Friday, October 30, 2009

Getting closer!

I have been remiss in my blogging duties lately. The last couple of weeks at work have been very busy and we have been keeping busy on weekends as well. I'm at the stage of pregnancy when I get home from work every day and head straight to bed.

Josh has been doing a great job taking care of Thomas. They are exploring the mall, the yard, the driveway and today, Mommy's office. We have all the kids come to work for trick or treating and most of my coworkers had not seen Thomas for almost 6 months. He dressed up as Yoda and he looked so cute. Unfortunately, we were so taken with him that we forgot to take pictures.

After work, we went over to Jason and Joanne's and enjoyed some dinner with them. It is so fun to see Thomas and Catalina play together. They are still in the stage where they kind of play near each other rather than with each other.

Thomas also spends a lot of time with his aunt, Reba and the Leroy boys. He gets to spend more time with Noah, his youngest cousin because Noah is in Kindergarten and only goes to school 1/2 day. Thomas now says "Nah" for Noah.

He has also acquired the word "cookie" and knows that the sheep says "Baa" and while book, bath, ball and baa sound remarkably similar, his parents are starting to understand the distinction. It is remarkable to watch him gain language. I can't wait until we get full sentences.

Of course, we are now just counting the days until Charlotte joins our family. 31 days! We'll try to take some costume pictures tomorrow of our little Yoda and keep the blog more up to date!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

How did my boy get so old?

I've mentioned before that Josh sends me pictures every day at work. On Thursday, he sent me this picture of Thomas eating a pear in the backyard. He looks like a little boy! Where did my baby go? He has been loving the pears (we have an Asian pear tree in our backyard) and he and his dad have been exploring the backyard. He is so mobile now that there is much more ability to get around.

This week there was a lot more teaching of how to eat with utensils, which is always a messy undertaking. This morning I got milk and yogurt all over my pajamas. He also tries to "escape" every time we change his diaper. That is what he is doing right now, running around naked while Josh chases him and tries to get his clothes and a diaper on.

We are going to head out for some adventures. Thomas does not love to be cooped up at home all the time, so we try to give him a little variety between naps.

Charlotte is doing well, moving around and quite obviously getting bigger. Amazingly, her arrival is only 7 weeks away. I'm at the point of pregnancy where I just feel HUGE and I don't move very fast. The other day, I ran down the hallway and provided a great deal of amusement to my coworkers.

Okay, must go, Thomas wants to collaborate and he doesn't type so well yet....

Monday, October 05, 2009

Experiments and trauma

Thomas had his first trauma today. He dropped a pot lid on his toe and according to Josh there was a lot of blood. He got a band aid and everything. That was really the first time Thomas had any bleeding. I'm so grateful that he has been so healthy, especially since he loves exploring and is afraid of nothing.

On the experimental side of things, we have been making the switch from baby to toddler. Because Thomas turned one, we are switching him off of formula and on to milk. So far he has liked it and hasn't been traumatized by the change. We are also trying to transition him to cups instead of bottles. We have tried sippy cups and cups with straws and (see picture above) even let him drink straight from the cup. Of course, the last one is a fairly messy proposition. Directly after the picture was taking, he attempted to hurl the cup across the room. He loves to throw things. We are also working on using utensils. Tonight, he was eating with a spoon. He was doing pretty well, but it was a good thing that we did it right before bath time.

We have found that the older our child gets, the more his personality comes out. Both Josh and I were particularly trying toddlers (according to our mothers), so we are getting what we deserve. While our boy remains a happy, laughing explorer, he certainly does have a stubborn streak. If he gets bored or wants to explore, he wants to do it NOW and definitely lets us know. We are so blown away by how smart he is and how he really keeps us wrapped around his finger. Can't wait to see what comes next.

On the Charlotte side of things, we are quickly approaching the due date. She is doing great, moving around like crazy and making her presence known. I am working on making her blanket now that we are in the home stretch. It is hard to find time to knit - I don't think Thomas would appreciate it if I tried to knit while he wanted to play with me, so I now try to just get in a few rows every night. So I am off to work on my next baby's blanket.