Sunday, June 23, 2013

21 Month Update

I really need to do this type of post more often because they are changing and growing so fast! (I know it's cliche but it's true.) I know I will be disappointed with myself that I didn't keep better track of all the cute things they do at this stage.

They are learning so many words! My mom was away from them for a week while we were at the beach, and even she said she could tell a difference in their language skills. They love to repeat any words you say, and they are enjoying labeling things they come across, especially Henry. He loves to point out "glasses, keys, purse, shoes," etc. They can label all their body parts, and lots of their toys. Sometimes they surprise me with one, like helicopter, or Henry said "camel" the other day when we were playing with their zoo animals! Their new favorite is "burgers" since they watched Papa cook burgers on the grill. They have a toy burger in their kitchen and they enjoyed feeding it to me last night! I think their speech is pretty clear, for the most part. They say please and thank you pretty well, and it's the sweetest thing you ever heard when they say "bess you, dada" after a sneeze or cough. They even say bless you to the dog! :)

They are able to ask for more foods now, too. They will ask for crackers or juice or (unfortunately) candy. (And now chocolate milk. They make sure to watch me stir in the chocolate!) They shared their first elephant ear with me on the 4th of July, so I am creating some bad habits, I know! They are loving cooking in their play kitchen and are fascinated by knives and cutting. Since we still cut up lots of bites for them they always say "cut, cut" while we do it. Both boys love to make coffee with me. They know how to put the K cup in the Keurig and push the buttons. Then they help me get the cream from the fridge, pour in the sugar, and the most important step of all...stirring! Lord help me if they don't both get a chance to stir. :) They have an ice obsession now, too. They like to eat pieces of ice (which hopefully isn't too bad for their teeth?) and they love to point out ice in any of our cups.

People always ask me if they play well together. This question makes me want to say: Imagine you had someone exactly like you, who wants and is competing for all of the same things as you, your mom, your cookie, your toy, your, no they don't always play well together. I think they do great most of the time, but sometimes I do wish they could get a break from each other. They do have a really hard time sharing toys and books right now, which is pretty normal for this age. But as soon as one of them has discovered anything "interesting", then the other immediately wants it and is trying to pull it from him. Not sure when that will get any easier! It's about the same when playing with other kids their age. They do ok, but sharing isn't easy for any toddler, and it seems to be a little worse when it's here and with their own toys they have to share.

Henry is the helper. He likes to help us clean up and put toys and books back away. I think he likes to organize things a little more than Holden does, as in make piles or put things in and out of a container. We are trying to get into the habit of cleaning up before bed, at least putting toys into the bins, books on the shelf, and shoes away. Henry gets the high fives for helping us clean up! :) Holden wants to get into everything he can't have. He's the one reaching up onto the counter or climbing onto a chair to get stuff off the table. They are both still pretty rough with Lanore, although occasionally I see them give her a sweet and gentle hug.

They like to play outside, and love to push their lawn mowers to be like daddy. We haven't gotten to go swimming or to parks as much as I'd hoped yet this summer, but there's still time! They are pretty adventurous outside and love to swing and climb and explore. They love their kitchen and all their cars and balls inside. I'd like to get them some kind of doll that they could feed, etc. They love to push the baby strollers at our friends' houses! They also like to read books a lot more now, too. They have the patience/attention span to sit through a slightly longer book now, but their favorites are still mostly shorter board books. All of the ones with animal sounds are the best! The Sandra Boynton books are always a hit since they like the rhythm of them and they all have awesome animals.

Both boys are also going through a pretty clingy mommy phase. Alex says they play fine when I'm not here, but as soon as I get home they whine and cry until I'm holding them. He thinks I spoil them, but I'm not really sure what I do to make them like that! I'm just glad they seem to be fine as long as they can't see me. :)

Bedtime routines are still in place. They have to have their animals (panda for Holden and bulldog for Henry) and their blankets in their crib, and their sound machine on. They did pretty well sleeping in the pack and plays for a week at the beach, so that was awesome. They take one nap a day, from 12:30 or 1:00 to 3:00 or 3:30 most days. They always want me to rock them with their blankets before they lay down, but then after that, most times we don't hear a peep! Sometimes they will get their blankets and lovies and put themselves to bed...if they are really tired! :)

I think they are both teething with their back two-year molars. They both have been extra cranky at times and chewing on things or their fingers in the back of their mouths. I hope they break through soon, but my guess is it's going to take a while. But then we'll be done with teeth, I think. Yay! We will schedule a two year doctor visit soon, and probably a dentist visit around that time.

I can't believe how close we are to two! I have started planning their party, since I enjoy doing that stuff. Hopefully it will be a fun day for everyone, and I will take lots of pictures! I will try to do another update then, since I'm sure things will have changed with them again. I love my amazing little boys! :) I'm a lucky mama.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Father's Day 2013

Henry and Holden are lucky to have a great dad. He does a lot to take care of us all, not least of all cooking us delicious meals. It's fun to see him play with the boys more, and they definitely look up to him! They love to mow the grass like they see him do! :) I took pictures like last year so Alex can put them on his desk at work. It will be fun to look back over the years as they get bigger! And special thanks to Christie for helping me take these and getting the boys to smile!

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Strawberry Festival Fun!

My parents' church has a yearly strawberry festival, and this was the first year the boys could go! I always try to go, and was going to bring them last year, but I think they were sick at the time. So we were excited to come check it out! My friend Laura came with us (she'll be bringing her baby girl with us next year!!) and we went to the Carmel Farmer's Market first. I thought it would be fun to check out, but there wasn't really anything I wanted to buy. Maybe it's too early for produce? It seemed like there were lots of breads and meat and other things to buy, but not really veggies or fruit! It was a nice day though, so we enjoyed the stroll. Then we walked up the Monon Trail to where the strawberry festival was.

We got four bowls of "the works", which meant cake, strawberries, ice cream and whipped cream! What's not to like?! :) At first Holden was a little hesitant, but I told him it was cake and he was game. Our friends Candice, Steve, and Addison joined us, and the boys enjoyed seeing her! (They said, "Adds" for her name :)  I always mean to try and promote it to get people to come since it's so much fun, but forgot to put it on Facebook until the night before. Next year I will give you all a better heads up! Grandma had fun feeding them and wiping up the sticky mess, and the boys enjoyed running around after they'd finished. Then Papa showed up on his motorcycle, and they got to check that out for the first time. 

So after some quality grandparent time and a good sugar high, we got back on the Monon and headed home. The last picture shows what happened on the way to the car! They haven't fallen asleep in the stroller for a long time!

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Friday, June 7, 2013

The Boys' First Haircut

Henry before

It was time....time for a haircut! This has been a hot topic in our house. Alex trimmed some hair in the back once before, but they hadn't had a "real" haircut yet. Again, Alex wanted to do it at home and have me learn how to do it! (And it definitely is more expensive to have to take two kids each time.) I'm sure I will get braver, but I still wanted the experience (and pictures) of going to get it cut. More and more people had commented that it was getting long, and one day I called Alex at work and told him I was taking them that day! My friend Ashlyn was with us, and my friend Amanda sent me a coupon (woo!) and off we went!

We went to the nearest Cookie Cutters and it was really cute! They had a play area and chalkboard table in the front, so the boys played a while before it was their turn. They had cool vehicles at each station and a TV with the Disney Channel on at each spot. Not bad! I tried to get some before pictures to show their mullet-esque style (the lighting was really terrible in there!) The whole cutting experience was probably 10 minutes for both boys, so it was fast. We just got the basic cut; I passed on the "first haircut experience" that came with a certificate and a lock of hair! ;)

Holden before

Henry went first, and liked sitting in his cool car. I think it was when she put the blanket/cape around his neck that he decided he wasn't sure about this. She started wetting down his hair, and he got even more upset! He cried through the whole thing, and it probably took her all of a minute to cut it! Alex told me not to let them cut much, since their hair is so fine and he thought they'd look bald. So she really just trimmed bangs, the back and by his ears and we were done! I should have brought his dog/lovie, since we had it in the car, and maybe that would have helped.

Holden seemed pretty unfazed by the whole thing! He sat in his cool vehicle and didn't seem bothered by getting his hair wet or the scissors. I let him have his panda bear just in case, but I think he would have been fine. I think she was able to take a little more off with him since he sat pretty still. Good job, buddy!

Afterwards they both sat on the cool fire truck in the back, and Henry was happy again. I got a picture of both of them; they looked so grown up. They got to go down the slide again and each got a balloon. They loved bopping those around, and were pretty happy campers when we left! I think we will go back...not sure I'm ready to do it myself yet. But I'm also not sure how often you really need to take them. We'll see how fast it grows again.
Cool chalk table!
Not into this mom...get me outta here!
Aww...but doesn't he look so grown up? 
Holden on his cool vehicle
What's the big deal, Henry? This isn't so bad.
A smile!
All done!
Lookin' good!
Yay! Balloon fun!
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