A headshot and update of each of our babies every month of the year 2016.
Auggie turned six months last week! He could not be more buttery or more amazing in every single way anyone or thing could possibly be amazing. He’s getting more sturdy and is on the cusp of being able to sit up by himself. The real kind of sitting up, not the propped-up-on-chub kind. We borrowed a walker/saucer play toy for him that he sits in a lot and just loves. The boys love to push him around in it, too, so it’s great for family entertainment. It’s so tough because Auggie goes down for the night at about 5:30, but John doesn’t usually get home til about 6:00, so they miss each other a lot and John feels Auggie deprived. And Auggie feels Daddy deprived, too, because the second he lays eyes on his dad after a long day of being apart, he will get the biggest, hammiest, gummiest grin on his kisser that is only saved for Dad. Every few nights I’ll try to push back his bed time in time for Dad to get home right as he’s done feeding and they get to spend some time together alone in a dimly lit room, cooing and gawking at each other. Then I put the other babies down and John and I both finish in time to spend time together in a dimly lit room, cooing and gawking at each other. Auggie’s nicknames are: Gugs, Gugsy, Bugsy, GusGus, Aug Dog, Goo Goo, Guggy, Jo. We love this baby, oh my.
Oh, Chooch! My little boyfriend! We have figured out some approaches that have helped keep his whining at bay for the most part, and he could not be more fun. He tries to be so big like James, he even has to wear James’ clothes all the time when James is at school. He drowns in them, but he feels so puffed up. He also never uses contractions and always says “must.” For example, he says things like, “You must hold my hand now.” or “I must not eat that actually.” (read those in the highest voice you can imagine, and that’s Charlie talking.) He’s also very encouraging. Whenever I say I can’t do something for him for any reason, he’ll exclaim, “You can do it, Mom! Good job!” For example, he’ll ask me to watch him do something in the back seat of the car as I’m driving everyone around and I’ll say, “I can’t look right now, Char, I’m driving.” to which he’ll reply, “You can do it, Mom! I know you can do it!” He’s also starting to develop some of James’ funny little quirks, like selective texture sensitivity. For example, he cannot stand the slightest runny nose and freaks out every time his nose starts to drip. It’ll be barely exiting his nostril and he’ll scream, “I GOT THE BOOGS! PLEASE WIPE MY NOSE MOM!!” And he’ll subsequently freak out if I don’t do it fast enough. He doesn’t dream of wiping it on his hands like other little boys, it’s kinda nice aside from always having to wipe his nose, haha. He’s learning so much these days and is so chatty and about knocked his doctor off his feat with his speech development at his well child checkup the other day. I find that I feel more mom guilt associated with Charlie than any of the other babies, probably just because his babyhood was replaced with a new baby in the family. But I have been trying to focus more on him and his interests individually while James is at school and Auggie is napping. We’ve been regularly having a casual little story time with Charlie and a few of his neighbor friends and it has been making a big difference in my anxiety levels related to how good of a mom I feel I am for Charlie. It’s special for me, I probably need it more than him and his baby friends. Aside from the occasional whining, Charlie is in my very favorite stage ever ever and I am loving it so much.
James is my little loyal lion. He already shows such a sense of duty to God and his family. He calls for family hugs regularly, protects Charlie and his feelings, and obsesses over Auggie. The other day I had to wake up Charlie from a nap to go get James from preschool, so you can imagine how grumpy Charlie was. James was so excited to see Charlie but Charlie was being such a stinker to him. James kept asking, “Charlie! I missed you, how was your day??” to which Charlie would reply with a growl or a roar. But James would not give up. Finally I just resorted,” James, maybe just don’t talk to Charlie right now, he’s just being rude to you.” But James replied, “But I want to keep trying!” to which I replied, “Okay, but he’ll just be rude to you.” Then I heard James try again to get Charlie to warm up to him. “Charlie, how was your day?” Somehow, Charlie had magically switched his good attitude on and said, “It was great, JJ! How was your day?” Then James whispered to me, “See, Mom? You can’t help his feelings unless you are nice.” Yes, James is a better mom than me.
He’s also having the time of his life at school. The other day he came home and exclaimed, “Mom! There’s a new girl at school and I want to marry her!” I asked him what her name was and he said, “I don’t know, but she’s really pretty and wears really pretty dresses. And I want to marry her.” You can imagine how excited this got me! He would come home each day and tell me how things went with “Y” and every day he would tell me he wants to marry her. I suggested maybe he try to talk to Y and become her friend. A girl has to be wooed, after all. Well two days ago he came home and said,” I told “P” to ask “Y” if she wanted to marry me but she said no because she wanted to live with her sister. But I told her I’d share her.” My mommy heart skipped a few beats and we talked about it and decided together that maybe he should try to show her how nice he is and what a true friend he is and then maybe readdress marriage at a later date. Well, “Y” totally drew James a picture at school today and said she wants to be friends and then James showed off for her by walking backwards and acting all proud and I think it’s love. Oh, and he loves the learning part of school, too. James is basically a stud on all fronts.