Ali’s just a few days shy of turning six months. It’s a bit unbelievable. I mean, when another six months passes by our little girl will be a full-grown ONE-year-old and it literally feels like I just found out I was pregnant with her. She’s rolling from front to back and back to front all the time now. We're working on "sitting up" and she can do it for a few seconds but then plops down into the pillows surrounding her. She’s incredibly
She gives me a deeper understanding and appreciation that every child truly is different and us, as parents, have to cater to that child's specific needs. Long ago, when Jarod and I were parents to only one child, our baby Aiden, we would scuff at parents with crying, needy kids. They spoil their kids too much. Why don't they put them on a schedule?? We were young
|Happy baby Aiden at six months old :)|
I like to think of him as the "sucker baby," which is a baby that's so easy that they sucker you into having more kids (and in our case, more kids verrry, very soon) without any sort of return policy in place.
No returns!! Well, what about an exchange annnd I'll throw in my shoes?!
Tristen has really transformed these last few weeks and is talking so much. His words sound like jibbery-jabbish but I can understand his language: a happy, enthusastic, "NO!" means snow, "int" means paint, "ack" means snack, "wa-wa" means water (and any kind of beverage), "ankohh" means thank you, "anna" means banana, "sta" means star, "tary" means sorry and "happy" means up please, just to name a few. He tries to repeat everything his big brother says; mostly it's a good thing and other times it's (ohh, you can fill in the blanks). They say kids with older siblings develop faster but they failed to inform me that their attitudes comes in sooner too. Yay!!
But truly, he's adorable and is the sweetest, cuddliest little boy ever. All of his bad bahavior just fills out the window and out of my mind when he unexpectedly comes up, tightly wraps his little toddler arms around my neck and plants a big, wet one on my lips. My heart melts and all is forgiven and I'm forced to call Jarod and tell him that I've changed my mind again and we can keep him.
Our little man turns 2 next month, February 4th, and I'm at a loss for words. Our oldest little man turns 4 the following month, March 7th, and I'm at an even great loss for words. How did this happen?? They were my tiny little babies just yesterday and now they're turning into boys. So crazy.
Some days Aiden seems like he's getting easier to parent and other days,
He's incredibly funny. He'll make goofy faces and say witty jokes that make me laugh. He tells me stories about dinosaurs, trains and very "far, far, far, far away" places. His imagination is fascinating and I can now appreciate when mothers of older children tell me that there are other stages that are just as fun (if not more) than the baby ones.
Yet, he's still young enough to believe that dinosaurs roam the world in some far, distant place and Lightning McQueen and Mater really do exist and just happen to live in Disneyland. We're actually planning a trip to go to Disneyland in the upcoming months and when I asked him if he was excited to meet Mickey Mouse, while holding up one of the kids' Mickey Mouse toys, he replied, matter-of-factly, "no, I just want to meet Mater and Lightning McQueen." I know most of the memories he'll have at Disneyland will fade away in the deep recesses of his mind but the excitement and magic he'll feel from meeting his infamous "friends" are exactly what I want for his childhood. While he still believes in magic, I want him to revel in all of it's glory.
|Snow footprints of me, Aiden and Tristen (January 17, 2012).|
It's bittersweet watching my kids grow up before my eyes. It's wonderful that they're healthy and are developing right on track, and for that I'm truly thankful. But I definitely have
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