nice knowing that this time we can stay in routine for longer than a week. The upcoming holidays actually seem stress free compared to how our life has been which just goes to show you that it’s been crazy.
With that being said crazy has a new meaning. Our boys are still keeping us on our toes. As Reid gets older we are trying to encourage their relationship and allow them to “play” together. I know it’ll progress on it’s own but since Everett is still a baby himself I really want him to feel included in the attention Reid needs from me. So when Reid wants to be held or needs tummy time I try to do things Everett can enjoy with him. Maybe that seems crazy but I think it’s helping as Everett’s response to his brother seems to get better. This activity mat is a huge help. Everett can play on one side and Reid on the other.
In theory this enables hours of play time but in reality it’s more like minutes. All it takes is Everett turning around and it can end really fast. But it does seem to help because now Everett shares his toys. He’ll bring something over to Reid or lay it on him when he is in his swing.
Because of this the other day I attempted something new. I set them both up to watch The Backyardigans. Cute uh? Except the reality of this picture is that this cuteness lasted barely long enough for me to take this picture. It quickly changed when Everett decided to “pat” his brother on the head in a not so gentle manner and Reid began screaming. One day they’ll watch shows together but apparently today is not that day.
So one step at a time and as they continue to grow I know it’ll get easier. It is pretty awesome to see the few sweet moments they do have. Like when Reid just watches his big brother and smiles at him or when Everett laughs when Reid coos.
These boys are so sweet and I enjoy each moment I am able to spend with them. Well…most of them. ;-)
My first little man is at the quickly learning, take everything in stage and it’s hard to remember everything so that I can record it here. I am always forgetting something. My new favorite thing he has learned to do is to worship in church. This little boy sings, claps his hands, raises his hands and says hallelujah over and over. Because he loves watching the drums so much we started bringing little drumsticks and sometimes he’ll play them. It does my heart good to see this, all the work and effort it takes to bring two little babies to church every service is so worth it whenever I see him do this. As young as he is, he is learning from watching others how to worship and that is one of the best and most important things he can learn. The other thing he has learned at church is the word “shhh”. I feel like we say that about fifty million times, probably because we do, but I wasn’t sure he really knew what that meant. Then the other day at church after telling him this he turned around, put his fingers on my mouth and said it back to me! He obviously is getting it which means he has to obey it now. Ha! Sometimes when he says “shh” he’ll put his finger in his mouth in place of putting it on his lips. Too cute! In all seriousness he does pretty good keeping still and quiet for an active little boy and he does get better as he gets older. My mom was right again.
He has discovered socks and shoes as in he likes to take them off and try to put them back on. The other day one of his shoes fell off and he was trying to put it back on the foot that had a shoe on which was really cute. He also tries to put his socks back on. He knows now they go on his feet but he isn’t quite sure how they actually get on there. When he isn’t taking his off, and he usually is barefoot, he is constantly taking Reid’s off. Everett and the laundry room are both talented in causing socks in our home to disappear.
I mentioned before that we have been giving Everett a fork when we eat dinner and he is doing better and better. He has successfully gotten food from his plate on to his fork and in to his mouth but then after all that work he realized it was something he didn’t like and he spit right back out. He also tries putting the food on his fork with his hand and then puts it in his mouth but he quickly tires of this and goes back to shoveling it in with his hands. What can I say, the boy likes to eat!
About twenty million times a day Everett crawls to the back patio door, gets my attention and says “ook! ook!” while pointing outside. If there was something out there he most likely scared it away because by the time I get to the door I don’t see anything. Whatever it was though is apparently very exciting. I think it’s safe to say that the “ook” is Everett’s new favorite word. He also says “bye” and “hi” now and will sometimes wave by curling his hand and waving his fingers back and forth. It’s so cute.
This little man also has been taking more steps. A few times he has actually walked a pretty decent way but he is still mainly interested in crawling. He can get around a lot faster and easier that way. One of these days he will take off though, it wasn’t that long ago that he was having meltdowns about crawling and we didn’t think he ever would! He does everything in his time and I guess that’s the way it’s meant to be. Little stinker.
Little man two does pretty much the same thing every day, he’s a baby, but he looks awfully cute doing it. Of course I’m not biased or anything.
He continues to eat a lot and grow. He is filling out his three month clothes and just might move up to the next size sooner than his brother did. He is one solid little thing. He does really well with holding his head up and is really strong. I have to watch him when I lay him on my lap the long way because he kicks my stomach with his feet and can push himself right off. This may or may not have almost happened a few times. And if you stand him up, he pushes off on his own and stands. You are basically helping him to balance. He also does well with sitting up, you still have to hold him but he is definitely gaining the core strength to do so on his own. He’ll be sitting up on his own before we know it.
He did get to meet his Great Grandpa Kramer this past week. Word has it he was pretty impressed with his Papa the Great.
It’s hard to believe that next week is Thanksgiving and then all the Christmas festivities will begin. We will be decorating for Christmas soon and I can’t wait to see what Everett will think of the tree and all the lights. Last year Everett was only a few months old so we’re looking forward to all Everett’s real firsts this holiday season!