We’re just going to call November as, “The month the boys were sick.” The end.
High fevers last week that pretty much wiped them out. Then they were on the mend with weakened immune systems, followed by exposure to the flu and—bam—it’s “the month the boys were sick”. Thankfully they are now both in that post-sick sleepiness.
Derek and I are both optimistic that we will NOT get sick. I am because I think it’d just be nice after taking care of littles who were/are sick this week and last. Derek is because he has something exciting coming up next week that he pretty much refuses to be sick for—and I’ve been nice and let him stay totally away from anyone who has any sign of anything. Which includes him getting the bed to himself while I sleep with each of the boys (on separate nights) on the pull-out couch. (That thing was a pain to get up to my apartment, but it has been a life saver, that’s for sure.) This arrangement has worked out well, actually.
Our month started out really nicely though with Izaak’s birthday, so I’ll post about that soon.
And then next week is Thanksgiving and I’m looking forward to that a lot, as well.
So, we’ll just bookend this month with good things!
Today our sweet Izaak turns two. And here are some things about him…
- He still taps his head as a sign of affection. Usually with lots of head shaking. (And, I have to admit, this is now quite painful. We’re working on being gentle.)
- The way he calls, “Mommy!” or “Daddy!” is too much. That little voice.
- He loves watching TV. I know, I know, he shouldn’t watch TV. The thing is, unlike most kids, he doesn’t space out. He’s super enthusiastic. It’s like every Daniel Tiger is the Superbowl. He cheers! He cringes! He shouts!
- Lately his mimicking of Paul is spot on. They have this routine where they pretend they are all dizzy and then fall over. Over and over again.
- Practicing hopping is a favorite, “Op! Hop!”
- Izaak’s not a performer with his language development. If you ask him to say something usually he won’t, but he will repeat lots of words if they are part of normal conversation or he’ll say them independently.
- He still loves bathtime.
- And the park. This boy lives for the park. If we’re leaving the apartment and pass the stroller without taking it with us, he cries, because he knows we’re not going to the park.
- At the park he loves all of the equipment, but just recently became brave enough to slide down the big slides by himself. He also, just this last week, starting crossing the bridge. That was such an exciting moment!
- He’s also still a pretty epic temper tantrum thrower. This year was not always easy in that department, to be honest. About a month or two ago he turned a corner though, and they aren’t quite as intense. My hope is that this year as he speaks more, this will get easier.
- He loves cheese.
- Sweets are still not his total favorite, but he’s enjoyed more over this last year. Chocolate is his thing. That he loves.
- SHOES! Seriously, the kids loves shoes. He’ll bring them over in the morning just to wear them for the day.
- But socks are WRONG! Wrong, wrong, wrong.
- He can’t wait for a big boy bed—and we might move him soon. He hasn’t tried it in the last week or so but he’s really close to being able to climb out of his crib. We don’t want him to get hurt, but we also don’t want to move him too soon and make sleeping difficult.
- That said, hanging out in Paul’s bed is like a trip to Hawaii. (Or our bed, but more Paul’s.) Izaak likes to pretend he’s going to sleep and say, “Nigh, nigh.”
- He’s a super fast runner.
- Coloring and painting are the best!
- For whatever reason, he thinks smelling something is the best test of whether or not it’s good. All things, too, not just food.
- Pirates Booty is aptly named, because Izaak will do whatever it takes to get as much as he can.
- He likes to be taken seriously. He gets a very concerned look on his face when he wants to show you something, and even if you don’t understand what he means, you need to show the proper emotion and show him he’s been heard.
- In the last few days he’s started closing his eyes when it’s time to pray.
I really could go on and on. He really is so special to us and so, so loved.
Happy 2nd Birthday, sweet Izaak!
October Goals Recap:
Walk 50-60 Miles a Month: Obviously I cut the total in half but I did well. I bought new shoes that were really comfortable at first but turned out to be too narrow, so I’ll need to replace those. (I’ll likely donate them.) But I still got out most days and am pretty sure I did more miles than I realized. I walk a lot usually, so I might need to have a goal of more miles in the future. (I need to officially track better first.)
Project Life: My prints came in and they just need to be added to my albums. I have lots more to do, but it’s nice to make progress. And, most importantly, I have a way of working with my photos that works.
Keep Getting Rid of Stuff: It’s working! I’m finding myself much less attached to stuff than I was at the beginning of the year. And I’m making wiser purchases. (Minus the ill-fitting shoes!)
Make Halloween Costumes: So easy! I went to get fabric out to add a little extra to Paul’s costume but we found his owl costume from 3 years ago and he wanted to wear it again. I had kinda/sorta gotten his other costume ready, but not so much that there was that much effort put into it. And I’m so thankful Izaak fit into the lion costume that Paul wore in 2008. Cutest lions ever!
Prep the House for the Holidays: Goooo, us! After having carpet for seven years and renting the machines to clean them, we finally bought our own. The entire apartment looks better with clean floors. I also cleaned the baseboards in our middle room and gave the bathroom a good clean. There’s still more to do, but we’re in good shape.
Last week we celebrated Derek’s birthday! This year he wanted it to stay super-low key—breakfast out, hanging out at home, but no presents. The boys still made cards though. Paul’s was all about the words, he wrote more of a note, and Izaak’s was all scribbles.
Derek’s favorite diner is still Valois, so we drove down to Hyde Park.
Most of them had come off already, but one of Izaak’s favorite things to do is cover his face in stickers. This is also the face he makes when he knows you’re taking his picture.
Hyde Park is just too pretty.
The day before his birthday I asked Derek what kind of cake he wanted. He asked for pumpkin pie instead and I thought that was perfect, it’s easier to make than cake, after all. Kind of late that night I pulled out all the ingredients and when I went to get the eggs there were none in the fridge….because we had eaten them for dinner….that day. It was just after 11 PM though, so I wasn’t going to go out to get more.
I should have gone out that morning to get some before we headed out, but I didn’t, so in the end I walked to Bang, Bang Pie Shop. We had apple and chocolate cream and they definitely did the trick!
Happy birthday, my love!
And I really do. October was always a blah month for me. The colors of the leaves were great, but nothing specific about the month seemed that impressive. (April was the same, until Paul was born.) This year something clicked though I feel like I’ve found a new groove.
Personal October goals, for what is left of the month:
- Walk 50-60 miles a month. Today I got in 5.2 and I figure if I walk 3 miles a day/5 days a week, I’m good.
- Keep plowing through the prints for Project Life. I’ve already printed and placed in an album November 2005-May 2007 and right now I am printing a second batch of more current photos, August-October 2013.
- Keep getting rid of stuff. A few days ago I bought a new bookshelf from IKEA and, man, has it helped with storage. But it also makes me realize how much extra little stuff is still lingering around the apartment.
- Make Halloween costumes. Paul already knows what he wants to be and his costume is easy, but I’m still not sure what to have Izaak go as. The way I look at it, it’s likely the last year I get full say in what he’ll be, so I want it to be as cute as can be.
- Prep the house for the holidays. I know, I know, it’s early. But I realized as a teenager that you get the house cleaned and ready in October so the holidays run smoother. This might be the first year I’m even semi-successful, however.
There’s definitely more going on right now, but those are what are on my mind right now.