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.