July 26, 2011

Jibber Jabber...

For a few months, if you asked Ryan everyone was 'Daddy'.

Nite nite daddy.
Ok daddy.
And just plain ole' DADDY!!! if you walked in the front door.

Oh, except for Kirby, she knew his name.  She said it with a little french accent, too so it came out as 'Kurbet' (silent 'T' all french like)  It was super cute.

I remember AJ did the same thing, saying daddy before mommy.  I got some mamas in the beginning but when words and understanding started coming out daddy was in the forefront.  AJ would look me right in the eye, call me daddy and then laugh his little head off.  What a joker.  I didn't take it personally.

After a couple months of coaching I was no longer daddy, I was now 'bobby' and momah was either 'bobo' or 'boba'.  She didn't have a problem saying M's so I figure it was just some of her inherited sarcasm showing itself.  Then at the beginning of this month she just busted out with 'mommy'.  I nearly screamed...ok I did scream and I jumped up and down a little bit, I remember clapping my hands and believe that tears were stinging my eyes.  I'm not emotional or anything.

It really is one of the most exciting things along with when they first start to crawl or walk or any other milestone that parents can't wait for.  Then, do you know what happens when this milestone it met?  You wish for the time before that milestone.  First, because you are saddened that your little baby is growing up.  But mostly because now they can do it, and they know they can do it.  A dangerous combination.  Once a baby realizes they can roll over, scoot or crawl there is no more putting them in the middle of a bed or floor and knowing they will be there when you get back.  Once they can cruise, walk or (heaven forbid) climb you need to pack away anything that isn't nailed down or made of rubber, or you can kiss it good-bye.

When they start talking they don't run the risk of harming themselves or breaking any remaining vases you may still have left, so whats the big deal?  Have you ever been in a room or a car with a newly talking toddler and her 4 year old brother?  It never ends...

Now lets add a few more fun facts.  Noisy toys with one button that say the same thing over and over.  Rambunctious kids that never ever sit still.  Tattle tailing.  Half the time trying to figure out what the toddler is explaining to you or asking for so nicely.  Screams and cries from the constant toy taking and injuries.  The fact that no matter where you are they need to be in that same spot at that same time and they always have a very long drawn out story that they have to tell you, but only when you are talking to someone else.  The list goes on and on...moms feel free to add more fun facts.

Now to those of you that do not yet have children or have not reached this stage in your new little ones lives please don't fret.  Just as with child birth the wonderful out weighs the weary and it still makes you smile every time you hear that little tiny voice.  Or in my case the not so tiny voice coming out of the not so tiny toddler.  It's still cute though.

Ryan on the (fake, thank goodness!) phone
Here are some of my faves from Ryan's vocobulary...it really does go on and on...

'not nice' - if you try to feed her something she doesn't want
'you're so silly'
'beebees' - those are birdies
'blee' - that is her bear
'puppies, blanket'  - for bed time, just like her big brothers, she says them clear as day
'set, goooo!'  - says this everytime I stop at a red light
knows cow, monkey, snake, lion, horse, elephant, dog, cat, duck, mouse and many others and also knows all the sounds they make
says 'I sorry' and gives kisses
'hep'  - when she needs help with something
'I coloring' when she wants to color a picture or if she finds a pencil
tells Kirby to 'sit down' and 'stay'
Kirby has evolved from 'Kurbet' to 'Kirbac'
milk has evolved from 'kuh' to 'nilk'
doesn't just use yes and no to answers questions also says 'yep', 'yeah', 'm hmm', 'nope', 'no way' and 'nuh uh'
knows most of the body parts  - belly, hands, feet, toes, nose, eyes, mouth, ears, teeth...
loves 'books' and 'story' and can say both with no problem
knows some signs too (mommy hasn't been as dedicated with her) knows milk, apple, please, book, sleep, down, mommy, all done, baby and is still learning more
'fwuck'  - is a fire truck
'outside', 'shoes', lets go'  - she loves to be outside, she is going to be an outdoorsy girl
'tasty'  - when its good she'll let you know
she loves to dance and sings along by saying 'lalalala' to the tune of the music
says 'hohoho' when she sees a pic of Santa
says 'owl' when she picks up her owl pillow
knows letters and numbers  a,b,c,d,l,m,o,p,r,s,t,u,w,x and 1,2,3,5,6,9
signs and says 'I love you'
knows 'Toy Story', 'Buzz' and 'Whowee' which then became 'Woowy
also knows 'Dora' and 'Hoho' from Ni-Hoa, Ki Lan
started crawling her hand across the bed and said 'spii' - spider!  how awesome!
she is also stringing together sentences 'let's go, a ball, ok momah' - she wanted mom to take her over to play with a ball in the pool
also said 'what the heck, hmmm, I know!'  while trying to figure out how to get around something

She is truly amazing and even though sometimes I would love a few moments of silence so that my head doesn't explode I would so much rather listen to the sweet sounds of my kids blabbering away.  I guess I passed on the gift of the gab to them.  They didn't tell me that was a side effect when I kissed that darn Blarney Stone in Ireland!

July 25, 2011

Now let me see...

A lot has happened in the past two months.

AJ's Birthday was low key and fun.  Family was visiting and cake was served.  I made an awesome Monster Truck cake, if I may say so myself.
Fire Chief AJ

Monster Truck Cake!

Ryan eating a 'tire' from the cake

Captain AJ on his real birthday
In June I traveled to DC for Stacey's bridal shower.  It was the first time I had ever been away from the kids so I was a bit of a nervous wreck but I survived.  I had an awesome time and actually finished an entire novel in the 3 days I was there!
at the airport about to leave

:)  taking mommy to the airport

me, Stacey, Jodie and Lyla

Stacey, Jodie and me out on the town

AJ and his friend Dylan have play dates as often as we can get them together.  One day we went to the zoo.

AJ and Momah played pirates.

Fourth of July was fun.  We went to my uncles' house on the 3rd and then on the 4th went to the park and watched fireworks.  Ryan loved the fireworks, I wish I could have gotten a shot of her face while they were going off.

at Sean and Toby's

so cute!

my big boy

pretty girl
AJ got a new Big Boy Bed and we moved Ryan into the Toddler Bed.  Please pray for us.

Ryan has been talking non-stop for the past month.  Seriously, pray...a lot.

This past week was Time Share week and Marshall and Deri were down.  It's always wonderful to see them.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two opened in theaters.  For those of you that are not HP fans, yes I did just post this as an exciting event for me in the past two months.  It is a thrilling end yet sad conclusion to the series.  I know that I will watch the movies and read the books many more times in the years to come.  Don't judge, it's just a waste of time for you.  :)

In the past few months mom, Jasey and myself have been shrinking.  I am very happy to say that I have dropped 35 pounds.  I have no goal as to how much more I would like to lose or a size that I would like to be.  I dropped past my pre-Ryan and pre-AJ weights and then slide right past my wedding weight.  My body is completely different than what is was at that time in my life, how could it not after two huge babies and c-sections but I'm still losing and right now that makes me happy.

But, above all, by far, the most exciting news that I have is that as of this morning Jasey is starting on his new career path.  After months of hard work and never giving up he received a job offer a week and a half ago and today was his first day.  I know that Jasey is relieved and we are both beyond happy about this opportunity.  I have been wanting to jump up and down and scream this but even now that he has started, it's official, I am still kind of nervous to accept that it has happened.  After the year (two more weeks would have made it a full year) that we have had it still feels as though any little thing could make the bottom completely fall out.  So even though I am lighter now I still am scared to jump up and down to much :)  And because I am a big dork and Jasey puts up with me, I took a picture of him this morning as he was leaving for his first day.

sweetie pie

Now, if you will please join me now for a small bouncing and squealing session (remember don't jump to hard)

squeeee!  woohoo!  yeaaaaaa!  Congrats Sweetie Pie!

I will be back soon with more to share. Bye!