Too Long

Each time I glance up at my bookmarks on F.irefox and see “Blog” I think “I really need to post…it’s been too long”.  But then one of the kids pulls my attention away and more and more days go by where I neglect this place.  I hate that I have no time for blogging….my kids just don’t sleep much, and when they are awake….GOOD LUCK.  I would truly suck at NaBloPoMo, thus did not even attempt it for 2010.  Maybe I’ll try it for 2011.  A new resolution, yes?

Anyway, here I am, blogging NOW.  Karli and I celebrated our 9th (heck yeah!) anniversary on Nov.29th.  We had an awesome night out together while K’s mom watched Lachlan for us.  Cael was an angel at dinner, laying down in the booth cooing happily!  K surprised me with a necklace, earrings AND a dozen roses.  I am a lucky girl and it made me feel so special.  She is not the flower-loving type, but it meant so much to me that she did that knowing I love them!  I seriously can’t imagine us not being together.  She actually went away for 3 days to Florida earlier in the month (first time we’ve been away from eachother AT ALL in 4 years!) and I felt like such a sap.  I missed her so much it was crazy.  Guess that’s a good sign though, right?  I am going to plan something big for next year…for a decade together you have to do something MAJOR!  Any ideas friends?

Tomorrow is December and I’m already in full Christmas swing.  I love this time of the year and am always in a good mood just seeing the Xmas decorations and listening to music.  I put the tree up over the Thanksgiving weekend and decorated the mantle.  Stockings are hung by the fireplace and the Christmas wreath is on the door.  Maybe I’ll post a few photos…I have been saying I’d post some of the house for too long now.

Lachlan turned 23 months old yesterday.  I can’t believe we will have a 2 year old in less than a month.  I sat thinking about his birth last night that feels like just months ago….why is the time going by this quickly…?  He is a big ball of energy and loves E.lmo, his books and now PLAY.DOH.  He is still a picky eater – tries new things but then spits them out on the floor if he doesn’t like them.  He has the occasional temper tantrum, but nothing I wouldn’t expect from any other almost-2-year old.  The pediatrician said he is perfect for his weight and height and development, but we are keeping an eye on his speech.  He still relies on signs to communicate and says “more” for a lot of things.  Signing is a good and bad thing for this reason.  I have spoken to other parents recently who are having the same issues with their kids.  Lach clearly understands everything we are saying and takes instruction well.  He can identify hundreds of objects in his books (cable repair truck, hummer, SUV………).  We may look into early intervention to help him if his vocabulary doesn’t grow here soon though…just to see if it does help him.  Right now he says/has said:  mama, more, door, dead (spider!), boo, hey, macaroni, banana.  I truly believe he will “talk” when he is ready though….and obviously he just isn’t there yet.  Every child is different, and some children crawl or walk “early” and some “late”, others talk “early” or “late”.  We aren’t stressing about it and know that he will do it on his time.  I think we’ve decided that we won’t teach Cael sign language just to see the difference it makes.

We have a well baby appt for Cael tomorrow.  He’s 10 weeks now and growing like a weed.   He’s actually quite the little chunker, much more so than Lachlan was.  He’s got adorable little rolls on his arms and legs and even his neck! We had someone mention that he must love his formula, and I had to correct them that this boy only has the boob to eat from….he just likes to eat often!  I’m so thankful I have a wonderful nursing baby.  I remember feeling such stress with Lachlan because he and I both had a hard time learning what we were doing!  With Cael it has been effortless.  So awesome.  Oh, we had our photoshoot for Cael a few weeks ago and saw the proofs last night.  They are adorable and we ordered 5 photos from the session last night.  Should have them in a week or so and will post them here for you guys to see.  I was so happy with them and only wished I had called the photographer sooner so she could take photos of Cael when he was just days old.  Regardless, these turned out great and will be added to our photo wall soon 🙂

Next week I go for my 6 week (umm, or 11?!) postpartum appointment with our midwife.  So excited to see this wonderful lady again and sad at the same time.  It feels like an amazing chapter in our life is ending…..

Okay, definitely going to try to blog here more often…..how ’bout some Q&A?  Do you guys have anything you want to ask me or are curious about? Nothing’s off-limits and I’ll answer all questions in a separate post.  Shoot!

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14 thoughts on “Too Long

  1. No Question – just a comment that Daniel and I need to come see you guys in 2011! Maybe end of summer early fall? If my lovely red head friend (ashley) and I are daring enough maybe we’ll make a detour and pop in for a day visit on our way into Nashville!
    XO to you all!!!

  2. Don’t fret about his not speaking yet. My partner (according to her and confirmed by her mother) didn’t speak until she was almost 3. And then? it was a full sentence. Couldn’t get her to shut up after that (still can’t 😉

  3. Definitely don’t worry about the speech. He will get there; some kids just like to work up to it, and then, as Amy mentioned, they begin speaking in full sentences.

    As for questions, I have a few:
    How is it having two kids? Is it what you expected? Do you ever have a hard time not getting the one-on-one time you used to with Lach, or is this something you grow accustomed to? (No trying to make you feel guilty here–this is something I’m wrestling with as we contemplate #2, so just curious.). How is Lachlan handling being a big brother?

    God to hear from you, lady! xo

  4. Lil C has the same shirt as Cael, and you just reminded me to post a photo that I’ve been meaning to post on the blog. I have a couple of questions. How do you pronounce his name? Is it pronounced Kale? Kyle? Kye-el? I’ve been wondering. Also, you might have mentioned it before, but do your boys have the same donor? I think they look a lot alike. 🙂

  5. Happy Anniversary!! 9 years is a beautiful accomplishment! 🙂 Can’t wait to see the photos, btw, I bet they are beautiful and Cael just looks perfect in them 😉

    Shoot me an email (I couldn’t find your email address on your page) if you want to chat re: language development. I’m a speech therapist and work in Early Intervention. I’d be happy to talk to you (if you’d like!)

    dosbabymamas (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. Yay for a post! I agree, I wouldn’t worry too much about Lachlan’s speech. Apparently my spouse didn’t speak a lot at the same age, but later when he started speaking he basically used full sentences. 🙂

    Questions… hmmm the one about your folks was a good one. Feel free to answer any of these….
    Do you plan to have any more children after this?
    Does your sperm donor ever hang out with you and the kids?
    Are one of you Superman buffs (the name Cael)? What made you change your minds from Sawyer?
    Share something about living in Canada that might be different than living in the States.
    Share a favorite recipe.
    What is a guilty pleasure (music, food, movie, whatever).
    Where do you hope to travel with the family one day?

    Okay, the whole inquiring minds thing will stop now. 😉

  7. Rowan didn’t talk until he was two. About a week after turning two-BAM! Complete sentences!

    I know every kid is different, but don’t feel like you have the only almost two year old not talking much! 🙂

  8. Happy Anniversary!

    It’s interesting about the signing impacting language development – we have had the opposite experience. S is fluent in ASL so as had been signing to Little J since birth. Little J started signing around 10 months and hasn’t stopped yet. He has lots of spoken language now and we attribute it to the signing. I guess it is different with every kiddo – signing or not. I’m glad that you aren’t worried about it – I am so sure that he will start speaking in sentences before you know it. 🙂

  9. I’d love to hear more about how having children has changed your relationship with Karli. My partner and I are thinking about children and I often wonder how it will change our relationship to one another. We are super close and do almost everything together quite happily. Our only examples of how parenting changes a relationship (currently) are het couples with very traditional divisions of labor. In all cases the arrival of children seems to have driven them apart in a way I’m not comfortable with. Mom is busy with the babies and household chores, Dad doesn’t know how to take care of kids so he doesn’t, and Mom ends up closer to her girlfriends than her partner. It sounds like you and Karli are still close… Are you? If so, what do you think makes that possible?

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