Oh my gosh! Do you realise that it's DECEMBER today? December.... This year has flown by! Last year I was almost six months pregnant with Duncan. And here he is just turned 8 months old!
I am truly in shock with how fast time goes by nowadays. I feel like some days are so slow and I can barely make it to bedtime, and then I look back and a whole month has gone by.
My sweet little boy is 8 months old! He is crawling and standing and cruising along furniture. Although he is still nursing, he loves to eat anything we put in front of him and will stare at you with giant puppy dog eyes when you have something he wants but can't have. It's amazing to see the differences in Duncan and Liam. Liam honestly didn't care if I was around or not, he just did what he did and nothing bothered him. Duncan is very much a needy baby. He doesn't like not being with me and he's happy with someone else as long as he can't hear or see me, cause then he just wants me. He loves flashy things, as most babies do, and he will fixate on something across the room and go after it, his favourite thing right now is Jon's green water bottle. Jon will put it on the floor and Duncan rushes to it. He's also extremely fast, and he gets faster once he notices that you are following him. I just cleaned out his drawers today and said goodbye to his three month clothing and his three to six month clothing, as he is getting to the point where he is in six to nine month clothing. And I washed the clothes we had in storage that are six to twelve months and put them in his dresser. It seems as though he's growing up faster than Liam did, and I can't believe that I'm already prepping his twelve month clothes.
His favourite things to do right now are clapping, tapping on surfaces and clicking his tongue. He will tap on pretty much everything and then he loves to hear us clapping for him. He also loves to smile and laugh. This kid is quite the giggler and he loves to give out his adorable smiles.
It's hard to imagine my boys getting older but I'm excited for when they can both play with each other and I don't have to constantly worry about what they are doing.
This little guy has started pre-school! Oh my goodness, that was a fun first week, haha! I stayed in the waiting room for the first day, and the entire time all I heard was Liam screaming and the teacher telling him "no", or "you need to share" or "we don't climb up there". There was even one time when he managed to escape and he came running to me- something he's never done- and climbed into my lap. He teacher followed after him and I told him that his teacher was being so patient with him and that he needed to listen to her and follow directions. He took a hold of her hand and followed her back into the classroom. It was heart breaking to know that he was struggling, but at the same time I knew that this social interaction and the structure of his classroom is exactly what he needs. He gets better everyday and I am so grateful for a wonderful teacher who is patient and kind to him. The other day, I was in the waiting room at the end of his class and I heard him shout and another boy scream and start to cry, the teacher asked what happened and I heard the other little boy say, "He hit me!" and the teacher said, "Liam, did you hit him?" and without any hesitation my son said, "YUP!" and all I could think was, "well.... at least he's honest."
For the longest time Liam refused to talk or say any words. All he would do would point and grunt. It was driving Jon and I crazy, because we didn't know what to do for him to help him and I was starting to look up speech therapists. Then one day, while Jon and Liam were watching Curious George together, Jon realised that all George does is grunt and point-exactly like Liam. So we stopped letting him watch Curious George and by two weeks later, Liam was saying real words and holding conversations with us. It was amazing to see the huge difference! His favourite show now is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Liam will go around with Scot's Mickey ears and say, "McMouse!" It's adorable!
Jon is still studying hard and going to school and working. I don't see him a ton, but when I do we always manage to find something fun to do with the kids and watch our shows together when the boys are in bed.
I am doing really well! SJH's play opened the second week of November and so now all I'm worrying about is NDJH's musical, Aladdin, which opens in January. We have just a little bit of music left to do and then we are in the last legs of doing that. Next semester I will be working on Once on This Island at SJH and then doing Suessical at NDJH. I'm going to be super busy!
I have also picked up running! I run almost every night, although this past week I haven't done much because I caught the illness that my boys had. I'm in my 9th week of running and run about 3 miles every night. As much as i hated running at first, I've come to love it and enjoy it. Crazy right??
Apart from just being a mom and keeping two kids alive every day I'm pretty boring.
Alright, now on to the real thing that people care about. PICTURES!
|I thought this was particularly cute because Duncan and his grandpa were making the same pose|
|We practice finding words with our scrabble tiles|
|the cat took over Duncan's blanket.... silly JoJo|
|My two cute boys!|
|I was on the computer one day and looked over and this was what I saw. I laughed so hard, he was so cute!|
|I finally had to put the gate up so that Duncan couldn't get to the stairs!|
|My little Cutie!!|
|We took Liam to the zoo to ride the train. And he loved it!!|
|All of us! Kind of!|
|Mickey Mouse ears!|
|I updated our family photo's on the wall!|
|Liam loves to hide!|
|All these toys and Duncan finds a water bottle!|
|Liam climbing our willow in the front yard!|
|For Halloween, Liam and Duncan were Calvin and Hobbes!|
|Just a standing in his crib! Time to lower the mattress!!!|
|Liam is in a box again!!!|
|"How you doin'?"|
|Liam follows in my footsteps and loves putting on everyone's shoes! He walks pretty good in heels too!|
|Sending photo's to Daddy!|
|Liam's first day of school!!|
|Alyn and I being silly before the show opened!|
|I've been on a baking binge and cinnamon rolls heat up pretty nicely after being frozen.|
|Liam and his Uncle Patrick!|
Well. That's been our life for the past several months.