Bailey is my oldest sister’s middle daughter. She is the sweetest thing, and such a little mama. She loves my boys so darn big that I can’t even stand it. Every time I have seen her (which is a heck of a lot of times. I’m talking hundreds) since Jackson was born she has wanted to pick him up and hold him and carry him around. This love and fascination with babies has carried over to Wyatt now, too. And I am happy to say that she still wants to carry Jack around too ;). These boys are so lucky to have such a sweet and loving cousin to grow up with. She is a special little mama.
Top Photo: Jackson 12 Weeks | Bottom Photo: Wyatt 12 Weeks
I think it is safe to say that these two are related. These two guys are looking way more alike than they were in my 6 week comparison. I showed this comparison to my baby daddy and his friend this evening and they both thought it was the same baby. Of course I can see differences between the two - Jackson was chubbier, his nose was more square, while Wyatt’s is rounded at the end, but for the most part they are the same. Same hairline, same blue eyes, same cute lips.
Their personalities are quite different already, though. Wyatt is so laid back and easy going. He doesn’t require anything more than to be fed and played with every now and then. Jackson was all attention all the time (he still kind of is). Wyatt sleeps all night and puts himself down for naps, while Jackson was up constantly, as a baby should be. Jackson didn’t like being swaddled or worn, while Wyatt seems to love the comfort that comes from being secure and close to me. Jackson has pretty much be a doer since day one and it seems that Wyatt might just be a little more reserved.
And though their personalities couldn’t be more opposite, we sure are lucky to be blessed with these cute looks twice.
At only two years old, Jackson knows how to be a mama manipulator. This morning I was getting a little frustrated because he was dragging his feet about getting ready and we were starting to run a little late. I told him to sit on the stairs so I could put his shoes on. He reached out and grabbed my neck for a hug and then this:
Jackson: I love you SO much Mommy!!!
Me: Awww, I love you too baby!
Jackson: That makes you so happy mom!
Me: It does make me very happy that you love me!
Jackson: Yes, it makes you not be angry at me anymore when I say this!
…He’s right. I mean I wasnt angry with him, but just getting (apparantly visibly) flustered about having to go back to work today (worst ever. E-V-E-R.) and missing them and trying to get both of them ready and out the door. Anyhow, he knows exactly what buttons to push haha!
This kid blows my mind again and again with his smarts. He will turn three on April 17th, and he knows every shape possible (I’m talking hexagon, rhombus, and crescent, ya’ll). I take zero credit for his knowledge of shapes - it was all an iPad app called “toddler shapes.” And some Mickey Mouse, too. I recently painted one entire wall of our basement with Chalkboard Paint for Jackson to have fun with. I took advantage of his sleepover with Grandma & Grandpa to paint the wall, and the next day surprised him and let him get to work (he requested that I write his name and draw a road, being very clear that it had to have a turn in it, of course). I asked him what he was drawing, and he said “a circle.” very matter-of-fact….AND THEN HE DID. Now, I knew that he could recognize shapes and colors and even numbers and some letters, but I was shocked when he started drawing circle after circle. The next evening we were hanging down in the basement again, and he was drawing more circles, but then switched to the number one. Now, I know it’s just a line, but still, I am so proud of my two year old kid for being able to recognize and draw a freaking line. And a circle. I’m calling it now - the kid is going to be a genius. (they actually just moved him up a grade a school a couple of months early, because he was “developmentally ready”) Seriously though, I think as long as we can cultivate his interests and keep him challenged enough, he is going to be a little smarty pants!
Happy Valentine’s Day from my little cherubs!
While I am dying to share the photos I took of the boys in some cute V-Day gear, I am going to try to hold off until actual Valentine’s Day…if I can resist ;). In the meantime, I wanted to share Jackson’s Classroom Valentine’s for his party at school tomorrow. On the top are his valentines for this year, and the bottom photo are last year’s valentines.
I ordered both from Minted, and first saw them last valentine’s day on Melissa’s blog. They are about 2 in x 3 in and are the most adorable, high quality valentine’s ever in the world. Also, I have to give a big shout out to my friend Ali Caudill for the beautiful (as always!) photos that are used on BOTH cards. Seriously, if you are in the DC Metro area and looking for a photographer, she is your girl.
*Note that I have not been compensated or urged to post these rave reviews in any way by Minted or Ali. I just love the tiny valentine’s so much, and I love Ali and her beautiful self even more.
Jackson knows that its very important to wear safety goggles every time he works with his “tools.” He also knows that its sometimes necessary to wear them when not working with tools. I literally can’t ever stop laughing at how they distort his face. It’s been cracking me up for two years straight. Pretty much daily.
A “Beer” with Daddy
This past friday, we went to the grocery store with the boys in tow. We were only picking up a few items. While weaving through the crowded aisles, taking our time picking out milk and butter, Jackson caught sight of the beer & wine section. He immediately stated “We need beer.” When we explained that he was far too young to drink beer he immediately replied “I need to have a beer with daddy.”
I think a lot of dads with sons probably daydream about having a beer with their son. Much older sons, of course. There is something special about cracking open that first cold one together on the front porch, on a hot summer night. Talking about life and dreams and responsibility, and just being present. Its something so simple, but equally memorable.
Needless to say, I was surprised that my almost three year old boy seemed to understand that having that first beer with dad is a rite of passage. (I’m not sure HOW he knew that, but we all know he is wise beyond his years anyway). I didn’t want to crush my toddler’s dreams of having a “beer” with his papa, so as I stood in the middle of the diary aisle, I tried to come up with a kid-friendly alternative. And I did.
ROOT BEER. It has the word BEER in it. It comes in a six pack of brown glass bottles. And while it might contain more sugar than I’d like, it has no caffeine or, more importantly alcohol. Off to the soda aisle we went, and picked out what would not only be my son’s first ceremonial “beer” with daddy, but also his first soda.
So, on a Friday night in January, my boys sat at the kitchen table and cracked open a couple of cold ones. They had talks about mickey mouse, and how their days went, and clinked those brown glass bottles together about a hundred times.
We currently still have four bottles of Root Beer sitting in the fridge, waiting for future Friday night chats between these guys. And I also have to note that neither one of them drank the whole bottle - Jackson only made it through the neck of the bottle before deciding he’d had enough. But that’s just it. It’s not about how much “beer” they drink, its about the time they spend, and the conversation they have, and most certainly about the memories they make. Just as it will be when Jackson is old enough and has that first ceremonial beer with his daddy.
We’re currently paying a visit to our most favorite barber, Long Sleeve Steve. Jackson loves a good haircut, but apparently wasn’t quite comfortable with the idea of scissors this time….
"MOMMY!! He using scissors on my head!! …scissors are for PAPER. Scissors not for my head!!!"
365 Project | January 22nd - 31st
- January 22, 2014: Blue Eyed Baby
- January 23, 2014: Breakfast
- January 24, 2014: Cousin Love
- January 25: 2014: Cutest Brothers
- January 26, 2014: My View
- January 27, 2014: A Boy + A Shadow
- January 28, 2014: Arctic Blast
- January 29, 2014: Puzzles
- January 30, 2014: Baby Legs
- January 31, 2014: First (Root)Beer with Daddy
To view the entire project from the beginning, click here.