Headshot Project 2017: January

The sweetest, most angelic and deceiving little face.  Don’t get me wrong, Auggie is still as delicious as ever.  He’s just waaaaaayyyyyy more opinionated and entitled than any other kid we’ve had, and that all came out this month in the form of screeeeeeeeeeeching non stop.  But we are going to document the adorable bits from this month.  Auggie is slowly starting to test the walking waters!  He’s very close.  But he’s actually learning to talk before he walks and I always forget how incredible it is when a tiny human you made starts to say words and have thoughts and ideas!  So far he’s pretty good at copying words and sounds.  We’re working on him learning his brothers’ names and it is so cute when he yells them!  He also says “more” and “no no no no no no no no no no no…”  and at one point yelled out “GHOSTBUSTERS!” ( sounded like “go-buh-buh) as we were jamming to the song on the way to school drop off like we do every morning.  The boys and I were flipping out.  He’s great at waving goodbye and has really great fine motor skills.  It actually surprises me how good he is at stacking things and putting things through tiny slits, etc.  He also tries to get my attention at bedtime when he’s drinking his bottle and snuggling with me while I watch Netflix by initiating peek-a-boo and whacking my phone out of my hands.  And lastly, at dinner one night I fed him a bite that was too hot, so every time I moved a new spoonful to his mouth he would test the temperature of the food by tapping it with his tiny little chubby baby hands.  I’m pretty sure my baby is brilliant.

Sweet little Charlie!  He is just at the most WONDERFUL stage.  He was a tough two year old but is the sweetest most perfectly precious three year old there ever could be.  He’s so giving and thoughtful and grateful and really thinks of other people before himself.  He’s just a dream of a boy.  He copies James in every possible way.  As in, James will ask if we want to hear a joke, tell us the joke, and then Charlie will ask us if we want to hear a joke and tell the exact same joke.  I don’t think he had an independent thought this entire month, hahaha.  He also assumes I know where everything is at all times no matter what.  I’ll have been gone for a few hours and come home and the first thing he’ll ask me is, “Mom where is my hotwheel that I was playing with?”  One night I was tidying up the boys’ room, and I was on the floor putting blox away while Charlie was putting some clothes or something away in his drawers.  He said to me, “Mom, I think I wanna hug you.”  and I said, “Great, I could use a hug!” to which he replied, “Ok, here come my best arms!” and then he ran to me with his arms wide open and gave me the tightest hug.  It was a very heavenly moment.  Another night I was showering the kids with our removable showerhead.  The boys had lathered themselves all up and I was spraying them down and I had Char bend over and stick is bum up in the air so I could spray it off.  Then I said, “Ok Char, pull on your cheeks so I can clean your tush tush,” but he didn’t do anything.  I kept telling him, “Char, pull on your cheeks so I can clean you,” but he was just sitting there with his bum cheeks in the air, not responding at all.  I told him one last time, a little impatiently, and he turned to me, bum still in the air, with his two hands pulling on his face cheeks as hard as he could and yelled quite impatiently himself, “I’m mam, Mom!”

James is just the coolest guy.  Something that has been unspeakably valuable to us is being forced to volunteer in his class once a week.  I mean, ideally I’d love to be able to be in my child’s classroom regularly but if I’m not required to then I’d probably not prioritize it, you know?  But every Wednesday I am in his class (John does it about once a month, it’s so exciting for him!).  It’s so amazing to see how the other kids respond to James and to see him grow and become empowered with knew knowledge!  And his teacher just ADORES him and has sort of changed our lives.  One of the weeks I was there in January they had a jump-roping station where a parent volunteer was teaching kids how to jumprope.  James really took to this and was determined to get better at it.  It was a sunnier day and James just kept jumping and jumping and started to sweat.  He came into me at my station and exclaimed, “Mom!  I’m getting so sweaty jump-roping!  I guess this is the day I finally wear a man bun.”  You can imagine how excited I was about that, but the man bun only lasted about three minutes before James decided it wasn’t worth it.  He also is really into accents and really hamming them up.  One night he was doing a magic show in what he referred to as an Australian accent.  At the end he concluded,  “THAT’S ALL, FOLKS!”  But in his “Australian” accent, that last word sounded exactly like another F word and the fact that he basically yelled it and was being so cheesy with it and had no idea about any of it made for some of the most genuine belly laughs I’ve had in a very long time.  One last little quirk that I loved about James this month was him saying, “Oh, his goodness!” when something alarming happened to someone else.  He’s just an all around fantastic human.