2017
4
Apr
10:57

The other mommy

   Posted by: arcanai   in the turkey

We finally found someone to come in and help out with the kids a few hours a day while we’re working. It’s been about a month and she’s been wonderful. This morning, however, the turkey ripped my heart out with a wooden spoon when he said “my other mommy is miss nanny.” I nearly cried. Maybe I need to quit my job after all :-(

2017
2
Apr
23:17

Sitter and baby’s breath

   Posted by: arcanai   in the sequel

The sequel sat up by himself today. I missed it in the 30 seconds I had walked out of the room but he was quick to oblige with an immediate encore for the camera. I am constantly amazed and saddened by just how fast he’s growing. I guess it’s a second child thing where he’s just in a huge rush to catch up with his brother. 

Tonight, he woke up after his dream feed which is pretty rare. I kept trying to lay his head back down on my shoulder but he kept getting right in my face. It took me a couple minutes to realize he was trying to line himself up to breathe in my breath. I know the turkey used to relax when something smelled like me but I don’t remember him doing that. It was incredibly sweet and I had a tough time putting him back down and leaving his room.

Every time i realize i won’t ever have these “baby” moments again, my heart hurts.

2017
21
Mar
21:05

sickness aversion

   Posted by: arcanai   in the sequel

i thought it only happened with tequila but, apparently, it starts much earlier. the sequel was finally getting the whole eating and swallowing thing down but i must have let him overeat. a few hours later, he was projectile vomiting all over the place. yesterday, he refused to eat any more avocado. today, i tried peas out on him to see if he could deal with that any better. he made it very clear that he no longer has any interest in eating food. poor little guy. i ruined his budding appetite by indulging gluttony.

2017
19
Mar
11:45

Starting the day right

   Posted by: arcanai   in the turkey

Because we didn’t know when we would be coming home from AL, we asked to be left off the schedule for church this week (good thing since our “We should be able to easily make it home by 19:30″ became rolling in at 22:00). Normally, we serve every week and wear a church shirt. It’s rare that we wear “real clothes” to church. Add to that the fact that I’m nursing so my wardrobe consists of nothing but easy access tops, and it’s a true treat indeed when I get to dress nice and feel good about my appearance. This morning, I wore my beautiful “new” dress that i only ever wore for my maternity photos. I felt good. But when the turkey came out of his room and saw me, he came running up to me shouting “mommy, you look so pretty!” My heart stopped, my eyes welled up, and I felt truly gorgeous! What a great start to the day. I love that boy like mad.

2017
17
Mar
20:37

“please” please

   Posted by: arcanai   in the sequel

the sequel is such a little smarty. i’ve been meaning to start making him sign “please” before meals for the last month or so and i just kept forgetting every meal. last week, i finally worked it into my routine. after a little over a week, he’s already starting to try to do it on his own. i say “let’s do please” and he starts swirling his right arm around. sure, it’s not technically correct yet but i think that’s a fantastic start for such a short time. i want to say it was a month and a half or two months of doing it with the turkey before he started doing it on his own.

in other news, he’s crawling all over the living room and trying his best to pull up on stuff. this one is just in way too big a rush to be a big boy. :-(

2017
13
Mar
21:20

premature palm sunday

   Posted by: arcanai   in the turkey

this weekend, i noticed that the turkey had pulled the edge pieces off all the mats in his room. i walked in and found him waving them around in both hands. “what are you doing, lovebug?” said i. “i’m waving palm branches for Jesus!”

i seriously love that boy.

2017
25
Feb
13:01

Growing growing growing

   Posted by: arcanai   in the sequel, the turkey

The turkey is learning to sound out words. Today, he read “cat” and”bat” by sounding them out. 

The sequel is getting ready to crawl. He gets his butt up in the air and pushes up on his knees and elbows. Today, he scooted about six inches like that.

Too fast. It’s all just going too fast.

Updated: and then the sequel rolled onto his belly for the first time and slept on his tummy. How can my little itty bitty baby be doing such big things already?

2017
25
Jan
23:14

cluster-f***

   Posted by: arcanai   in the sequel

even though the sequel has grown steadily, he’s never actually had what i consider to be a true growth spurt. the turkey went through several periods where he would cluster-feed for a day or two and then his clothes didn’t fit anymore. the sequel has just had slow, steady, quiet growth. last night, he started his first cluster-feeding frenzy with two middle of the night feedings and he’s been starving to death every three hours all day today. i expect him to be two inches taller tomorrow!

2017
15
Jan
21:13

God loves everyone

   Posted by: arcanai   in the turkey

When I get the turkey out of his Sunday school class, the teacher usually tells me what the lesson was this week. This morning, with tears in her eyes, she told me that the lesson was “God loves everyone.”  She said there was one boy who said “God doesn’t love me.” But my boy told him “yes God loves you and he loves me too!” 

Sometimes I think we can’t be messing up too badly.

2016
29
Dec
22:46

Momma for the win!

   Posted by: arcanai   in the turkey

Coming home from dinner tonight, we were talking with the turkey trying to keep him awake until we made it back to grandmother’s house. This conversational snippet nearly made me cry:

He: I’m a happy boy!

Me: yes you are. What makes you so happy?

He: mommy makes me happy!

After a few seconds of thought, he revised that to “mommy and daddy” but the point is, I was the first and immediate response! Maybe he’s not a total daddy’s boy after all.

2016
14
Dec
20:15

Feeling the fail

   Posted by: arcanai   in Nuthin' Special

Because the turkey is such a good kid, I have a tendency to the sight of the fact that he’s still a toddler. There are times when his behavior is not quite exemplary and I end up feeling like a huge failure of a mother. I need to get past this urge to internalize and hold him up to a standard that’s unrealistic. Fact of the matter is that even at his Worst Behavior we are incredibly blessed to have such a great kid.

2016
7
Dec
22:20

boom! shakalaka

   Posted by: arcanai   in the turkey

sometimes i really am at a loss for where the turkey is picking things up. this morning, i asked how he was doing while he was eating breakfast and his response was “boom shakalaka!”  what the heck?!  that’s definitely not something hubby or i have ever said. he doesn’t watch tv and the only place he’s been around other people lately is church.  it’s such a weird expression, i just wish i knew who uses it.

the other favorite lately is “oh my gosh!”  i’m pretty sure he picked that one up from my niece but it’s so funny when he says it.

in other news, he just so much more conversational in general lately.  he keeps coming up with increasingly complex sentences.  he blows me away with the things that come out of his mouth.

2016
29
Oct
9:24

schedule change

   Posted by: arcanai   in the sequel

i’ve been a bit concerned about how fast the sequel is gaining weight.  granted, we had a weight stall-out with the turkey around two months because of his severe gerd but it still seems like this boy is gaining too fast.  just in the last couple of weeks he’s gone from the 55th percentile to the 75th.  at seven weeks old yesterday, he weighed 12 lbs 7.5 oz. that’s over five pounds since birth.  i think i remember the turkey’s dr saying that they look for babies to double birth weight by four months (the turkey was closer to six).  this little guy is on track to double in just over two months.  anyhow, between that and the tummy troubles, i’ve decided to try stretching is schedule a little.  instead of a three hour schedule, i’m going to start him on a 3.5 hour schedule and see how he does.  we had the turkey on a four hour schedule at sixish weeks because of the reflux so i don’t anticipate any problems with milk supply or anything.  i can always change it back if there are any problems but i think he’ll do fine with it.

2016
28
Oct
19:46

budding linguist

   Posted by: arcanai   in the turkey

after an unprompted count to thirty during dinner tonight, the turkey counted to ten in spanish. i asked him if he could do french to which he responded “je m’appelle {turkey}.” i started with “un” (one) and he finished the ten-count.  i then asked him about german.  i started and he jumped in at “sieben” (seven).  he then insisted that we keep doing german again and again until he was able to do all ten.  i love my crazy smart and thirsting-for-more-knowledge little guy!

2016
27
Oct
21:11

a decade of silence

   Posted by: arcanai   in family time

today, we spoke for the first time in ten years.  it was a let’s-act-like-nothing-ever-happened 45 minute conversation.  there were tongue-biting moments but i played the game because i’m trying.  after all, i’m the one who extended the invitation because i feel she should have the opportunity to meet these amazing kids. it’s up to her to make that happen but i sincerely hope that she does.  i honestly had no clue how to respond to “so what have you been up to, other than having babies?”  how do you succinctly cover “what you’ve been up to” for a decade?  time will tell.