Because of our two month blogging break, I haven’t been able to update much with all the little milestones that have been hit with both Dexter and Daniel. As each new moment is captured, I find myself so elated that my kids are healthy, happy and completely amazing little men.
So what’s going on?
Dexter is currently on board the Potty Train. While we have started this process several times in the past, we’ve always ended up having to go back to diapers/pull ups due to big shake ups in the family. But this time we have actually lasted several days, and the kid is GETTING IT.
Last Friday, he surprised me by coming over and telling me he needed the potty. I took him to the bathroom, and he promptly sat down and went! I was super excited and gave him a couple of Tootsie Rolls and tons of praise. I then put him in a pair of underwear, and for the rest of the day he ran back and forth between me and the toilet Every. Three. Minutes. Seriously, the Tootsie Rolls were an obsession. Sensing I’d need to find a different way to incentivize him, I created a reward chart with lovely stickers he could put on every time he used the potty. He loved it, and it has worked really well.
Sunday, we went to visit a friend, and since we didn’t want to risk her carpet, we put him in a pull up. Unfortunately, he refused to use her potty at all. So today we are back with sticking at home and going au naturale. Hopefully a few days more and he’ll be a potty champ!
Also, as you may have noticed from the photos, someone got a hair cut! As his hair was getting a little too long, and as I am tired of arguing with hair dressers about what we want, I decided to give him a home cut. Yah – I’m not very good at it, as it turns out. But using Mark’s shaver, I managed to get a somewhat even cut and left him with a pretty snazzy mohawk!
Yes, I know it’s not even, but he’s had TONS of compliments from everyone who’s seen it.
The other news we have is that Dexter may have some hearing difficulties. I’ve suspected as much for quite a while, as he has never passed a single hearing test in his life. But every doctor we’ve seen has just brushed it off and ignored it, making excuses about why he might have failed. But after talking to my sister in law in Utah about her experiences with her kid’s hearing, I decided to bring it up again at the pediatrician’s office, and the doctor (whom we hadn’t seen before!) agreed to check it out.
He found that Dex had a TON of wax, so he said that was probably all it was. He cleaned out his ears (and WOW was he not joking about the amount of wax in there!!) and then administered another hearing test. Which we failed. Again.
So now we are waiting for an appointment with the audiologist to figure out how bad his hearing is and what the next step might be.
Daniel is just a little pistol. Everyone who meets him agrees that he’s the smilingest, happiest baby they know. He just never has a bad day. He is all smiles, all the time.
He’s quite a champion eater, hardly refusing anything. Except chicken. He doesn’t like it. He is still breast feeding, but we have also FINALLY got him to take a bottle. It was rough for a while, but my mom had the bright idea to add a tiny bit of sugar to it, and from that point on, he was great. We only did sugar for about two bottles to get him used to it, and we haven’t had to do it at all since. I’m really happy to not have to be the ONLY one who could feed him. I still do most of the feeding, but it’s nice that I don’t HAVE to.
The other news is that after much coaxing and lots of encouragement (including Mark and Dexter getting down on all fours to demonstrate), as of three days ago, the little man is finally crawling. Which means that I am now running around like a crazy person trying to keep him out of drawers, cupboards, etc. He wants to get into EVERYTHING.
I even have a cute little instagram video of him doing his strange little shimmy crawl.
I’ve also recently taken Daniel’s crib out of our bedroom and stuck it upstairs in Dexter’s room. He’s not sleeping through the night yet, so for now he is still in a playpen in our room, but soon he will be moving to share a space with his brother. Dex and I had fun placing wall decals all over the place to make it a cute boy room.
Mark has been very busy with work lately. Toward the end of August, he was named as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of his company, and he has taken his role very seriously. He’s been working harder than ever doing his normal duties, as well as trying to become more of a “business mind.” He has always been dedicated to working hard (he’s got the best work ethic of anyone I’ve ever known!) and making sure to prove to the board that he deserves this new role.
And while he sometimes is a little bit distracted, he makes sure that he still is an awesome daddy. From feeding, clothing, putting them down for naps or bed time and even helping out with bath time, he is a dedicated family man through and through. I couldn’t be prouder.
And finally, there’s me. Not much to report. I’ve been just getting on with life, keeping house, raising the kids and attempting to successfully navigate life as a wife and mom.
I did recently buy a new bicycle, which has made me very excited. While I’m not a very good rider (it’s been ten years since I last got on a bike, and that was the day I got swiped by a car and ended up in a ditch!), I am enthusiastic. Yesterday, my friend Shari and I went down to West Orange Trail to go for a ride, and I managed to do six miles! I know that’s nothing to most people, but for me it was just awesome. Especially since it was a REALLY hilly ride!
As you can see, I do have a sort of wimpy bike, no gears or anything. But it is adorable, and I am so excited to be doing exercise outdoors.
Anyway, I think that’s pretty much all that is going on in our lives at the moment.