Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Just Like Mommy

I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  motherhood is quite the teacher.

As my sweet Lynnaea grows, I am learning more and more how much of a "sponge" she really is.  She soaks up everything

Sometimes I am horrified when she does or says things that I recognize as something I do or say -- and which she has chosen to copy.  Like when she starts saying "I don't care."

I'm working on removing that phrase from my vocabulary.

But there are other times I watch her and see her do or say things that she got from me.  And it melts my heart, because she's so cute.  And gives me hope that not all the things I do which she copies are bad... ;).

One of those things is pictured below, twice...

This one was a couple weeks ago:
This one was this morning:
 In the first picture, she is "nursing" her flamingo while eating dinner.  In the second, she is "nursing" her bunny while reading...  The only thing that sticks out on her torso is her belly button, ergo she thinks that's where she nurses.  I have nursed at the dinner table and while reading...  And so, she copies me. 

It's a good reminder for me to watch what I say and do.  I want to be a good example for my sweet, precious girl.  I love her so much.  Even when puts her brother in girlie stuff ;)...
Poor Corbin!  This is just the beginning ;).

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Corbin -- 3 Months (and one day)

My Dear Sweet Corbin,

You are three months old!  Plus a day.  Because one thing Mommy has learned about being a mommy of two is that we are late for everything!  But I've learned to accept that.

Oh my Corbin!  You are growing!  You are our sweet little chunky monkey!  You have nice little chubby thighs and more than your share of chins :).  But we love it!  We firmly believe chubby babies are healthy babies!  You'll need all that stored energy for later when you start moving and grooving!  And trying to keep up with your sister!  You've been in 3 to 6 month clothes since about 2 months...  So there's definitely nothing small about you! 

You still have blue eyes.  I think you'll keep them.  You also have red tints in your hair.  So cute!  Lots of people comment about it.  You get those two things from your daddy, by the way.  You're also our sensitive little guy.  You startle easily and you do not like loud noises.  I'm pretty sure you're going to be my clingy baby, and I'm actually looking forward to it a bit (your sister tends to wander away from me, because she is an adventurer... so it'll be nice to know you'll stick with Mommy :)).  You love to be held, but you're getting better about being put down on the play mat and looking at the birdie and other colorful things. 

You've pretty well managed to get onto a 3-hour routine in the daytime.  You wake up and eat, then you "play" and then you nap.  Then we repeat :).  At night, you sleep a minimum of 4 hours for the first stretch, but the last two nights you've done 6!  And I'm good with that :).  It means Mommy gets more sleep too :).  We're hoping you'll sleep even longer before too long, but we're trying to just go with the flow and let you learn at your own pace.  And even though you aren't yet sleeping through the night, one thing that has always been true about you is that you understand night-time is for sleeping.  You wake up to eat and go right back down.  Mommy doesn't have to wait for you to be in a deep sleep before she can lay you down.  And even for nap-time, you just have to close your eyes while on my shoulder and then I can put you down for your nap.  That's all it takes.  You are amazing!

You are such a sweet boy, Corbin.  You have the sweetest and most adorable dimpled smile (which you will see below).  You love love love attention and will smile hugely at anyone who talks to you (especially when you're in a good mood and not tired).  You're starting to laugh now, and it's awesome!  You also coo a lot and you get super excited sometimes about things.  You are a strong baby boy, Corbin.  I'm fully expecting you to roll over sooner than later.  You already know how to scoot yourself, whether you're on your tummy or on your back!  You love to be held in a standing position, and I think you know that there are things you'll be able to do one day and you want to do them now!  You'll get there. 

You're also very alert!  Several people have commented on that fact.  And I watch you look at me -- and I know you know I'm you're Mommy.  You stare at me so intently sometimes and watch all my movements when I'm not holding you.  It's pretty amazing to watch you observe me -- and the world around you.  I can already see that you are a smart little boy.

Corbin, I love you.  I love you so very much.  Something I've learned from mommy-hood is that I lack the words to express the love I feel for you both you and your sister.  But it is there.  And I hope that you always know it.  That you always feel it.  You are my precious boy.  And I'm so grateful that you are.  You are teaching me, just like your big sister did.  You are helping me be better, just as she is.  I hope I can be the mommy you both deserve.  Happy 3 months, my little guy.  Here's to a month of new milestones and adventures!


Love these pictures of him!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Oh How the Time Flies

Yeah, it's been almost a month since I last posted!  Crazy!  And that means Corbin is almost 3 months old and I'll be posting his 3-month blog post.  Ergo, I wanted to get in a quick one that wasn't his monthly post :).

Life is busy with 2 kids.  Really, really busy.  And, as Corbin is not sleeping through the night yet, I go to bed with the chickens (9 at the latest), so I can maximize my sleep!  It makes me feel like an old lady...  But sleep is important for a happy mommy, so ya just gotta do what ya gotta do.
This girl has style :).
Taking shadow pictures while waiying for Daddy to get home from work one Monday.
The first time Corbin sat in his Bumbo chair and didn't scream with indignation...  And Lynnaea thinks pacifiers are toys ever since Corbin came home.
Corbin likes the play mat these days.  But he likes the picture-taker even more (Mommy)!
At the end of the day...  Just before I laid him down for the night.

Well, that's all, folks.  I have plenty to say, but life is busy.  So this will have to suffice :).

Oh, and P.S...   If you haven't heard, we're Alabama Bound again in a couple months!  Yay!!  Though traveling with Corbin may send us to an early grave :/...