This little guy started walking last week. Eek! He's only 10 months old, but that's not stopping him. No, sir.
Today, just before I threw everything in the car and hurried us all to Felix's swim lesson, Roman decided to take the most steps he's ever taken. I watched him (with mouth agape) waddle from the train table to the sofa. He stopped to steady himself only twice and he smiled and jabbered the entire way. He was square in the middle of feeling pride and what looked to me like pure joy. I took it all in and fought back tears. I love witnessing these kids of mine find their way. ♥
Hope your weekend was swell. Roman was crowned prince of the clover patch, which must have excited him to no end because he wasn't much interested in sleep all weekend. Very stinkery of him, if you ask me.
Let's see...what else is going on here...
Felix has informed me that for his upcoming 3rd birthday he wants to have a monster-themed birday party (?) and only Dustin and I are allowed to come. He is very outgoing, so I'm a little perplexed by this. We'll see how he feels as the date nears.
I started doing Whole 30 on May 1st. I'm on day six. So far so good, but damn I miss the taste of dark chocolate after lunch and dinner. It appears I had a little ritual going on there because so far that's what I'm noticing and craving most. It should be mentioned, though, that I am making some of the most amazing salads known to man. I'd love to hear from any of you who have done a 30 day "cleanse" like this. Any tips you can offer are greatly appreciated. For those of you who haven't heard of Whole 30, it's basically eating as clean as possible -- no sugar, no processed food, no dairy, no alcohol, AND, NO dark chocolate after meals. Sigh.
We're only gardening in pots this year. Two little ones are keeping us completely tuckered out most of the time so planning and preparing a big garden is one of the things we've decided to let go. We will have plenty of pots, though. Peas and tomatoes and herbs are already going strong. I am crossing my fingers that I can prepare a portion of our garden plot (about a third is what I'm thinking) for planting flower seeds. A wild cutting garden would make me very happy. It's on my list...hopefully I can find a way to make it happen.
Also, today is a big day for someone very special to us who has recently gotten some bad health news <<--that may just be the most cryptic sentence I've ever written:-) Anyway, we're thinking of him and sending tons of love from over here in NC.
Oh, one more thing before I run. Have you seen Top of the Lake? Just started it and I'm hooked.
p.s. I'm posting over at Habit with great company all month.
Today marks the day our little baby boy has traveled half way around the sun. Just like that six months have passed since we first laid eyes on his beautiful face at 4:44am that morning back in September. What a moment! I remember it like it was yesterday. I know I always will.
The last six months with him have brought so much joy and love into our world (and lots of quick smiles, too!). It has also been a challenge finding our footing at times, don't get me wrong. But even the hardest times (I'm looking at you four hours of sleep some nights) have been worth every minute. Truly.
It has also been the most wonderful thing to witness Felix and Roman's relationship evolve. Of course, as is normal with new babes and toddler siblings, it was a little rocky at first (nothing major, just requests from Felix that I "put the baby down over there"), but as time has passed Felix has become quite enchanted with his baby brother, and Roman has fallen hard for Felix. I'm fairly certain it would suit Romy just fine if he could watch his big brother's every movement for hours. And apparently Felix is quite hilarious when he is doing nothing more than sitting and eating his breakfast! Oh, brother. :-)
We love you so much, Roman Elias. Happy half birthday.
Phew. That was a long blogging break. I think it might be the longest I have ever taken. Regardless, I'm still here. Doing pretty well most days. Of course some days are just hard, and sadly, those are the days that tend to stick out in my mind, but I'm working on that. Having two littles is not for the faint of heart. I am currently trying to figure out how to grow a third arm. Having just one more arm would come in so handy. Truly.
Lately, Felix *really* wants me to help him build caves in the living room so we can escape from "nice dinosaurs and dragons". Building caves and forts while nursing a baby is not easy. Telling Felix to wait is also not easy. See, I told you a third arm would be extremely helpful.
Roman is two months old. He's growing and changing every day and I'm doing my best to press pause on each moment. Still haven't mastered the elusive pause, but I continue to try. Damn, I love a chunky, cheeky baby. And his gummy smile nearly knocks me down sometimes. He is definitely quicker to smile than Felix was.
Right now Roman is a great sleeper at night. Things in the sleep department started out rough (don't they always?) but now we're sailing along and I'm able to get 5 or 6 hours in a row (if I make the right decision to go to bed by 10pm). Getting more sleep is such a trade-off when it comes to nursing, though. Engorgement is not fun. Hopefully my body will figure things out soon. Oh, and by no means am I getting attached to the sleep thing right now, just enjoying it and being grateful for it while it lasts. If I learned one thing the first time around it was NEVER GET ATTACHED. Things always change and this certainly goes for how much a baby sleeps. At least for my babies.
We've had some lovely visitors lately. D's mom was here. She's a huge help and a tremendous fort buider. Also, my best lady came down to escape her cold and dark apartment post-Sandy. We made caramel apples and watched way too many eposides of Friday Night Lights. It was awesome. Besides hosting visitors and playing in the living room, our family has taken a fair amount of hikes -- good thing because time outdoors is so good for all of us. That we know for sure.
Here are a few favorite shots from the last couple of weeks.
Have fun out there, and if I don't say hello before Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving.
Our "space alien monster man" got a huge kick out of dressing up and going door-to-door last night. HUGE. And our little swimmer baby had about five minutes of fun before he decided he'd rather go back into the warm house to nurse.
Felix had a very hard time deciding what he wanted to dress up as this year. Some of his answers when asked were: dinosaur, worker man, pirate, scary monster, a bleeper, spaceman. He finally landed on being a space alien who gave a scary monster man roar from time to time. Here he is last year and the year before.
Hope you and yours had fun wherever you are. Sending some love out to my friends in New Jersey and New York especially.
these days the leaves are quietly falling from the trees. felix is noticing and has expressed interest in repeating one of his favorite activities -- the great leaf pile rake and jump extravaganza. his memory amazes me sometimes. make that all the time.
these days we've been making a point to say, "romy, you're going to have to wait, I need to take care of/hold/play with felix right now." it seems to help our big boy through some of the rough patches that happen from time to time.
these days, when I can steal a few minutes, I have been reading and enjoying Everyday Blessings by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn. It's nice to remind myself to be as present as possible during these special newborn weeks and months. (yesterday romy turned 6 weeks old!)
these days we're eating dinner earlier than we ever have and it seems to be exactly the right choice for our family. the transistion to bath and bed is so.much.smoother.
these days I'm reminded how much I enjoy tapping out a few words in this space. life is full and very busy, but I do love saying hello. HELLO.