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!
This is a photo of my bedroom. I sleep on the far side of the bed, a bassinet tucked neatly beside me. I love having Wyatt so close by, just within arms reach throughout the entire night. Jackson was out of our room and sleeping in his crib by 6 weeks of age. It certainly made for a more exhausted mama there for awhile, but since we committed to sleep “training” him (not at six weeks, more like 5 months) he has always been, and continues to be an amazing sleeper in terms of putting himself to sleep and not fighting bedtime. I love the ease that comes with our nighttime routine with Jackson. He knows that we brush teeth, read a story, have a hug + kiss, and then he settles down for sleep while I leave the room and go about my usual business. I contribute a great deal of this success to his comfort level in terms of his crib from an early age.
Wyatt will reach 11 weeks of age on Tuesday, and I just can’t come to terms with him leaving my room. He has been napping in his crib regularly, twice a day, on a regular schedule. I noticed that he was showing signs of sleep around 10 AM daily, so I decided to swaddle him and lay him down one day, and was amazed when he silently put himself to sleep. He does the same thing between 2-3 PM daily, and every time I swaddle him, give him a paci, and he puts. himself. to sleep. I didn’t even know that was a thing at this age, but apparently he is an angel and I am blessed with the most precious baby ever in all of the universe, and he does it, and its easy, so I’m not complaining or questioning, we are going with it.
Anyhow, I go back to work a week from Monday, and know that I am going to be overly exhausted at that point, and that it probably wouldn’t be a horrible idea for all of us to get really good sleep, and that to accomplish that he should probably be in his own room, but man…
He is most likely our last baby. I love having a baby in my room next to me. Every day my rational mind thinks crazy thoughts about how “tonight will be the night. I will place him in his crib and we will all be happy and merry and lovely roses rainbows and butterflies atop purple mountains and world peace!” Then, bedtime comes and I nurse him, swaddle him, and place him right next to me in his lovely bassinet, thinking that “tomorrow is the night, there is no way we are ready for this, if he sleeps in his crib tonight the world. will. end.” It’s a classic tug-of-war over here. Who knows when he will make it to his crib.
When he does start sleeping in his crib, I will have to come to terms with the fact that I will most likely never have a tiny baby tucked in next to my bed ever again. It all comes back to the “ache.” I have said before that I would love to have 152364846 babies. I love them so much when they are little. I can’t afford 152364846 babies, and I don’t want 152364846 teenagers, so we are very likely keeping it at two (don’t get your hopes up grandpa!). I could have 152364846 babies, but still ache for “just one more.” I don’t think that ache will ever really go away. I am going to be old and wrinkly and gray, and still aching for “just one more” baby. I won’t love our two any less - they are amazing and perfect, and they are more than fulfilling, and make our family so much better. But at the same time, I don’t think that ache ever really goes away.
Tonight, at 9:00 PM I swaddled my baby, placed him in his crib and rubbed his sweet little head. It has been an hour since he put himself to sleep, and I am going about my usual business, almost ready for bed myself. I may make tonight the night, after all he is already in his crib. The crazy hormonal-new-mom-of-a-final-baby side of me suspects that I might just go in there and scoop him up only to place him neatly in his bassinet right next to me. Sometimes we just aren’t ready.
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.
I sure wish I took before & after photos, but I have to tell you that my pediatrician is a wizard. At Wyatt’s two month visit last Thursday I mentioned that I had been oiling his head due to the dreadful case of cradle cap that he has. Jackson had a REALLY mild case of cradle cap around the same age, but it never flared up badly or was even really noticeable, Wyatt, on the other hand, had a head full of ugly yellow scales. The pediatrician recommended picking up a bottle of Selsen Blue Dandruff Shampoo. The stuff they make for men. I was pretty skeptical, because its regular strength men’s shampoo, and maybe not the best thing to use on precious baby heads, but I also really don’t like the scales. And Wyatt doesn’t love that I am drawn to picking at them either, so curiosity won out. And it was our trusted PEDIATRICIAN who recommended it, so yeah. She said to rub it onto his head thoroughly and let it sit for ten minutes, and then rinse. She also said that it would likely clear up within 2-3 applications, and that we should space them out to about twice per week. She said that not only would it take care of the scales that were already on his scalp, it would also kill the yeast that causes it to come back over and over again (I have friends who’s children have battled cradle cap for more than a year…so yeah). Anyway, it seemed reasonable enough so I picked up a bottle on Thursday and we followed her instructions that evening. Immediately after the bath I was pretty unimpressed, as it looked like all the shampoo had done was turn his scales green and make him smell like a grown man. On Friday morning, though, it was apparent that a good amount of the scales were actually gone!
We went out of town over the weekend and it seemed like his scales were fading away more and more. When we got home last night, I applied some more shampoo and rinsed again, and today there are almost no scales left on his precious little head. So yeah, I’d say that it is working. I mean, he smells like a man, but at least his head will be nice and smooth soon!
Also if you plan on using this method take note: Selsen Blue is obviously not tear-free gentle shampoo like Johnsons, or other brands marketed to little ones. Just be careful when rinsing :)
365 Project | February 1st-10th
- February 1, 2014: Plaid
- February 2, 2014: Blue
- February 3, 2014: Brotherly Love
- February 4, 2014: Stitch Fix
- February 5, 2014: Tummy Time
- February 6, 2014: Grown Up
- February 7, 2014: Little Man
- February 8, 2014: Tired
- February 9, 2014: Family
- February 10, 2014: Biscuitville!
To view the entire project from the beginning, click here.
Happiest baby ever is back at it again this afternoon! My cousin asked if I am spiking his milk with sunbeams, which accurately describes his general demeanor :). I am not in possession of any secret smile-inducing ingredient to spike his food with, though I do think such a thing would come in handy on grumpy days. We visited the pediatrician yesterday and Wyatt weighed in at almost 14 lbs, as I suspected. He also grew TWO WHOLE inches in the last 4 weeks. He is much smaller than his big brother was at this age, though still not on the small end of the baby -spectrum either ;). He is hanging around the 77th-80th percentiles on all charts.
We are off to North Carolina for the weekend to let Wyatt meet his great-grandparents and a lot of aunts, uncles, & cousins. Jackson has been talking all week about how excited he is to “go see Grandma Eva on Friday!” I am also looking forward to eating alot of biscuitville, which is probably one of my most favorite NC activities.
Have a good weekend friends!
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!!!"
You are two months old today! In keeping with tradition - I literally can’t even believe that you have been here for two months already, but I sure am glad that you are. The past month, you have been a complete and total dream baby. You don’t ask for much, and being that your big brother is a lot to handle these days, I am really grateful to you for that. You sleep for the entire night from 10:30 PM until 4:30 or 5:30 AM. I can’t even believe that you sleep so well, and every time I tell someone just how well rested we all are, I think that I certainly have jinxed us, yet, you still continue to sleep each night. You are also a champion eater, and have put on some serious weight, if I had to guess, I would say you are about 13-14 lbs. right now (to be confirmed by your pediatrician this thursday - will update). You continue to flirt with everyone you meet and are very charming to all of us, including your big brother. He loves having you here so much, and likes to hold you and play with you every single day. I am so happy about this, and cannot wait to watch you guys grow and be the greatest friends.
You are still the smiliest baby of all time, and this month you have really started smiling in response to our voices, and have the ability to get whatever you want with a simple smile. I am worried that I might lose my battle against eating you if you keep up your adorable ways ;). This month has really been wonderful, and I still can’t believe we get to have two of the most good-natured babies possible. I feel like we hit the lottery twice now, thanks to you :)