Charlie, you are such a happy, sweet, funny little man! I feel bad around your birthday because by the time your’s comes around I am all birthday’ed out by James and Auggie’s birthdays and you just get the leftovers of my creativity and enthusiasm. But you are still SO GRATEFUL all the time and never even notice that you get store bought cakes and reused decorations. This year all you wanted was to go to your favorite park on your birthday. We didn’t even have a friend party this year (which I have cried about more than once, but it just never worked out around our move and new budget…) but you never complained ONCE. I’m getting choked up just writing this. You teach me so much about gratitude and joy in simplicity and forgiveness and happiness. You, Charlie, are the birthday present to everyone else. You will always and forever be God’s gift to me, my little miracle boy.
A headshot and update of each of our babies every month of the year 2016.
Auggie!! He remains such a joy, despite some health issues this past month. That’s not to say he isn’t in pain and is never grumpy about it, but he still brings us such joy. He has some tummy issues, especially now that he has officially finished nursing. Whenever he has to number two he will go stiff as a steel beam in the plank position and scream his head off. It is the saddest thing ever. We’ve got him on the Miralax and that helps. He’s also been teething, for reals this time. As in, he finally popped his first tooth out (see that little nub up there on the bottom?) and is working on three others at once. He shows no interest in learning to stand on his own but I’m thrilled. I hope he stays a baby as long as I need him to. He’s got all sorts of opinions and mumbles and grumbles in casual conversation with himself like an old grumpy man . This stage is amazing in every way, I tell you.
Our scrappy little Choo Choo! Where do I even begin….we celebrated our dude turning three in September and I can honestly say I’ve never met a more thankful kid in my life. His Aunt Mary threw a little surprise birthday party for him and he was running around giving everyone huge hugs and almost crying with gratitude. He’s very animated in his thanksgiving and it’s probably my very favorite thing about him. That and the fact that he’s taken up snort laughing. Sure, he can be as naughty and sassy as you can imagine, but he is also as sweet as honey. Aunt Mary helped me realize that the naughty/sassy Charlie is just the three-year old Charlie, but the sweet/grateful Charlie is the true Charlie. And he’s so funny! At the party, when he saw that he was getting a cake, he knew we would have to light the candles so he exclaimed with the most intensity, “Bring out the fire, guys!!” Another little thing I want to remember about him right now is how he defiantly exclaims, “I’M MAM!” (I am!) whenever I tell him to do something he’s already doing. And he’s currently obsessed with cheetahs, cranes and dinosaurs.
And then there’s Jameser. Or J.J., as we call him. When I was filling out his school form, there was a space for your child’s nickname, so of course I put J.J., but I didn’t realize that what it was asking for was what they should call your child if it’s different than his given name (I’m Jessica but go by Jessi, for example). He’s never gone by J.J. outside of the family but now a lot of the kids call him it at school and I absolutely love it. It feels like everyone treats him like he’s their special little buddy, even though they don’t know any different. He’s absolutely loving school, every day he says it was the best day of his life. He misses his best buddy Rolfie, who is in Kindergarten now and lives “far away” now that we’ve moved (5 minutes away), but he’s making great, true friends at school. We definitely feel like we’ve made the right decision in prioritizing this school experience. And James is as dreamy as every. Whenever something tastes delicious to him he exclaims, “This tastes like a miracle!” And when we went to a burger place a few weeks ago, there was a section on the kid menu where it asked you to write your favorite burger down and he asked, “How do you spell ‘McDouble’?” It cracked me up. And there was one time in the month (one of many times) that I was so stressed out by the mess my kids had made. I was huffing and puffing around, tidying up, grumbling under my breath, “You guys don’t even care! You don’t even care that you mess stuff up and wait around for me to clean it!” Then a few moments later I saw James with a rag, scrubbing the floor. He paused and looked at me for a second and said so earnestly, “I care, Mom.” It was so tender. He also made a store where he was selling some of his toys to Charlie that he named “Jesus’ Heaven Store.” I couldn’t figure out why he chose that name other than the fact that he just really loves Jesus.
My baby brother (who is literally a foot taller than me) and his wifey and baby moved to Stanford!!! And our parents drove the moving van out and made a weekend of it! It was over Labor Day weekend and it was so fun to all be together. We took it easy most of the weekend but on Monday we decided to head to the water for some wholesome recreational activity.
I will cherish this picture of my dad and I forever because it perfectly depicts my adorable mother’s lack of technological knowledge with her finger covering half the picture. If you know my mom, you know why this picture is special to me, hahaha.
My precious little babe with my worthy little husband.
Me and my mumsie. Yes, we are twins.
It’ll be a sad day when these two decide lip kisses for brothers are grody. For now, give me all the lip kissing baby brothers!!!!
So posey, hahaha.
John got a nice little leg workout it.
My mom and dad, still in love like newlyweds after 37 years of marriage. #goals, literally.
I am so grateful for my incredible angel parents and they way they raised me. I truly had such a magical childhood. Their teachings have given me more confidence as a mother and in raising boys than I ever would have had otherwise. They are the salt of the earth and some of God’s greatests. Miss them every day but so grateful to live in such an alluring place! #comevacationinthebay
A headshot and update of each of our babies every month of the year 2016.
Still love him! And in other news: he turned ONE in August! He still seems so Tiny to me, which is such a gift. He’s squishy and snuggly and giggly, especially at bedtime. We are starting to ween him off nursing and he has taken to the bottle pretty seamlessly. This means John gets to put him down to bed now and it is so special for them! They have fun together. Gugs doesn’t have any teeth yet but has been teething up a storm the last few days and it has been miserable. He whimpers all night long, it breaks my heart. He’s getting into copying sounds and trying to say the words we say. Our latest trick is copying evil laughs, it is a hoot! Little evil Auggie, there is nothing better. He also stops and twerks the second he hears a beat, no matter what he is doing (read: nursing.). He’ll just look off into the distance like a hunting dog and drop it like it’s hot. He also loves to bark at birds. Because that’s just what ya do when you see a bird, obviously. His hair is getting longer and curlier but is reading more like Doc Brown than curly q, and we love him even more for that.
Oh, Choo Choo, my precious little sociopath! He can make threats and sass so cute and funny, but don’t tell him I told you that. Really, though, he takes bossiness to a whole new level. And then just as equally, he will melt you to goop with his sweetness and compliments and thoughtfulness. He’s kind beyond his years and also villainous beyond his years, hahahaha. He keeps us on our toes and we are so obsessed with him! He’s learning and growing so much and has some of the most fun quirks of any almost-three year old you could meet. He loves to keep chewed up food in his mouth for hours, he sings to Auggie in the sweetest, highest little voice any time he thinks Auggie is in distress, he sasses me with violent threats if he doesn’t get his way (he’s started to pull back, though, and say, “Mom, I won’t punch you. I’ll hug you.”), and one of the first things he asks whenever we get in the car is, “Mom? Will you turn on some rock and roll?”
James is at an amazing stage. He’s at school every day and is absolutely loving it. Every day on the way home he’ll exclaim, “That was the best day of my life!” It is such confirmation that turning our plans upside down to let him stay at this school and in this school district was the right choice. He is such a grateful, tender little soul. He always thinks of ways he can try to make me happy, even if he’d rather not do them (like eat specific foods—he’ll choke it down without complaint and then tell me later he did it for me!). He loves to wear his dad’s t-shirts to bed every night (I swear I used to do that like yesterday!), loves on his brothers all the time (almost too fiercely at times–he has cute aggression and can get a little too squeezy with things he thinks are adorable). He loved watching the Olympics in July and would watch events in his sports jersey. After flipping through a few of the events over the course of about an hour, he exclaimed, “I love the olympics! It’s all about sports!” It was like a light went on, haha. He loves to learn and loves to play so hard and always calls for “family hugs” and always talks about Jesus and things of eternal significance. He really is as amazing as he sounds!!