Tuesday, June 30, 2015

3 Years Old

It's true, my toddler is really more of a preschooler than a toddler!

You hear things thrown around like "the terrible twos" and "threenager."  I feel like the two's were not too hard to navigate, but this "approaching three" thing has thrown me for a bit of a loop (adding a new baby into the mix probably hasn't helped).  Ephraim is smart and curious.  He also has a mischievous streak.  He keeps me on my toes.

Ephraim loves cars, planes and trains.  He also loves to learn all about the names of different animals.  Really he just loves life and learning new words!

He is really good at speaking, and speaks in full sentences.  He is starting to ask a lot more questions and has started using pronouns.  He refers to everyone as "he" and "that guy," but he knows that mommy is a girl, so he is beginning to figure out genders.

Ephraim's favorite TV show is probably "Octonauts," a cute show about animals that go underwater to learn about and help sea creatures. He likes to say "Aye Aye Captain" when I ask him to do things and says "water" with an English accent because of that show.

He loves to sing little songs when he is playing.  "Hooked on a feeling" by Blue Swede is a current favorite.  However, if he does not like a song he will announce that "this is a grown-up song," and tell me, "I not like this one."

Ephraim is a sweet big brother.  He loves to tell Asher that "He is so cute," and talk to him in a high pitch voice.  He also gives him lots of hugs and kisses.  He does not, however, like sharing his bath with Asher, because Asher loves to kick and splash in the bath and generally encroach on Ephraim's space.

You can tell he listens to mommy and daddy more closely now, because now if he doesn't want to do something he will tell me that it is "too dangerous," "too far away," "costs too much money," or that "I can't because I'm angry."  He also loves to exclaim, "Oh crap!" when things don't go his way.

Ephraim also looooves to "be silly."  "That's so silly," is probably one of his favorite phrases.

Ephraim's memory is improving.  He tells me about all the things he did "last night" (anything that happened in the past is last night).  The other day he told me all about the things he did last halloween.  He reminds me as we pass restaurants and things that they are places we have gone with "the uncles" etc.

Ephraim is afraid of monsters in movies, and can be shy with new people and big groups.  He will tell me if he is feeling shy or afraid though, and can usually work through those feelings and be "so brave."

We just finished moving into our first home, and the first day we were here he told me that he didn't like our new house because none of our stuff was in it.  He has been getting used to the idea of living in a new place and gets more excited the more we unpack.

Ephraim planned his own birthday.  He told me that he wanted a birthday cake with candles, ice cream, party hats, and balloons.  He also wanted to eat at CiCi's and see a movie with "Grandma, Grandpa, Uncles and Nathan".  We went to see Inside Out, and had a great time.

Ephraim likes to tell me all about how big and tall he is, but he still isn't too big for cuddles and binkies, so that is good.  He is 39.5 inches tall.  Although sometimes I am not as patient as I should be with his antics I feel so blessed to be his mama.  He is a such a happy boy who is excited about life, and I am excited to see what the next year will bring.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Three Months Old

I don't know how we got so blessed with these boys.

Asher continues to be an absolute joy. He is quick to smile and loves to be held and walked around.  He loooves his daddy and gives him the biggest smiles, but is social and will smile at anyone who takes the time to talk to him.

He is so close to laughing and makes the cutest happy cooing sounds, but hasn't yet let out those baby giggles.

He is getting better at moving his hands and loves to grab things, especially during tummy time and will gnaw on his hands with all his might if he can get them pinned down.  

He holds his hands together and stares at them in the car, and I've caught him eyeing his feet a couple of times, so he is becoming more aware.

Asher is a good sleeper.  He takes lots of little naps during the day and sleeps all night very regularly now.

He is still a big boy and by our best estimate weighs 18.5 pounds.  Also, most of his 3-6 month clothes are too small now.

His head control is really good now during tummy time, but he is still a wobbly wiggly baby when you stand him up. He rolls over from front to back like a pro, but hasnt rolled from back to front yet.  He can scoot himself all over his little tummy time mat though.

Asher went swimming for the first time the other day and seemed to enjoy being in the water while being held by mommy.  He still enjoys his bathtime and kicks with all his might the whole time. 

Asher likes being naked and smiles a lot during diaper changes and protests when it comes time to put the clean diaper back on.

Asher has had a bit of a tongue tie since birth, but somehow he tore his frenulum a couple weeks ago.  It didn't seem to bother him and he is no longer tongue-tied.

We are in Florida right now and went to Illinois a few weeks ago.  Both times were very long car rides, but they went without any trouble.  Asher is a well-traveled little munchkin.

We are so grateful Asher is our sweet chunky little boy.