Sunday, August 17, 2014

Potty Mouth

Yep, if you’re ever around Logan for long enough, you’ll probably hear a couple of choice words. But in our parental defense, he’s not saying what you think he’s saying. You may think you heard the “f” word, but what he’s really saying is “frog” (and he LOVES frogs), "flag," "fork," or “smoke." And please believe us when we tell you he didn’t really just say “s**t”, he just wants you to “sit” and play with him.

Once as we were driving to pick Bryan up from work, I kept hearing “f***” from the back seat at the most random times; I started to worry that maybe he was saying the real thing. I didn’t know quite what to do so I just ignored it, but a few minutes later the radio station played its theme yet again. I hadn’t noticed before, but apparently we were listening to K Frog Radio. Phew. I just hope he hasn’t busted out these words in church nursery.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

How Not to Do a Toddler Photo Shoot

I've learned a few things from our last toddler photo shoot:

1. As cute as it seems in your head, if your just-barely-turned-2-yr-old is not a cooperative poser, there's no way he'll hold a picture of his sibling's ultrasound in view of the camera while smiling.

2. If you ignore my advice (like I ignored the little voice in my head, e.g. my husband), and say: "eh, we'll make it work," whatever you do, do not, I repeat, do not take said 2-yr-old to a playground for the photo shoot. A soon as your toddler sees a set of swings or a slide, he will beeline there, and no amount of snacks, bribing, and/or cajoling will  make him interested in getting his picture taken.

3. Letting him play for a bit to "get it out of his system" won't work, either. Because, remember, he's a toddler. And toddlers have infinite tolerance for swinging on the swing and sliding down the slide. Dragging him away from his idea of paradise will only result in toddler fury.

4. If you're thinking "hey, I'll just get a picture of him while he's trapped on the swing," think again. He may cooperate and hold the ultrasound picture in view of the camera, but he's not going to be happy about a motionless swing.

5. After about 90 minutes on the playground, let's say you do manage to pull him away without a tantrum. You won't get that picture anyway because the stream running next to the playground is just too darn interesting.

6. You could try throwing Daddy into the picture, even though he's wearing exercise shorts and a t-shirt that doesn't match, to get a picture of "the boys," but now you have no one to help focus your toddler on your smartphone while you attempt a steady shot. Even if you kind of manage to get a decent picture, when you get home you'll realize it's got some funky lighting.

6. Okay, by now you're desperate, but you've finally managed to get your toddler to forget about the playground and the stream, and he just might be ready to go solo for a few snapshots. He may smile for the camera (it helps if you tell him you're going to Cafe Rio for lunch), but unless you put that ultrasound in a picture frame (which you have not), there's no way anyone's going to be able to tell you're toddler is holding the picture of an ultrasound.

Here he's yelling "Caf-Io!" (Cafe Rio)
 7. It's okay to give up now.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Big News!

We're excited to announce that we're expecting a baby boy November 20th!

First pic of our boys together--a sign of things to come?
Logan's probably going to struggle with the new addition, but for now he's really excited. Almost every day for the past two weeks he's asked "baby bruh-er? . . . Today?"

People always talk about how each child is different, we just never thought we'd start noticing the differences this early. So far:
  • This pregnancy has been so different from the last pregnancy that we were certain this baby was a girl. So much for a mother's intuition :). 
  • When comparing ultrasounds (taken at the exact same time during pregnancy), we assumed they'd look about the same. But from what we can tell, this baby's features, including his forehead, nose, and lips, differ significantly from Logan's.
  • He already seems to have a different personality, too! From the moment I first felt Logan move, he never stopped moving, which translated to a very active newborn who never slept. This baby is so calm in comparison, and he seems to have a very distinct rhythm. I feel him move about two times during the day, once in the early afternoon for about 30 minutes, and then again from around 11 p.m.-Midnight. Hopefully this means he'll actually sleep...but I'm not holding my breath (better to have low expectations).
We're eager to meet our baby boy and get to know his unique personality!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

July in Pictures

Logan had his first (few bites of a) burger.
4th of July Parade with a buddy.
Cousin time--we introduced our nieces and nephews to Mario on the Wii.
Disneyland is even better with cousins.
Feeding Logan's Cafe Rio addiction.
A visit from Grandpa and Katie