Saturday, November 28, 2009

Picture issues and a very affectionate little boy

I have so, so many cute pictures of our super-cute babies. I don't have so, so much time with the computer. I've tried a few times to upload pics and blogger is NOT having any of it. Must be jealous of my super-cute pictures. I say it needs to get over it.

Since I have no pictures and I haven't updated in a while, I'll just write about some developments.

Baby Plum is looking to be a pretty happy little guy. He's starting to smile and coo a good bit. His favorite time? Naked time. Second favorite? Diaper changing time.

Little Elvis still adores his little brother. He's constantly kissing on him. We have to keep a good eye on him, because he's a little rough. And he doesn't seem to care if the baby is sleeping when he wants a kiss.

We've been fairly successful in getting Little Elvis to kiss Baby Plum's hands instead of his little face.

Over Thanksgiving, he got to see some of my cousins' kids, who are all around his age. My affectionate Little Elvis tried to hug all of them. None of them were having any of his hugs, so he tried to make do by kissing their hands. At first, I couldn't figure out where he got that from. Then I caught myself telling him to kiss Baby Plum's hands. Aha.

I'm proud of our little boy, and his affection doesn't bother me. I'm sure he's confused, because all of the adults want him to hug and kiss them. The kids don't. Poor guy. I think the hand kissing was a very interesting solution on his part. Hopefully the kids will let him hug them at Christmas. If not, we'll just hug him lots more.

We'll keep trying on the pictures. Hopefully at some point, Blogger will push the pictures through.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What a week!

It's been a very busy week for poor Bob. He's averaging maybe 3 hours of sleep a night. I'll be glad when this project will be finished, not just because we'll get to see him more, but because a huge weight will hopefully be lifted off of his shoulders.

And, he gets the whole week off next week! Little Elvis doesn't know this yet.

We have a big picture window in our living room that looks out on our street and driveway. Little Elvis will sometimes sit and watch for Daddy, and gets so excited when Bob drives up. He throws his own little party waiting for Daddy to come through the door.

Bob tries to come and wave at him through the window, but Little Elvis is so excited that he usually doesn't see him.

Next week will hopefully be lots and lots of fun for all of us. (And hopefully we'll let Daddy catch up on his sleep!)

Friday, November 13, 2009

No like-itis

Little Elvis has caught a nasty bug. At first, I thought this would be a short-lived illness, and wasn't too concerned.

Some of the symptoms were even kind of cute. But after several days of hearing, "No like Little Elvis' new house! No like Mommy! No like Mommy's singing!" I'm ready for this bug to run its course already.

In hopes of curing him of this little illness, I've been working tirelessly on his bedroom. As tirelessly as I can with two littles. And I've already learned an important lesson -- 2 1/2 year olds should not help when painting,

Little Elvis seemed interested, so I let him in the room while I painted the grass. He wanted to help, and ended up with the back of his shirt covered in green.

He loves the room, and seems most impressed with the small touches. It's just about done. I will post pics of the completed project because I'm pretty proud of how it's turning out. It's definitely the room for our little car/sign/parking lot fan. He doesn't complain about his room.

Baby Plum seems to like it as well. Good thing because they'll be sharing a room in a couple of years.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Picture posing can be exhausting

Things are settling down a little bit for us. I have most rooms in the new house moderately organized. Little Elvis' room is just about finished, as is our room. Still a lot to do, but I feel better about it.

Here's a small sampling of the cuteness around here.

"Oh no! Mommy's got the camera out again."
"I'll just show off my profile."
"All that posing sure can wear a baby out."
"Posing doesn't wear me out! Cheese. 'nother one! 'nother one!"
"Guess the posing wears Daddy out, too." My parents HATE the playroom paint color, but obviously Bob thinks it's soothing...
A quiet break in between the constant "Feed me!" wails. We've hit a massive growth spurt and I'm struggling to keep up with my little eater. People keep commenting on how big he's getting and how much he weighs. His cheeks get chubbier every day, and his little legs are really filling out.

My dad says he eats too much, but I've seen my baby pictures. I look just like the Michelin Man -- bright white and rolls on both arms and legs.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

My favorite time

I absolutely LOVE how talkative Little Elvis has become. He blows us away with the things he says and remembers.

He must have learned the word favorite at preschool. He likes to tell me things that are his favorite. The most mentioned? Mango lollipops. I hope we still have more of this flavor in the bag.

Speaking of favorites, Baby Plum has a favorite as well. He much prefers to be fed on the left side. I have to really work to get him to eat from the right side.

Yesterday Little Elvis told me that Baby Plum was his best friend! Totally unprompted. My reaction was such that he now knows this is a very cute thing to say.

When we're riding in the car and Baby Plum is crying, I always ask Little Elvis how his brother is doing. He always replies, "Good?"

What makes Little Elvis cry in the car? Me singing, or changing the station during his favorite song.

I now ask permission before changing stations. (I know, but it's a whole lot easier.) Yesterday some sappy song came on and Little Elvis said, "I don't like this song." He had to say this twice, because I was blocking out the sappy song.

Little Elvis is a PBS Kids junkie. At the beginning of a show, he immediately asks (demands) to see the end of the show. At the end, he wants a "nother one!" He "reads" the Thank You message that pops up on the screen, and loves the Dept. of Education Tree that also pops up.

Today he got to watch some Sesame Street, and kept telling me he needed to watch the end of Messy Street.

He's getting his needs and wants a little mixed up. But he can recite pages of his favorite books.

It's naptime for both boys right now, and I'm holding Baby Plum. It's so great. I can kiss his little chubby cheek whenever I want to.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Home is... where is home?

We've been working hard to make our new house a home. But Little Elvis isn't quite convinced that his new house is home.

At least three times a day he asks to go home, to Gram and Coachpa's house. He'll bring me toys that he wants to take home. He sometimes cries when I turn onto the road to go to our new house.

It's worse on pre-school days. He wants to leave pre-school and go straight to Gram and Coachpa's. We almost made a surprise visit yesterday, but I needed to get my car inspected. The trip to the "car place" (I didn't know what else to call it) made him forget about needing to go "home."

I'm not complaining. He has been through so much in the past few months, and handled everything so well. I mainly feel guilty. Most of the changes he's experienced have been brought about because of me. So his confusion and tears are essentially my fault.

Thankfully, Little Elvis still enjoys being a big brother. He wants to kiss all over his little brother, hold his hand, show him books and cars, give him a pacifier, turn the bouncy chair up to it's highest power, etc.

Baby Plum has been so much more alert this week, and yesterday I'm convinced that he smiled when Little Elvis went up to see him.

As for the new house that isn't yet a home, I'm down to actually organizing the kitchen,and painting Little Elvis' room. My aunt is coming by this evening to help me come up with a fun car themed mural. Maybe once that's done, Little Elvis will feel more at home.

And maybe it will just take some time. He's been very patient with me these past few months, so I'm going to be patient with him.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Free candy and free tacos!

Halloween was pretty fun this year. While our other Halloween's with Little Elvis were fun, he was so much more involved this year that we all enjoyed it more. We started out the day by carving the pumpkin. Daddy did all of the work, but Little Elvis was happy to pose with the finished product.

That evening, we tried out the new and improved version of his Halloween outfit. I cut the band off of his orange witch hat, put more tape around it, and added some ties so it would stay in place. We also went with a white turtleneck.

I think it turned out pretty well. People who knew what he was supposed to be thought he looked like a traffic cone. People who didn't know were just plain confused.

Since we are big fans of free food, we took advantage of the free BlackJack taco deal at Taco Bell.

Thanks to commercials, Little Elvis knows every fastfood joint in the area. He demands to go to one whenever he hears or sees a commercial, or sees the actual restaurant. He's been wanting to go to Taco Bell for weeks. I told him that he would not eat their food, but he just knew he would love it.

He licked at his Blackjack taco, then pushed it away. I think it's safe to say he's probably not going to request a Taco Bell visit again any time soon.