Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Tonight I had the privilege of seeing Jack as he relished his time with his first true best friend, Cooper. We took Cooper out with us on an adventure...playtime at the Dragon Park (running, mud, chalk, fighting dragons, etc.), dinner at The Dog, yummy ice cream, and a CVS trip that the boys thought was magical together. It was so special to see them together as they now truly play together and carry on their own conversations. Jack and Cooper have been friends since July 11, 2006...the day Jack was born. They've grown up together these past 3 years and have shared countless holidays and experiences together. They were brothers before they really had little brothers.
I am so excited for what the future holds in store for our family and the Barons, but I am heartbroken to split these little boys up. I know that they will always be close because Amanda is my sister, but I am certain that Jack will experience a loss in less than two weeks when he separates from his best pal, Cooper. I'm so sorry, Jack, and I will be there to hold you when you miss your friend.
He's normally all smiles and sweetness, but Sawyer has officially told Jack, "Enough is enough!" For 14 months Jack has been a wonderful brother, BUT he does have an amazing ability and drive to annoy his little brother. Well Sawyer has now let him know that the tides are turning...he actually bit back! Of course, we firmly told him "No biting!" but Scott and I both had little mental grins! :) Payback!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
We had a fabulous time on Halloween night with our Nashville family, the Barons. Jack and Cooper (aka T-Rex and Wolverine) have spent their four Halloweens together, and they loved running from door to door together again this year. Sawyer and Tucker (the bumble bee and dragon) took the night in and were quite the troopers as we trapsed around the neighborhood. We feel so lucky to have shared our time in Nashville with Amanda, Chris and their kiddos. Amanda is truly a sister to me....maybe they can follow us to the next place??? :)
Jack is experimenting with all aspects of his creativity these days. He is obsessed with drawing faces and storms, and at the same time is drawn to instruments and singing. He really can wail away on the drums! I feel like our life is one great big song! Thankfully, he loves Christmas carols just like his Mommy and we've officially started singing them in our house...and in our car....and in the bath...and at the playground...poor Daddy!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
A couple of parents, who will remain nameless, were slackers and forgot to charge their camera for tonight's festivities. Luckily, the Barons are responsible parents so we'll mooch off of them and post actual Halloween pictures later. Here are a couple shots of our boys as they prepare for the holiday.
Trick-or-treating was a hit tonight! Jack and Cooper ran from house to house (and both tripped and fell on their costumes about 100 times), and Sawyer and Tucker raked in the candy with their cuteness. Both boys are sound asleep and now Mommy and Daddy are preparing to raid the pumpkins for the best candy. Pays to be the parents! :)
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Sequence of events: 1) cute picture cuddled in bed 2) boys wrestling around together and laughing hysterically 3) Jack taking it a little too far and starting to get too much in Sawyer's face 4) Sawyer crying and Mommy/Daddy stepping in.
This is a typical pattern at our house, but luckily the first two phases are stretching out to last longer and longer these days. I just love to see them together and can't imagine not having my two boys.
Jack has mentioned several times lately that he wants a baby sister (fueled in part by his friend's new baby sister and the book, The Bernstein Bears and the New Baby). He informed me the other morning that he would like to choose the name and that she would be called "Rocco." When I aksed him to explain , he reminded me that Alyssa and Hayden (TX friends) have a dog named Rocco (whom he met a couple months ago). Makes perfect sense to me. Rocco Egan...a princess just waiting to come into this world! :)
We were so blessed to have Grandma and Grandpa back in Nashville for a week! Their visit was packed with laughter and fun including 3 soccer games, a TX win over OU, a Halloween fesitval at the zoo, a visit to the Discovery Center, a morning at the library storytime, lunch at the Rainforest Cafe, a sleepover with Jack, trips to the park, games, books and more. The boys were in heaven (as were their parents!) and we hated to see them drive off. We miss our "village" and realize how much they (and others) have helped shape who are children are today.
When he's not batting his eyelashes, Sawyer loves to make animal noises (fish, snake, sheep, duck, dog and cat), point to his body parts (tummy, head, ear), play in his sandbox, read stories, dance, color (he's actually not just eating the crayons!), be outside 24/7 and watch me blow bubbles. And of course, don't forget eating...he's really good at that. Sawyer now weighs 27 1/2 pounds while his big brother, Jack, is just shy of 34 pounds. Watch out big brother, here
Friday, October 9, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Yesterday, a thoughtful teacher offered to entertain Sawyer while I trudged upstairs to pick up Jack and his gear. As always, Jack bounded to the door to greet me, but this time he questioned "Where is Sawyer?" I smiled at how quickly he wanted to get downstairs to see his little brother.
Their together times are filled with more and more giggles these days and it's amazing to step back when they don't know that I'm watching and observe them playing with each other. I think they're slowly looking into each others eyes and seeing a lifelong playmate and buddy. Of course, as you read this Jack will be "accidentally" knocking Sawyer over, and Sawyer will be accidentally destroying Jack's wooden block creations.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Oh, to live with a three year old....the highs and lows. We'll probably see these emotional and behavioral waves again during the teenage years. Jack's highs are breathtaking: a vivid imagination (see above as Jack role played being a veterinarian), conversations teeming with new words and ideas, an endless curiosity for the world around him, and the joy of witnessing his first true friendships. Our budding musician runs out the door for school, continues to have a love of reading, beams with pride on the soccer field (even when he's miles away from the ball), shows a genuine love for his brother and amazes us with the joy he gets out of each and every thing he encounters.
And then the lows...oh the lows! Jack's mischievous side has been slowly creeping out since his third birthday. He likes to see just how far he can push a limit and even go beyond it at times. Unfortunately, "no" is a word that we are all saying more often these days. Jack loves to dote on his little brother as they play together, but he'll also try to get in a jab here or there, too. I find myself counting "1...2...3" in my sleep and we're wearing out the carpet in the time out spot.
As a counselor, I know this is a developmental phase. In fact Erik Erikson describes this period of toddler hood in the following way:
Toddler: Autonomy vs. Shame & Doubt (2 to 3 years)
- Psychosocial Crisis: Autonomy vs. Shame & Doubt
- Virtue: Will
As the child gains control over eliminative functions and motor abilities, they begin to explore their surroundings. The parents still provide a strong base of security from which the child can venture out to assert their will. The parents' patience and encouragement helps foster autonomy in the child. Highly restrictive parents, however, are more likely to instill the child with a sense of doubt and reluctance to attempt new challenges.
Patience, patience, patience, patience. Go forth, Jack...venture out and assert your will. We love you so much, and we'll ride these waves together.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Scott and I have a pretty good routine going this fall. He teaches/writes during the day on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and then works on Tuesday evenings. He spends all day with the boys on Tuesdays and Friday while I'm at work. This part-time Mr. Mom amazes me with his creativity, patience and energy...he exudes joy and our two little boys are so lucky to have him as their Daddy. I know Jack and Sawyer are gaining a great deal from this special time with their Dad, and Scott is in hog heaven. Basically, I am going to see my way out of a job or least start getting called Mrs. Dad! :) Scott, thank you for being everything that I could ever ask for in a husband and a father...I love you and the boys do, too.
Monday, September 28, 2009
I guess it had to happen...Jack finally got busted at school! He may look sweet and innocent in these pics (and he truly is the majority of the time), but he loves to push the limits whenever he gets a chance these days. Despite his "excellent listening" during Circle Time and "best behavior" at Kindermusik, Jack was reminded to not spit on anyone! As someone who works in schools, I was mortified to read this report! :) Scott and I have caught him experimenting with mouth bubbles for the last couple weeks at home (especially when he is in trouble), but I was pretty surprised that he took it to the next level. He is definitely testing out the waters at age three, and is always looking to see what he can get away with. Dear Lord, I pray for patience and creative parenting ideas! And wine...thank you, God, for wine.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Sawyer's favorite thing to do these days is explore every inch of our apartment...walking around, crawling under things and climbing onto anything and everything. Here's a great series of shots that portray his curious side and his temper! He starts out happy to be under the chair/table, examines the area around him and then is enraged that he's stuck! 95% of the day Sawyer is laid back and rolls with the flow, but watch out for that 5% red headed streak. He's perfecting the art of arching his back in protest, and I'm predicting a few more tantrums out of this little guy...guess he has to be heard over his big brother!