The boys are growing WAY too fast for my liking! Liam wore a size 18 month outfit. The outfit is one that Xander wore this last summer, it might even still fit him! It got put in the hand me down box whenever Xander potty trained because it snaps on the bottom and that’s hard when you’re two and need to hurry!
Back to the ever growing babies.. Xander has learned several shapes and can draw circles (it’s a bit rough but distinguishable.) One of our favorite games right now involves me saying a shape and him running to it on the concrete. (I’ve drawn them all out in chalk.) Along with his shapes he knows the majority of his colors, and while this isn’t new news, it is exciting because he’ll actually tell us when we ask now. Until recently he would just tell us a random color and not even look at what we were asking. (Just being silly!)
Liam is a whole other story. He pulls himself up to standing, and will take steps around furniture if he doesn’t think you’re looking. He immediately starts crying if you catch him though, little stinker! Watching Xander is still one of his favorite activities, but he’s also started copying him. He is starting to entertain himself a little more. I can let him sit in the baby pool and he’ll go to town splashing and I don’t have to constantly entertain him. (I’m always right there though, don’t worry!)
Both boys are doing so great. Liam is ahead of the game whenever I compare his “list of firsts” to Xander’s. I know that part of it is because he has a big brother to watch, but it will always be fun to compare them. One way that they are the same is their love. They both absolutely love giving love. Xander will randomly come to one of us and just hug us, give us kisses, or hold our hand. Liam, at nearly 9 months has started giving kisses. They feel more like head butts, but it’s very apparent that he’s showing us that he loves us. While I hate that they’re growing so fast, it’s their new abilities to share their love that makes it all so worth it. These babies are my life. I’m so beyond blessed to have them. I’d love to “put a book on their head” to keep them little, but since that isn’t possible I’ll settle for soaking up every little thing they do!
First, let me say that I really do love the internet. Wifi and Apple have made it possible for my boys to see my Dad every night before bed for the last 6 or so months! I’m also able to blog and keep everyone up to date on our crazy lives 1500 miles away from family. But, the internet and social media come with this crappy price tag that I can’t stand. (And we have a great plan for cheap internet so it isn’t the actual money I’m talking about!)
I absolutely can’t stand all the cyber bullying that goes on. It isn’t even just teenage girls, in case you were wondering. It’s grown men and women constantly belittling each other. This “I’m way better than you” stuff is quickly becoming my pet peeve.
If you have ever spent more than 30 minutes with me you’ll learn that I’m very pro-breastfeeding. That’s because it’s what works for us. I follow several Facebook pages that are pro-breastfeeding as well, but I’ve been on an “unliking spree” lately because of some of the comments people are making. Some people are calling women out for using formula, and saying they aren’t doing what’s best for their babies, among other extremely harsh things. I’ve already said I’m pro-breastfeeding, so this next part might come as a shock: I’m really pro-babies. Without formula some babies just wouldn’t make it. Is breastfeeding best? Usually yes, but some moms need medicines that don’t do well with breastfeeding, some moms don’t make enough milk, some moms just can’t breastfeed for their own private reasons. Formula is good, and keeps babies growing and hitting milestones and healthy. There is a reason it was invented and it’s fulfilling it’s purpose by keeping babies alive.
Now I bring up breastfeeding because it’s the most “in your face” type of belittling I see. However, there is always someone making passive aggressive comments about everything from how often someone is working out, to a parenting style, etc. Whatever happened to the Golden Rule? Why have we become so jaded that we don’t realize how flat out MEAN we sound at our keyboards?
It’s tough being parents–heck it’s tough being people! So cut your friends, and even your enemies some slack! Be nice, and if you don’t have anything nice to say, keep it to yourself. I promise, I’m trying to do this more too!
And a quick update on the boys: Liam is growing like a weed and is wearing clothes Xander wore when we moved to Key West last year!! Xander is talking up a storm and singing everything he hears–his memory surprises me daily! And they both show me how loved I am every single day!