Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Visit to Lego House

Last week the boys and I took our first extended visit to PopPop's new house in PA. We had been there once before when he was moving in, but only briefly. This time the house was all set up, and the boys got to explore, visit, and play! Alexander had been waiting to get his hands on Uncle Matt's old Legos ever since he found out that PopPop had them stashed at his house, and both boys spent a good deal of time playing with said Legos. If you look closely at Jack's hands, you will see a stack of Lego people heads. This is how he plays Legos- he beheads all the people he can find, then stacks all the heads onto one body. Do not attempt to distract him from this task; it is all-consuming. We also saw Mema (my grandmother), who lives next door, and Aunt Diane, who came bearing puzzles and games. We explored the large yard (and plotted where we should get PopPop to set up a swing set), checked out the local wildlife (and their droppings), and generally enjoyed ourselves. Next time I promise to get pictures of the actual house, or perhaps people other than my own kids.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Irish Eyes are Smiling

Well, my kids do have at least a little Irish blood! Yesterday for Saint Patrick's Day they made some special green hats with pots of gold, rainbows, and shamrocks. Alexander then ran around saying, "Luck of the Irish" and "Top of the morning to ya," in a very bad accent. We did not, however, manage to dye anything green or eat corned beef and cabbage for dinner. Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Happy Blogohouseoversary!

I started this blog on March 2 of last year. Happy one year bloggoversary!

We bought this house on March 17th of last year. Happy one year houseoversary!


Friday, March 13, 2009

Alexander's morning

Alexander's such an... interesting kid. First, we have this scenario. He had just gone to the bathroom and was taking a little long after I had heard the flush. This is never a good sign. So I go into the bathroom and am overwhelmed by the smell... of deodorant.

Me: Alexander, what are you doing?
A: I went poop. Then I put on some "odorant" to get rid of the stinky. Do I smell good?

A little later, I had layed out his clothes on his bed and gone into my room to get some laundry ready.
A: I want to get dressed in your room!
Me: Okay, bring your clothes in here.
A: Can you do it for me?
Me: No, I think you can do it yourself. I'm getting the laundry ready.
A: I can't do it. I'm too lazy.

Stinky and lazy. A fine catch for any lady. ;)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Jack's 18 month checkup

I took Jack in for his 18 month checkup today, and overall he's doing very well. No shots today, either! He is now 33.25 inches tall (75th %) and 25.5 pounds (50th %). So, I'm thinking that Alexander will always be taller, even though I've already warned him that one day, when they're teenagers or grown-ups, Jack might be taller than him! Developmentally, he's right on track or above average except in one area: communication. I guess he's officially the strong, silent type. ;) In all seriousness, he did fall below the "line" for communication, such that the doctor gave me the number to call for Early Intervention Infants and Toddlers. However, she said that because he's on track with his receptive communitcation (he understands), that's she's not actually very worried about him. She said to wait 6 weeks before calling Infants and Toddlers and that if he hasn't added any words to his spoken vocabulary, to go ahead and call, bearing in mind that even at that point he might not qualify for services. I've mentioned before that it's Jack's way to wait to do something until he will be able to do it well, and I think this will be the case with speaking. I expect a big burst of spoken words sometime over the next couple of months. He's definitely made great progress in comprehension over the past 3 months, and I'm not too worried yet!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Who's Yer Mommy?

This isn't the greatest quality photo of me (it's a photo of a photo), but I think it best illustrates that Alexander looks more like me, while Jack looks more like Justin.
And to flash forward to the future, here's Alexander trying on my glasses and a quick shot of me as I look right now, at this VERY moment!

And now I will stop playing this game.

Who's yer Daddy?

I'm using the same picture of Jack because the expression is perfect. Justin's probably a bit older here, but seriously... are they the same kid or what?

18 month comparison

I cut Jack's hair recently and caused him to look like an exact replica of his Daddy. I'll post that comparison later, but here's each of my boys at 18 months old. I tend to think my sons look nothing alike, but the only real differences are that Alexander was a much chubbier baby/toddler, Alexander has darker hair, and that they have different eyes. The nose, mouth, and face shape (minus chub) are basically the same!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Mommy Wisdom 3-9-09

Mommy Wisdom

1. Let me put this delicately. A parent who is extremely congested and can't smell should pay particular attention to any children in their care who are wearing diapers.

2. If you don't want your child to start saying, "jackass," don't let them watch "Pinocchio." Who knew?

Friday, March 6, 2009

How well does your child know you?

This is a "note" that I saw someone do on Facebook, but I thought I'd post it here instead. I asked these questions to Xander and here are his responses.

1. What is something mom always says to you? "I don’t know."
2. What makes mom happy? "Jumping up and down."
3. What makes mom sad? "Hitting."
4. How does your mom make you laugh? "Tickle me."
5. What was your mom like as a child? "Jumping up and down."
6. How old is your mom? "10 years old."
7. How tall is your mom? "40 and a half tall."
8. What is her favorite thing to do? "Run around the whole room."
9. What does your mom do when you're not around? "Play with Jack."
10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? "Playing legos is what you would be famous for."
11. What is your mom really good at? "I usually tell daddy that you’re good at checking your computer lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of times."
12. What is your mom not very good at? "Hitting me."
13. What does your mom do for a job? "Checking the computer Email."
14. What is your mom's favorite food? "Macaroni and cheese."
15.What makes you proud of your mom? "Tickling me."
16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? "Shrek."
17. What do you and your mom do together? "Play play play play play play play play play play play play play play play play play play."
18. How are you and your mom the same? "We both spin around."
19. How are you and your mom different? "We lay down differently."
20. How do you know your mom loves you? "Jumping up and down is how."
21. What does your mom like most about your dad? "Rolling around."
22.Where is your mom's favorite place to go? "The googly eye face place that has googly eyes with slinkies on them that have eyes on them for people to wear."

Conclusion? My child is strange.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Like father, like son?

This morning as Alexander and I sat eating oatmeal, he said to me, "Mommy, I'm sad because I can't ever see my face or my eyes." I replied, "Mmm... yeah. What about when you look in the mirror?" "No, that's not real. It's only a reflection." Huh. True that. Anyway, I found that conversation interesting enough that I recounted it to Justin when he came downstairs, who then reminded me of the first paragraph of his novella, "Reflection."

"In the mirror is the only true image of yourself, in a mirror: a tool, according to legend that can be used to summon the devil to make a deal. However, one will never be able to look upon themselves with their own eyes without one, and at that point they must ask themselves, 'is this image truly me'?"

Weird, huh? ;)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Playwise Kids saved the day!

We (I) had a severe case of cabin fever this morning, so we made a spontaneous decision to head to Columbia to Playwise Kids to play. It's a great big warehouse-sized place with a bunch of different play areas for kids- mostly centered around pretend play. There are about 20 different areas, including a space room, an ambulance and a fire truck (both full-size), some playhouses, an art area, a train area, a puppet theater, a grocery store, a castle, a dress-up and dance area, a computer lab, tons of different things to build with, etc. Even in 5 hours we didn't have time to fully explore each area.

The boys stayed in their favorite area, the "beach" for almost 2 hours before we even moved on to anything else.

Alexander was a supreme charmer today, "adopting" three little 2-year-old girls as his "daughters," making a "team" with a boy his age and burying treasure in the sand together, and just saying adorable things, being sweet and helpful, and generally convincing the other parents that he is an angel! It boggles my mind how he can be such a well-behaved child at times and then... well, that's another blog. He also chose a *lovely* outfit to dance in, and I practiced a skill all parents need to master: holding in the laughter.

Jack generally had a great time as well and conked out on the way home, as expected. Sleep well tonight, guys!

Monday, March 2, 2009


I am proud to announce that this morning, Jack spontaneously signed his first sentence: "Read book." We were relaxing on the couch before Alexander woke up, and he suddenly started signing. At first I didn't understand and asked him what he wanted. He got up and started walking towards the shelf. I said, "Oh! Do you want to read a book?" and he grabbed a couple of books and brought them back to me. Then I asked him, "Can you sign 'book?'" and he signed it the way he had a few minutes before. Same with "read." This was especially surprising since he had never used either of those signs before, although I've showed them to him often. This is sort of his M.O., though, to do things later than Xander did, but to do them suddenly, more completely, without practice. Interestingly, Alexander's first sentence was also signed as opposed to spoken. He signed "More eat." I'm super excited about Jack progress this morning, since in the past 3 months he has added NO spoken words to his vocabulary, and up until this morning, he had added no signs in the past 3 months, either. Perhaps this is the beginning of a "spurt." I hope so!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Snow Angels

This morning we got outside early enough to enjoy a light dusting of snow before it melted by midday. There was just enough for a mini snowman. While I am anxious for Spring, I do love snow and could stand to have a really deep one before the season's over! If you look closely at the picture of both boys, you will notice that Alexander has, indeed, just poured a shovel-full of snow on his brother's head. Ah, yes. Brotherly love.