Friday, October 18, 2013

it's FALL!

I used to be a summer person.  After lifeguarding for 6 years, the heat didn't phase me.  Fast forward to pregnant life with a toddler and a baby and I was a hermit all summer.  I'm so glad to have the heat gone and be free to actually go outside in the AFTERNOON.  Revolutionary.  Another bonus to cooler weather is getting to pull out the boys' new woolies for the winter.  Love me some sustainablebabyish longies!  If you're not in the cloth diapering world, what I said probably makes no sense.  ;)  Anyway, yay Fall!!!  I love the crispness in the mornings and the hot slow cooked dinners. Mmmm.  Not to mention the family time and baked goods.  Tyler and I have been discussing names for baby girl and I just love the name Autumn!  I could be getting a tad caught up in the weather change.

Geared up to watch a game at Kay Kay's!
our fall look
one of the few times he wasn't crawling toward the street
On to the boys.  Russell is BUSY.  And sometimes cranky.  But mostly busy and happy!!  He is getting his bottom molars, working up the guts to walk, chasing his big brother around all the time, and having meltdowns when I won't let him play in the dishwasher.  (Substitute the word dishwasher with freezer, toilet, trash can, all equally desirable).  Russell imitates lots of words and likes to mimic animal noises and brother screaming.  He knows all-done in baby sign language and communicates the end of a meal well by dropping all his food on the floor.  We're working on weaning him off of the bottle, but I have a feeling the pre-nap and and bedtime bottles are here to stay for a few more months.  It puts him to sleep.  Which is a precious precious thing.

Russell can't wait to keep up with Palmer!
another sweetie. . . yes that's a cat tree in the background
Palmer finally loves school!  This week has been an epiphany for him.  He's actually excited to go to MDO on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  I love hearing from his teachers what they've been doing and I'm so glad it's no longer a stressful thing for him.  Palmer loves his planes and trains right now and it's a constant battle with baby Russell to not dismantle the train tracks.  Lots of shrieking and yelling involved during train play.  I do my best to mediate and stay patient through all the sibling conflicts that are ALREADY coming up!  Nobody told me the fighting starts so early!  Palmer is constantly learning to share better, and Russell is learning to push his brother's buttons.  Deep breaths.  Of course they are so fun and precious and a joy to have around too!
trying to correct his spill
cheesy grin

growling is his new noise 
just being handsome

flying his Dusty Crophopper glider


and into the ground goes Dusty

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Russell is ONE!

Russell had a very special first birthday and I can't believe it's already passed and over!  We started the festivities with mini cupcakes on his actual birthday, Thursday the 26th, after dinner with our little family of 4.  Russell also got to open his presents from mom and dad that big brother Palmer helped wrap earlier in the day.  He got a few cute board books that will be getting a lot of bedtime attention I'm sure.
A tired boy on his birthday night

Mini cupcake yumminess
I'm committed to making each of their first birthday cakes a little fancy!  Two down.
Playing while mommy & daddy cleaned up for the party
Saturday we were so happy to have lots of family over for his official party!  Some even drove from Oklahoma for the occasion :).  Russell was a little tired, but enjoyed some pizza, cake, and lots of attention.  Palmer did a pretty good job of letting Russell have the spot light and showed some impressive restraint during present time.  We encouraged him to help quite a bit and he liked blowing out Russell's candle and giving him the next gift to tear into!

Wardrobe change and some new bath toys

He was seriously interested in the instructions on this one.
Musical turtle- we're going to be hearing this song a lot!
Our sweet little one year old loves to crawl into mommy's lap, upend piles of laundry, EAT, and put things in and out of containers.  He's been wanting to be held lately on account of some molar teething pain, so we've been getting back to wrapping more.  I "wear" him into MDO for Palmer's drop off and pick ups and he is just happy as a clam up on my back in a rucksack carry, or on my side in a rebozo hip carry.  It takes just about the same amount of time to wrap him up as it does to stick him in a stroller, but keeps him close to me (where he wants to be) and lets my hands be free!  I don't care to wrestle a stroller through the glass doors and crowds.

Russell's 1 year doctor visit went well!  He recovered quickly from the horrifying surprise of immunizations and got rave developmental reviews from the doctor.  We recently got health insurance through Tyler's new job, enabling us to get immunizations at the pediatrician instead of having to make a separate trip to the county clinic.  The staff always treated us well over there, but the convenience of getting shots at the well visits will be sooooo nice.  This will be especially true when baby girl arrives since they go to the doctor so often when they're tiny.  County clinic waiting room with a newborn, 1 year old, and 3 year old. . . we're lucky to have another option now!!