I Have Children!

Squishy!As in, more than one! Does anybody else think that’s weird?

I’m still routinely surprised that they let us leave the hospital three years ago with the first one. You’d think we’d have to pass something more than a pregnancy test.

These days, we’re soaking up the last of an unseasonably warm October.

You never know which part of the park will be his favorite that day.
You never know which part of the park will be his favorite that day.

(Check out the tree in the background of that photo.)

Wisconsin Park in Autumn
The foliage is gorgeous this year!

We took a trip out to Jay Cooke State Park to get a better view of the leaves.

Completely disregard the fact that it was 82F that day.
Completely disregard the fact that it was 82F that day.

As you might imagine, John and Niblet here are quite the pair these days.

It's pretty cute, especially at 3am. Unless, of course, they wake up with the camera flash and spend the next two hours refusing to go back to sleep. Joke's on me, I guess.
It’s pretty cute, especially at 3am. 

It’s cute… unless, of course, they wake up with the camera flash and spend the next two hours refusing to go back to sleep.

Haha, joke's on you, mom!
Haha, joke’s on you, mom!

Okay, that’s not what happened. That time. But it happens. As does this guy’s subsequent shirtlessness. Hello, toddlerhood!

Preschool is going great, by the way. He no longer cries when I drop him off. (Cue his mother, crying uncontrollably: “He might as well be in college!”)

There have been some clear improvements in his speech, though maybe only clear to his parents and teachers. He makes significantly better eye contact; he’s more independent when playing (especially on the playground, which is fun to watch!); he pays more attention to people around him, especially kids. He’s seems more persistent, which has naturally brought it’s doppelganger — stubbornness.

I think we’re seeing a lot more deliberate attempts at speech, too. He’ll maintain eye contact, often emphatically, while trying to communicate something. He’ll also raise his voice when he has to repeat himself, in the same way we often do when trying to communicate with speakers of another language. (You can guess how successful that is!)

He responds to his name more often, though still not consistently. He’s also more obedient/compliant which was astonishing to me considering other, more blatantly three-year-old behaviors are emerging, as well. Definitely seeing more tantrums. He’s getting pickier about what he eats, though you might be able to blame that on my introducing new foods more often these days. (Don’t worry, I have a plan.)

What I do not have a plan for is potty training. He’s still vaguely interested and sometimes seems aware of what he’s doing, but not clearly enough to make me confident that it’s go time. (No pun intended.)

R2 here seems to be growing ahead of schedule.

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He’ll be six weeks old in a couple of days; currently weighing in at just shy of TWELVE POUNDS. 

Let’s face it – he comes by that honestly enough.

And speaking of…

Turns out he’s not just a John-clone after all!

Have a great weekend, everybody!

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