Saturday, April 30, 2011

"Wild Card" at 2


Straight from wikipedia..."The term wild card was originally used in card games, but the term has evolved to describe an unpredictable factor in any number of domains."

At this age & stage, I have coined JJ my "wild card." He is absolutely a perfect angel most of the time, yet a bit of a challenge at other moments :) Throw the wild card into the mix with an active but "fairly" predictable 3 year old and an amazing baby and things around here are either smooth sailing OR chaotic at best!

Sweet JJ had his two year checkup last Friday. He is 38 inches tall (95th percentile), 33 lb (95th percentile) with large head (98th percentile)...big all around! To my surprise, he stepped right on the scale and was very cooperative for the weigh in and measuring. He cried when his doctor first came in the room, but calmed down for his exam.

His overall health report was great and he wasn't even due for a shot, so that was wonderful news too.

I also took the opportunity to talk with his doctor about JJ's speech progression, and after assessing, he was very reassuring with me that everything is moving along just as it should. His vocabulary (# of words known and pronounced clearly) is very strong! Having his tongue restricted for his first 15 months and then operated on, though, has thrown a curveball into the equation, so some sounds may be harder for him to master. (For example, the "ck" seems to be hard for him. He LOVES Mickey, yet cannot yet clearly say "Mickey" while his "Minnie" is as clear as possible.) This should not be a long term issue though.

He also gave me progression "markers" to look for in the months to come and (nicely) told me to stop comparing to my very verbal little girl at 2 yrs, etc....so thankful God has given us a healthy and happy wild card and a pediatrician who is a believer and sweet friend to my family!

Here wild card is enjoying his cupcake and newly opened sunglasses at his party. Is he not the funniest thing?! More pictures coming soon from JJ at his big birthday bash!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Finding Eggs

Sydney's school had an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. She and JJ both found lots of eggs stuffed with goodies! This was JJ's first egg hunt since he could not walk last year at Easter.

His first find goes in the basket!

Then, he decided managing the basket and picking up the eggs took too much effort :) Daddy then held the basket while JJ gathered as many as possible in his little hands.

Sydney was happy to show off her basket full!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter

Hope everyone had a Happy Easter celebrating our living Savior!

Challenge...that is the word I would use to describe trying to capture a photo of my 3 "3 and unders" in which they are each happy, standing still, looking at camera & eyes open :)

Happy first Easter sweet Luke!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Eggs!


Monday, we colored Easter eggs. The "messy" part was done while JJ took his nap :) Sydney did a great job!

After they finished drying, JJ helped decorate the eggs with stickers. He did not care that they were princess stickers, he was just happy to be involved!

Very proud of the job they did!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

2!

Psalm 127:3
Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.


My JJ,
Today we celebrate with you the milestone of 2 years! How lucky and thankful we are that God has allowed us to be your parents!!! We so enjoy your smiles, sweet disposition and silliness every day.

As you turn 2 years old, here are the three words I feel describe your personality best ...1-Sweet, 2-Happy, 3-Busy.

This morning, I asked Daddy on the spot to tell me one thing he loved about you and he said that you were so happy all the time. I asked Sydney the same question and she said " I love when he's Mickey and I'm Minnie and we can play at our clubhouse.". :).

You love to play with your sister and you truly are best friends. Whose boy are you? Both Mommy's and Daddy's, just depends on the moment. You must sleep with Mickey Mouse tucked under your arms. Pasta, ice cream, blueberries, grapes and fruit snacks are a few of your favorite foods. You "hibernate" for 3 hours every afternoon. Luke loves to watch you, and sometimes you stop long enough to pay attention to him also :) You give big hugs and kisses and you love all four of your grandparents very much.

One of my favorite things to do with you is dance...no one would enjoy watching us except the other three we live with, but when music comes on the tv, you instantly reach for me to pick you up and dance. It's moments like these that my heart treasures so much. You love balls...any kind of ball...and anything that is in the shape of a ball (fruit, sun, etc) is a "ball!" You also love playing hide and seek with Sydney and me, and we play almost every night. Three other things you love to listen to/watch are trains ("choo choo"), planes & cows.

Yesterday we celebrated 2 very special years at your birthday party with family and special friends. You had such a FUN day!

You have truly captured our hearts and we love you more than we could describe! Happy 2nd birthday sweet boy!

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Thankful Heart

Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Lately, we have been talking with Sydney quite a bit about what it means to have a thankful heart. There are times when (as many three year olds would) she says, "I wish I/we had..." (the thing she wishes for could be anything from a pool in the backyard to a princess doll or something even smaller than that). When she makes one of these "wish" statements, we always make sure to discuss what it means to be thankful for all the things God has given us in Jesus, each other, and our other blessings.

This morning, she was looking up at her Snow White princess costume hanging in the closet (def. one of her favorite things) and said "Mommy, I wish I had an Ariel (pauses)....No-Mommy, I'm so thankful I have a Snow White costume." My heart smiled!!!

I think we could all use a lesson in thankfulness from time to time. Sydney's sweet spirit is one thing I am so thankful for.

Here are a couple pictures of our sweet girl singing in church last month. We were thankful that she actually did sing and she was proud of herself too! Her last appearance on stage back before Christmas was more about smiling and standing than singing :)!


Thursday, April 7, 2011

3 Month Old



Today, sweet Luke turns 3 months old! He is growing so fast, now in 3-6 month or 6 month clothing and his hair is thinning out more every day.

Luke continues to be an excellent sleeper and almost every morning is the last one awake at our house, sleeping from about 10pm til 815ish just like clockwork. He loves to smile at us and "talks" more than I remember either Sydney or JJ did at this age. He is enjoying time in his play gym, and especially since Sydney hangs out with him there quite often. He likes baths and, of course, still loves being held!

It is hard to compare things like this our children since we love them each so much, but I feel really confident in saying that to this point he has been the easiest baby to care for. Our only issue with him at all is that he is spoiled and loves to be held. But, we have no one to blame except ourselves and we love holding him :). He has a very content and sweet disposition. In three months, I have never known a time when his crying couldn't be stopped within a few seconds (aka picking him up or rocking him).

His nicknames are Lukey (several people) or Mr. Lukey (Jeff & Sydney). We love our precious baby boy so much!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

My "Big" 2


This is one of their favorite things. I'm so glad they are so close in age...they really love each other.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Buzz Cut


Got a little carried away with the clippers today :)

My sweet boy acts like we are subjecting him to torture when we take him to the barber shop, so we decided to try today at home. Strapped in his booster seat on the back patio, with a sucker in his mouth...he survived.

He wasn't happy about this with any stretch of the imagination, but he did WAY better than usual.