Inspired by a couple of people who are at the beginning of their pregnancy journey, and a couple at the end, and their blogging adventures, I decided it was time to get back here. To give an adequate update of what life is like in our family.

William is forever keeping us on our toes by the often surprising things that come out of his mouth. He is quick, witty, charming and pays close attention to everything and everyone around him. He’s a careful observer of his surroundings and not much gets past him. These days his favorite things are playing trains, helping us cook (he pulls a step-ladder up to the stove or counter and actively participates), books, music, watching Thomas, Barney or Curious George on TV (he’s very limited in the time he gets and it’s ALWAYS a battle for more time), going to the children’s museum and just going out – he asks to go to a restaurant or a store every day as he insists he doesn’t want to go home. I think the fact that we always took him out with us for any and all errands means that much like me he is not a homebody. He is much happier on the go.

William’s language skills continue to develop and the ability to have a full-on conversation with him now still blows my mind. He’s very much in a Mommy phase and continually tells me I’m his best friend, I’m his girl, he loves me or offers affection on his own. He currently is testing the waters with Brandon by letting him know, “I don’t like you.” Brandon is being a champ about it (I’m pretty sure I will cry when it’s my turn) but he’s holding steady and letting William figure out the power of language and the ways we use it or don’t use it.

Noah is a full-on walker and climber! He’s strong as an ox, eats like a full-grown man and still offers the affectionate head to chest cuddle when he’s tired or not feeling great. He is stubborn and determined and if you turn your back for a second you can expect to find him standing on a chair, climbing on a table or halfway up the stairs. And he’s now giving us the open-mouth kiss (along with Roxie) and loves to wave goodbye. He’s responsive to music and will dance along with any tune. He’s still not interested in story time – he’s usually pulling things off of a table or climbing under chairs or trying to scale the crib while we do our bedtime routine each night.

William and Noah’s personalities are so vastly different. I know you can’t ever expect that your children will carry the same traits but it is surprising to me to watch those differences emerge and to imagine what those differences will look like over time. I’m enjoying the dichotomy of their respective personalities as they figure out how to interact with one another. For so much of this year, William really saw Noah as more of a pet. He referred to him as “the baby” or “No No” and he would stroke his head or sometimes shove him down to see what would happen! Now, however, they are playing side by side at the train table, William is letting us know when Noah needs something, they pretend cook at their play kitchen and they even team up to cause chaos when Brandon and I are trying to read bedtime stories and get everyone settled down, or clean up the house and get meals ready. William is fiercely protective of Noah when around his classmates and very much claims Noah as his own. I have a feeling that Noah will hold on his own, as he has proven to already, and William will be in for a surprise.

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Much like me, Target is William’s happy place!

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Christmas Pageant!

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Our best effort at a family picture during our Santa visit.

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Both boys saw Daddy play a gig at Strangeways Brewing. William still has a hard time seeing his Daddy at the microphone and not being able to interact.

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This is my “Please don’t drop your brother!” face as William insisted he could hold Noah while we waited for a table.

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Success!

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The Children’s Museum is becoming a weekend routine for us. Watching the joy on their faces as they explore all of the activities is more fulfilling than I can adequately express.

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Shenanigans while we try desperately to get them settled for bed. This is every night in our house.

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This is the photo Brandon sent me when I went out for the night with a girlfriend. Both boys LOST it.

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Again, “Why has my Mommy left me?” There are perks to being his favorite but it’s also heart-wrenching when I want to go out.

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This smarty-pants figured out how to play t-ball on his own within a few days of William getting it at Christmas.

Our life is still chaotic and full of exhaustion and anxiety about how to navigate the demands of each day and still come out on top. We are slowly learning which patterns and routines work for us and which should be tossed aside. It’s been a rough year in our house for a variety of reasons, some known and some unknown, but we are held together by strong bonds of love and connectedness. William and Noah are constant reminders of how new and exciting the world around us can be in spite of the hardship and negativity we see on the daily. They keep us laughing, at them and ourselves, and the occasional dance party or family sing-a-long of the “The Potty Song” keeps us from taking ourselves too seriously. image2 image6 image8  image13

 

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