Sunday, September 30, 2012

Our Crazy September!

This morning I thought I heard something in the living room.  It was only 6:45 AM... weird... so I got up and looked out in the dark hallway and saw Trey sitting on the floor with his new puzzle.  Big smile, "Hi Mama!  I woke up, opened my door and I don't see anyone."  Of course, he woke Ethan up, whose pack 'n play is in the living room (yes, he still wakes at night so they can't share a room yet).  Sigh!  We need to figure out a way to keep him in his room until I'm ready for him;-)  Unfortunately I also discovered he knows how to take down the baby gate... also knows how to remove child proof locks (I guess they should use Trey to help them create better ones;-)).  Thankfully my friend Sarah at church told me about those little door hooks you can put high up where they can't reach.... yay!  I will be buying some of those this week;-)  Sorry Trey... no more early morning wandering for you.

It's been a crazy couple of weeks!  Most of you know we had a flooding incident two weeks ago or so.  About 4:30am on a Saturday morning (the first in a long time where we had nothing planned of course;-)) our poor neighbor from downstairs came pounding on our door and said water was pouring through her ceiling everywhere.  We ran to the bathroom and sure enough there was water on the floor coming through the fan in the ceiling.  Not bad... but obviously something was going on in the third floor condo above us.  Apparently a pipe broke and they turned off the water but the damage had been done.  The worst was on the first floor:-(  Anyways, long story short, we spent a couple of days with massive fans and de-humifiers in our hallway that we so loud and made our house hot.  They took out part of our bathroom wall and ceiling.  Also the boys room carpet was wet so they tore it up and dried out that room.  That meant the boys could not use their room so for a few days it was pretty crazy!  Fans are gone now but we're waiting on the repair work... who knows when that will be!  But I'm just thankful it wasn't worse.  I feel so bad for our neighbors downstairs.  Can't wait to move!  This has happened so much in our bldg the past few years.

In other news, Ethan is starting walk!  He took two steps this morning on his own.  He is coasting very quickly and also actually doing a real crawl and not just the army crawl thing.  We are so happy... only now we have another issue.  He loves his big brother and wants to be involved in whatever Trey is doing... which Trey does not appreciate.  It's been interesting!  In terms of talking, Ethan is still much less vocal than Trey was, but we think he says "hi" and "what's  that".  Also he says Mama, Dada, and Trey.  He probably says a bunch of other things but we just don't understand him yet.  He's slimmed down alot and lost so much of his pudgy baby looks.  And gotten alot taller too!  Favorites of Ethan: Baby Einstein videos, music of any kind, books, Goldfish, juice, cheese, stuffed animals, pulling contents out of bags or boxes and putting them back in again, and my pot lid drawer under the oven.  One cute thing that he does is he likes to scrunch of his nose and snort... to make us laugh.  He also does this eye thing when we tell him to look at us... I can't describe it but its freaky!  He knows it too.

Trey is of course learning how to open doors and figure out all those so-called child-proof stuff.  He also figured out how to un-do his carseat.  Sigh!  He's not even 3 yet... they really need to work on making this more difficult for them.  Lately Trey has been obsessed with wearing his clip-on ties.  He has three and sometimes he will wear them all at the same time.  He especially wants to wear them when we go shopping.  It's cute!  Duckie 1 and 2 are still required for sleep, although we can know go places and either have no Duckie or just Duckie 1.  Trey loves puzzles (the more difficult ones), cars, soccer, football, baseball, riding bikes or his firetruck thing.  He loves the playground, especially slides.  He loves to run... and run... and run!  We has gotten pretty shy around strangers and won't let me out of his sight when we go to places with lots of other people that he doesn't know.  He loves to draw and paint.  Loves playdough, dinosaurs, animals of any kind really.  Favorite TV/movie: Lion King (still), Dora (still), The Land Before Time series (still:-), new one is A Turtle's Tale.  He cracks us up all the time with things he says.  And now as I'm sitting here, I can't think of even one of those things!  I post them to Facebook usually:-)

Pj has been, of course, super busy at school.  Thankfully there aren't as many evening events now that we're a few weeks into it.  He's still playing soccer once a week with a group of friends in Germantown and has also gotten back into running.  He's been able to do alot of fun stuff with us and also just alone with Trey lately.... like going to the park to play soccer or taking Trey to the zoo one morning.  We love this cooler weather!

I just started a women's small group at my church that has been fun and a great break for me from the world of kiddos.  I really love it!  And during nap-time (on those few days where I actually get them to sleep at the same time) I've been enjoying organizing and fall-cleaning the house.  Well, not actually enjoying it... but enjoying the end-result.  Its amazing how much stuff we accumulate over the years that we don't really need.  Other than that, no much else going on over here.

That's it for us right now!  We're about to celebrate our 6th anniversary in two weeks... crazy!  And Trey turns 3 in about a month.  Where does the time go:-)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Ethan is One!

I've been meaning to post on here for a while, but the boys have been keeping me busy!  But Pj has Trey this morning (taking him to the zoo for special daddy/son time), and I've just got Ethan (who is currently in a trance while watching "Veggie Tales";-)), so yay for blogging time!

I can't believe Ethan will be one tomorrow.  This day last year I was admitted into the hospital to be induced.  It was such a crazy day.  I went to the drs for that pesty sinus infection and thank God I did because they found out my blood pressure was high.  And so they sent me to the ob/gyn who did a sonogram and found out the amniotic fluid was very low.  And so off to the hospital we went!  Looking back now, all the dizziness and feeling nauseous makes sense.  I kept thinking it was just the sinus thing.  Anyways, I don't want to talk about that... I want to talk about Ethan!

Ethan is doing great... he's really taking off now (literally!).  In fact right at this moment he is pulled himself up to standing and is holding onto my foot while I sit here.  He is cruising all over the place.  He never crawled like a normal baby much... just pulls himself around army style.  But he gets where he wants to get fast!  Strong arms I guess;-)  He can stand on his own without holding anything for atleast a minute now and does that often... he gets a kick out of being able to do that (and the cheering he gets too I think).  He's still a pretty quiet baby, but loves to laugh and wrestle with his brother.  Sometimes they have laughing contests in the car... its funny to hear Ethan copy Trey's every sound.  Ethan's favorite two things to do are to read books and to snuggle stuffed animals.  He LOVES stuffed animals... he will instantly hug them and lay his head down on them.  He loves to study their faces.  Speaking of which, if you ask him where your nose is he will point to it.  He loves to point:-) 

Trey is not so sure about sharing his toys.  At first he thought it was cool Ethan could move over to where he was but now you'll often see Trey making a wall around his toys when Ethan is on the move.  I'm sure there are some fun days of fights ahead;-)

Ethan has gotten really tall and lean now, although he still his pudgy cheeks and arms:-)  I need to measure him... he looks so tall.

There is so much I could say about my littlest boy, but now as I sit down to write about him its really hard to figure out what to write.  I am so happy we have videos because I know a year from now (just like with Trey) I will quickly forget what he was like as a little baby.  The years go by too fast!  I can hardly believe Trey will be 3 so soon.

Tomorrow we will be having a The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party for him!  Pictures to come:-)  I will write about Trey and the rest of us next time... this is for Ethan.  Happy 1st Birthday my sweet little monkey:-)