Ok, I have taken a loooong break from blogging and during my hiatus, Oliver has grown up right in front of me! Last night I came to the realization that the process of me writing about the boys and the way they were changing (and uploading photos and videos) is such great documentation for us to look back on one day. I want to be able to click on September 2009 and see what he boys were up to. So, I am back to blogging and I will strive to be more consistent at it! I still don’t have a new computer, which handicaps me slightly, but I will work with what I’ve got.
Oliver has been such a precious addition to our family! He is really smiley as well as a great sleeper and eater. He is generally easy-going and good-natured. I love his wide, open mouth smile and how he cuddles when he is tired. I didn’t know Brian as a baby, but I am guessing Oliver looks just like him!
Spencer has been a great big brother! He loves on Oliver daily – often much too rough, but Oliver seems to respond better to Spencer than anyone. Oliver thinks everything Spencer does is funny and watches him constantly.
Spencer is officially a 2-year-old! He is quick to remind us that he is independent and can do most things himself. He is also quick to whine when he doesn’t get his way (he probably learned that from his two parents :). He is also completely precious and I love his strong-willed personality! He talks ALL the time and most of what he says is hilarious! He regularly asks other women if they have milk. Yep, that kind of milk. We have explained that only woman with little babies have milk, but he checks with everyone anyway. He also tells most everyone if they are a man or a woman and asks either their name or “what you do?” – meaning what is the person doing (i.e. bagging our groceries, checking us out at the store, etc.).
One of the things I have always loved about Spencer is his tenderheartedness. Last night the recipient was his stuffed animals. He sleeps with about 15 each night and he realized the little blue dog my mom gave him when Baby Oliver was born was sitting in Oliver’s crib by himself. He quickly grabbed him, hugged him and shared his “little blankie” with blue dog and invited him to spend the night in his crib (along with the other 15).
The other thing that is front and center in Spencer’s mind right now, and I am a little embarrassed to say this, is Blue’s Clues – the TV show for preschoolers. He LOVES every episode and asks to watch it all the time (he is allowed to watch one when he wakes up in the morning and one when he wakes up from his nap). He acts out the characters when he isn’t watching them and asks often if Joe can come play for pretend. I am not sure if I should take this as a very imaginative child, or one that needs to be socialized because his best friend is imaginary.
Also, as a quick recap to the last three months, Spencer has taken “Swimming lessons with Miss Patty” that he would love to tell you about. He “walked down the aisle with little Rachel” in his sweet and beautiful nanny’s wedding. He has adjusted to being a big brother and quickly reminds us that “Oliver is little.” Spencer can be found most days either painting, playing blocks, running through the sprinkler or playing with his T-ball. Oliver can either be found sleeping, eating, or putting toys in his mouth on the family room floor.
Just to officially make this the longest blog post yet, I wanted to write down a few things I am grateful for to continue my gratefulness journey:
1. Oliver is a great eater and good sleeper and all around healthy
2. giggles and splashes at bathtime
3. Oliver’s wide, open mouth smiles during pat-a-cake
4. Spencer patting Oliver
5. a few of Spencer’s favorite phrases
– where the honey be, Honey Bee?
– It’s mornin 🙂
– “one more time”
6. little clothes and shoes
7. little dinosaurs all over my house
8. a tender little boy who loves to pray to Jesus (and thank Jesus for funny things: his shirt, buttons, daddy’s big nose, baby Oliver)