Monday, September 28, 2009

from tucker

Hello world! I am 4 months old!
I am very good at entertaining myself these days. I love to reach for things and grab them. I am putting everything in my mouth! I am sleeping from 8:30 pm until 6:30 am which gives me lots of energy to kick and play all day!
I am very happy as you can see. I am sitting up (with a little help) and watching the world around me very intently.
I love to play with my big brother Grey and watch all the things he will teach me one day. I talk all the time and squeal and giggle. I am growing, growing, growing and learning so much everyday. My mommy and daddy completely adore me.
I also love to play with my feet!
Until next month...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Here's to the Growing Grey Bear

Sometimes it seems as if Grey has stopped growing simply because Tucker is growing so fast and developing so quickly physically. When in reality, Grey is still growing and learning just as much, just in a different way. He is “grabbing life by the horns” while his mind ever expanding.

After we get both boys to bed, Matthew and I sometimes get the opportunity to sit and talk. I often find myself recounting the events of the day whether it be when Grey decided to dump his yogurt on the table and finger paint with it (note: I am not ok with this. He is beginning to suffer consequences for purposeful messiness) or recalling the fun and interesting conversations I have with him. It has been brought to my attention in the practice of recalling our days that Grey is indeed, growing.

I just want to bottle some moments up to keep forever. I don’t document the way he growing enough. So here’s to the Growing Grey Bear!

His language comprehension and execution is unreal to me. Sometimes it’s like I’m conversing with a five year old. He is very intuitive, asking questions all the time. Sort of like these, “Mommy, do you like _____?” or “hmmm, what’s that smell?” or “Daddy, do you have to go to work now?” or “hmm, what’s that word? I don’t know that word.” I love watching his little mind work and process and hearing what he is processing. When we go outside he will say “It’s so nice out here.” Or “Mommy, let’s go sit down and talk about things.” Hey legitimately says "O-Tay."

Speaking of Grey speaking, he is having a little trouble pronouncing the combination of “s” with any other consonant directly after it. Instead, he chooses to use the “f” sound. This results in some extremely funny words such as “finkle” for “sprinkle”, “foon” for “spoon”, “ficey” for “spicey.” Our all time favorite is when you ask him what his favorite candy is, he replies very enthusiastically “FARTIES!” In other words “Smarties!”

Regardless of normal two year old tantrums and executing his own will, we have one very sweet natured child. He is extremely loving. He enjoys cuddling (when he’s not in GO mode). He willingly will apologize, frequently comes to tell me he loves me for no reason, nuzzles up to us on his terms, hugs and kisses with the best of them. He is very sympathetic to others feelings. When we read books to him and someone cries in the book, he cries too, like REALLY cries. It always makes us laugh.

He loves his brother. Thank goodness! He regularly comes to me and lets me know that when Tucker is big like him, he will teach Tucker how to hop like a frog, sleep in a big boy bed, eat a cheese stick, pray to God, color with markers, drink from a cup, sing songs, wear frog boots, tee tee in the potty, play with trains, dig with a shovel, etc. He apparently is going to teach Tucker all things Grey. Matthew was telling me of an incident last Wednesday night while I was at Bible study. He had to leave the room for a minute and Tucker was crying. When he came back in, Grey was standing beside Tucker singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to calm him down. He is already taking care of the little tuck!

Grey is a drama king to the max. He often times is falling and consistently has a line of bruises down his shins. Now, I do know it hurts to fall (I am just as clumsy as a two year old) but the show he puts on is entertaining to say the least. Just the other day he pinched his thumb somehow and when I placed a Band-Aid on his finger, he proceeded to LIMP away saying “mommy, I need to lay on the couch.”

He wants the real deal. He wants to do everything just like daddy. He goes into the garage, puts on Matthew’s yard shoes, grabs a shovel and starts digging in the yard. Matthew took him to Lowe’s to buy his own toolbox, a real toolbox. Every time they go to Lowe’s together, he will get one real tool to put in his toolbox. Plastic tools don’t cut it with him anymore.

He is carefree and full of life and energy. He loves to sing. He loves to listen to music. He loves to dance. He loves to be a part of everything. He loves to be silly. He loves to jump and run. He loves to play outside. He loves his friends. He loves to play hide and seek. He loves his grandparents. He loves to read. He loves his blankets. He loves to help in the kitchen.

He is beginning to use his imagination more and more. This makes his toys fairly obsolete. If he’s using his imagination, I don’t mind.

He is extremely attentive and never misses a beat. It’s scary really. He remembers everything. I am constantly trying to have to figure out the connection he is making. I am beginning to work on scripture memory with him. He can memorize the books we read at bedtime, so it’s certainly time for him to memorize scripture. I want it in his mind and in his heart as early as it can get there. If he doesn’t know the truth, he will never be able to make the right decisions.

I think the fact that he comprehends so much and can communicate so well drives us to give him more responsibility. Yes, he is only 2, but the things he is capable of are really great! He clears the table all by himself after he eats and has to wipe up his messes. He puts his own clothes in the laundry basket. He dusts. He carries the mail in to the table. These are just a few small things here and there, but I believe it is giving him confidence to do bigger things in the future.

We are enjoying every minute (well, most minutes) with Grey and are so thankful for him!

Friday, September 18, 2009

the tummy tuck

Tuck and I had some sweet time together while Grey was at school the other day. I got some good shots of him just playing away. (on his tummy. hence, "tummy tuck") We were most likely conversing about what an incredible baby he is and the fact that I can't get enough of him!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Falls Park

We took a trip to Simpsonville this past weekend to visit my parents. We headed down Thursday evening so we could have a little more time there since we had to make our way back to Fort Mill on Saturday. My parents had to work Friday so Matthew and I decided we would take the boys downtown and have a little family time at Falls Park. We had a blast enjoying the water, the cool air, bubbles, snacks, and each other.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

the backpack is on

The little Grey Bear started "preschool" today. I put that in quotations simply because it is really Mothers Morning Out program at our church, but we refer to it as preschool to separate it from every other time he goes to church (let's be honest, he's there quite a bit).

I struggled for months and months with this decision for various reasons I will not delve into. When it came down to deciding, this sweet child LOVES interacting with people and this was just the place to nurture that without his mommy. He will go 2 mornings a week from 9-12. We all win, really. I will be able to have some one on one time with Tuck. Grey will thrive in a healthy, loving atmosphere where I am positive they have the same goals for him as we do. Perfect.

Here's the little man ready for the first day of "PWEESCHOOL!"

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

the roll over

This baby is rolling over! He had been rolling over every now and then but nothing consistent enough to proudly declare he's rolling over. Yesterday he rolled from tummy to back about 5 times. After his nap, for which I laid him on his tummy (i know, i know but that's just how he sleeps) he was on his back! He can almost get from his back to his tummy. I couldn't get any good shots of the process but this is just one of his sweet little face.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Porchfest 2009

We made the trip to Columbia again for Labor day this year. David made the comment that the weekend didn't fly by and I completely agree with him. How often does that happen?! This is probably because we truly relaxed the whole time on the back porch! We ate, talked, laughed, sipped coffee, and made memories on the back porch this year!

We had a family picnic at the park Friday night. PaPa and Gigi with ALL of their grandchildren. 3 new additions just this summer!
Gigi with Tucker
no words for this one
This totally looks like we posed this picture. Maddie is enjoying her french fries in style. I have NO idea what Matthew is talking with Grey about.
Tyson and Tuck in their "old man" pose relaxing in Papa's chair.
And another early morning picture of happy faces!
We went to visit Chad, Reagan, Greer and Luke while we were there.
too bad Grey was in a bad mood because Greer was ready to play!
I stole Luke the whole visit.
cousins in the hammock
Papa building the fire for s'mores. Again, no words.
Brother and Sister
S'mores on the back porch

cousin love. these babies are 10 days apart!


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