Friday, October 23, 2015

Post Nap Jack:






His paci and blanket are never far away and a request for a "nack" (snack) is generally one of the first things he asks for upon waking up.

We are down to one nap a day without even realizing it. I am beginning to realize that with the second child the things that were such a huge deal just tend to happen with the second. Weaning, I remember researching and worrying about Henry. Jack, I can't even remember the weaning process. Dropping naps were a huge deal with Henry and it felt like it took weeks to readjust to the new normal. And I can't even tell you when Jack went down to one nap. It just happened.

I like to think that this means that being a parent is becoming more second nature. That we are just more laid back and going with the flow. That Jack just fits seamlessly into our family. I remember someone telling me when we just had Henry that having two kids was easier for her than having one. It doesn't add up for sure. But I would have to agree. It is still so much work. And there are many moments that I feel like all sanity is lost forever. But I would say mentally, it has been easier with Jack. Not as much stress or worry and a whole lot more intuition and just going with the flow. I know we are all better because of this shift.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pumpkin Carving:












This past weekend we carved our family pumpkin. And by "we", I mean Doug did all the hard work and wrestled a pumpkin for a long time while I took pictures and the boys interest came and went.

We decided it was fitting for us to have a castle on our pumpkin. Henry was concerned about the lighting of the pumpkin and was under the impression the lit pumpkin needed to be inside our house. It took some convincing to get him to be okay with leaving the pumpkin outside. The next morning he quickly went to go check the pumpkin and was pretty upset to see that the candle was not lit. He still has lots to learn about carved pumpkins.

Jack walked around the table looking adorable and was already in bed before we lit the thing, so he has some big things to look forward to next year.

And I am thankful Doug is patient and talented enough to make Henry's little dreams come true.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Soccer:




This fall we have been doing something that makes me feel like a real mom. Like full-out mom mode.

Henry has been playing soccer.

A friend from church asked a while ago if he would want to be on their team. We talked about it and decided to go ahead and give it a try. Over all, I think we would say we are glad we did it. It has been a learning experience for sure. The team is terrible. They have only scored three goals all season. But Henry is having a lot of fun. And it has been good for us as parents to see our son not excel at everything. We have had some good conversations with him about losing and being a part of a team. And his little uniform is just the cutest. And it is has been fun getting to know some other families.

This past weekend he scored his first goal and I think I might have teared up a little bit. The look on his face after the ball went in the net was worth all the agony of all the games of yelling for him to look at the ball! He ran after Doug and gave him the biggest hug after. He was so proud.

These are my sad attempts at soccer pictures to avoid paying 20.00 for two pictures from the official photographers.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Book Reading Nest:







One of the boys very favorite things to play with are all of our pillows from various beds and couches in the house. I think that is all they need/want for upcoming holidays. More pillows to drag around and build various things. One of those things they like to build is their book reading nest. This generally happens in the later afternoon hours as I am making dinner. My favorite is when I don't know what they are doing and I walk back to their room and I hear Henry "reading" to Jack.