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How does time go by so quickly?

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Well, I have gotten woefully behind on posting on my blog. Life has happened. The baby is still (STILL!) not sleeping through the night consistantly, and when he actually DOES sleep through, he’s up and ready to go at 6 or 6:30 am. That is, after a night of crying out in his sleep. So needless to say, this mama is still walking around in a sleep-deprived fog. I tell myself that I’ll get my payback when he’s a teenager… haha! (I’m totally kidding. But yet not…)

Sweet baby John is nearly a year old now. A YEAR. How crazy is that? He’s pulling himself up on furniture and starting to cruise around a little. He eats like a man- 13-15 4.25 oz jars of baby food A DAY. I pretty much have to suppliment by making as much homemade baby food as I can to offset the cost. (Baby food is expensive at around 55 cents a container. It adds up!) It’s so much cheaper to make my own. For example, for about $10, I made about $60 worth of baby food. Sweet peas, butternut squash with apples, bannannas, applesauce, pears, and prunes are among his favorite homemade foods. We don’t give him a lot of prunes and pears any more, however, because those definitely work well to loosen up his bowel movements.

He’s still on Stage 2 baby foods. He has a pretty strong aversion to any type of texture whatsoever. Even if I mash something like a teeny tiny piece of bananna and put it in his mouth, he’ll gag and throw up. The pediatrician said this is pretty normal for his age and to start brushing his tongue with a toothbrush twice a day to desensitize him. Oddly enough, however, the tongue-brushing doesn’t bother John at all, and he will even hum while I do it. Crazy baby.

He has about four top teeth and two bottom teeth, with two more starting to poke through on the bottom. And he is chewing on everything! I seriously have to make sure I keep my floors swept because he’ll pick up anything from random bits of debris to tufts of cat fur and put them in his mouth. I always know when this has happened because I’ll hear him start to gag. Once, I even had to stick my finger down his throat and do the “finger swoop” to discover he’d tried to eat a piece of paper which had then gotten stuck in his throat. Oh that baby stresses me out with his eating everything! But one look at his beautiful smile and everything is a-ok.

 

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And look, below is a picture of Nathan I put on this blog about four years ago when he was about the same then age as John is now. Look at how similar they look! I love it! My brother and I don’t look much alike- he looks more like our dad and I look more like our mom. So for me, it’s so cool that my boys look so much a like. They even have the same smile! Handsome little fellas, I tell ya.

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Nathan is all-in-all still an amazing big brother, but now that John’s older, Nathan is definitely starting to have his moments. Sibling rivalry, perhaps? I remember picking on my poor sweet baby brother constantly when we were little, so I can’t say what he’s doing is suprising. Thankfully, these moments are still far outweigh by how patient and loving he is towards John. He’s great with keeping John occupied and sharing his toys with him. He’s even “decorated” his brother with stickers!

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As for Nathan, he is about to graduate preschool and will be moving on to Kindergarten in the fall. I can’t believe my oldest baby will be in elementary school. He’s doing fabulous in school, and his testing shows he has far exceeded his peers with excellent scores on his academic testing. I’m telling you, this kid is brilliant. The main issues he lags on is still his fine and gross motor skills and social skills, but fortunately, he’s receiving the appropriate help for those at school (due to him having high-funtioning Autism.) Gosh, I sure do love my Nathan.

Oh! And Nathan lost his first tooth!! It was one of his front bottom teeth- the first one he got when he was 6 months old. We noticed it was loose one day, and a few days later, it was definitely ready to come out. I asked Nathan if he was ok with me pulling it out and he exuberently replied with a resounding YES! So I pulled it out. I didn’t even have to pull hard. And Nathan didn’t cry! That night, we put it under his pillow, and since it was his very first tooth that he lost, the Tooth Fairy left him a Lego set along with a little note. He was as proud as he could be. I, on the other hand, found the tooth-loss to be bittersweet. My baby is growing up. And when I look at that little tooth (which I have saved, of course), I am flooded with memories of all the times he bit me, all the baby foods he ate with that tooth, the transition to table foods… it’s hard not to get teary-eyed sometimes.

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My boys are the most wonderful things to have ever happened to us!! Even with their moments of bickering, they are practically inseperable. I LOVE it! Wherever you see one, you’ll more than likely see the other. It is my hope and prayer they continue to be close as they grow into adults. Having a sibling is awesome, especially one you’re really close to. Just look at those sweet little faces. We are so blessed to have such amazing kids. Our hearts are full.

 

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It’s cold outside!

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I know it’s not as cold here in Tennessee as it is in, say, Minnesota, but I have to say- IT’S SO COLD!! It was about 18 degrees or so this morning when we got up and now it’s about 8 degrees. We have the heaters on and a fire going in the fireplace, and I still have a chill! There’s no mistaking that winter is here! It’s nice, though. I like cold winters. Now if we just had a decent snow, it would be perfect!

My awesome brother came up to see me this weekend. We had so much fun! (Of course, when do we not? Ha ha!) We gorged on a ton of sushi for lunch. It’s funny because we both like really spicy food, so we ordered the spiciest sushi on the menu. Nothing! It wasn’t even close to spicy for us! Of course, this is coming from someone who orders her food extra spicy- meaning pile on the hot peppers! So after that, we went ice skating in Knoxville. I hadn’t been ice skating since I was somewhere around the age of 6 years old… so about 25ish years. It was hilarious because when I first got out on the ice, the best I could do was hold onto the rail for dear life as my legs scissored and I didn’t go anywhere. After a while though, I started getting the hang of it, so by the time we left, I got to the point to where I was skating more towards the middle of the rink, away from the rail! And get this- I only fell once. Not too shabby, huh? The funny thing was once I fell, I couldn’t get back up!  My skates kept sliding out from under me, so I had to wait for my brother to make it back around so he could help me up. It was awesome! He, of course, was a great skater-  mostly, he said, because he used to rollerblade a lot when he was younger. So he pretty much taught me how to skate.

One of the biggest tips I can give anyone trying to ice skate is to make sure you get your laces as TIGHT as you can. You need that ankle support to keep your ankles from turning in. In fact, I got my first pair of skates so tight that the laces snapped in half. Then I had my brother lace up the second pair as tight as he could, and from then on out, I was great.

The only irritating thing was the tweens/teens who would congregate in groups on the ice along the rail. When I was first trying to figure out how to skate, I had to stop multiple times because they were apparently so self-absorbed that they were completely oblivious that they were causing a traffic jam. Small kids and adults alike had to stop and wait on those fools. I finally got to the point to where I just barged right through the groups. I got a few dirty looks, but hey, not my problem!

So after a couple hours of cold hands, sweat, and sore ankles from the tight skates, we decided to head out. We headed over to the mall because he wanted to get the boys some gifts. We sat in those massage chairs and laughed at ourselves for hanging out at the mall. And then? For dinner, we ate at the Cheesecake Factory. If you’ve never eaten at one, GO! And get a slice of cheesecake while you’re at it- it’s heaven on a plate. Seriously! It was fabulous! Our server was lousy, but we just focused instead of how much fun we were having.

I’m always so sad when our days together are over and he has to head back home. I only get to see him a few times a year, so we really make sure to make the time count. We’re loud and obnoxiously immature when we get together, but it’s our stress release. And besides, I have to admit, it’s pretty funny watching other people’s reactions. Hey, you only live once, and it keeps us young! And who cares what other people think anyway!

I’m working on a Christmas post to put on here at some point. I’m almost done writing it, now I just need to put the pictures up. I miss having a smartphone! It really makes writing posts and uploading pictures so much easier! Hope everyone had a merry Christmas and happy New Year; we sure did! Stay warm out there, everybody!

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Thanksgiving is almost here!

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We’re really looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow! We’re super excited about seeing our family tomorrow- Nathan’s really looking forward to seeing his grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, uncles, and some cousins who will all be getting together for a delicious feast. I plan on completely gorging myself! Yes, I have no shame!

It’s been pretty cold here, and we actually woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning! Nathan, of course, was giddy with excitement. Even though the snow didn’t cover the ground, he begged to go outside and play in it. He doesn’t have snow gloves yet, but I found a pair of mine that I wore a few years ago and let him wear them. They were still too big, but it was cute watching him play in them. Especially when he flapped the fingers, since the fingers were a bit too long for him.

In other news, as I was feeding John his rice cereal today, I noticed a TOOTH! Yep, he has a little tooth poking out from his bottom gum. He’s six months old, and I remember Nathan got his first tooth right before his six-month birthday as well! Actually, both of Nathan’s bottom front teeth came in at the same time. You know, it’s so cool for me to see how alike and yet so different both of my kids are. John reminds me of his big brother in so many ways. I love it!

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I love these kids!

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John is finally loving his solid foods! Right now, we just have him on rice cereal. Soon, we’ll start with green vegetables, then orange and yellow veggies, and then fruits (the order of solids was recommended by the kids’ pediatrician.) He’s getting to be such a big boy! He’s able to sit up mostly by himself with little assistance. He still toppes over occasionally, but he’s doing great! He’s also trying REALLY hard to talk. Just the other morning, I swear I heard him say “Ma ma ma ma” when he was ready to get up. And we’ve also heard him say “da da da” a few times! Wow! It’s hard to believe just (almost) six months ago, he was this tiny little newborn. And now he’s getting so big. It’s amazing how quickly time flies.

Every day, just when I think Nathan can’t be any better with his big brother abilities, he surprises me. He is AMAZING with John. When the baby cries, Nathan will bring him toys and play with him. He’ll rub John’s little head and tell him everything is going to be ok. And John gazes at Nathan with wide eyes filled to the brim with adoration. You can practically see the love beaming out of John’s face. It’s precious!

Nathan loves to help carry John from point A to point B (with our help, of course. Nathan’s not tried to pick him up unassisted since that one time he dropped John.) So a couple days ago, I helped Nathan carry John to the jumper that Nathan used when he was a baby. John had sat in it a few times, but didn’t try to jump and so just ended up getting fussy. So Nathan helped me set the baby in the jumper, and I walked into the kitchen for a few minutes. I peeked around the corner and saw Nathan teaching his brother how to jump in it! John was squealing with delight as Nathan raised the bouncy up and down. When Nathan let go, John jumped with his own two legs. What a sight to see, watching my older son teach my younger son something new!

I hope these two have a great bond and are best friends for life. I LOVE having a brother. I don’t know what I would do without him. My brother and I have such a strong bond, and it is my hope that my kids bond like my brother and I did. Of course there will be arguments and fights, especially when they are kids, but I hope that as adults, they will remain close.

My heart is so happy!

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