Saturday, July 19, 2014

29 Months

It seems weird to still be counting months to describe the boys' ages. I don't refer to them that way in my every day life it is just strange. I thought I would take a quick second to update things here because they seem to be growing and changing so much lately.

Hudson
You have changed so much this past month. Suddenly out of nowhere you are a total momma's boy and don't want to leave my side. No longer are you attached to daddy and I love the extra snuggles. I feel badly however that you often cry when I leave the room and that you are no longer as independent. I know it is just a stage but you used to be so confident and love to meet new people. Don't get me wrong you are still smiley and friendly but you don't like it if mommy is not close by.

Sleep
You are still a great sleeper and nothing much has changed since last month. Mommy is still letting you nap too long and this results in late bedtimes.
Food
As far as eating goes you really aren't a great eater anymore. That isn't necessarily a new thing but it isn't getting much better. You would love to live on snacks or more specifically popsicles and it is not a good thing. You do still love meat but you literally eat one meal a day and then snack the rest of the time. Summer seems to make things more casual and I feel guilty because I am a bit lax about letting you snack, especially when we have guests

Speech
You are still coming along but I still notice some deficits (sorry baby nothing major just noting things). Your receptive language is awesome and you follow story lines and t.v shows better than any 2 year I know. You have words for everything it is just that you don't always string them together. You also don't pronounce things as clearly as I expect but you are so adorable I love your little voice. You talk much more now, even when people are around. You are stringing tons of 2 and some 3 word sentences. You still aren't really counting, you don't sing and you don't really know your abcs but that will come.

Fynn
Holy cow you are blossoming. You are like a real little guy now. You communicate your feelings and wants so well. You literally get complete thoughts out and it makes life so much easier. You still test boundaries and unfortunately whine a lot but I love this stage. You crack me up.

Sleep
ahhhhhhhh.............you are driving us crazy. You literally wake up at least once a night screaming. Why??????? You even had a week where you woke up multiple times like when you were an infant. It is so frustrating.

Food
You are a great eater and you like trying new foods, especially if daddy and I are the ones eating it.

Speech
Like I mentioned you are talking up a storm and we can really communicate with you. You can tell us complex ideas, feelings and wants and it s pretty cool. You are also VERY demanding.....haha. This week you sang your first song. I didn't even really know that you were paying attention when I sang. However today you literally sang "twinkle twinkle little star" with your daddy and knew 90% of the song. You also complete lines in some of your favourite stories. It is so cool, I can read the first part of a sentence and you can complete the last 2-3 words. Eeek, it is currently 1am (I know I should be sleeping) and you are crying out. I don't get why that happens :(
As I mentioned in previous posts you can count to 20 and yesterday out of nowhere (well I guess not nowhere, again we sing a song that must have taught you this) you counting backwards from 10-1. My jaw literally dropped....haha.







Tuesday, June 17, 2014

28 months (I haven't posted in a while)

I have been terrible about posting but thought I would take a quick minute to update some information about the boys. They are still busy guys that love outings and keep us on our toes. They love the park, throwing rocks on the beach, and playdates with their friends.
Hudson
Huddy Buddy you recently had a growth spurt and when I picked you up from your nap you looked older to me.
Sleep-You are still a great sleeper, especially at naptime. Often I have to wake you up because you would be happy to have a 4 hour nap daily. We moved bedtime back so that we could do afternoon/evening outings but when you nap that long bedtime tends to get pushed even further back. You are such a cuddly guy and you love your blue blanket and sleeping with your teddy bear.
Eating-In the past few months you have become a snack monster and you try your best to exist on only junk. Mommy had to eliminate prepackaged (as much as possible) crap because that's all you wanted to eat. Not to mention your obsession with popsicles. You do still like meat but it is a challenge to get you to eat "real meals" in general.
Speech-You are talking a lot more and catching up. Although when we are around other people you often point to objects and are much quieter than at home. You now say Fynn's name (probably for the last 2 months or so) instead of just referring to him as brother. You have a ton of words and now talk in 2, 3 and even 4 word "sentences". You still use as few words as possible to get your point across though. You still don't really count to 10 although you do seem to know many numbers you just won't count in sequence. You do know most of your colours (red, blue, yellow, orange, pink purple) although you mix them up occasionally.
Fynn
Man are you ever talking, sometimes we miss the days of speech delay.....haha. You talk non stop and it is super loud. You also like to parent your brother which we are trying to teach you is not your responsibility.
Food- You are a great eater and seem to be eating all of the time. You will try new things and you just really seem to enjoy food in general.
Sleep-Ugh you seem to call out every night these days. We have to go in and settle you down. It is just a quick back rub or an adjustment of your blanket but it certainly not ideal. You also generally wake up screaming and are not very pleasant for the first few minutes you are up. You yell at us and often get upset. I wish we knew how to calm you down but for now we just give you space and you come around.
Speech-you are no longer considered delayed in speech (although I don't think you ever actually qualified for that). Like I mentioned before you talk all of the time. You count to 20, know all of your colours and shapes and boss mommy and Hudson around every chance you get. You aren't interested in learning songs though and although you know some letters you refuse to sing the song.








Thursday, April 3, 2014

Our first Photo Shoot!

So I decided to finally hire a photographer to take the boys' pictures because although I take a lot of pictures they aren't always great pictures. I wish I had done it sooner but for some reason I could never get organized to make it a priority. Anyways the day started out terribly but the pictures turned out pretty cute. The day before Fynn fell and got a fat lip and the day of Hudson refused to get into the shot until we brought the photographers dog in the room. Not once did either of them break a smile but what did I expect from two boys that just turned 2....lol.








Tuesday, February 18, 2014

TWO!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, wow, wow, when did this happen. My boys are turning 2 tomorrow and I don't think I am ready for that. I thought the first year of their life was going to be the most challenging with the majority of the ups and down and it turns out I am in for quite a ride. Like others before me have said every stage (age) has its ups and downs and I realized that the first year was actually cake compared to the second. Both were amazing but very different. Actually the most difficult stage was from 14-19 months when the boys were fully mobile and into everything. They constantly tested boundaries and I had to worry about their safety ALL of the time. Now they are still testing boundaries but because they can comfortable go up and down stairs and get on and off of things I can take a deep breath (once is a while).
Hudson
Those long eye lashes, furrowed brows and adorable grin are impossible to resist. You are so darn cute and you know how to use that. You are strong willed and even though your brother might be a bit bigger and a tiny bit faster you NEVER miss a beat. You get what you want and often take what is your brother's. For some reason your brother's food and toys appeal to you and you can't resist taking them. You love to test boundaries and you have had your fair share of time outs in these last couple of months. You are also our snuggle bug and you love daddy. I mean LOVE daddy, if you had it your way you would be in his arms all day every day. You two have a special bond and it is so adorable to watch. You also love your blankets (not as much as your daddy of course) and I can you Linus because you love to drag them around the house with you. Often you even lay on the floor and snuggle up on your blanket to relax, pretty darn cute if you ask me. You can't get enough of water, you could play in the sink for hours,  you are not happy when water play time is over. Holy cow you have a pair of lungs on you and you let us know when you aren't happy......lol. You love playing with your train table but it isn't good when your brother joins you. Somehow you always seem to want the same trains and an argument usually ensues. When you play with it alone though you have a blast and it is so fun to watch.
Sleep
You are still a great sleeper and you go to bed at night by 7pm and wake up anytime between 7 and 8am. You went down to one nap this year and your naps last anywhere from 2.5-3 hours. Actually sometimes I even have to wake you up so it doesn't interfere with bedtime. You like to sleep with your fingers through your blanket and unlike you brother you are happy when you get up and you after chat and play in your crib.
You love your brother and whenever you wake up or he isn't in the room you are looking for him. You literally say "brutha" thousands of times per day.
Motor Skills
You starting walking right around your first birthday and you have been on the go ever since. You like to climb almost as much as your brother and you love to press buttons.
Verbal
Your speech was a bit of a concern for mommy (I worry too much) and she took you to see a speech therapist. The speech therapist thought you might be a bit behind but she wasn't overly worried. We were offered some advice on how to encourage speech and given an option to do speech therapy. Right around that time you started talking more so mommy decided to wait and watch to see how you progressed on your own
                          Hudson eating a snack at the play group we go to :)
                                    Hudson with a messy spaghetti face
                                             Hudson cheering on team Canada in the hockey game today

                                             Hudson colouring (and licking the marker)

Fynn
My little wild man, you are still you own guy. You are independent but love your "brutha" at the same time. You bring him soothers if he is upset and you rub his back. When mommy asks you to share you are very good about letting your brother have a turn (Hudson is still working on that.....lol). You still whine but it isn't constant (unless you are sick). You are still incredibly busy and there is never a dull moment when you are around. You walk on your tip toes and because of that you have the most defined calf muscles of any 2 I have ever met. You are really into books and puzzles right now. Your favourite book is "I love Trucks" and you love doing puzzles with daddy. You can get pretty frustrated when you can't figure things out. You like to try to play with the trains but you often put too many in a line so when you go over a bridge they all fall apart. This makes you very upset and you generally launch one (or more) across the room. We are working on that. You love bath time and when we are all having a long day mommy sometimes gives you more than one bath just to keep you occupied.
Sleep
You don't seem to need as much sleep as your brother and although you also go to sleep at 7pm you wake up like clock work right at 7am (I am not complaining). Your naps are shorter than your brother's and you usually wake up after 1.5-2.5 hours. It works out fine though because you guys are in different rooms and mommy doesn't mind some extra one on one time with you. You aren't quite as adaptable as your brother when it comes to sleep in general. If we go off of our schedule you don't do well and often wake up in the night. Also if you are sick you wake up multiple times.
Motor Skills
You are very physical and don't have any fear. You climb everything and I don't really worry about you falling (although I worry what you will get into). A couple of times I have gone to get Hudson upstairs and come back to find you jumping on the pub table. I now make you come up with me because I worry for your safety. You and your brother are obsessed with daddy's coffee maker. You drag the kitchen chairs to the counter and press all of the buttons and insert the cartridge to make the coffee. Mommy bought you your own toy coffee maker but you weren't fooled and still wanted the real thing. You also have a huge fascination with the humidifiers in your rooms. You take it apart and splash in the water, it drives me crazy....lol. Another thing you love to do is push your step stools around and flick lights up and down :)
Speech
Your speech was also a bit behind but in the last week you seem to be saying tons and learning multiple words per day. It is like you are making up for lost time. I love that you are talking more because I am really learning how and what you are thinking.

Words
Hi, bye, daddy, mommy, poppa, pop, brother, up, cracker, cookie, water, car, truck, bus, more, bubble, no, book, all gone, pee pee, poop, diaper, birdie, duck, banana, apple, soother, ball, that, this, dog. downstairs, wow, uh oh, buddy, tv. hot, light, dirty, oh no, cheese, go, choo choo, two, ho ho ho (for santa), bounce, bath, jump, pizza, Cole, Sam, mouse, floor, fall, moo (cow), ssss (snake), grrr (lion), bad, teeth, meatball, thank you, please, hockey, meow (cat), share, me, heater, oval, star




Big Boy Rooms

We moved into our house in April of last year and we didn't have much money to decorate. We basically moved in, slapped a couple of pictures on the wall and that was it. With the boys' second birthday coming up and knowing we had almost been in the house for a year we started to start on their rooms. We are still on a very limited budget so instead of asking for toys and games for the boys (they have a ton) we asked for room d├ęcor. I really like how they are looking.
 
 
Hudson's Room
 
 I found this awesome shop online and my sister gave the boys each a name plate for outside of their room for Christmas. I loved the colours so much I decided to use it as inspiration for their rooms. The theme of their rooms is now  transportation because I didn't stick to the initial car theme.
This is my favourite angle of the room :)
                              The route 66 sign and tractor are tin and eventually I would love it if that entire little area had tin signs covering it (not in the budget right now)
   I had the hardest time finding ANYTHING to cover these windows, for now they are just those easy fit shades in a beige colour but eventually I would like to get custom made blinds in a cool pattern. I am also thinking about doing some book shelves across the bottom of that wall
                       This is the glider from their nursery I would prefer to get a new chair but one step at a time. My friend Kim ordered Hudson a red hand carved Play sign for above his little chalk board
 My sister's friend made that cool ruler growth chart in the corner
 These are the vintage cars that were the inspiration for their nursery



Fynn's Room



                       My friend Kim also bought Fynn a sign that says READ in orange to go next to his book case and over his bean bag chair
                              This believe sign was given to me when I was trying to conceive
                        Fynn's personalized pillow bought by my sister for his first birthday