Remember us?!?! ;-)
Wow, I haven't been around for a while and now I find us here....in the TODDLER forum?!?!?! Yikes!!!! Crazy! I cannot believe they are 1! I swear, it goes faster and faster with each child.
So, Andrew was one of the last to turn 1, his birthday was last week - speaking of which, if Kelly is around,
: J.C.!! The last "June" baby - who held out 'til July!
I guess I've missed a lot around here - Jessica, it appears CONGRATULATIONS are in order!! That is fantastic, so happy for you, and for Philip, getting to be a big brother!!! Anybody else yet??
And Megan, I have to say, I peeked at your portraits and they are GORGEOUS!! You and DH AND Nevie are all adorable, and the photog was very talented too - I love the composition of those photos.
It's a been a rough few weeks here. It's exactly one month today since my Dad died. And DH was in Europe for the past 2 weeks. I'm still having a hard time, and my mom even worse - so I've been going back and forth between PA and NJ trying to spend time with her and help her (she has to sell her house ASAP, among other things). So we still haven't had Andrew's birthday bash. DH was away for his birthday, and it was just so hard thinking that, when he was away at the same conference last year, my Dad was driving me to the hospital and was the first person to hold Andrew.
Oh, btw, I started a blog (which I've already failed miserably to post on as often as I planned to!) but I did post the text of the eulogy I gave at my father's funeral - I wanted more people to know how I felt about him, since I never said it enough when he was alive. It was a Jewish funeral service but the Rabbi and I worked on planning it in such a way that it would be comfortable for the Catholic side of the family as well as the Jewish side and incorporate various traditions of both, and it turned out very beautiful....anyway, if anyone would like to read it, here is my speech:The Empty Seat: A Eulogy for My Daddy
OK, back on-topic and to happier things! Andrew is about 26-27 pounds and 31-32 inches. Forget walking - he is RUNNING! He walked for about 3 days before discovering that chasing his sisters at full speed was even more fun!
So he goes flying headlong after anyone or anything, and even when he ends up going too fast and falling flat on his adorable face, he doesn't care - he just cracks up laughing! And he loves to climb - on anything! It amazes me though, I wish I could deny it, but he really is a toddler now - he'll bend down and pick up toys and carrying them all over the house, he goes up stairs (but not down - yikes!!), and he definitely has "tantrums" when you try to redirect him from something (or, Heaven forbid, try to make him lie still for a diaper change!) He loves to dance, too - my girls are really into the cartoon "Go Diego, Go" and when I let them watch it, he hears the music and goes crazy, spinning in a circle and dancing. I gotta get that on video!
He still nurses like crazy, at least 6 times or so a day and usually 4 times during the night (so still, no sign of AF here!) Plus he eats everything in sight! On the cow's milk thing, I don't think kids *need* it, but I do offer it if they happen to like it - but for him, I'll be waiting longer since he had such a bad reaction to it through my milk as an infant. I have given him very small amounts of cow's milk products like cheese and yogurt to test it, and so far so good.
He says Mama, Dada, yeah, cup, and uh-oh, which is really funny - like if he drops his sippy cup, he looks down at it and goes, "Cup? Uh-oh! Uh-oh!" and he keeps saying "Uh-oh!" until one of his sisters picks it up for him! He is so sweet, he gives the best hugs and kisses, and he loves doing the head-shoulders-knees-toes thing too - he knows several body parts if you ask him to point to them (nose, tummy, and toes - although he mixes up 'nose' and 'toes' sometimes, since they sound similar!)
We're having a lot of fun, but I admit, I miss the baby days! Am I the only one who prefers babyhood to toddlerhood? I mean, I love all the stages, but I love the newborn stage the best. For me, nothing beats the time they just spend in your arms, nursing happily, or in the sling, sleeping peacefully next to you - and it's so easy then, all they do is nurse, poop, and sleep! You can put them in a sling and go anywhere! At least when they get to be older toddlers (closer to 2) they can play independently for a bit and are more easily engaged in something for a while - I actually find this age (like 12-18 months) the most challenging, personally. They want to be moving constantly, and entertained constantly, and you can't turn your back for a second! And they can't fully express their desires yet. Like I said, I love it all, but if I had
to pick a least-favorite stage, this time tends to be my hardest.
So, anyway, that's the update here....gotta go feed the kids lunch, but once I get them down for naps, I plan to come back and post some photos!
Hope you're all enjoying the summer!